Our Team

Tricia Rutkowski

President and Owner

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Tricia is the President and Owner of Mohawk Valley Materials, Inc. (Mohawk). She is a dedicated construction professional, with extensive experience in management, finance, and quality. Driven by integrity, she takes pride in providing the best workspace possible. Tricia's ultimate goal is for all of her employees to feel happy and motivated to work.

Tricia's passion for Mohawk can be traced back to 2007, where she and her husband Joe spent significant time working on what was a small mulch and topsoil company. Upon Tricia becoming 100% owner of the company, Mohawk quickly morphed into a federal, state, and local horizontal construction services company. While there are endless stories to tell surrounding the company transition, she knows it could never have been done without her family, employees, and their dedication to success.

Tricia has worked in the construction industry for 13 years, gaining experience in operations, business development, accounting, financial statement presentation, and human resources. You name it, and she has mastered it. She is passionate about advancing Mohawk to its' fullest potential and will go to great lengths to get the company to be where it needs to be. Prior to owning and operating Mohawk, Tricia was an accountant working for various accounting firms. Tricia earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kings College in Pennsylvania.

Outside of Mohawk, Tricia enjoys spending time with her family. Ultimately, her favorite job is being a mother to her three children, and a grandmother. Tricia enjoys the Florida beaches, spending time in the Adirondacks, and traveling to different work events all over the country. She also enjoys watching her sons play hockey, and her daughter perform the art of dance. Tricia and her husband support the Utica College Varsity Hockey team, the Utica Comets, and continuously give back to the local community in Rome, NY.

Joseph Rutkowski

Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development

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As Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development at Mohawk Valley Materials, Inc. (Mohawk), Mr. Joe Rutkowski has extensive experience and knowledge in business development, operations, equipment, and estimating. Joe fuels Mohawk's business development team with bidding opportunities, and directly supports operations with manpower, scheduling, and staffing efforts. Joe's field expertise in the area of work perform is like no other.

Joe, with the help of his wife Tricia (President and Owner of Mohawk), started the company in 2007, selling bulk landscaping material for homes and businesses. Now, Mohawk provides horizontal construction and land management services nationwide.

Joe has worked in the construction industry for 25+ years. Post serving in the military, Joe began his professional journey as a law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania. He then went on to sell heavy construction equipment for CBI and Lyons Equipment Company. These experiences gave Joe the foundation to assist in building a successful horizontal construction company. His knowledge of how the equipment we purchase performs assists to get the job done fast and efficiently with minimal disturbance to operations. Joe is passionate about finding the next job for Mohawk, and establishing trusted relationships with customers, partners, and vendors.

Outside of Mohawk, Joe enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. He frequently visits the Adirondacks for outdoor activities, and spends his time traveling from state-to-state to see how Mohawk can efficiently bid the proposed work. Joe attended The Community College of The Air Force and Harrisburg Area Community College, he is also a United States Air Force veteran.

Heather LaRowe

Vice President of Business Development and Quality

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As Vice President of Business Development and Quality at Mohawk Valley Materials Inc. (Mohawk), Ms. Heather LaRowe focuses on strategic growth by expanding business capabilities organically and through strategic partnering. Since joining Mohawk in 2017, she has more than doubled annual sales. She promotes a culture of continuous process improvement and develops and implements processes and procedures to support our corporate culture of client success through delivery of quality services.

Prior to joining Mohawk, Ms. LaRowe worked for the National Guard supporting military training, environmental compliance, and natural resources management. For twelve years, she worked for an employee-owned, management consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA in various roles including project management, proposal management, and strategic development. She served on the Employee Owners Advisory Council and helped the company achieve CMMI Level 2 and 3 certifications as well as ISO 9001 certification. While Director of Training Area Management, she met Mohawk, which was supporting one of her $23M projects for the Army's Sustainable Range Program. She identified with Mohawk's core values and capability to deliver on their promises to complete multiple land rehabilitation projects simultaneously across a wide geographic footprint. Ms. LaRowe was thrilled to join Mohawk to assist in their strategic growth and development. She enjoys working in an intimate, fast-paced environment as an integral member of Mohawk's senior management team.

Ms. LaRowe earned undergraduate and graduate degrees and is a certified Project Management Professional. She is also Shipley certified. Outside of work. she enjoys being outdoors with her family, whether it is enjoying a ride on their horses or cheering on her children from the sidelines of their soccer, lacrosse, and football games. She enjoys time on the lakes and in the mountains and loves traveling to new places.

Ray Cudney

Senior Project Manager

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Ray Cudney is a Senior Project Manager at Mohawk Valley Materials, Inc. responsible for delivery of heavy civil projects to Federal clients. As a licensed professional engineer with over 30 years of seasoned experience, Ray is known for his commitment to the client and successful delivery of their projects through pro-active communication, organizational skills, teamwork, and attention to detail.

Ray's background and experience extends across a spectrum of construction roles which offers a unique perspective providing insight and significant value to any construction project. Prior to starting a professional engineering consulting firm at the age of 29, Ray served as a structural design engineer on heavy civil projects and as a resident engineer on a 30-square mile water control project. After building a successful design practice, Ray's company merged with an award winning architectural/engineering design firm that served State and Federal agencies throughout the Northeast. It was at this point that Ray realized the advantages of the design-build method of delivery, and subsequently he began managing client relationships with State and Federal clients and their large vertical construction projects. Ray's experience also includes delivery of construction projects as a developer, general contractor, and construction manager.

Ray graduated with distinction from Clarkson College with a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering and also holds a BS in Mathematics from SUNY Fredonia. Outside of work, Ray enjoys the outdoors and competitive sailing, tennis, and golf, and has served on Boards for a Contractor Association and several community clubs. Ray and his wife Barbara have two children and reside in Cazenovia, New York.

Joey Rutkowski

Project Manager

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As Project Manager at Mohawk Valley Materials, Inc. (Mohawk), Mr. Joseph (Joey) M. Rutkowski directly supports Operations with project management oversight. Joey has gained well-rounded experience in managing a range of horizontal construction projects to include hurricane cleanup relief, land clearing, road reconstruction, earthwork, and more. His ability to manage projects concurrently, coupled with strong client relationships, makes him an asset to our construction team.

Joey has been in the construction industry for 10+ years, starting in the year of 2007 when Mohawk was established. He has worked on all areas of the company; from manual labor, to recruiting, accounting, and management. As Mohawk continued to grow, Joey morphed into the Retail Manager at only 16 years old. He continued to work for Mohawk while attending Utica College to study construction management. To further expand his knowledge of construction, Joey took an internship in the summer of 2019 at Marcy Excavating. Upon returning to Mohawk, he provided direct oversight of our retail operations, and also served as a Project Engineer. Joey was promoted to a Project Manager in 2020. He recently relocated to Northwest Florida to create another office there, and grow our business operations in that area.

Prior to working at Mohawk full-time, Joey was a Division III College Hockey player at both the State University of New York at Oswego, and Utica College. He finished his hockey career at Utica College, where he won two league championships and was the Captain of the team his senior year. Joey is a proud father and happily married to high school sweetheart, Lindsay. Outside of work, he is an extreme hunter and fisherman in the Adirondacks. He also enjoys training MMA, jujitsu, and playing recreational hockey.