Meet The Team
Jim Baratto grew up in Hill City, MN, and attended Bemidji State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology in 1976. Read More »
He continued to hone his industrial skills by earning a Vocational Certification in Sheet Metal in 1977. From there he began his career in education, teaching courses in topics such as Architectural Drafting, Electronics, Cabinetmaking, Industrial Technology, and various other building trades. In 1996, Jim completed the necessary coursework to earn a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development & Education from the University of St. Thomas. It was then in 2002, equipped with a lifetime of industrial knowledge and a passion for custom designed carpentry, Jim and his brother founded Baratto Brothers Construction, Inc. Jim became sole owner of Baratto Brothers in the fall of 2009 and his son Ben joined the business. Ben has since become part owner and Vice-President of the company and they continue to grow and build Baratto Brothers as a successful construction business based on family values. Jim enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife DeAnna, their 3 children, and 5 grandchildren (and counting).
President of Construction
Ben is part owner of Baratto Brothers Construction and oversees all construction management operations. Read More »
He works hard to ensure that the BBC team is adhering to the rigid procedures set forth which aim to provide consistency in client experience and meet the high standards in place as a premier builder. Ben began working for Baratto Brothers in 2002, the same year he began school at Bemidji State University. He played football for BSU and later held a captain leadership role. Ben spent his time between semesters in the field learning the trades and in 2007, graduated with a BS in Industrial Technology with an emphasis on Construction Management. After graduation, he moved home and began working full time for Baratto Brothers. In 2014, he became a shareholder of the organization and now continues to manage the day-to-day operations as well as guide and implement the strategic direction of the company. Ben enjoys hunting and fishing in his off time and spending time with his wife Amy and their three young children.
Partner – Director of Project Development
Eric is a Partner with the firm and as such he assists the Vice President in construction management operations. Read More »
On top of that, his role in Project Development is to work with BBC clients and our estimators to bring together a project that embodies the vision of the clients. Eric has 16+ years of experience in both residential and commercial project development, management, and construction marketing. He was hired by BBC in 2011 as Director of Project Development and in 2014, he became a Partner. Eric’s skills and background support the sales processes and marketing strategies that encourages growth and expansion of Baratto Brothers Construction. In 2014, he was instrumental in developing and implementing the commercial construction division of BBC, which is now thriving and growing. Eric is also a USAT Triathlon National Competitor, a 2 time Ironman Wisconsin Finisher, and an avid hunter. On his off time you may find him riding our local Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails training for his next race.
Matt began honing his leadership experience and management skills while serving two tours in Iraq as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Read More »
Following his years as a Marine, Matt graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica with a B.A in Management. In 2013, he chose to leave a promising career in the retirement services industry to step in to an accounting and business role with Baratto Brothers Construction. The move proved to be a good fit in rounding out the leadership team for BBC. Matt is actively working towards earning his MBA, with an anticipated completion date of October 2017, and at the same time will begin completing the various sections of both the CPA and CMA exams. Aside from managing the overall financial aspects of the organization, Matt’s role on the team is to ensure that our Project Managers are working to provide the best value for our clients throughout the construction process. In his spare time, Matt is a dedicated husband, new father, and an accomplished triathlete. He qualified for the ITU age-group World Championships in 2015 and has been a three-time qualifier of the USAT National Championships between 2013-2015.
Director of Commercial Construction
With over 16 years of professional experience, and an additional 10 years of labor in the field, Eric was added in the Fall of 2014 to head up the Commercial Construction Services side of Baratto Brothers Construction. Read More »
His hiring brought on immediate return with a large hospitality project in northern Minnesota signing on along with him. Commercial Construction Services has quickly grown to be a reputable player amongst the commercial building industry in central Minnesota with much of that attributed to Eric’s influence and hard work. Eric completed his B.S. in Industrial Technology, with an emphasis in Construction Management, at Bemidji State University in 2001. He has been a key player in building a successful team of talented commercial project managers and job supervisors that match the motivation and goals set forth for Baratto Brothers. His experience, hard work, and dedication lend itself well to working with clients and architects to guide them through all stages of construction. From design to estimation, value engineering to hard competitive bidding, Eric also excels at defining quality control, managing project schedules effectively, and ensuring that all aspects come together into a cohesive project. His well-rounded skills include sales and project development, estimating, value engineering, and construction management in the commercial industry. Eric is an exceptional communicator, highly organized and a team player who is always looking for the next professional relationship to build on. When not in work mode, Eric is a family man raising his two young daughters alongside his wife, Kathy, and additionally finds time to get outdoors hunting and enjoys the beautiful Minnesota seasons.
