Nationally, over the last three decades design-build has been adopted by states all around the country. All but two states, Iowa and North Dakota, now permit its use. Ramtech has been at the forefront of using the design-build project delivery method since it was first authorized for public projects by the Texas Legislature in 1995. Design-build has played an integral part in our growth, by allowing us to be a single-source solution in designing and constructing permanent modular construction projects for educational institutions and government agencies across the state. (more…)
In January Ramtech’s Vice President of Engineering Roland Brown was reelected as the Presiding Officer of the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council. Since the council was formed in 1984, Roland is the only representative of the commercial modular industry to ever hold the presiding officer position. He was reelected unanimously by the other ten members on the council, which functions as an advisory board for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on issues related to the regulation of the industrialized housing and commercial building industries. Originally appointed to the Council by former Texas Governor Rick Perry in October 2010, Roland was reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2019 to serve another two-year term which will expire on February 1, 2021. In addition to his service on the IBCC, he also serves as the President of the Board Of Directors of the Modular Building Institute, the international nonprofit trade association that represents the commercial modular construction industry. Roland is also a member of the International Code Council where he has been an advocate for addressing code and compliance issues that affect the modular industry. Roland began his career in the modular building industry in 1981, and since that time he has developed a long track record of creating unique structural designs which have made significant contributions to the technical evolution of the commercial modular industry.
Ramtech has publicly announced our senior level management promotions that will leverage our current corporate structure to facilitate our growth goals for relocatable modular buildings and permanent modular construction over the next decade. The key management changes include the promotions of Matt Slataper to President, Randy Van Zandt to Vice President of Operations, and Gary Davenport to Vice President of Architecture.
Matt Slataper replaces former President Linc Moss who has elected to step back and assume an advisory role as Chief Operating Officer as he transitions into retirement at the end of 2020. Matt came to Ramtech in 2018 from the financial services industry where he worked in investment banking for several years. As President of Ramtech he will oversee marketing, business strategy and development, project estimating, and all of our banking and financial relationships.
As a 20-year veteran of Ramtech who has served in several key senior project management positions, Randy Van Zandt has now moved to Vice President of Operations. In this capacity he will continue to lead Ramtech’s day-to-day site construction efforts while adding the management of engineering and the oversight of Ramtech’s modular manufacturing operations to his responsibilities.
Gary Davenport, our in-house architect will assume the role of VP of Architecture. Gary will work together with Roland Brown in leading the company’s internal design department, while also focusing in a business development role with Ramtech’s sales and marketing efforts.
After 36 years in business, Ramtech has pursued getting the “Ramtech” name registered with the United States Trademark Office, whenever the name is used in the context of modular buildings or modular construction. After a long, arduous and expensive process, we were granted Registration Number 5,315,557. The registration was issued on October 24, 2017. You may ask, “Why wait 36 years to get your name registered?” The answer is that up until this time, the Ramtech name has never been used in an advertisement by our competition.
Last year, a competitor of Ramtech initiated a pay-per-click campaign where whenever someone searched “Ramtech Building Systems, Inc.”, an ad would pop up asking the question, “Looking for Ramtech?, Try__________”. We view this campaign as a deliberate attempt to confuse and divert potential customers that are specifically searching for Ramtech, to go to another site. This approach to marketing lies within an ethical grey area that we won’t condone and would never practice ourselves; therefore, we feel we must do whatever possible to counter the efforts of that competitor. Our belief is that by registering the Ramtech name, potentially misleading campaigns such as this that use our own brand against us will be taken down by Google and Bing.
Ramtech abides by the Modular Building Institute’s Code of Ethics as well as the Code of Ethics prescribed by the Better Business Bureau, achieving the rating of A+ with the BBB. Since 1982 we’ve thrived under the same ownership and management team. We’ve never been removed from a project, never had our bonding company intervene in the completion of a project, never filed bankruptcy, and have never faced litigation associated with a construction project or the running of our company. These are claims that very few in the construction industry could make, and they are the cornerstone for a reputation and brand name that we’re proud of and will make every effort to protect.
To our friends in the modular industry, we encourage you to run a search using your company’s full name to see if this same ad campaign is being employed against you. Many of you will be surprised. If so, I encourage you to consult legal counsel and confront this company in an effort to stop this practice.
We are pleased to announce that Matt Slataper has joined Ramtech in the role of Vice President. Matt comes to Ramtech from the Houston area where he served as a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking division. In his new role at Ramtech, he will bring his experience to all areas of Ramtech’s operations with a particular focus on business development. Matt joins Ramtech at a pivotal time as we seek to grow our pier and beam and slab-on-grade permanent modular construction business. Matt’s experience, perspective, and business acumen will be essential as we move forward to position the company for growth in new markets and by expanding our product offerings and developing strategic partnerships. Matt has spent the last 12 years in finance, most recently focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets advisory within the oil and gas sector. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BBA from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife Tiffany have two children and plan to relocate from Houston to the west side of the Metroplex.