About Us

Leading Commercial Construction in the Twin Cities for Over 40 Years

Since 1978, the team at R.J. Ryan has served the complete commercial construction needs of businesses in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities metro area, as well as greater Minnesota and Wisconsin. We deliver quality, cost-efficient buildings, and we do it on time.

Our philosophy is simple: our building systems utilize time-tested materials and methods wrapped around the latest energy efficient systems. Our design and construction principles are based on the idea that we build what you need and want. When you partner with R.J. Ryan, you get a quality building at a fair price.


R.J. Ryan Construction’s story begins in 1978 when it was founded by Ronald J. Ryan PE.  Under Ron’s 28 years of leadership, the company grew to one of the top general contracting firms in the area. 

With years of industry-leading excellence and our employees’ dedication  to exemplary work and customer service , have empowered R.J. Ryan’s work throughout the years.  As a leading commercial contractor , we go above and beyond on every project and deliver on our promises with integrity.  



President Jack Grotkin’s commitment to excellence and dedication to professionalism have continued to exceed industry standards. He has done this by forming strong professional partnerships based on integrity, ingenuity, and reliability since 1985. These characteristics, along with a deep-rooted tie to the construction industry, have enabled Jack and R.J. Ryan to become one of the most recognized and respected names in contracting.


Executive Vice President

Jeremy Thomas, LEED AP has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry.  He has been part of every task imaginable in the building process. He started out as a Project Manager and then with more involvement and dedication honed his skills into a Senior Project Manager.  Utilizing these years of hands-on experience to now manage the many details of R.J. Ryan as Executive Vice President. In all of the years since, his attention-to-detail and commitment to owner satisfaction have been integral to his success in construction.


General Superintendent

Abel began his career in construction with R.J. Ryan over 30 years ago. Since he started, he has risen through the ranks to General Superintendent, with responsibility for the field operations. He oversees all construction in the field to ensure that all projects contracted with R.J. Ryan are completed on time, within budget and to the highest quality available in the industry.



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 1978 R.J. Ryan Construction was founded by Ronald J. Ryan PE.  In December 2006, Ron retired as President of R.J. Ryan Construction.