Metairie-based Ryan Gootee General Contractors names new president

Lance Traweek, Editor//September 28, 2023


Photo and logo courtesy Ryan Gootee General Contractors LLC.

Michael DeGruy

Michael J. DeGruy has been named president of Metairie-based Ryan Gootee General Contractors LLC.


According to a news release, the announcement was made by Ryan P. Gootee who will continue in his role as CEO of the commercial general construction company.


“As Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the past six years, (DeGruy) has led the day-to-day operations of our company and has proven that he is ready for the next step in his leadership growth,” Gootee said in a news release. “(DeGruy) has earned my full trust and confidence to take the lead in charting a course for RGGC’s future.”


Gootee and DeGruy have worked together since RGGC was formed in 2004. DeGruy was vice president of RGGC before being promoted to COO in 2017. The company has grown from 27 employees to 50 and has increased revenue from $50 million to more than $86 million. DeGruy is also a co-owner of the company. He became a shareholder in 2018.


“Our company is on firm footing and poised for continued success,” DeGruy said in the news release. “As president, I look forward to maintaining the level of excellence that our customers, stakeholders, trade partners, and team members have come to expect from RGGC.”


DeGruy, of New Orleans, earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in construction management from Louisiana State University.


In addition to new construction projects, RGGC has extensive experience in design-assist historic restoration and renovation work. The company has 50 full time employees.

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