About Us



Ben Garrett – President

Ben began his career at RA-LIN as a part time worker in the summer of 1984. After high school he attended Auburn University on an Air Force ROTC Scholarship and earned a civil engineering degree. In August of 1991 he returned to RA-LIN as an assistant project manager and has held increasingly responsible positions in various departments of the company until his appointment as President in 2005. Ben is an accomplished leader with deep practical experience combined with outstanding engineering and construction management skills.
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Bernie Buchanan – Vice President Pre-Construction Services

Bernie joined RA-LIN in 1997 with an array of construction achievements in varying markets to his credit. His responsibilities include corporate oversight of all pre-construction activities relating to operations, business development, scheduling and estimating. He is also responsible for setting the overall direction of pre-construction services and ensuring continuity in its delivery to RA-LIN customers and clients.


Tres Jernigan

Tres Jernigan – Vice President of Commercial Construction

Tres is a professional engineer with over 18 years of building experience serves as vice president of the company’s Commercial Construction Group comprised of industrial and large manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality segments of the construction marketplace. Tres guides and oversee all commercial construction aspects of the company’s projects throughout the Southeast. Jernigan holds a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama where he was a member of the Engineering Honors Society and Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer by the National Society of Professional Engineering.


Derek Smith

Derek Smith – Snr. Project Manager

Derek is leader of RA-LIN’s Educational Division. Smith is a 1992 Graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He has over 24 years of construction industry experience and has been at RA-LIN for 13 of those years. His concentration is on new educational projects and to build on our considerable strengths in this market. About 90% of our customers have hired us more than once, so the Educational Division is charged with maintaining and expanding that record.