Integrity, Dedication and Quality - These are the pillars that our company was built on, and they’ve been present in every project since the beginning. When R.J. Daigle began his journey, he understood the importance and value of client relationship, and as the company grew, he made sure that these values were instilled in every member that joined the team.
Starting from a single steel-wheel roller purchased at an auction, the last 40 years have seen us grow to a leading highway construction and site development contractor in South Louisiana, offering base work, asphalt installation and everything in between. Though we’ve grown, we continue to adhere to the principles that R.J. put in place, treating our clients with respect and integrity and completing jobs with safety and quality.
Since assuming management in 2004, R.J.’s sons Ronnie and Vance have maintained the high-standards of their father and continue to deliver the service and quality that has brought us to where we are today. With an experienced team and industry-leading equipment, we’re committed to continued growth and will continue to build upon the strong foundation R.J. laid.
Ronnie serves as the President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. He has worked for R.J. Daigle and Sons his entire life. In 2004, after 27 years at the helm, Ronnie’s Dad (RJ) retired and Ronnie, along with his brother Vance, took over. In the 13 years since the brothers took over, they have consistently grown the company and the scope of the business they do. Although the core of the business has remained the same since day one, Ronnie and Vance have spearheaded the implementation of innovative technology in the concrete industry, and have developed an amazing cold asphalt patch product that is rapidly becoming an industry standard. As a 20-year resident of Ascension Parish, Ronnie believes in giving back to his community. He works tirelessly on numerous boards, trying to help shape the direction of area industry and business.
Currently Ronnie is a part of the following associations:
· Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – Board member
· The OLOL Franciscan Ministry Fund – Board member
· The Baton Rouge Area Chamber – Board of Directors
· The Louisiana Asphalt Paving Association – Board member
· The Mayor’s Council on the Arts – Founding member
· Ascension Chamber of Commerce – Board member
· Gonzales Area Foundation – Founder – Advisory Board
· St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Vice Chairman of Board
· Ascension Parish Mental Health – Board member
Ronnie’s passion has always been for his family and for his clients. He believes that if you work diligently, communicate clearly and act consistently, you can be successful at anything.
Vance serves as Vice-President, Co-Chief Executive Officer of R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. Vance started working part time in 1977, when he was 15 years old. When his father retired in 2004, Vance and his brother took over the business after learning the business inside and out for 29 years. Vance is excited to be teaching the third generation of “Sons” everything his father taught him and a few new things he learned along the way.
Vance is most proud of the 40 years his family has served New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes.
Nicholas is the COO for both R.J. Daigle & Sons Contractors and Daigle Industries LLC. Nicholas grew up in the company, working with every aspect of the firm throughout his high school summers and college breaks. He has operated in the field and the office, and was most recently the General Manager of both companies before moving up to his current position as COO. A 2010 graduate of the LSU, Nicholas studied with concentrations in Business Administration and Communication Studies. He graduated from the Leadership Ascension Class of 2016.
A Louisiana resident since 2005, Tony has been a member of the team since 2013, serving as CFO for both R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. Prior to coming to R.J. Daigle & Sons, Tony has worked in a variety of industries, from residential land development to investment banker, from small business owner to bank president. Through his wide range of experience across different industries, Tony’s financial knowledge is an invaluable strength to the companies. Tony is a graduate of the Robert O. Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico as well as various post-graduate banking schools. In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife of 47 years, Drue, their children and their grandchildren.
Clay is a CPA with 25 years of experience in different facets of state and municipal government. He is a 1992 LSU accounting graduate and a lifelong resident of Gonzales. Clay began his career as a financial investigator with the La. Office of Inspector General before serving as the Internal Audit Supervisor for the Dept. of Environmental Quality. In 2001, Clay was appointed City Clerk/Finance Director for the City of Gonzales, where he managed all facets of the accounting system and advised the Mayor on the day-to-day operations of the city. In this position he served on many state and local boards and commissions, including a term as President of the Louisiana Government Finance Officers Associations. As City Clerk, Clay gained a wealth of experience in economic development, planning and zoning issues, and commercial land development. After serving in this capacity for 16 years, Clay retired from the public sector in 2017.
