From a 2-person commercial construction company to a business that has grown to 3 locations servicing the Gulf Coast region, the commitment of the leaders of Ratcliff Companies has remained united and consistent: to maintain the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, honesty and fairness in our relationships with our clients, professional associates, sub-contractors and suppliers.
Robert T. Ratcliff, Sr. – CEO and Chairman of Ratcliff Companies
I started working as a summer laborer for my father’s company and also gained experience in the construction industry by taking a variety of summer and coop program positions to learn about estimating, scheduling and being a field supervisor. I attended Tulane University and received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1964. I spent two subsequent years in Atlanta, Georgia working for the Henry C. Beck Construction Company and earning an Architectural Engineering degree from The Southern Polytechnical Institute. I returned home in 1966 and served in just about every position in this company including Field Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager and Vice-President before taking the helm of J.E. Ratcliff, General Contractors as President at the age of 32. I was fortunate enough to work with my father for several years before he became incapacitated by a stroke which left me with having to run the company from an early age.
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After becoming President, I incorporated and recapitalized the company as Ratcliff Construction, LLC, and started guiding the future growth of the company, which included expanding our role from being a pure bid & build contractor to include pursuing relationships within the private sector, many of which exist today, and that contribute to a large part of our repeat business. As our organization has grown and developed, I have enjoyed expanding our services as well as our physical presence. These include services such as Design Build and Development Consulting services and separate entities such as Ratcliff Development LLC, and Ratcliff Constructors LP. For 45 years I have provided leadership and vision to our company, during which time I encouraged our managers to take the lead in small and large projects in order to expand their experience and ability.As CEO and Chairman I get to consult with our upper management on shared creative problem solving and on the strategic direction for these different companies. I also provide financial, marketing and PR support to work for continued growth. I have been married to my wife, Liz, for 45 years. We are parents to 4 children and 6 grandchildren to date, and when not thinking about the strategic growth of Ratcliff, I enjoy reading, fly fishing, bird hunting, following organized sports, foreign travel, photography, drawing, painting and collecting art.
Robert T. Ratcliff, Jr. – President
I joined the “family business,” working as a laborer during my high school summers starting in 1985 as a way to earn spending money. I joined the company full-time in 1994 after receiving an undergraduate degree from Rhodes College and after spending a post graduate year at LSU in the Department of Building Construction. I am proud to be the third generation to carry on the tradition of building and developing commercial facilities across the Gulf South. I have held many positions in the company including laborer, carpenter, project manager and estimator before I followed in my father’s footsteps and became President of Ratcliff Construction Company in 2011. In my 18 years of service, I have supervised and managed federal, state, military, educational, healthcare and hospitality/gaming projects. I actively serve as a member of the CLEDA board, and have recently become a graduate of the Leadership Louisiana Class of 2012.
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As President of Ratcliff Construction, it is my responsibility to provide the overall direction and strategy for the business. I work with the heads of Preconstruction Services, Operations, Finance and Business Development to make sure that the goals and objectives of our clients as well as the company are met. I am committed to upholding the company values that my grandfather and father upheld before me, in order to make sure that the Ratcliff Companies retains its stellar reputation and that we maintain our position as the best in the industry. I have been married for 18 years and have two sons and a daughter. Outside of work, I enjoy duck hunting, travelling, socializing with family and friends and gardening.
Max K. Young – President of Ratcliff Constructors, L.P.
I was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and have been around the design and construction industry my entire life. My father was a partner in a successful architectural firm with projects throughout the state of Louisiana. I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1985 and subsequently spent two years working in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and ten years working for two large General Contractors in the Washington D.C. area.
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We opened the office of Ratcliff Constructors LP in January of 1997 and have grown the company to an annual volume range of $80 Million to $110 Million. Our portfolio has a diverse project type including K-12 schools, higher education, office buildings, assisted living facilities and municipal facilities. As one of the owners of Ratcliff Constructors LP, I oversee all aspects of business development, corporate and financial operations of the company. I have been married to my wife Lynn, for 23 years. We are parents to three children. Outside of work, I enjoy golf, tennis, duck and deer hunting and spending time with my family.
Debbie Eddlemon– CFO of Ratcliff Companies
I’m very excited to be part of the Ratcliff organization! My thanks to all of you for your openness and assistance with my duties as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
I began work as a CPA with a local Certified Public Accounting firm. Over a nine year period I progressed from staff accountant to audit partner. While in public practice, I prepared tax returns, compiled financial statements, as well as performed reviews and audits of financial statements. The various businesses I worked with included construction companies, nursing homes, banks, municipalities, and apartment complexes – to name a few.
I left public practice to be the Controller for the Bossier Companies. My twelve-years experience with the Bossier group included working with businesses revolving around highway construction and other investments. These businesses included sand and gravel pits, pre-stressed concrete, asphalt plants, tire and parts store, joint ventures and striping company. My duties involved all accounting and financial matters related to these companies.
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For the next two years, I was CFO of a publicly traded (NASDAQ) automotive parts chain. When they relocated their headquarters form Alexandria, LA to Houston, TX, I joined CLECO.
