July Member Spotlight: Darren Ratajski

01 Jul 2017 8:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Quick Facts

Name: Darren Ratajski 

Company: Zachry Construction Corporation

Role:  Director, Design-Build/Alternative Delivery

What services does your company provide?

Zachry Construction Corporation (Zachry) traces its roots back 94 years to the H.B. Zachry Company. Today, the Zachry group of companies constructs some of the most complex transportation infrastructure projects throughout the country. Zachry continues to build upon our legacy of safely completing quality projects on-time and on-budget by providing construction services to our valued federal, state and local municipal clients. Complementing Zachry’s transportation infrastructure services, Zachry also provides turn-key construction services to the water/waste-water and commercial (vertical construction) market sectors.

Years of Experience: 20 years

Learn more about Darren:

Where are you originally from?
Atlanta, Georgia

Tell us something really interesting about you.

Politics has always been a hobby for me. At the young age of 18, I ran for governor and was handily defeated in the primary. Later, in my suburb of Atlanta, I successfully ran for city council and was the youngest councilmember ever elected. 

Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?

Over the years I have heard many great things about SMPS and the local SMPS chapter. In 2016, a current chapter member encouraged me to join SMPS. In short, I joined SMPS in order to benefit from the many opportunities SMPS provides its members.

What drew you to the A/E/C industry?

My father was a “c-suite” level executive for one of the nation’s largest firms. Growing up within the industry, I truly believe “it’s in my blood”.

Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?

My role at Zachry requires me to travel 70% of the time. Therefore, my favorite place to eat in San Antonio is “at home”. My wife is an exceptional cook, and I look forward to a nice home-cooked meal when I am in-town. When we do choose to eat out, we frequent restaurants from casual to fine dining such as Lupe Tortilla, Pappadeaux’s and Bohanan’s.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. Whether it’s on the golf course, by the pool; or, attending my children’s many academic or athletic events – we enjoy doing so as a family.

Do you have any pets?

In 2014, Santa Clause brought my children a Havanese for Christmas named “Kool-Aid”. In layman’s terms; a small dog which looks like a dust mop.

What would be impossible for you to give up?
It would be nearly impossible for me to give-up a good round of golf with good company, while smoking a premium cigar.

Describe your ideal vacation.
My ideal vacation is a beach destination with good golf courses close-by.


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