Construction in Progress



Joseph C. Ritchie, Jr. – President

Joey has over 30 years of leadership and management experience. Throughout his career, he has held key positions in construction, engineering and warfare specialties. Joey has been involved with project design for over 30 years, with a concentration in commercial construction for over the last two decades. Working with Joey and the Ritchie-Curbow team assures you will be able to take full advantage of generations of experience--including financial, project and contract management, business development, estimating, engineering design, testing and analysis, value engineering, scheduling and preconstruction services—to your next commercial project.   

Joey earned a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1978 and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1988. 


In his free time Joey enjoys flying general aviation aircraft, boating and strumming guitar with his Church. 



Phone: (757) 873-0123 

Shari Ashmore, Director of Administration, Emeritus

Although officially retired, Shari still assists the office and brings with her more than 20 years of administrative experience, in everything from front office management to marketing and project management. She is also considered one of our contract assassins, as she knows how to write and execute contracts at a moment's notice. Her knowledge and experience with some of our local insurance and realty specialists are unparalleled. Not only an asset to Team Ritchie-Curbow, but she has also been a dedicated and integral teammate to Mayor Joseph C. Ritchie, Sr., both as an Executive Assistant and right hand. Of her many accomplishments, shepherding City Center, Oyster Point, to fruition is one of note. Keeping Team RC, in particular, Joseph C. Ritchie, Jr., organized and running on time is also one of her hidden talents. Although she is no longer in the office daily, she still keeps up with the crew and the goings-on. Team RC, of course, wishes her nothing but the absolute best; and we are lucky to still have her advice, support, and hugs.

Ron Burke, Project Superintendent

Ron Burke, now a proud member of Team Ritchie-Curbow, is a Site Superintendent that brings with him years of project and operations management experience. With over 30 years working in commercial renovations, new construction projects and maintenance upgrades, our team benefits by from his breadth and width of field and casework knowledge, as well as years of strong, local relationships with some of our local industry's strongest and longest running sub-contractors around.  With strong hands-on background in fabrication, manufacturing, construction, and personnel development, Ron has proven ability to plan and lead projects to completion. When working with Ron, crews know they can depend on strong, focus driven leadership and know they have an experienced individual with strong, proven, problem-solving capabilities on their team.


Ron is a proud West Virginia University Mountaineer, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1986. Not only does Ron have Commercial Construction Management experience, he is also a proud father and supporting partner to his wife, who is also an experienced construction administrative tactician. 

Stephanie Callis – Project Manager

Stephanie Callis is a Project Management force, contributing her variety of talents to our team. "Project Manager" is one of many hats Stephanie has worn at our organization. She joined Team Ritchie-Curbow in 2017 as a Project Manager Assistant. Because of Stephanie’s attention to detail, investment in processes and procedures, problem solving skills, and teamwork mentality, she is also one of our newest Project Managers. Although she is new to her title, Stephanie is a battle tested veteran of schedules, lookaheads, pay applications, coordinating procurement, and working with some of the best subs in the business. Stephanie "uses a machete to cut through red tape," and you will quickly appreciate her tenacity and moxie when she is managing your project. She is well versed in both saving our clients money, and, most importantly, time. 

Stephanie is a longtime resident of Newport News, VA but a native of Rochester, NY. She proudly served in the United States Navy, where she was as a Nuclear Electrician’s Mate, serving on both the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). She is a graduate of TNCC and ODU where she majored in Business Administration.

In Stephanie’s spare time, she is looking for ways to improve and help the community where she lives. Always a bright light and spirit, she contributes to the well-being of the office and patiently assists and trains the newbies. She is active in her church and church choir, in addition to being the lead singer of a band. Seriously.


Phone: (757) 873-0123  

Mike Ellis – Estimator, Pre-construction, Project Manager

Mike is truly unique at Ritchie-Curbow. Not only does he have almost two decades of experience in commercial construction, but all that time, experience, and expertise is with our company. Mike started with Team Ritchie-Curbow as a member of the erection crew and quickly graduated to management from there. His time in the field and strong relationships with some of our area's most successful, long established local contractors adds to our portfolio and local footprint. Mike has been involved with a few of our most successful projects--from renovations at Jefferson Lab to projects like 2506 Jefferson Avenue and new construction, like the newest Carter Funeral home, located at 3700 Marshall Avenue. Mike is also experienced and seasoned in safety and quality control, with his work at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard contributing to his development regarding the highest safety and quality standards.  

