The story of our company’s success is fundamentally the story of our people. Our firm is made up of outstanding field, management and administrative talent who share our values and passion for the work that we do. We hire and develop the most highly skilled managers, field superintendents, foremen and administrative staff. When we discover this talent, we keep it: Our firm is characterized by people that have worked for us many years running, often until they retire.
Walter T. Rich
Founder and President
Walter is the soul and spirit of W.T. Rich Company. His values, honesty, passion and sense of pragmatism and fair-mindedness have become deeply instilled in the firm’s culture and way of operating. Walter possesses over fifty years of construction experience, beginning his construction career in 1958 as an Estimator at Rich Construction Company. In 1968, he founded W.T. Rich Company and led the company to success as its Chief Estimator for fifteen years and as project manager, executive and administrator throughout the company’s life.
Jonathan joined W.T. Rich Company in 2003. During the ten years prior to joining the firm, Jonathan worked as Strategy and Management consultant, advising and working closely with senior leaders from some of the world’s largest companies such as Nokia, Microsoft, Chase, Nike, Motorola, Cathay Pacific, and CIGNA. He spent six years in Hong Kong, living and working all around Southeast Asia. Jonathan received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991. Prior to that, he worked as a software engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation. Jonathan currently plays a direct role in business development, estimating, project management and building upon the firm’s current capabilities for continued success in the future.
Sunny Mak joined W.T. Rich Company in 2005, replacing our previous Chief Estimator of 24 years. Sunny came to us with over 23 years of construction estimating and project management experience, having served as a senior or chief estimator for Suffolk Construction, Modern Continental, Peabody Construction and Perini. He has deep experience in conceptual estimating, construction management, pre-construction services and hard bid estimating. Sunny has made an immediate impact on our estimating capabilities and performance, streamlining the estimating process, expanding sub-contractor networks and introducing new technologies, tools and approaches.
Principal and Vice President, LEED AP BD+C
Brian, a graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology, joined the W.T. Rich Company in 1999. Brian serves as a senior project manager with significant expertise and accomplishments in the construction industry. He has led W.T. Rich Company to reposition itself for growth and competitiveness by introducing and implementing leading edge computer technologies and business practices. Brian has implemented project systems, developed business development and marketing materials, and helps to manage and improve administrative functions. He has served as the chairman for the AGC’s Young Contractors Council. Brian’s personal qualities include intuitive and analytical skills; tactical and strategic thinking; creative and motivational capabilities; strong initiative and the ability to get things done.
Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C
Evan joined the W. T. Rich team in 2007. In his role performing project management activities, Evan has quickly proven himself to be technically astute, responsible, diligent and highly productive. Evan has recently completed several extensive renovation projects, and is well-versed in the MGL Chapter 149A process. He is familiar with BIM software and
implementation and has served as our LEED Accredited Professional on numerous projects. Evan has an outstanding work ethic, is extremely well-organized and develops outstanding relationships with our clients, designers and sub-contractors.
John deBettencourt has worked in the construction industry for over 28 years, including 21 years as a Project Superintendent for large commercial construction projects. He is consistently regarded by designers, owners and sub-contractors as an exceptional talent in the construction field. He possesses extensive knowledge of the technical construction process and field operations. He has outstanding relationship and organizational skills. John has a unique ability to manage complexity and has developed an expertise in running large, challenging renovation projects. In recent years, John was the Project Superintendent on two highly complex and successful renovation projects that were $25 million and $35 million in size respectively.
John Rich has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years, including 12 years as a Project Superintendent with W.T. Rich Company. John’s background is as a union carpenter and carpenter foreman where he initially developed his technical skills and knowledge in construction. John has a degree in Applied Sciences Building Technology from the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Today, John is regarded as one of our most conscientious, diligent and detailed Superintendents. He develops outstanding relationships with owners, designers and sub-contractors. He possesses extensive knowledge of the technical construction process and field operations. John has recently served as the Project Superintendent on projects in excess of $20 million in size.
Ed Zimo has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years, including 12 years as a Project Superintendent with W.T. Rich Company. Ed has a degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern university and worked previously as a Field Engineer for Suffolk Construction. Ed possesses outstanding technical expertise and extensive knowledge of construction operations. He has been responsible for several complex and highly successful renovation and restoration projects, and recently completed the construction of a new $22 million elementary school in Taunton. Ed consistently develops excellent relationships with all parties throughout the construction process.
Walter McLeod has over 20 years of construction industry experience. He has served as a Project Superintendent for the last 14 years for companies such as JT Callahan & Sons, Eastern Contractors and Seaver Construction. He has been a Project Superintendent with W.T. Rich Company since 2006. Walter is a highly seasoned Superintendent. He has been responsible for projects up to $70 million in size. Walter is highly regarded and respected for his construction knowledge, technical expertise and management skills throughout the construction industry.
Mark Brown and Andrew MacGregor
With several years of combined construction safety experience they serve as W.T. Rich’s Co-Safety Directors. In this role, they are responsible for development and maintenance of the company’s safety standards, development and implementation of project-specific safety programs, on-site inspections and monitoring of safety compliance and delivery of safety training.