Roderick August

Assistant Superintendent

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Roderick August

Roderick August has been with RGGC since the very beginning and he brings to our organization a fierce loyalty and excellent carpentry skills.  He loves watching the progress of projects and enjoys the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies seeing the finished product, knowing the part he played in getting it done.

Growing up in a small community in St. Charles Parish, he loves the outdoors, particularly fishing.  And when the fish aren’t biting, he likes to work on restoring his 1974 Chevy Caprice.  Roderick is particularly proud of his four sons.

Favorite Projects

Audubon Asian Elephant House
Fogo de Chao

David Barbier

Vice President, Estimating and Contracts

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David Barbier

As the proverbial middle child in a family of nine children, David never missed an opportunity to hang out with his Dad when he went to work.  At five years old after visiting his first job site, he immediately became enamored with the sights and sounds of construction on a very up close and personal level.  As Vice President of Contracting and Estimating at RGGC, David has honed his construction skills over the years.  His first love is historic restoration and renovation, and is very proud of his association with the Cabildo Restoration, French Market Building ‘D’, Myrtle Banks Redevelopment and the Edible Schoolyard Teaching Kitchen.

As an avid enthusiast of good food and wine, dining out and cooking-in hold equal sway for David.  He also regularly attends LPO performances and Broadway shows at the Saenger Theater.

Studied

Construction Management
Northeast Louisiana College, Monroe, LA

Favorite Projects

Cabildo Restoration
Myrtle Banks Redevelopment
Samuel Green Charter – Edible School Yard Kitchen

Trudy Barbier

Administrative Assistant

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Trudy Barbier

Being the youngest of nine children along with her twin sister, Trudy Barbier has always placed a lot of value in family.  Her family doubled when she married David who is also one of nine children.  While keeping up with both families, she developed some amazing organizational skills.  Keeping track of multiple projects and working with all of the project managers and estimators, Trudy ensures that the system runs smoothly and efficiently.

Down time for Trudy involves reading, painting and playing with her dogs, Mia and Brady.  She loves to travel with David and her daughters, Elizabeth and Abby.  Their trips have taken them to Canada, Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Mexico and the Bahamas along with various locations in the U.S.

Favorite Projects

Samuel Green Charter School – Edible School Yard Kitchen
Christian Brothers Multi-Purpose Facility

Tommy Brown

Assistant Project Manager

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Tommy Brown

With a degree in Construction Management, Tommy began his career in Baton Rouge working for a large industrial contractor. Recognizing that his interests aligned more in the commercial field, he recently joined RGGC as an Assistant Project Manager and is looking forward to this change.

As a native of Covington, LA, it is no surprise that hunting and fishing head the top of his hobby list and is a card carrying member of Ducks Unlimited. Other interests include hiking kayaking, bike riding, watching LSU football, and baseball and listening to live music. Tommy looks forward to relocating to New Orleans.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Good Counsel Apartments
Metairie Park Country Day School Expansion

Thomas Cortez

Assistant Project Manager

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Thomas Cortez

As a recent graduate of LSU and a transplant from Baton Rouge, Thomas Cortez is eager to begin learning more about RGGC and his new home town.  Spending most of his childhood in the small town of Carencro, LA, he was immersed in the values of a close community coupled with the example of his grandfather who instilled in him a strong work ethic and a respect for others.  Recognizing that same philosophy here, Thomas has embraced his new position as Assistant Project Manager.  And as for learning about New Orleans, he figures indulging in his bike riding hobby should help with that.

Down time includes training his yellow lab in the fine art of duck hunting, fishing, reading and eating.  He will definitely fit in here. His bucket list includes visiting all of the local breweries around Louisiana and has already checked off Parish Brewery, Bayou Tech Brewery and Abita.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Biological Science
Louisiana State University

Post Baccalaureate Certificate, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Harrah’s Outdoor Gaming Patio
Good Counsel Apartments

Greg Cusimano

Project Superintendent

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Greg Cusimano

It’s hard to find a nicer guy than Greg Cusimano who begins every day with a can-do attitude and a ready smile.  As a superintendent with over twenty years’ experience, he is eager to do whatever it takes to get the job done and please our clients.

His wife calls him a whittler because he loves to hole up in his shed and carve hiking sticks and knife handles to give as gifts.  More than likely Greg is listening to Marty Robbins or Frankie Laine, two of his favorite “old” country singers.  He is super proud of his kids and can often be found coaching their sports teams.

