About Us



Ben Garrett – President

Ben Garrett 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.



Bernie Buchanan – Executive Vice President

Bernie joined RA-LIN in 1997 with an array of construction achievements in varying markets to his credit. His past responsibilities have included oversight of Pre-Construction activities relating to operations, business development, scheduling, and estimating. He now manages Strategic Development for the company and implementation of standard operating procedures across company groups. He is also responsible for setting the overall direction of Quality Assurance/Control and ensuring consistency in its delivery to RA-LIN clients.


Tres Jernigan

Tres Jernigan – Vice President of Commercial Group

Tres Jernigan, a professional engineer with over two decades of building experience, serves as vice president of the company’s Commercial Group comprised of industrial and large manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality segments of the construction marketplace. Tres guides and oversees 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 – Vice President of Education Group

Derek Smith is leader of RA-LIN’s Educational Group. Smith received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. Joining RA-LIN in 2004, he brought with him 14 years of extensive construction industry experience. His concentration focuses on new educational projects and strives to build on our considerable strengths in this market. About 90% of RA-LIN’s educational customers have contracted with us more than once, so Derek’s responsibility is to oversee, maintain and expand that group.


Brian Fritts

Brian Fritts – Director of Operations

Fritts, a veteran at RA-LIN for two decades, holds a B.S. degree in Construction Management from Southern Polytechnic State University. As Director of Operations, his resume and volume of work with RA-LIN stands well over a quarter of a billion dollars. The construction phasing and logistics planning required to safely execute projects of Brian’s experience, while students are present, is a proven skill of RA-LIN operations, and he executes these skills with expertise.


Jay Grubbs

Jay Grubbs – Vice President of Alabama Group

As an employee with RA-LIN for nearly 20 years, Jay Grubbs has served as Project Manager for more than $135 million in public and private construction. As manager of the company’s business development and marketing department beginning 2010, he also became responsible for Alabama operations in our Oxford, Alabama office. As a native of Cleburne County, Alabama and holding a B.S. in Building Science from Auburn University and an M.B.A. from the University of West Georgia, Grubbs has successfully completed the Associated General Contractors Leaders Course and the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Cleburne program. Jay and his wife Kellie reside in Heflin, Alabama with their three children.