What began as one of Southern California’s original lath and plaster companies has grown into one of the wall and ceiling industry’s leading full service, design-assist, specialty finish and theming contractors. One thing that hasn’t changed in the more than 85 years since The Raymond Group got its start is our passion, both for building unique and exciting projects and for our people.
At Raymond, every project is an opportunity to learn and to push ourselves as we help bring our customer’s vision to life. We believe in integrity, dedication, and building a capable team of the top professionals in the industry. With an expert staff of over 700 craftspeople, our knowledge of metal studs, drywall, plaster, cast product, and many other specialty finishes can be used to build structures and spaces that delight and last a lifetime.
The key to quality construction is hiring and developing the best people. At Raymond, we do this by treating our people as more than employees; we treat them like family. We invest in our team. We grow their knowledge and skills, keeping them on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the industry. All this knowledge then gets used to make your project better. At Raymond, our people, experience, systems and resources enable us to deliver quality that consistently exceeds our clients’ expectations. At Raymond, we build your vision.
Travis Winsor is responsible for the growth, development, and profitability of all Raymond operations. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. He went on to earn both his M.B.A. and Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University. After passing the California State Bar, he practiced civil litigation for five years thereafter. Travis brought his education and experience to Raymond in January of 1997 when he began working as an Estimator and Project Manager. Travis now leads Raymond as one of the West Coast’s top drywall, framing, and specialty-themed finish subcontractors.
David Shedd is responsible for overseeing all estimating, sales, project management, and engineering activities across The Raymond Group companies. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He has vast experience in the construction, building materials manufacturing, and industrial distribution industries, and holds considerable expertise in lean production, business development, marketing, and strategic planning. He has had opportunities as a paid public speaker and has published two books on business management.
Steve Sylvester is responsible for providing overall direction for the financial and administrative operations of all Raymond companies and affiliates. Steve brings extensive finance and accounting experience to The Raymond Group, having served in both public and private company sectors, and in a wide variety of construction and real estate industries, including commercial, industrial, retail, multi-family, home building, property management, and mechanical construction. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Vanguard University of Southern California and is a Certified Public Accountant. Steve is a former Board of Directors Member of the CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association).
Michael Potter joined Raymond in 1999 with more than 13 years of construction experience. He began as an Estimator/Project Manager in our Southern California office and, in 2008, was tapped to lead Raymond’s San Diego team as Vice President and Area Manager. Michael now oversees Raymond’s engineering department, helping to ensure fluidity between the operations and engineering activities, ultimately bringing value to Raymond’s customers.
Jan Jensen brings over 20 years of diverse experience in human resources to The Raymond Group. Skilled in coaching, compensation and benefits, training, payroll, and employee relations, Jan provides direction to all aspects of Raymond’s human resource functions, responsible for maintaining and improving Raymond’s administrative processes associated with benefits, legal compliance, and union relations.
Ed Hanley is the Director of Safety for The Raymond Group, responsible for developing and implementing all elements of Raymond’s Safety Program, so as to maintain a safe and healthy work environment in both field and office operations. Ed has over 25 years of experience in the industry, overseeing safety operations.
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