Favorite Projects

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Office
Christian Brothers School at St. Anthony of Padua Campus

MICHAEL J. DeGRUY

Chief Operating Officer

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MICHAEL J. DeGRUY

As Chief Operating Officer, Michael is responsible for the day to day operations of the company as well as the creation and implementation of strategic goals and initiatives. Michael thoroughly enjoys mentoring his co-workers and watching them grow and excel in their respective roles so that they may achieve their utmost potential. A firm believer in continuing education, Michael earned his Master’s in Construction Management. Additionally, he is a LEED Accredited professional.

Michael is an active participant in Vistage, a professionally facilitated advisory peer group. Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors of the French immersion school Ecole Bilingue de La Nouvelle Orleans.

An athlete and outdoors enthusiast who enjoys bike rides, playing soccer, skiing in the Colorado mountains, and fishing in the Louisiana marsh, Michael is also an avid sports fan and a season tickets supporter of the New Orleans Saints. Michael and his wife Tracy have three children: Logan, Julian, and Séverine.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Master of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Green Trees Early Childhood Village at Isidore Newman School
Myrtle Banks Redevelopment
Jesuit Hurricane Katrina Restoration

Dennis Fitzgerald

Project Superintendent

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Dennis Fitzgerald

Dennis “Fitz” Fitzgerald is a seasoned superintendent who offers our clients dependability and expertise. This ruddy Irishman with the distinctive mustache is a man of few words who is more of an observer who prefers action to words.

When asked where his interest lay, he answered with “I cook to sustain life; I read for enlightenment and I listen to music for serenity.” Fitz is a charter member of the New Orleans Rugby Club who enjoys puzzles, golf and baseball. When he is not working, he delights in playing with his grandchildren and reading.

Favorite Projects

Jesuit High School Renovation
Stuart Hall STEM Classrooms

Steven Franatovich

Project Superintendent

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Steven Franatovich

We recently added a self-proclaimed St. Bernard native to our ranks as superintendent and it comes as no surprise that he grew up running the bayous and woods of lower St. Bernard. Steven Franatovich who prides himself on being self-motivated brings with him leadership and communication skills and eighteen years’ experience.

As someone who loves hunting, fishing and country music, Steven fits in well with this Sportsman’s Paradise fraternity. He is the Vice President of the Southern Bass Anglers and enjoys custom rod building, an activity that could endear him to the many anglers in our organization. For just relaxing he likes barbecuing with his kids, family and friends and has been known to enjoy action movies.

Studied

Drafting
Nunez Community College

Favorite Projects

Goldbergs Fine Foods Demo

Keith Dwyer

Project Superintendent

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Keith Dwyer

Born and raised in New Orleans, Keith Dwyer graduated from Holy Cross High School and became interested in construction after working as a laborer.  He attended the Carpenters Local Union Apprentice Program and has enjoyed construction for almost 40 years.  He joined RGGC in 2012 and supervised the Harrah’s Casino Buffet and Hotel Renovation.  Working on historic projects offers challenges and rewards.  “I like seeing old construction preserved for future generations.”

When not working, he enjoys the peacefulness of the outdoors and hunting and fishing.  He spends many Sunday afternoons cheering on the New Orleans Saints.

 

Derek Gardes

Chief Financial Officer

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Derek Gardes

As Chief Financial Officer, Derek wears his OCD like a badge of honor making sure every single number associated with RGGC is accurate and balanced.  Recently recognized by City Business as a Money Maker, his financial acumen was acknowledged and awarded.  Derek has been with RGGC since the beginning and is always quick to help staff with any assistance on the fiscal end of daily operations.

Nobody loves Mardi Gras more than Derek.  Living close to the uptown parade route provides many opportunities in hosting get-togethers for family and friends.   He and his wife enjoy a good game of tennis together and watching their two daughters play soccer on the weekends.  He became much more closely associated with the world of construction, in the last several months after gutting his house down to the studs and living through the renovation.  The very fact that he survived is a testament to his wife’s patience and how hard he got to hit that tennis ball.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Marketing
University of New Orleans

Favorite Projects

The many jobs at Jesuit High School
The Manning Family Athletic Complex at Isidore Newman School
Green Trees Early Childhood Village at Isidore Newman School
Fogo de Chao
Palace Cafe

Elaine Gootee

Human Resources

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Elaine Gootee

As Human Resources Director, Elaine Gootee often compares working at RGGC to living on the second floor of a frat house or corralling members of a large raucous family.  Working closely with each member of the team offers an opportunity to ensure that good communication exists between management and all personnel as regards the many benefits offered by RGGC.  She enjoys the interaction with the team and watching staff members achieve their potential.

