Live Oak Contracting believes in building long term partnerships based on integrity. From our Clients to our team of professionals, we incorporate a collaborative approach to every project, ensuring the highest quality product delivered on time and in budget.

Management Team

Paul Bertozzi, Live Oak Contracting

Paul Bertozzi

Founder

Born and raised in Jacksonville Florida, Paul Bertozzi founded Live Oak Contracting with the goal of bringing a culture of collaboration to the multifamily construction industry.

He began his career in construction after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Auburn University. Armed with his knowledge of the markets, Paul became the co-owner and operator of a successful multifamily turnkey renovation company based in Jacksonville.

In 2005, Paul joined Summit Contracting Group as an assistant superintendent and was quickly promoted to Project Manager. While at Summit, Paul collaborated with its founders to establish two successful partnerships, Summit Contracting Services and Southeast Coastal Drywall. His hands-on approach to project management and construction experience also earned him additional titles of Estimator, Business Development Manager and Division Manager.

Over the years, Paul’s project portfolio has grown to consist of an array of commercial properties. Completed projects include over 1,900 units of Multifamily Market Rate, Tax Credit and HUD projects; over 1,000 Condos; 448 Multifamily Renovation units and 729 Rooms of Commercial Hospitality. With a total portfolio value over $275 million, his work has spanned nine states.

Paul is a Licensed General Contractor in Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. He is eligible for licenses in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and The US Virgin Islands.

In addition to his professional credentials, he is proud to be a member of the Urban Land Institute, the United Way, and the Project Management Institute of North East Florida.

Katherine Ruttell, Live Oak Contracting

Katherine Ruttell

Director of Marketing and Business Development

As Director of Marketing and Business Development, Katherine and her team dedicate themselves to the growth of the brand, the support of our Partners in their direct sales and marketing efforts, and bringing opportunities to drive profitability.

Prior to joining Live Oak Contracting, Katherine worked in the construction industry with ThyssenKrupp elevator as their office manager managing overhead budgets and office efficiencies. While working on her Business Administration degree at Florida State College of Jacksonville she worked in multiple divisions within Safe Touch Security implementing program management, customer service and sales.

Katherine is a proud member of the young leaders group for the Urban Land Institute and enjoys networking with people in all aspects of the business. While staying active in the market, she brings a robust understanding of the ever changing industry trends in the multifamily and commercial market.

Joe Pattison

Chief Financial Officer

Over the past 23 years, Joe has worked in multifamily housing, single family custom and production homes and commercial construction with contractors ranging from $3 million to over $300 million in revenue per year.

He has led several accounting system conversions, improved the efficiency of processes and established standards of operation for not only the accounting department but for the entire company. Joe has his finger on the pulse of the business through budgeting and cost reviews, while guiding management with his understanding of financial statements and cash flows.

Project Management

Jim Cox

Senior Project Manager

As a seasoned and highly experienced Senior Project Manager, Jim Cox takes pride in providing clients with an exceptional final product. He studied Business Administration and holds a general contractor license in Florida and Tennessee. His primary responsibilities include client satisfaction, quality control, cost control, bid management, and project safety.

Jim has managed projects in the contract valued from $10 million to $30 million and has over 36 years of experience in the construction industry with 18 of those years in a management role.  His most recent major project was the Rivers Avenue located in Charleston, SC.

Richard Dudding

Senior Project Manager

Rich has over 25 years of management experience in the construction industry and has worked as a Project Manager for firms including, RG Darby, RCS Group, DCK Worldwide and Summit Contractors. He is a highly accomplished Project Manager and a valued member of our team.

He has demonstrated expertise in operations, finance, and staff management within all sectors of construction. He is also skilled in business development, contract negotiation, state and local policy compliance, bid management, project management, cost and quality control, as well as serving as a client liaison.

Rich has been responsible for overseeing projects with a contract value in excess of $100 million. In fact, during his tenure at RG Darby, he developed and expanded their southern division, generating revenues in excess of $10 million per year.

