Allison Otto honored one of SBJ’s Most Admired CEOs

Allison Otto, the third-generation president and CEO of Sacramento, California-based Otto Construction, was recently named the Most Admired CEO in the large company category by the Sacramento Business Journal.

The Most Admired CEO Awards honor outstanding chief executives in the Sacramento metropolitan area leading for-profit and nonprofit companies. Award winners are innovators, standard-bearers, role models and exceptional leaders whose contributions impact the organization they head as well as the community in which they serve.

Honorees were nominated by Business Journal readers and staff and chosen through a vote of their peers. A large company was defined as having between 150-499 employees.

“It was an honor to be recognized by the Business Journal, but it never would have happened without the great work – day after day – by our outstanding employees,” Otto said. “When my grandfather, John F. Otto, founded this company, he did so on what we call ‘The Otto Way.’ For 75 years, we have followed those values of hard work, honesty, integrity, and compassion for others, and we will continue to do so for the next 75 years as well.”

Otto joined the company 22 years ago to work with her dad, Carl Otto, to initiate the company’s first marketing department. Later, in her roles as vice president and then executive vice president, she played an integral part in successfully delivering multimillion-dollar projects for the California State University system, Northern California school districts, and a wide variety of other projects. She became President and CEO in 2021.

Last year, the company completed construction on the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity in Sacramento, which combined a century-old power plant and a new planetarium wing into what is already a regional icon. The project earned Otto a coveted Constructor Award from the Associated General Contractors and a Vision Honors Award from the Sacramento chapter of the Urban Land Institute.

This year, Otto recently completed work on the Into the Deep exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as construction on the North Natomas Community Center and Aquatics Complex, complete with waterslides, a kids play area, and an Olympic-sized pool that the community hopes will attract national competitions.

To learn more about Otto Construction’s legacy and history, visit


Otto Construction was founded in 1947 by John F. Otto and has remained a family-owned business for three generations, with Allison Otto becoming President and CEO in 2021. For more than seven decades, Otto has upheld their standards of building relationships and delivering quality projects with trust, teamwork, and dedication. With offices in Sacramento and Monterey, Otto Construction builds high-caliber projects including senior living complexes, historical renovations, educational facilities, healthcare buildings and parking structures throughout Northern and Central California. For more information about Otto Construction and its services and project portfolio, visit

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