Clay joins the Daigle family of companies as President of Double D of Louisiana LLC., where he will spearhead the company’s land development and property management efforts. Clay is delighted at the opportunity to work for a Daigle-owned company, and he is extremely excited about the opportunity and challenge to build a company that can be as successful and well respected as the other Daigle entities.
Clay has been married for 25 years to his wife Aurora. They have two sons, Cole (23) and Preston (17).
Tate is a 2004 Magna Cum Laude graduate of LSU with concentrations in Construction Management, Industrial Education, and Occupational Safety. He manages all R.J. Daigle & Sons projects. Before joining the R.J. Daigle & Sons team, Tate worked as a Project Engineer and Estimator for Basic Industries, Inc., a Contract Administrator for Keta Group, LLC, a Project Manager and Engineer for Block Construction, LLC and has worked for Shell Oil, Lion Oil, and Motiva Enterprises. He holds numerous contractor certifications and has been a member of the Town of Addis Council for the past four years.
A graduate of the LSU College of Engineering, Clay McKnight is the Chief Estimator for R.J. Daigle and Sons. Clay began his career with RJD during his college years and has been with the company since his graduation in 2009. Beginning as a field worker, he moved up to a project manager before ultimately transitioning into the role of Chief estimator. Thanks to his construction-centered work at LSU and work experience at all levels of the company, Clay has a broad background that allows him to diligently manage the estimate of all projects that come through RJD. Clay has numerous construction certifications and credentials, including being a Certified Traffic Control technician and supervisor and well as completion of the OSHA Construction Safety and Health Training programs.
With more than 40 years in the construction industry, David has experience in nearly every area. From cartography and aerial photography to project management and inspection, his background has led him to his current position as an estimator for R.J. Daigle & Sons. David is certified through the LA Contractors License Board and has attended short schools for Concrete Box Culvert Design and LaDOTD Hot Mix and Asphalt Design.
Jessie worked as a project manager and estimator for F.G. Sullivan,Jr Contractor for 20 years. During that time he pursued his formal education in Construction Management, Construction Estimating, Primavera Project Scheduling, Claims Analysis, Cost Analysis and many other Construction related jobs. He has been involved in all aspects of Construction from takeoff to final acceptance. His Civil Construction background includes earthwork,drainage, lime stabilization, soil cement stabilization, stone base, inter layer, surface treatment, asphalt and all types of road rehabilitation. Jessie began working for R.J. Daigle and Sons in 2016 and is very excited to be part of a team that is so determined to provide excellence.
A lifelong resident of South Louisiana, Preston joined R.J. Daigle & Sons in December 2004 as their first general superintendent. He came to the company with 24 years of road construction experience, and claims that everything he learned before was in preparation for this, his perfect job. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Pam, an educator in Ascension Parish. They have three daughters and three grandsons. Preston’s love for construction began at five years of age. In 1965, Preston’s dad, Thomas P. Hughes, Sr., was a sub-contractor that supplied the fill material for the future site of the Willow Glen Power Plant in St Gabriel. Thomas Sr. took his only son to visit the job site, on the way home they enjoyed an RC Cola and Moon Pies together at the J. A. Barthel Store in St. Gabriel. Thomas Sr. passed away the following year at the age of 37. That experience with his father left a lasting impression on Preston and is the catalyst that fuels his work ethic each and every day. Preston began his construction career on Feb. 5, 1980 as an operator at Barber Brothers Construction. In 1983 Preston operated the first milling machine in South Louisiana and was promoted to foreman within that year at the age of 23. In 1993, Preston was hired as the General Superintendent for Construction Specialists. After 11 years as General Superintendent, the opportunity to work with R.J. Daigle & Sons presented itself and Preston accepted the position eager to work for the industry leaders and for a company with such an honored tradition of excellence. Preston is especially proud of the safety record his crews have achieved, and he looks forward to many more accident free workdays and weekends with his grandkids.