Jason started at BBC as a Job Site Superintendent in 2012 and was promoted into a Project Development role with Baratto Brothers Construction in 2015. Read More »
Jason has worked in the construction industry for over sixteen years. He completed his formal construction training through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Accomplishments during his career include first place in the State of Minnesota Craft Championship, subsequently finishing in the top five at the National Craft Championship competition in Puerto Rico. Jason has enjoyed progressing through the ranks of construction and gaining experience at different levels along the way. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm where he also learned the value of hard work. Jason’s training and experience has been a great asset to the Project Development team. On his off time, Jason gets out hunting and fishing on the Minnesota lakes with his 3 boys and wife, Bobbi. They also hit the pavement on their Harley’s and aim to put as many miles as they can as weather and time permits.
Andy joined BBC in 2016 adding an experienced Project Manager position to Baratto Brothers Commercial Services. Read More »
He attended High School in Brainerd, MN, where he was also a back-to-back twice accomplished state champion wrestler. Andy went on to obtain a B.S. in Construction Management from MSU Mankato. During his time in Mankato, he also held a team captain position, was a three time All-American as well as a National Champion in 2008 and runner up in 2007. Out of school, he began working as a Project Manager for a few mechanical contractors in the Metro area. Andy, with his wife and three children (ages 5, 5 and 3), returned to the Brainerd Lakes Area in 2013 where he managed all of the construction and maintenance projects for Mills Fleet Farm and Mills Automotive Group. Andy’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Dave comes to Baratto Brothers with 16 years of construction industry experience. Read More »
He graduated from St. Cloud State with a Multimedia degree but found during those years he also enjoyed developing his skills in the construction business. His construction career began in college as he gained experience working in a family business and learning the trade from the ground up with a strong emphasis on work ethic and developing skills in all aspects of home construction. Dave’s leadership and project skills were further defined when he began running his own crew where he focused on the importance of quality. He was hired on at Baratto Brothers Construction as a Foreman/Superintendent in 2012 and was promoted to Project Manager in 2015. Dave is an active triathlete and has finished multiple half Ironman races. He qualified for Team USA as a triathlete and also is an avid mountain bike enthusiast helping to coach the Cuyuna mountain bike team. Dave lives in Baxter with his wife Ellen and their four children.
Joel Ferguson has been exposed to the construction industry trades since the age of 14 when he began summer work as a roofer in Heron Lake. Read More »
After graduating high school from Pequot Lakes, Joel continued building on his experience while working for a small contractor in Crosslake and also managing the ongoing construction needs of his family’s lake resort. In 2003, Joel graduated from Alexandria Technical College’s Carpentry Program where he fine-tuned his skills in various trades including woodworking, project planning, drafting, estimating, and accounting. Joel starting working as a carpenter for Baratto Brothers Constructions in 2004. His superior performance and knowledge launched him from a carpenter to a Lead Carpenter, then to a Foreman, and ultimately to a Project Manager in 2012. Since then, Joel has successfully managed multiple projects ranging from multi-million dollar custom lake homes to multi-million dollar light commercial/industrial buildings. In his personal time, Joel spends as much time as possible enjoying the Minnesota seasons. He gets out boating on the lake in the summer with his girlfriend, Renee, and hits the trails snowmobiling in the winter when the snow cooperates. As time allows, Joel takes advantage of the BBC shop and sharpens his skills doing some woodworking and furniture building on the side.
Scott McCall is a Commercial Project Manager at Baratto Brothers Construction. Read More »
Scott grew up in New York Mills, Minnesota, where he worked on his parent’s farm and as a carpenter before joining the Marine Corps. He spent five years as a Helicopter Crew Chief and did two deployments to Iraq and the Middle East. In 2011 Scott received an Honorable discharge from the Marine Corps as a Sergeant and moved to Baxter, Minnesota. There he again began working as a carpenter while going to school online through the University of Southern Mississippi to obtain a degree in Construction Engineering Technology. In 2016 Scott joined the Baratto Brothers team as an intern and was quickly promoted as a full-time Project Manager. Scott is married to his wife Maggie, and they have two young daughters, Ella and Brooke. They reside in Pequot Lakes and enjoy spending time in the outdoors and working on their property together.
Meagan, originally from Bluffton, MN, graduated with a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of MN, Crookston, in 2007. Read More »
Since then she has been working in the agriculture and horticulture industries, most recently doing landscape maintenance. Meagan has been a positive addition to Baratto Brothers Construction team handling all of the general office administration tasks and is the welcoming voice of BBC. She resides in Brainerd with her two children.
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