A strong work ethic counts. Take Randy Masters for example. As a teenager, he started mowing lawns to use the money to buy things like a bicycle, bumper cars, and a ball glove. At 15 he started working at McDonald’s. Then he pumped gasoline and worked on cars at SOHIO. Then he was a milkman for Borden. Then came his life’s work – construction and site management.
“I suppose my interest in building stems from the fact that, at a young age, I had the opportunity to be a part of something that I can be proud of when it’s finished,” said Masters. “I’ve always been good at planning a project and seeing it through to completion Quality and timeliness.”
Today he is the owner of RAM Construction Services.
“I do this work because it’s rewarding to offer a product to be proud of,” noted Masters. “Usually it’s something that makes the customer happy, either an individual or a company. I like the challenges of seeing a project through from planning to completion.”
Masters, now 66, grew up in Marion and attended River Valley schools. He graduated from high school in 1974 and then went to OSU.
“I didn’t stay past the first year,” he pointed out, “as I was working mornings and going to school afternoons and evenings, thinking I’d be better off finding a job and getting on with my life.” I really had no direction other than to get a job and make a life.”
At 19, Masters began working in the maintenance department of a motel/restaurant chain. He took over the management of the parts department. Then, in his mid-20s, he was one of five people to buy part of the company.
“I ran the construction department,” Masters said. “We specialize in renovations, preventive maintenance and new construction that cater to commercial restaurants and motels.”
Masters soon began RAM Construction Services. His first project was to build a doctor’s office. He was soon approached by the Sisler family to design and build Eaglewood. He then designed and built the first two phases of Eagle Creek. Many other projects followed, from custom homes to factory renovations — as well as building restaurants in Marysville and Columbus. Most recently, he worked on apartments and an assisted living facility.
Meanwhile, Masters has also worked on cars. Remember that as a teenager he did car repairs at a gas station.
“My grandfather was the person who taught me how to work on cars and engines,” he explained. “I spent many weekends with him working on boat engines and cars. And I kept working on cars after I got married to make extra money.”
“I bought a Corvette that was on fire and restored it,” added Masters. “It was my first renovation. I have done every type of domestic car, plus Jaguar, Mercedes, BMW, Mini, Fiat etc. I am currently working on a 1969 Pontiac Firebird as well as a 2020 Terrain for my daily driver and I have a 2018 VW Beetle next in line .”
“Randy has rebuilt and repaired many cars and trucks for me over the years,” remarked engineer and friend Jerry Call. “He also completed a few remodeling projects for me. He is one of the most thorough and conscientious contractors I have ever worked with. Whether it’s rebuilding or repairing a vehicle or remodeling a space, it’s always done right, by the book, and by the code. There is never any doubt about the quality of the work or the quality of the materials.”
“Actually,” Masters replied, “my career path isn’t what I envisioned, but I don’t think I would change anything. Both passions were very satisfying.”
RAM Construction Services, LLC is located at 711 Darius St. in Marion. For more information, call 740-382-2594.
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