STAFF

Ray Merlo

Ray Merlo

CEO

After working in the family concrete business as a teenager, Ray began his studies at Lawrence Institute of Technology (today Lawrence Technological University) where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Ray began a career in the industrial painting industry working for a large national painting contractor. His work in the painting industry gained him an immeasurable amount of experience as he worked throughout the United States.

In 1991, Ray decided that he had enough of the industrial painting business and decided to return to his roots in the concrete business by partnering with his brother, Perry, and founding Merlo Construction Company, Inc. With Ray's unparalleled passion, he and Perry were able to transform Merlo from a small commercial concrete contractor to a leader in the southeastern Michigan earthwork and concrete markets.

Ray has served as Vice President and CEO of Merlo Construction where he provides vision and direction to the company. As a remarkable visionary, Ray is a forward thinker with great enthusiasm for the growth and development of Merlo. Ray also manages the sales and estimating team where his experience and attentiveness to customer's needs has created a stable of lifelong clients.Ray is involved with many industry associations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and is heavily involved in the Michigan Concrete Association (MCA). Ray believes in volunteering his time – most notably, he and his wife have been instrumental in establishing the Children’s Comfort Fund at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. Ray currently lives in the Northville area with his family.


Contact

Phone: (248) 640-2144

Email: ray@merlomi.com


Perry Merlo

Perry Merlo

President

Upon graduation from high school, Perry knew how he was going to make his mark in the world. With two previous generations of concrete contractors in the family, it only seemed natural for him to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. Perry partnered with his father, Reno, and began working on small commercial concrete projects. Working in a small family owned company, Perry soon realized that he would have to wear many hats and become a master of juggling all facets of the business in order to become successful. By troweling concrete during the day and estimating new projects during the night, Perry and Reno were able to sustain and grow the business.

When Reno decided to hang up his trowel and ease into retirement, Ray became the logical choice for Perry to partner with and Merlo Construction Company, Inc. was established in 1991. With Ray and four other employees in the mix, Merlo Construction was ready for growth. As the company has grown, Perry has remained President and continues to focus his efforts on field operations and asset management. He leads by example and, even as President, is not apprehensive about picking up a shovel or trowel and showing the troops how it’s done.

Perry has held numerous positions in the Southeast Michigan chapter of the Associated Building Contractors (ABC) including Treasurer and Chairman. He currently serves on the national board of the organization. Perry resides in the Northville area with his wife and two daughters. When not at work, Perry’s hobbies include hunting, deer management and riding his ATV’s.


Contact

Phone: (248) 640-2145

Email: perry@merlomi.com


Brian Misaras

Brian Misaras

Director of Operations

Brian began his career in the construction industry working for a large curb and gutter contractor before spending a number of years as Director of Estimating at a large earthwork and concrete construction company. His experience includes many large commercial and retail projects as well as large industrial projects. Brian joined the Merlo team at the beginning of 2017 to bring his experience to the overall operations of the organization. Brian resides in the Lansing area with his wife and two sons. When not working, Brian enjoys spending time playing hockey and being on the water.

Contact

Phone: (248) 640-5641

Email: brianm@merlomi.com


Chris Kotoucek

Chris Kotoucek

Finance Manager

Chris joined the Merlo team in 2008 after working as a controller in the general contracting realm.  As Finance Manager, Chris is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including payables, receivables, payroll and managing the financial statements.  Her duties also include managing all human resource activities and keeping order in the office.  Chris is the glue that holds Merlo together and acts as the den mother that keeps everyone in line and on track.  Chris lives in the South Lyon area with her husband and also has a daughter.  When she can get out of the office, Chris is an avid cook and enjoys spending time on the water with family and friends.

Contact

Phone: (734) 320-7234

Email: chris@merlomi.com


Brian Gustin

Brian Gustin

Project Manager/Estimator – MDOT/Municipal

Brian is another example of Merlo Construction’s desire to promote from within. After his dedicated service in the United States Navy and working in the demolition industry for a number of years, Brian joined Merlo as an operator in 2001. It did not take long for him to be promoted to foreman and eventually Superintendent where he oversees the MDOT and municipal division. Brian resides in the Howell area with his wife and has two children. When he is not working, Brian enjoys hunting and spending time on the water in his boat.

Contact

Phone: (248) 640-2147

Email: brian@merlomi.com


Phil Campbell

Phil Campbell

General Superintendent - Concrete

Upon graduating from Oakland University with a degree in criminal justice, Phil began working for a large epoxy flooring contractor. He began his career with Merlo Construction as a laborer in 1992 before working his way through the ranks as a finisher, foreman and, ultimately, superintendent. His extensive experience in the concrete industry has been strengthened by his desire to grow his knowledge base. Phil holds multiple ACI certifications and continually attends classes and seminars to learn new techniques and understand the latest technology. He lives in the Oxford area with his wife and two children. Phil is a passionate outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and attending his kids’ athletic events.

Contact

Phone: (248) 640-2146

Email: phil@merlomi.com


Brian Boudreau

Brian Boudreau

General Superintendent – MDOT/Municipal

Since joining Merlo Construction in 2011, Brian has been able to bring his extensive knowledge of the MDOT and municipal markets to the company. Brian has advanced within the company to the role of General Superintendent since he began his career with Merlo as a Foreman. Brian resides in the Howell area with his wife and son. When not on the jobsite, Brian can be found enjoying activities such as camping with his family and snowmobiling with his son.

Contact

Phone: 248-924-5017

Email: brianb@merlomi.com


Tony Stramaglia

Tony Stramaglia

General Superintendent - Earthwork/Utilities

Growing up the son of a large demolition, earthwork, and concrete contractor, Tony was literally born to build. After spending many years in the family business, Tony joined the Merlo team in 2003 as a Foreman and worked his way into the role of Superintendent in 2015. His years of experience and expertise in construction make him a valuable asset to any jobsite. Tony lives in Troy with his wife and son. Tony is an honorary alumnus of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s where he works hard as a volunteer. Over Memorial weekend, he can always be found setting up the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair.

Contact

Phone: (248) 521-0196

Email: tony@merlomi.com


Tina Mahn

Tina Mahn

Administrative Assistant

Starting with Merlo in 2010, Tina has quickly become an integral part of the administrative team. Her previous experience as an assistant controller and project manager in the construction industry brought with it another perspective. From processing payroll to helping with new hires, Tina wears many hats and is able to balance it all extremely well. Tina lives in the South Lyon area with her four children and spends her free time restoring cars and trucks. On any given weekend, you can find her mud bogging with family and friends in one of her 4x4's.

Contact

Phone: (248) 714-5486

Email: tina@merlomi.com