When not working, Elaine enjoys taking care of her boss’ children, cooking for large family gatherings, yoga and reading voraciously.  Since moving to the Faubourg St. John neighborhood following Katrina, she and her husband, Pat, boast of their perfect attendance record at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival since 2006.

Studied

Bachelor of Arts, Education
University of New Orleans

Favorite Projects

Old Beauregard Middle School Restoration
Brother Martin High School Chapel

Ryan Gootee

President/CEO

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Ryan Gootee

Building on a legacy that has spanned four generations, Ryan Gootee continued on the construction path that began with his grandfather in 1909.  At an early age, he began what was to be his career working on projects during the summers at his father’s company.

In 2004, he founded Ryan Gootee General Contractors, which has since delivered multiple educational facilities, athletic complexes, restaurants, condominiums, apartments, offices, retail developments, historical renovations and restorations to the greater New Orleans area.

Ryan enjoys many hobbies and passions outside of work. He is an avid outdoorsman with duck hunting and saltwater fishing topping the list. Strongly believing in giving back to our community, Ryan volunteers his time to several non-profit boards and committees. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara and their three children, Grace, Harrison and Henry.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Jesuit High School’s John Ryan Stadium
Brother Martin Chapel
Crescent Towing Barge Office

Britton Grush

Marketing Coordinator

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Britton Grush

Excitement and adventure are two words that describe Britton and she channels those adjectives into her everyday work environment.  As Marketing Director she enthusiastically and creatively “sells” Ryan Gootee General Contractors through proposals, brochures, office swag and social media with an eye for the perfect photo always getting the right angle to capture your attention and pull you in. Making RGGC a fun place to work is also Britton’s priority.

A lover of hunting, fishing, football games, scuba diving, and many other sports, Britton is well suited to her primary job as Mom to two young and very active boys.  That could be why when she is heard walking around the office, she is always at full speed.

Studied

Bachelor of Science in General Studies
Minors in Psychology, Sociology and Communications
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Good Counsel Apartments
Myrtle Banks Redevelopment
Solomon Group Office and Residence

Kyle Hebert

Project Manager

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Kyle Hebert

There is a lot of purple and gold in Kyle’s wardrobe and it’s no secret where his loyalties lie.  A proud LSU graduate in Construction Management and a Baton Rouge transplant, Kyle has also broadened his football watching to include the New Orleans Saints.  He enjoys hanging out with his friends and being the Louisiana boy that he is, hopes to get back into hunting and fishing with his Dad.

Being a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction has added a deeper knowledge and greater appreciation for energy efficiency in building.  The renovation of the Rosa Keller Library which was LEED Certified was one of his favorite projects because it incorporated the renovation of a historic property and the addition of a new building.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Rosa Keller Library
Good Counsel Apartment

Daniel Johnson

Assistant Project Manager

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Daniel Johnson

As a North Shore native, Daniel Johnson spent his childhood immersed in open spaces and along with his two brothers enjoyed the outdoor lifestyle.  Newly graduated from LSU, he looks forward to the challenge of learning to manage construction projects.

Daniel’s many interests include exercising, football, soccer, and live music.  He enjoys traveling to new places especially the beach and snowboarding in the mountains.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Louis Armstrong Airport Project
Metairie Park Country Day School Expansion

Chad Leibe

Project Superintendent

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Chad Leibe

With a unique background in operations and finance management, Chad is adept in problem-solving and budgeting with more than 15 years in managing multi-million dollar projects and initiatives.  He takes great pride in providing a quality product to our clients.  The recent completion of a building renovation at 711 Camp Street and the remodeling of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Offices in the Superdome are two of his favorite projects.

Family time is important to Chad and he combines his love of soccer with watching his sons’ games.  His interest in cars has deepened his knowledge and appreciation of classic cars and he is not averse to whipping up something in the kitchen just for fun.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Capella University

Favorite Projects

711 Camp Street
Allstate Sugar Bowl Offices in the New Orleans Superdome

Jonathan Miron

Project Manager

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Jonathan Miron

Adding another LSU Construction Management graduate to the RGGC staff made perfect sense as our projects list and ranks continue to increase. Jonathan brings with him ten years of experience in project management and a confident organizational style that gels well with the RGGC culture.