In his spare time (approximately 1 hour/week), Mike enjoys spending time with his beautiful kids, trips to the beach, playing guitar, and interpretive dance. 


Phone: (757) 342-2807

Rex Kohen – Senior Project Superintendent

Rex joined Ritchie-Curbow in 2004 and hasn't looked back (much) since. Not only is he our Senior Project Superintendent, he is an integral cornerstone of our organization. Throughout his 40 year career in construction, Rex has worked alongside a local network of time honored subcontractors. Fair, dependable, hard working, and attentive to detail, crews know he is a battle and site tested, experienced, and knowledgeable. Rex knows construction from Aggregate all the way to Z-bar flashing and zoning. Rex is a Superintendent that completes his jobs within schedule and on budget; Team Ritchie-Curbow benefits daily from his expertise, teamwork, and wealth of expertise. We are proud to say he has been with our organization for over 17 years. He has completed a wide variety of jobs including midrise office buildings, parking garages, schools, office warehouses and renovation work. Rex is also the best site photographer in the team, and his pictures are some of our favorite. 

When he’s not at work, you can find him cruising on his Harley and spending as much time in the Blue Ridge Mountains riding as much as he can. His can also cook a pig in the ground, so that is an amazing plus and asset to any team, right? 


Phone: (757) 240-0168

Jerry Legg – Project Superintendent

Jerry joined the Ritchie-Curbow team in 2001. He has an extensive background in the construction industry, beginning his career with residential construction before moving into the commercial realm. He has managed several multi-million dollar projects over the last 13 years, working closely with subcontractors, company staff and clients to provide a top-notch product.

Jerry enjoys golfing, spending time with his two children and trying new recipes for his smoker.


Phone: (757) 342-8325

Rob Little – Project Manager

Rob is a proud member of the United States Army National Guard, as well as a veteran Marine. Most importantly, he is a proud East Carolina University Pirate. Rob has successfully performed each step a project requires--from coordinating and ensuring equipment delivery, to building bridges, now managing, scheduling, and coordinating some of our Ritchie-Curbow projects. One thing that is for certain is that he works in a team; he is project and timeline driven. Rob brings a wealth of expertise and personality to any projects he is involved in.


Along with being a member of Team Ritchie-Curbow, he is a proud father of 3 beautiful girls and supportive husband to his wife, who is a nurse. In his spare time, he enjoys getting out into nature, either in the woods hunting, or out on the water fishing.


Phone: (757)310-6429

Dale Sellers – Project Superintendent 

Dale has been in the construction industry since 1981, joined Ritchie-Curbow in 2010 as a carpentry foreman and has since advanced to management.  In a prior work he had 20 years’ experience in framing as a crew leader.  He enjoys the challenge of coordinating subcontractors, inspections, and phasing and seeing that jobs are completed on schedule and under budget.

Dale can be seen in his time off fishing and being in the wilderness camping and hunting.


Phone: (757) 342-7562

Kelly Sataraka, Executive Assistant, Project Management Assistant

Kelly joined Team Ritchie-Curbow in October 2021 after working for an academic, non-profit publisher for over a decade. Although she's new to construction, she brings plenty of troubleshooting and administrative best practices along with her. Creating smooth workflows and efficient procedures are two of her happy places.

Along with knitting, Kelly is passionate about paper planners, learning Samoan, revisiting the lost art of shorthand, and obsessing over kerning and line spacing. You can find Kelly at the office, ready to rabble rouse, Monday through Friday. 


Phone: (757) 873-0123

Mariah Venus – Comptroller

Mariah joined Ritchie-Curbow in 2021 as Controller and is in charge of all accounting and payroll functions. 


Mariah graduated from Saint Leo University and has a background in leadership, accounting and accounting related technology.  Mariah enjoys live music, hiking and spoiling her two English Bulldogs.


Phone: (757) 873-0123  

IN MEMORIAM: Rob Collins- Business Development/ Estimator

Rob Collins passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 12, 2021. In addition to working at Ritchie-Curbow, he served on the board of New Horizons, was a member of the Association of General Contractors and was proud of building a Habitat for Humanity Home in 2005. He served on the JMU Parents Council for 8 years and was a dedicated member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church for over 31 years serving as an elder, deacon and worship committee chair. 

Until a suitable replacement is appointed, please call the office so that we may direct your call appropriately.