Michael Bressler

Project Manager

A Florida native, Michael Bressler has over 19 years experience in design and construction. After attaining a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Michael began his career designing for Mercedes Benz before returning to the states to design for architecture firms. In a twelve year span, his diverse design portfolio grew to include retail centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, mixed-use developments, senior living and multifamily projects.

With a strong design foundation, Michael transitioned into construction project management focusing on retail and themed environment projects.

He is a Florida Licensed General Contractor and also holds licenses for Mold Assessor, Mold Remediation and Home Inspection. Prior to his recent arrival at Live Oak Contracting, Michael completed several design-build projects for Legoland Florida.

Woody Garner

Senior Project Manager

A proud Alabama native, Woody Garner has been in the construction industry for 42 years and serves as a Senior Project Manager as well as an Estimator at Live Oak Contracting. He has a vast amount of experience in the construction industry heading up projects in the banking, warehouse and retail sector, just to name a few.

With project values ranging from $13 million to $65 million, Woody brings a comprehensive construction knowledge and background to any project. Woody also holds 2 Florida General Contractors licenses and has background as the owner of a construction firm.

He prides himself on providing client satisfaction with every project to ensure repeat business. Woody’s high level of knowledge in all aspects of the design-build process makes him a highly respected member of the Live Oak Contracting organization.

Chris Vickers

Project Manager

A native of the Southeast, Chris grew up in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. After serving 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, he entered the construction industry and quickly gained experience as Superintendent in the single-family and multifamily market.

 In 2010, Chris furthered his construction experience and worked on a couple of apartment rehab projects for Summit Contracting Services. Once completed, he transitioned back to the single-family market and was the Project Manager of a local Jacksonville homebuilder where he built 82 homes in a single year.

In fact, he built the first ever model home built inside a sports venue in America at Everbank Stadium. The project was completed in just 49 days and is now visited by thousands of fans each year. The home will be donated to a wounded military veteran after the 2017 NFL football season.

In 2016, Chris became a Certified Licensed Florida General Contractor and he looks forward to growing his career at Live Oak Contracting.

Kevin Powell

Preconstruction Manager

Kevin Powell is a Jacksonville, FL native and graduated from the University of North Florida with a Construction Management degree. He has 15 years of dynamic construction experience in various management positions both in the field and office. During this time, he has served a broad range of client types including commercial, religious, multifamily, retail, industrial, and government projects ranging from $100,000 to $25 million.

For over 6 years, he has been involved with the Associated Builders and Contractors trade organization. He has held the position of Membership Committee Chairman and is a longtime member of the Young Professional Leadership Committee.

His role at Live Oak Contracting includes management of all preconstruction phases to achieve established cost objectives with respect to constructability review, bid solicitation, estimating, scheduling and contracting. This ensures successful transition between the preconstruction and operation teams. He is also involved with new project procurement and business development.

Project Administration

Rose Farley

Project Administrator

With over 25 years of experience in the field of construction, Rose Farley brings an incredibly well-rounded level of knowledge to her position as Project Administrator at Live Oak Contracting.

Rose began her career in construction in 1985 after moving to Florida from Illinois. During her early days, much of the work that is now handled by or on computers, was done manually. As the “one-woman-office” for Unicon Group, Rose was able to diversify her knowledge of the industry’s day to day operations.

During her career, she’s worked with companies such as Finlay Properties, Lennar Homes, Regional Development and Summit Contractors. She’s held a wide variety of titles and positions that include Superintendent, Field Administrator for multifamily construction & Project Administrator.

Lisa Massaro

Project Administrator

Lisa started her career at MetLife where she worked as a Business Analyst handling product and system enhancements, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory changes.

Following her time at MetLife, she transitioned into the construction industry where she held a position at Beezer Homes in the Design Studio. Lisa assisted the Design Counselors with selecting color themes, options and features for spec homes. In addition, she helped clients personalize their new homes by presenting custom finishes including flooring, cabinets and countertops during their design appointments.

Lisa continued her growth in the industry by moving to a local engineering firm, where she handled the daily operations as an Office Manager while coordinating architectural, truss and structural plans for contractors in the single-family market. Her combined experiences in business and the building industry have helped her transition to her current position as a Project Administrator serving the multifamily market with Live Oak Contracting.