A recent goal of his is to re-familiarize himself with being conversant in Spanish after neglecting to practice for many years. Growing up, he would speak fluently with his Guatemalan great grandmother and feels that reconnecting to his roots is a valuable tool in today’s multi-cultural world. As an ardent exerciser, he enjoys running, cycling and CrossFit and looks forward to our Wednesday Fit Camp. He is a member of the Krewe of Endymion and as an avid duck hunter, is a member of Ducks Unlimited.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Mercedes Benz Superdome Renovation
Ernest Morial Convention Center Renovation

Martin Ognyanov

Carpenter

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Martin Ognyanov

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Martin Ognyanov joined RGGC in 2006 as a carpenter.  His journey to America began when he took part in the green card lottery and came to live in the United States.  Learning a new language in a new alphabet were just some of the challenges that he overcame upon his arrival with his wife and son.  But with hard work and determination, he and his family were awarded citizenship in 2008 and he is now a proud American.  He enjoys the diversity that working in construction offers and he derives a great deal of pleasure in seeing the fruits of his labors.

Martin is very interested in flying and has taken flying lessons at the Lakefront Airport.  He also enjoys tinkering and keeping the three cars in the family running smoothly.  But for just relaxing, nothing beats sitting back and watching a good movie.

Favorite Projects

Green Trees Early Childhood Village at Isidore Newman School
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Zach Oliver

Assistant Project Manager

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Zach Oliver

Zach is a recent graduate of LSU’s Construction Management program and brings to RGGC a youthful exuberance balanced with a thoughtful intensity in learning new things.  Always quick to participate in the many extracurricular activities that RGGC offers, he competes with his co-workers on the basketball court, at the bowling alley, in Fit Camp pushing himself to excel.  Zach recently concluded a quick turn-around project at the Bourbon House where he learned very valuable lessons that carried an equal amount of weight when dealing with an nine day project that translates easily to a twelve month one.

When not working, he enjoys playing soccer, shooting pool and camping.  An avid jazz record collector, he also boasts of never having missed a New Orleans Jazz Fest in his whole life of 25 years..

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House
Metairie Park Country Day School Expansion

David Perilloux

Project Superintendent

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David Perilloux

As a North Shore native, it is no surprise that David Perilloux grew up enjoying fishing and hunting.  He got the construction bug shortly after graduating from high school.  As a superintendent he brings many years of construction experience and takes pride in his attention to detail.  Since being with RGGC, he has dealt with such varied projects as building a home for elephants at the zoo, building sports facilities and seeing historic projects come to fruition.

David is a deacon at the Bedico Baptist Church.  He enjoys spending time with family, barbecuing, helping his twin sons work on their trucks and training his chocolate Lab.

Favorite Projects

Asian Elephant Complex for Audubon Zoo
Jesuit Sports Facility
Myrtle Banks Redevelopment

Chris Perrier

Project Superintendent

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Chris Perrier

As a superintendent at RGGC, Chris has spent a majority of his time working at the numerous projects we have done at Jesuit High School.  He has derived a great deal of pride in seeing the completion of work on the campus and has enjoyed the relationships he has built with the staff there.

Chris takes full advantage of the boot camp offered weekly at RGGC as well as enjoying frequent visits to the gym.  That allows him to pursue his other passion of cooking and trying new restaurants.  And consistent with many team members here, he loves hunting, fishing and watching football.

Studied

Bachelor of Arts Business Management
Southeastern Louisiana University

Favorite Projects

Jesuit Classroom Renovations
Harrah’s Convention Center Blvd Patios
Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House

Michael Reefer

Carpenter

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Michael Reefer

Mike Reefer is an employee who has one of the longest associations with the Gootee family dating back to 1992.  A tireless worker and a devoted employee, Mike is always ready to work extra hours to do what it takes to get the job done.  His carpentry skills make him a valuable asset to this company.  When asked what he likes most about his job, he is quick to say that it is the people that he works for. When he is not working, Mike enjoys reading.

Favorite Projects

Julia Street Cruise Ship Terminal
Fogo de Chao

Brad Reese

Business Development

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Brad Reese

Brad joined RGGC in August of 2016 and hit the ground running as head of Business Development.  He most enjoys the personal interactions within RGGC as well as meeting new people in his role to develop potential growth opportunities.  Some of his favorite projects in which he played a part was the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, CA, The Grand Theatre Pier Park in Panama City, Florida and the Jefferson Parish 911/Emergency Operations Center in Gretna, LA.

