Face Time: Thor Construction CEO Ravi Norman

Ravi Norman has been CEO of Thor Construction since 2009. The Fridley-based general contractor averages about $110 million in revenue, making it one of the biggest minority-owned businesses in the state.

Thor is best known for working with M.A. Mortenson Co. on Target Field, Target Center, TCF Bank Stadium, the Xcel Energy Center and, now, the $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Thor also has built hotels and retail space in Las Vegas and worked for clients such as MGM Resorts, Target and Best Buy. Thor also recently completed a housing project for U.S. Agency for International Development in Haiti.

At the Greater MSP annual meeting in November, Norman received enthusiastic applause when he talked about the achievement gap and said: “None of us can consider this someone else’s problem. It is my problem. It is your problem.”

I spent an hour with Norman recently to get to know him and Thor. Here’s part of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.

How does it make you feel when you drive into Minneapolis and see the name Thor on one of those tower cranes?

That’s always exciting for everybody in our organization. It’s a recognition that you’re participating in some landmark projects for our region. But I use the old Luke quote, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Although you’re proud, there’s a level of responsibility, not only for your own success, but that we have to be an institutional and market leader…

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