V. P. Operations
Jason Ratke spent 4 years as a union certified electrician which is followed with 16 years in the residential and multi-family construction industry. His career began with Thomas Electric in 1991 as an apprentice doing minor residential and elementary wiring. In 1992 he received his union certification from the local IBEW and began managing electric projects for Thomas. In doing so he was exposed to a variety of construction applications and jobsite conditions throughout the Valley.
In 1995 Jason was approached by DR Horton and encouraged to apply for an Assistant Superintendent position. He was hired and held that position for 18 months. As construction demands grew in the Valley, he was promoted to Project Superintendent and began running his own projects. As a Superintendent, he oversaw all aspects of construction from pad preparation to final walk-throughs with customers while creating job schedules, delegating work to assistants, other employees and sub-contractors. He was also responsible for scheduling and interacting with city, county and OSHA inspectors to maintain industry standards. During his time as a Superintendent, he managed the construction and development of projects ranging from 1600sq ft single family homes to 4000sq ft semi-custom homes with a density of 30-100 units per tract. DR Horton eventually moved into the multi-family market and Jason began building large scale sites with single, 2 and 3 story condominium products with multi-family sites ranging from 90 to 750 units. In 2004, Jason was promoted to Project Manager at DR Horton, where his duties consisted of the overall buy-out and bidding of multiple multi-family projects including subcontractor selection and contract negotiation, building of DR Horton construction teams and value engineering all aspects of construction.
In February of 2009 Jason joined Fortress General Contracting as Vice President of Operations to oversee all field operations and construction personnel.
During his 20 years in the construction industry, Jason has obtained certification from the IBEW. Jason is Dust Control and OSHA certified in addition to receiving his Superintendent Certification from the National Home Builders Association.
Jason has lived in the West Valley for 36 years and currently resides in Peoria with his wife, 13 yr old son and 10 year old daughter. Having lived and worked in the Valley for almost 40 years, Jason has a strong sense of pride in Arizona and our local community.