When not working, Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as both playing and watching golf.  He also knows his way around the kitchen and has started a neighborhood Thanksgiving tradition of making gallons and gallons of turkey and sausage gumbo.

Studied

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Good Counsel Apartments
The Manning Family Athletic Complex at Isidore Newman School

Blaire Roeling

Front Office Administrative Assistant

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Blaire Roeling

A welcoming smile and a helpful attitude sets the tone for everyone walking through the front door of Ryan Gootee General Contractors. Blaire Roeling’s professionalism and enthusiasm makes her a great fit at the front desk. That enthusiasm extends into her other life as a Jesuit Cheer Coach.
Born in California and raised in New Orleans, Blaire enjoys attending the many events available in her home town as well as taking advantage of the wide variety of restaurant options. Her hobbies include shopping, swimming, dancing and photography.

Studied

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance Performance and Choreography
The University of Southern Mississippi

Favorite Projects

Jesuit High School John Ryan Stadium
Good Counsel Apartments

Randy Robert

Project Superintendent

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Randy Robert

Randy Robert is a self-described West Banker, born and raised in Marrero, LA.  He started in construction due to the devastating May 3, 1978 flood which inundated his grandfather’s home and many of his neighbors’ houses as well.  Helping family and friends restore their homes, he became enthralled with construction and decided to follow that career path.  Randy is a devoted superintendent and our clients love his willingness to go the extra mile in making their project his number one priority.

One of Randy’s most memorable projects was supervising the construction of the Cancer Survivor’s Plaza on Loyola Avenue.  A local artist worked with children who were surviving and fighting cancer to create a monument to their efforts.  It created a lasting memory for Randy.

In his free time he enjoys traveling, motorcycle riding, and spending time with his family.

Favorite Projects

Cancer Survivor’s Plaza
The Manning Family Athletic Complex at Isidore Newman School

Ronnie Schellinger

Vice President, Field Operations

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Ronnie Schellinger

Ronnie is a proud St. Bernard Parish native who grew up in this small blue collar community surrounded by family and friends who shared many of the same interests in hunting and fishing.  Following in his Dad’s footsteps as a construction superintendent, he knew early on what he wanted to do with his life.  As Vice President of Field Operations, Ronnie oversees every RGGC project from start to finish relying on his many years of experience.   Some of his favorite projects include the Restoration of the First St. Bernard Court House and the Renovation of Chalmette High School.

Fun always seems to follow Ronnie and you can just about guarantee that there will be a lot of laughs whenever he’s around.  He and his wife Tammy have built, designed and lived in two houses on the North Shore since Katrina.  And a third is not out of the realm of possibility.  When he is not building new houses, he likes to go out to dinner with family and friends.

Favorite Projects

First St. Bernard Court House
Renovation of Chalmette High School
Old Beauregard Middle School

John Segura

Estimator

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John Segura

John manifests an eye for detail and an easy-going manner that engages our subcontractors and pleases our clients.  Nothing seems to rile John, whether he’s bidding a multi-million dollar project or drawing up a budget for a small renovation.  There is a confidence that all of the “i’s” have been dotted and the “t’s” have been crossed.  But he maintains that working on anything historic is what gets him most excited.

Living within walking distance of the New Orleans Fairgrounds offers easy access to two of his passions – horseracing and live music.  When young, he spent the majority of his summers working on a thoroughbred farm in Folsom bonding with his father in their shared interest.  Relaxing for John doesn’t get any better than sitting on the porch with his wife, 2 girls, and a beverage, listening to music and watching the world go by.  He and his family also enjoy picnics in nearby City Park on almost every weekend.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
Mid-City Market
Houma Elementary Housing

Adam Skidmore

Assistant Project Manager

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Adam Skidmore

A native of Bayville, New Jersey, Adam Skidmore arrived in New Orleans to attend Tulane University and to play football.  But after graduating he decided to make the Big Easy his home.  Since one of his interests is cooking unhealthy food, he couldn’t have chosen a better place to be enlightened.  Eager to experience the project management process, actually working at a job site has offered him valuable insight into the many facets of the job.

Adam loves listening to all kinds of music and enjoys hunting, fishing, lifting weights, and back yard games.  He gets to experience nature either by visiting the Audubon Institute’s many offerings or venturing out of the city to encounter it first hand.

