Michael J. DeGruy
37, Chief Operating Officer Ryan Gootee General Contractors LLC
Metairie, La. From right-hand man to chief operating officer
DeGruy was one of the key people who helped Ryan Gootee start his general contracting company more than a dozen years ago. Gootee credits DeGruy’s experience and vast knowledge of construction, his knack for thinking strategically and his ability to adapt and innovate as a significant contributor to the firm’s growth and success.
DeGruy is involved with academics on many levels; an alumnus of Louisiana State University, he serves on the school’s Construction Industry Advisory Council and Education Committee. The committee helps introduce more real-life, hands-on courses to the school’s construction management program.
DeGruy is a firm believer in design-build or design-assist project delivery, which “allows us to be involved all along to catch unforeseen problems and conditions,” he says.
One education project has had a special connection for DeGruy: a challenging, 15-month job for Green Trees Early Childhood Village at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Responsible for phasing and special events, DeGruy ensured there was minimal disruptions to the active campus during the project. His daughter is among the students at the newly renovated and operational Green Trees school.