Principals

Qualities You Can Count On!
Integrity.
Dependability.
Experience.

All qualities you're looking for in a commercial building team.

All qualities you'll find in the people at R.J. Ryan.

Tom Ryan, Co-President of R.J. Ryan, has worked at the company for twenty-eight years, and has been instrumental in building R.J. Ryan into one of the state's most trusted and reputable commercial construction companies. Tom's diverse background and commitment to absolute customer satisfaction have significantly contributed to R.J. Ryan Construction's steady growth, numerous repeat customers, and varied commercial construction projects.

Tom's first experience with construction was as a summer laborer and carpenter in commercial and residential construction as he pursued his BA from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, he spent time in sales and sales management before joining his brother Ron at R.J. Ryan Construction.

For more than twenty years, Tom and his wife Gwen have lived in the community of Apple Valley, where they raised their children Kelly and Nate. When he is not at R.J. Ryan, Tom enjoys downhill skiing, golf and reading.

Co-President, Jack Grotkin joined the team at R.J. Ryan in 1985. Since that time, Jack has managed the construction of a wide variety of buildings, including car dealerships, office buildings, warehouses and banks. His total attention to detail, time line, and drive for customer satisfaction contribute in large part to the reputation R.J. Ryan enjoys today.

Jack graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Engineering and began his career with a distinguished national contracting firm specializing in industrial technology. While employed there, Jack was involved with construction renovations of the Monticello and Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plants. During that time, Jack also developed a strong interest in custom design, engineering and construction of commercial buildings.

Jack and his wife Rhonda live in Apple Valley with their three children. In his free time, Jack does volunteer work, coaches his children's athletic teams, and pursues his passion and interest in cars.


In 1978, Ron Ryan founded R.J. Ryan Construction. Under Ron's 28 years of leadership, the company grew to be one of the Twin City area's top commercial general contracting firms.

Ron graduated in 1966 with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After completing graduate work at George Washington University in Washington, DC, Ron embarked upon a career in the field of structural engineering.

In December 2006, Ron retired as President of R.J. Ryan Construction. Ron and his wife Patty currently live in Mendota Heights. They enjoy visits from their children, Molly and John, while continuing to raise their daughter Sara. In his free time, Ron enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, golf and woodworking.

R.J. Ryan serves clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities area of Minnesota as well as greater Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper Midwest.