Why worry when you have a choice?
Ralph C. Smith, President

250 BellStreet Reno, NV 89503
Tel. (775) 284-0387
Cell (775) 722-8730
Fax (775) 284-0467

Key Qualifications and Strengths

  • Construction and leadership manager with a majority of tenure in the role of construction operations.
  • Worked for two major Top ENR fortune 400 construction companies
  • Expertise in start to finish projects with approximately 2 billion of completed operations.
  • Strong skills in negotiating with owners, subcontractors and architects with project problems and come up with win-win situations.
  • Has worked as Executive VP, Operations Manager, General Superintendent, and Superintendent and understands each element of construction.
  •  Responsible for design build projects such as large land developments; high rise buildings; resorts, lodging, retail and garages; hospital remodel, upgrade and remodels; government recreation and lodging projects.
  • Expert construction operations knowledge.
  • Strong managing skills.
  • Strong negotiation approach.

Career History

  • 11/2006 to 1/2010, Valley Construction Company, Executive VP & COO.
  • 6/2003 to 11/2006, UPA Group, Senior Vice President.
  • 1/2000 to 6/2003, Osborne Construction Company, Vice President of Operations/ Washington/Alaska.
  • 1993 to 2000, Clark & Sullivan Constructors, General Superintendent/Chief Safety Officer.
  • 1986 to 1992, RA Swanson Company, Vice President/Construction Manager.
  • 1980 to 1986, Clark & Sullivan Contractors, Project Superintendent.

Responsibilities and Achievements
Valley Construction Company
As Executive Vice President/COO Mr. Smith started this company from its first day of operation and was responsible for all day to day operations including work procurement, marketing, project management and field operations.  He was also the qualified employee on the unlimited “B” license for the organization.  

Notable projects, but not limited to:
  • The Jet Ranch Design Build Aircraft Maintenance/High End Storage Facility, Carson City, Nevada
  • Spanish Plaza Office Complex, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Pinion Aero Center Design Build Aircraft Storage Facility, Minden, Nevada
  • Bridgeport Elementary School Modernization, Bridgeport, California
  • The Northern Nevada Sikh Temple, Sanctuary and Classrooms, Reno, Nevada (AGC Pinnacle Award Winner)
  • Raley’s Store 103 Remodel and Upgrade, Reno, Nevada
  • Maverick Store #409 Food and Gas Station, Carson City, Nevada
  • Desert Hills Renovation LDS Church, Reno, Nevada

UPA Group
As Senior Vice President - Mr. Smith was responsible for all day to day construction operations including project management, field operations, safety and administrative duties.  UPA constructed multi family high end resort, condominium and commercial design build CM/General contractor.  While with UPA, Mr. Smith was responsible for multiple commercial, medical, and private airport facilities.

Notable projects, but not limited to:

  • Mammoth Lakes Resort retail and garage
  • Juniper Crest Townhouses
  • Timbers Resort Condominium
  • City of Oakland City Walk Project retail and garage
  • Yosemite National Park Housing Project
  • Mammoth Orthopedic Hospital
  • Thomas Berkley Square Oakland multiple family housing
  • Virginia City Middle School remodel and seismic upgrade

Osborne Construction Company
As Vice President of Operations in WA, Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK - Mr. Smith was responsible for all contracting operations, estimating, work procurement, hiring and managing of all operating staff which included 5 Estimators, 5 Senior Project Managers, 8 Project Managers, 19 Engineers and 11 Superintendents with a field staff of over 300 craft trades.

Notable projects, but not limited to:

  • Satsop Washington Nuclear Plant Restoration Project – Design Build
  • Washington State Patrol Vehicle Maintenance Facilities – Design Build
  • Fort Lewis Barracks Renovation Project – Design Build
  • Fort Lewis 48 Unit Enlisted Personnel Project – Design Build
  • Cascade Everett High School New and Renovation Project – Hard Dollar
  • 360 Unit Privatization Housing Project – Elemedorf Airforce Base, Anchorage – Design Build
  • Elim, Alaska – K-12 School Addition and Renovation Project – Hard Dollar
  • Chevak, Alaska – K-12 School – Hard Dollar

Clark & Sullivan Constructors, Inc.
Mr. Smith, as general superintendent and chief safety officer, was responsible for all field activities, coordination between project management and field operations.  Mr. smith implemented project procedures for both project management and field operations that were simple, easy to track, self-motivating and productive.  During his time with Clark & Sullivan they grew to a Top 400 ENR General Contractor. Mr. Smith’s responsibility was to maintain 9-14 superintendents, 6-8 project engineers a staff 5 to 7 project engineers as well the administrative support people.

Notable projects but not limited to:

  • Washoe Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center, Emergency Room Upgrades, Nurses Station upgrades;
  • Carson Tahoe Hospital Remodel
  • Washington Sandhill High School Modernization
  • Warm Springs Correction Center
  • Desert Inn Casino Restaurant Remodel
  • Raley's, 19 Store Remodels
  • Reno Tahoe Airport Parking Garage
  • Reno Fire Station #10
  • Mervyn’s Store #781
  • Sky Park Plaza Center
  • Herlong Gymnasium and Officer Quarters
  • Northtowne Market Place

Education and Affiliations

  • NNEC Board Member
  • Nevada Museum Military History Board Member
  • Qualified Employee on “B” Unlimited License in Nevada
  • 1983 Western Nevada Community College
  • AGC STP Classes – 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11
  • Rapport Leadership, 1 & 2
  • FMI Project Management Leadership Classes
  • Many various Leadership and Project Management Seminars