Darrin started his journey 19 years ago working as an asphalt laborer. Within his first year of asphalt road construction, he became a screed operator and introduced skid steers into the everyday needs of an asphalt crew. Then, in 2000 he became a foreman and never looked back. Coming to R.J. Daigle in 2009 Darrin brought his experience to help elevate the company’s everyday “lay-down” procedures working on various DOTD projects and with numerous municipalities and private asphalt projects. In 2016 he took over the role of Asphalt Superintendent, leading all asphalt crews, plants, QC and milling crews. Determined to embody the principles and character of R.J. Daigle & Sons, he pushes himself and the division to not only meet, but exceed the high standards set by the company every single day.
Roles included Lead Paving Engineer & Paving Superintendent. (2005 to 2015)
Jobs of Note – I-12 Design Build in Denham Springs LA, I-10 Design Build, Essen Lane Extension, Perkins Road Widening & South Harrell’s Ferry Road Rebuild all in Baton Rouge La
Transfer to Industrial Division of James Construction / PSC (2015 to 2017) Roles included Lead Job Progressor, Project Coordinator, Field Engineering & Project Services
Jobs of Note – CF Industries in Donaldsonville LA & Sasol Mega Project in Lake Charles LA.
Hobbies & Fun Stuff – My 2 Kids, Automotive Restoration, Firearms & Soon to be back on the Reserve Police force again for Walker P.D.
Jeremy joined RJ Daigle & Sons in December 2017as a Site Superintendent with 15 plus years of Civil Earthwork Construction experience, he oversees Southern Lifestyle Development projects. Jeremy comes from Deville Construction where he managed day to day GPS operations, building 3D models of jobsite’s, performing quantity earthwork takeoffs, and preparing pricing for construction site bids.
He is a 2003 graduate of Louisiana State University. Jeremy spent his summers working for his father’s precision land leveling business. He credits everything he knows about the construction business to his father Greg. More significant to Jeremy, is his father taught him the importance of always conducting business in an ethical manner and to never sacrifice quality for quantity.
“I remember at the age of 12, taking over and driving one of my father’s brand new earthmoving machines. I was barely being able to see over the steering wheel, but it was at that moment that I fell in love with playing in the dirt and using the latest technologies to achieve the best possible finished product.”
After graduating college, he started his own business specializing in GPS Finish Grading/3D modeling in the civil earthwork market specializing in parking lots, building pads, and sport’s fields. His most memorable high-profile job was under contract with Deville Construction performing the finish grading on LSU’s New Alex Box Stadium playing field achieving grade tolerances of .03 hundredths of a foot.
Jeremy is excited to work for a progressively growing company that shares the same high quality and ethical values that he was brought up believing in. He has been married to the love of his life Andrea for 11 years and together they have two beautiful children Ava and Carter. His weekend activities consist of hunting, fishing, sporting activities, and worshipping with the family on Sunday mornings.
Larry is the Truck Foreman for Daigle Industries. He oversees all drivers and trucks. He has been a proud licensed constituent of the trucking industries for 25 years. He has been working for R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries for 18 years. Larry grew up in the trucking industry as his father owned a dump trucking business.
Larry is a Certified Welder, which allows him to solve some problems without calling in a specialist. He strives every day to be an asset to the company. Larry takes his role very seriously and when he leaves at the end of each day he knows that he gave his very best.
With more than 20 years’ experience in commercial and civil construction, Kenneth is the team’s Survey Manager. Prior to joining, Kenneth spent the previous 12 years devoted to traditional and GPS surveying along with 2D and 3D machine control. As a factory trained and certified surveyor in both hardware and software, Kenneth makes sure that we achieve accurate grade the first time, every time.
With a degree in accounting from Ohio State University, Vicky joined the company in 2013 as the Senior Accounting Assistant to the CFO. She handles accounts payable and human resources for both R.J. Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. CFO Tony Bull describes Vicky as the quiet, steady rock that holds everything down during a storm. Vicky’s calm and diligent work ethic ensures timely, accurate payment of employees and vendors in addition to employee records. Before moving to Baton Rouge in 1997, Vicky lived in Taipei, Taiwan for 11 years and she has three children with her husband of 35 years.
