Steven D. Ogier
CCIM, President of ContraVest Builders, Principal
Steve joined ContraVest in 2000 and currently serves as the President of the general contracting company, ContraVest Builders. As a licensed General Contractor in multiple states, Steve has been personally involved in the development and construction of over 8,000 apartment units. He passed the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) Accredited Examination for Commercial General Contracting Contractors which facilitates licensing and building in multiple jurisdictions.
As a principal in all three operating companies, Ogier plays an active role in the apartment development company and site acquisition.
Before working with ContraVest, Ogier spent five years as a sales professional in the medical and financial services industries. After graduating from The Citadel in 1990, receiving a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Ogier served five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger qualified Armored Cavalry Officer stateside and in Germany and four additional years in the Florida National Guard. In 1995 Ogier was honorably discharged from active duty as a Captain.
Ogier is very active in his church, local community and his alma mater, The Citadel. He serves on the advisory board for the Baker School of Business at the Citadel and is often invited back to teach and speak about commercial real estate finance, leadership and professional sales.
He held a Real Estate Broker license in Colorado, is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM, since 2006).
Vice President of Construction
Chris serves as the Vice President of Construction since late 2017. Prior to his current leadership position, he joined the ContraVest team in 2013 and served as a project manager on numerous projects and completed over 1,400 units with ContraVest by providing leadership and oversight for budgets, schedules, personnel, quality assurance and daily operations of multi-family construction. Chris has experience with all types of multifamily construction techniques consisting of low density garden, high density mid-rise (4, 5 and 6 story) and “wrap” type III wood construction. Chris’ experience with the many different means and method of construction that multifamily construction demands – wood frame, CMU, pre-cast concrete, structural steel and insulated concrete forms (ICF) – makes him a valuable technical leader for the organization and each project.
Prior to joining the ContraVest team, Chris honorably served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps as a Naval Aviator, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his military service, notable accomplishments included flying for two U.S. Presidents and command of a CH-53E Helicopter Squadron.
Early is his career, Chris had the opportunity to be exposed to multiple levels of construction, to include commercial and residential applications. Chris graduated from The Citadel in 1991 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.
Pre Construction Director
Ken Perry first joined ContraVest in 1998. During his initial 6 years he was involved with 8 projects totaling 2100 units. Ken rejoined our team in June of 2015 and is currently serving as our Preconstruction Director. Ken has experience operating in both private and public sectors of the industry with over 19 years of experience, overseeing both multi-family and military projects.
Ken is recognized for high level performance and has participated in and overseen many aspects of multimillion-dollar operations, including pre construction development, logistics, capital planning and development, project/program management, design services, process enhancement, quality assurance and staff augmentation for a variety of NASA and DoD clients. Ken has gained a reputation for delivering projects on time and under budget. He is proficient in assembling high performance teams and effectively works with architects, engineers, contractor/sub-contractors and clients to deliver a smooth construction process while maintaining cost control objectives.
Senior Project Manager
Currently, Walt is our Senior Project Manager responsible for providing leadership, supervision and project management for the general contracting company ContraVest Builders. Prior to his current position, Walt was Vice President/Project Manager from 2001 through 2009 for ContraVest successfully completing more than 4,000 multi-family units spread over five states.
Walt is a third generation licensed General Contractor and has over 38 years of commercial and residential construction experience; ranging from churches, medical facilities, professional buildings, schools, high rises and multi-family projects. He has a vast level of technical expertise with various means and methods of construction utilizing different concrete systems, steel and wood frame construction.
Walt graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Administration and is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker.
Mike Tamayo joined ContraVest Builders in May of 2013 and has been an integral part of our success. He has been promoted through the ranks and has managed and led our team in a variety of roles during his tenure which has contributed to the successful completion and delivery of over $93M in assets for our investment partners. He is currently serving as a Project Manager, responsible for leadership, oversight of budgets, schedules, personnel, and the daily operations of the project construction team.
Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our team and has a diverse sampling of experience in residential and commercial construction which includes: Retail, Hospitality, Institutional, Government/Federal, and most recently Multi-Housing. Mike also brings his Marine Corps leadership/logistics experience to the team. He has an Associate’s Degree in Logistics and is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering Technology.
Ralph J. Watwood
Ralph joined Contravest Builders in March 2019 as a Project Manager. Prior to joining the ContraVest team, Ralph work through various construction disciplines to include multi-family renovations and civil and industrial construction. His experience includes working with Jacobs Engineering constructing large scale multi-purpose range complexes for the US Marine Corps, and as a Project Manager for Black and Veach/Overland Contracting constructing 64 miles of high voltage transmission lines as well as a 138kv dual buss greenfield substation.
Prior to starting his construction career, Ralph served honorably for 21 years in the United States Army. During his time in the US Army, Ralph held every possible leadership role the Army had to offer culminating as the Brigade Operations Sergeant Major overseeing 19 separate Army Reserve Battalions and over 3,500 soldiers both Active Duty and Reserve across the Southeastern United States, to include Puerto Rico. During Ralph’s Army Career he served valiantly oversees in Iraq and Afghanistan for over 84 total months in combat. Ralph successfully completed US Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy class #66 and served honorably as an Army Scout.
Ralph is a graduate of American Public University holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Intelligence concentrated in Terrorism and a Master of Arts Degree in Security Management. Ralph also holds several certifications to include Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma, and Six Sigma Green Belt. In addition, Ralph also holds several industry recognized certifications OSHA 10/30, NCCER Construction Safety, and SWPPP Inspector.
Assistant Project Manager
Shykasheali “Shy” Phillips became a member of ContraVest Builders in June of 2018, immediately following graduation from The Citadel. Upon his arrival, Shy quickly began to learn the “business” from the ground up and has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the company. Working alongside and learning from our field team, sub-base, and members of management, Shy consistently demonstrates the leadership, character, and craftsmanship that reflect our company’s values and ethical beliefs. Although new to the multi-family construction, Shy’s innate ability to lead and govern the construction process has been vital in his success as an Assistant Superintendent and achieving developmental milestones.
Shy continues to grow professionally as a newly promoted Assistant Project Manager. His leadership and critical thinking will be assets that will be key in helping build the company’s project portfolio. With multiple projects now part of his construction resume, ability to provide oversight of scheduling, budgets, and day to day operations will be pivotable to our success.
Graduating from The Citadel with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Shy has the discipline and appetite for learning and further advancing his knowledge in construction, development, and finance. He credits some of his leadership and discipline to lettering in both baseball and football at the Citadel, helping win multiple conference championships during his tenure as a student athlete.