We help growing communities build strong.

Never content with yesterday's achievements, we are motivated by a vision of growth for tomorrow. In 1997, Rising Sun was founded by father-son team, Jimmy and Jason Akers, to fulfill this vision. We began by building post offices. In the decades since, our team has grown to nearly 300. We self-perform challenging projects with pride and invest in our team and community.
Our Team
Jason Akers
President and CEO
Jason has more than 27 years construction experience as a 4th generation contractor. He is involved in all aspects of Rising Sun's business from estimating & bidding to execution & closing. Jason is a hands-on president who collaborates with project owners to ensure quality and timeliness.
Shane Carpenter
Operations Manager
Shane has 25 years of industrial and commercial construction experience with Rising Sun and UPS, Inc. He is responsible for project management, RS’s daily operations, and coordination of RS’s projects in the natural gas fields.
Richard Grier
Director of Business Development
Richard has over 23 years experience in networking, marketing, organization building, coaching and consulting. He joined the team in 2020 to build existing relationships and create new ones throughout the region. His degree is in Business Management from Palm Beach Atlantic Univ.
Scott Connell
Scott has over 22 years of experience in estimating, project management and operations in the industrial fabrication and construction industry. He came to Rising Sun in 2018 to be the Estimator. Scott obtained a degree in Computer Aided Design with Construction Management emphasis in 1996.
Gary Tout
Gary has over 27 years experience as an estimator and project manager. He performs all aspects of project estimating from plan take-offs to contacting subs and suppliers to value engineering and cost trend monitoring. He started with RSD in 2021.
Barrett Brooks
Project Manager
Barrett graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2007 with a BA in Construction Management. He has more than ten years of experience in the construction industry, including seven with Rising Sun. Barrett's position as project manager also includes safety oversight on RS projects.
Jim Leake
Project Manager
Jim is approaching 40 years experience as a Contractor, Consultant, Construction Administrator and Project Manager in Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Construction, 1982 – present. Jim attended the University of Kentucky 1977-1981 and earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree – College of Arts & Sciences.
Johnny Horton
Project Manager
Johnny started in construction in 1976 as a carpenter. He's started working for Rising Sun in 2007. Johnny has filled positions in a variety areas - superintendent, project managing and even ditch digging.
Donnie Napier
Project Manager
Donnie is a second generation Rising Sun employee with over 23 years of experience in commercial construction, 21 of those being with Rising Sun. He was a field Superintendent for over 15 years while working on a multitude of projects before moving up to a Project Manager role in 2020.
Lisa Sharp
Finance Coordinator/Her Majesty
Lisa has 30 years of experience in accounting and human resources. Her role with Rising Sun is to manage daily accounting, payroll, insurance compliance, human resources and ledger reconciliations.
Sandra Fulton
Contract Administrator
Sandra has 11 years of construction support experience. She provides project support to office and field personnel. She also coordinates shop drawings, warranties and materials for all Rising Sun projects.
2555 Palumbo Drive, Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40509

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