At its April Board of Directors meeting, the Jacksonville Historical Society welcomed G. David Auchter IV as a new member of its Board of Directors, but Auchter is not new to the Society. “My first donation to JHS was my great-grandfather’s State of Florida Professional Engineering certification. He was in the very first class,” said Auchter.
Auchter is a vice president with Jacksonville’s Haskell Company. He joined Haskell in 2016 and is a Shareholder, Officer and Vice President overseeing enterprise-wide Corporate Marketing and Business Development, a responsibility that covers more than 20 global offices, 1,300 Haskell team members, six distinct Haskell brands and $1 billion in annual revenue. Auchter also oversees Haskell’s Public Affairs.
Auchter’s name is familiar to all who know the history of construction in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville-based Auchter Construction Company was founded in 1929 by Auchter’s great-grandfather, George David Auchter. The firm’s projects included many area landmarks, such as office buildings, museums, hospitals, bridges and other infrastructure. Downtown Jacksonville’s iconic Wells Fargo Tower, originally the Independent Life building, was built by the Auchter Company, as was the Riverplace Tower and Jacksonville International Airport, to name just a few examples. Prior to the company’s sale, Auchter served as an executive with the legendary firm. He has also served with Touchdown Jacksonville, the group responsible for bringing major league football to Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Jaguars organization, and with the World Golf Village.
Auchter received his bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College and has completed executive education through Columbia University. He is a licensed real estate professional, a 2002 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, and has an extensive record of service to the boards of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Public Library, the Jacksonville Sports Council (JAXSPORTS), and numerous other community organizations, as well as having chaired the Downtown Development Review Board.