I began at Cleco as Business Manager for Utilitech – their non-regulated line construction company. When this subsidiary was sold, I became Business Manager for the Support Group which is the organization that provides all non-operational functions for the Company. For the past five years I was the Business Manager for the construction of CLECO’s new $1 billion generating unit at Boyce, LA. My involvement on this project spanned initial contract negotiations into construction, start-up, turn over to commercial operations and post construction negotiations.
After working with CLECO for almost 13 years, I came to work with the Ratcliff group. I’m looking forward to many years of Safe and Successful Years with this organization!.
Dorville “Boo” Robichaux – VP of Operations, RCC
I became a part of the Ratcliff Construction Team in 1978. I began working as a laborer/equipment operator and eventually moved on to becoming a carpenter. Through hard work and dedication, my knowledge in the construction field continued to grow. In 1984, I was given the opportunity to move into the Project Superintendent position on a small project. From there, I moved on to oversee many projects throughout the community and State. After many years in the superintendent roll, I moved up the ladder to become the Senior Project Manager and Corporate Safety Officer for the company. In 2011, I was promoted to VP of Operations, which is the position that I hold today.
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Working from the ground up as I have with Ratcliff Construction Company has given me a deep knowledge of the construction industry. Additionally my many years of working with the various Owners and Design Professionals in our industry has taught me how to work as a team on our projects. I emphasize this philosophy to all of our employees. As Vice President of Operations for Ratcliff Construction Company, I oversee all of the Project Management Staff which includes five Project Managers and two Administrative Assistants. I work closely with Rob Ratcliff, President and Jeff Robichaux, VP of Pre-Construction Services to continuously improve our services and ensure we deliver a top quality project to our customers. I have been married for 30 years, the father of three daughters and the grandfather of two grandsons. I enjoy hunting and fishing on the weekends, trapping hogs year round and spending time with my 7 brothers, other family members and friends.
Jeff E. Robichaux – VP of Pre-Construction, RCC
I have been a member of the Ratcliff Construction Team since 1989. I began on the ground level of this company as a laborer, became a carpenter and then moved to Project Superintendent as my knowledge of construction increased. Since I was able to work in the field, supervising people and handling problems I have an excellent understanding of the construction process and how to work out the daily issues we all face on these complex projects.
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As Vice President of Pre-Construction Services, I oversee the design and pre-construction phases of cost estimating. I am responsible for conceptual estimates, material takeoffs, pricing, subcontractor solicitation, formulation of bid packages and assistance with procurement. I also place great emphasis on helping the project move smoothly from the estimating stage to the project management stage. I continually check in on the projects, even after they have left our department to make sure the customer is being taken care of, and so that the critical information given to us early in the project is continually addressed. I am married and the father of four children and the grandfather of two. I enjoy hunting and fishing at our camp with my children, eight brothers and four sisters, and all of our large extended family members.
Chris Botto – VP of Ratcliff Constructors, RCLP
I was first introduced to the construction industry by working odd jobs for a residential contractor while in college. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Memphis, I began my construction career with a road contractor as a project manager and estimator.
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I moved to Dallas, TX in 2000 to join Ratcliff Constructors, LP as a Project Manager. Currently, as Vice President I work directly with all the Project Managers and the Superintendents to provide consistent project delivery standards, I monitor internal project reporting, and assist the Project Managers with any issues that may arise. As a former Project Manager, I fully understand that the needs of the onsite team are met thru proper planning of the construction project and a coordinated team approach. I reside in Dallas with my wife and two children. While I am not working, I enjoy Golf, Hunting, Waterskiing, and Boating.
Gregg Thompson – General Manager of Ratcliff Development
I became a member of the Ratcliff Companies at the beginning of 2008 by an invitation to serve as General Manager for Ratcliff Development LLC. Prior to joining our team, I had experience as a member of a Project Management Team for over 2 years on a very large development project in the Hospitality Industry and another 15 years of experience as Vice President of a regional convenience store chain. With a solid background in accounting and budget administration, I bring an analytical aspect to the development industry and I routinely use this capability and experience to evaluate potential projects and opportunities.
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I am a member of the CCIM Institute, as well as a Licensed Commercial Realtor with NAI Latter & Blum. I effectively use these industry alliances to work within a premier network of real estate professionals. This network gives me the ability to determine both market and industry trends and as General Manger of Ratcliff Development, these relationships are vital for site selection, local knowledge and enhanced capabilities that benefit not only our own projects but our client’s as well. I have spent the last 21 years involved in the acquisition, development and operations of commercial real estate and have the knowledge and resources to determine demand, feasibility, cost, profit potential and operating conditions. At the Ratcliff Companies, we combine our individual talents to produce an efficient, knowledgeable team that works for the benefit of our clients, tenants and investors. It is a pleasure to find myself working with such a well-qualified and capable group of professionals who routinely deliver quality service in an ever-changing and challenging industry. We truly are your Integrated Property Development Solution. Being a husband for over 22 years and a father of 2 young men, we enjoy the outdoors and all that our great state has to offer. As a group we try to spend as much free time as possible, participating in the culture of Louisiana and all the wonderful customs that they include.