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
Mike Ellis - VP Business Development/Estimator
Mike is truly unique at Ritchie-Curbow. Not only does he have nearly two decades of experience in commercial construction, but all that time, experience, and expertise has been here with our company. Mike started with Team Ritchie-Curbow as a member of the erection crew and quickly graduated to superintendent before progressing once more into management. 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 facilitates successful owner relationships. Mike has recently transitioned from project management into the exciting new role of VP Business Development/Estimator. His knowledge, perseverance and capabilities make him an invaluable member of our team.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his beautiful kids, trips to the beach, playing guitar, and interpretive dance.
Phone: (757) 342-2807
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
Jake Hughes - Director of Operations
Jake is an accomplished professional in the construction industry, with an extensive background spanning over two decades. His construction journey began in middle school where he spent summers cleaning up jobsites before graduating to the framing crew in his father's business. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, Jake serves as a valuable asset in orchestrating successful business ventures. As a methodical and detail-oriented expert, Jake adeptly bridges the gap between owners and subcontractors, ensuring smooth collaborations and efficient project delivery.
Jake graduated from the Virginia Military Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. After a few years of using his degree in the IT world he learned two things: he missed construction and he hated computers.
He is actively involved in his church, loves to cook and read books, and enjoys working on maintenance and building projects at his church’s camp ground and conference center. He and his bride Rebekah have three sons they are very proud of. One in the Coast Guard, one in the Air Force and one at Newport News Shipbuilding.
Phone: (757) 342-8587
Kassidy Justice - Project Manager Assistant
Kassidy is a Florida native with a passion for construction, working as a project manager assistant. She pursued her education at Troy University in Alabama before moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she lived for 4 years while working in construction management. Now she is excited to embrace the new adventure of living in Newport News, where she is looking forward to new experiences. When she is not in the office, she enjoys cooking, homemaking, and spending time with her husband and two beloved dogs.
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
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.
Rob Little - Project Superintendent
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.