After 40 years in the industry, Gary Cattel, RRC, FRCI, PE will officially retire on September 30, 2016. To honor this occasion, REI Engineers, Inc. hosted a celebration at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC on August 26. Guests included current and former REI employee owners, clients, contractors, manufacturers, two past presidents of RCI (Albert Duwyn and Mike Blanchette) and RCI’s VP and CEO Jim Birdsong.
Gary earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Wayne State University in 1978. Prior to graduation, he began his career in the roofing industry at Roofing Consultants, Inc. in Michigan. In 1981, he relocated to Ohio to continue his career with a different firm, and ultimately migrated to North Carolina in 1988. In 1997, Gary founded Roof Engineering, Inc. (which later became REI, Inc.) in the bonus room of his home in Raleigh. Gary was a founding member of the Carolinas Chapter and ultimately served as president of RCI from 2006 to 2007. After several successful years at the helm of REI, he executed his succession plan by converting the company to a fully employee owned ESOP in 2008. In 2010, Gary stepped down as president and promoted Scott Hinesley, RRC, PE to take his place to lead the company.
To recognize Gary’s accomplishments and humanitarian endeavors, REI Engineers made a donation to Overflowing Hands Nicaragua outreach program in his honor.
In his spare time, Gary plans to continue hustling friends on the golf courses of Florida and North Carolina while continuing to support Overflowing Hands.
Steve Grant, RRO, MRICS, PMP, RS, RSS, PRA, Certified Thermographer, has joined Amtech Solutions, recently relocated to Carillon Towers in Dallas, TX, as their Director of Operations. Steve joined RCI in 2013, and earned his RRO in 2015.