Shortly after graduating from St. Amant High School in 2004, Kayla joined the team as a receptionist after being hired by the company founder. Over the last 13 years, Kayla has worked in every aspect of accounting as it pertains to RJ Daigle & Sons and Daigle Industries. In her current role as Senior Assistant to the CFO, Kayla is in charge of billings and accounts receivable for both companies. Kayla has been married since 2008 and a mother since 2010 after the birth of her son. Considering herself the luckiest person alive, Kayla loves her family and working for such a great company.
After completing her degree in Marketing with a concentration in professional sales at Nicholls State University, Lori began her work in the construction industry for Primoris Energy Services as a Project Buyer & Timekeeper. She joined the R.J. Daigle & Sons team in 2016 as project administrator. As a project administrator, she ensures the field work crews get the job done safely, on time and under budget. In April 2017, Lori welcomed a beautiful baby girl to the company family.
Whitney graduated from French Settlement High School in 2004. The proud mother of two sons, Ethan & Konner, Whitney hopes to raise her sons with the drive, attention to detail and respect of self and others she has found at R.J. Daigle & Sons. Working for Ronnie and Vance Daigle has proven to be the best decision in her career. Whitney worked as an Administrative Assistant at Seven Oaks Capital for 5 years, and it was just over a year ago that the chance to work at R.J. Daigle presented itself. Without hesitation, Whitney accepted the position and has been smiling ever since.
Whitney enjoys time with her family when she is not at work and believes she may have a future baseball star in one of her sons.
Ethan is part of the third generation of R.J. Daigle and Sons/Daigle Industries. After completing 5 years at LSU working in Business Management. Ethan is taking a leadership role in our Concrete company, Daigle Industries immersing himself in our latest, innovative and technologically driven Mobile Mixers. He has been certified by ACI (American Concrete Industry) as a Field Technician and has completed Cemen Tech's "Operation and Maintenance Course" on C60 Volumetric Concrete trucks. In addition, Ethan believes he can honor his grandfather’s legacy by, working hard, treating people fairly, empowering key personnel and producing quality work.
Part of the third generation of R.J. Daigle and Sons, Colin is actively pursuing a degree in business management with a concentration in strategic leadership. While in school, Colin also works part-time, learning everything he can about the industry and company operations. Working to honor his grandfather’s legacy, Colin strives every day to work hard, treat others fairly, empower key personnel and produce quality work.
Founded in New Orleans in 1977 by R.J. Daigle and currently based in Gonzales, Louisiana with two asphalt plants (Geismar and the city of Central), R.J. Daigle & Sons Contractors, Inc. is a privately-owned company specializing in highway construction and site development. Vance and Ronnie Daigle, assumed ownership and management of the company from their father in 2004. The company currently employs over 150 people and is always looking to add quality personnel to the family.
Corporate focus and expertise include:
R. J. Daigle & Sons combines experienced personnel, customer focus, and current industry leading technology and equipment to deliver superior project performance at a competitive price.
Born from a single steel-wheel roller, R.J. Daigle & Sons has evolved into a contractor with the capability to service the entire South Louisiana region through two full-service asphalt plants. The company has proudly served road construction and site development needs of various private and commercial industries, developers, the Petro-Chemical industry, the State DOTD, parishes and municipalities throughout Southeast Louisiana during the last 40 years. R.J. Daigle & Sons products include hot mix asphalt, soil stabilization, concrete, drainage, and the newly developed cold mix product, Transitfix. Transitfix is an ideal long-term fix for road repairs. The development of Transitfix enables R.J. Daigle & Sons to provide new solutions to utility contractors, real estate management companies, industrial and manufacturing plant maintenance companies, drainage contractors, railroad contractors, and general contractors.
The executives in the R.J. Daigle companies are very philanthropic. They understand the mutual benefits that come from giving back and paying forward into the communities in which they live and work. Community involvement is strongly encouraged, to all employees. The companies of R.J. Daigle believe in leading by example, both in financial contributions and in volunteer hours with various board memberships, community leadership programs, town council election, and fund raising activities.