Studied

Bachelor of Science, Political Science
Tulane University

Post Baccalaureate Certificate, Construction Management
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Houma Elementary Housing
Good Counsel Apartments

Kevin Sprehe

Project Manager

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Kevin Sprehe

Kevin’s theme song could probably be Climb Every Mountain.  A Colorado native who grew up in Colorado Springs, early on Kevin embraced the beautiful outdoors in the Rockies and took to snow skiing and mountain climbing.  His athleticism also led him to enjoy basketball, baseball, golf, swimming, tennis and ultimately soccer which he played on the Division 1 level at the University of Denver.

His experience in construction began by working part time in his father’s framing and drywall business and then for a small general contractor in Colorado Springs.  But meeting his true love in 2008 led him to balmy and flat Louisiana to pursue his career further in building.  It is no surprise that three of Kevin’s favorite projects were Myrtle Banks Redevelopment, Wesley Barrow Stadium and John Ryan Stadium.

Kevin and his wife are very involved in their Church parish and are kept quite busy with their growing family, exposing them to new adventures. But he hasn’t lost sight of his goal to climb every mountain in Colorado over 14,000 feet with 13 down and 45 to go.

Studied

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Real Estate & Construction Management
University of Denver

Favorite Projects

Myrtle Banks Redevelopment
Wesley Barrow Stadium
John Ryan Stadium

Rock Sumrall

Project Superintendent

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Rock Sumrall

Self-described speed enthusiast, Rock Sumrall likes fast boats, fast motorcycles and fast cars.  Luckily that also translates into supervising fast paced jobs like the recently completed Fogo de Chao, a $7 Million dollar restaurant renovation with a completely redesigned front façade of the JW Marriott Hotel that was completed in six months.  He began his career in the fire service industry but moved into construction by building custom homes on the Northshore.  With over 35 years in commercial construction, he brings an extensive knowledge of managing budgets and pleasing clients.

Rock’s idea of a good time is long motorcycle rides on country roads with family and friends and kayaking with his daughter, listening to classic country music and working in his shop at home.

Studied

Architecture and Construction
Louisiana State University

Favorite Projects

Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino Rebrand
Fogo de Chao

Patrick Thomas

Project Manager

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Patrick Thomas

It’s never hard to figure out when Pat will be taking vacation days, if you check the hunting schedule.  Hunting and fishing were his two main passions that is, until recently, when his life changed with the birth of his daughter.  Being the owner of probably the worst taxidermy rendition of a duck, his office still proclaims his favorite hobby as does his membership in Ducks Unlimited.

Discovering a career in construction after trying his hand at other things, well, he took to it like a duck to water.  He has overcome some amazing challenges in some projects but is most proud of building an office building on a barge for Crescent Towing and the many jobs he has completed at his Alma Mater, Jesuit.

Studied

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration
Loyola University in New Orleans

Favorite Projects

The many jobs at Jesuit High School
Crescent Towing
The Manning Family Athletic Complex at Isidore Newman School

Chester Turner

Carpenter

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Chester Turner

“Chet” came to our city because he fell in love with New Orleans after attending a Jazz Fest weekend.  Previously a member of the Carpenter’s Union in Connecticut, he joined the Local here and landed a job working at Harrah’s Casino.  While working there, he became familiar with RGGC and joined our ranks in 2012.

Chet and his wife love music and festivals and avidly attend as many as they can.  For just relaxing, he loves to shoot pool, swim and walk in the outdoors.  His goal on retiring is to have a camper and visit all of the National Parks in the United States.

Favorite Projects

Harrah’s Casino New Orleans Buffet
Mid-City Market

Todd Whitlock

Project Superintendent

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Todd Whitlock

Todd’s love of construction began at a very young age.  His Dad was a construction foreman who also was a cabinet maker on the side.  Watching his Dad inspired him to pursue a career which ultimately led him to RGGC as a superintendent.  Todd’s favorite projects include the Terrebonne General Oncology Center, the Lighthouse for the Blind Office Building and the GE Office at Place St. Charles.

As a proud Lafourche Parish native, Todd is a member of the Gheens Foundation which strives to improve the quality of life for all citizens and institutions in the area.  For just relaxing, nothing beats, fishing, hunting and camping in the outdoors and attending sports events.

Favorite Projects

Terrebonne General Oncology Center
Lighthouse for the Blind Office Building
GE Office at Place St. Charles
American Red Cross Restoration