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).