Earl E. Gales Jr., the skillful and creative founder of Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc., has died. According to an announcement by JGM, Jenkins passed away on Sunday, November 20.
As a premier architect, engineering and construction professional, Gales and his firm played leading roles in scores of projects in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. JGM made significant contributions to the building of the L.A. Metro Line, L.A. Community College District and California’s high-speed rail system. The firm also directed or partnered on civic projects such as the former Staples Center (now Cryto,com Center), Los Angeles Convention Center, and Exposition Park.
Gales, who also served as chairman of the board of JGM, founded the company in 1981 and guided it to becoming one of the largest minority-owned firms in the field. He received his Bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Cal Poly Pomona and earned a Master’s degree in urban design/planning from UCLA. In addition, Gales advised two U.S. presidents on transportation and infrastructure development and two governors on mentorship and volunteer service.
The statement on JGM’s Linkedin page attributed the firm’s success to Gales “fostering a company culture of comradery (sic) and teamwork, and always making time to say hi, genuinely check in, and get to know each employee. He created a family-lie work environment that JGM will carry on.”
Funeral services were still pending at press time.