Executive Team

Richard CopelandFounder and Chairman of the Board

Richard is the Founder and Chairman of THOR Construction, founded in 1980. Through Richard’s drive, vision and tenacity, he has developed his organization into a major international force in the construction industry. His commitment to redefining the role of underutilized communities has always set him apart. By setting expectations for excellence and assembling some of the most talented people in the world, Richard and THOR create an extraordinary construction experience above all others. With a half dozen business units and hundreds of employees, Richard is known in his organization as a dedicated leader – one who moves, touches and inspires others – in all his interactions. Today, THOR is one of the largest African American owned companies in America.

Ravi NormanChief Executive Officer

Ravi possesses over 16 years of expertise in the areas of strategic management, organizational development and commercial finance. Ravi’s dynamic leadership style consists of an optimal mix of macro business strategy, management & organizational theory, operational execution, transparent intents, proactive communication, and measurable outcomes. Ravi has collaborated with several Fortune 500 corporations and non-profits to develop innovative solutions to maximize diversity and inclusion within the supply chain. Ravi’s corporate experience includes Norwest Bank, Wells Fargo & Co., and Highland Banks. Ravi’s formal education includes degrees in Economics, Business Management, Finance and Strategy.

Corporate Staff

Mike PetersenSenior Vice President

As Senior Vice President, Mike brings over 20 years of valuable experience to THOR. Starting in the field as a Superintendent, Mike quickly moved up the ranks to Project Manager of Concrete, Vice President of Concrete, and now Senior Vice President. He has overseen many high-profile projects with such notable clients as Disney, Regal Cinemas, Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Home Depot, Target Corp and All of the MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace Casino and multiple mass transit projects. His unsurpassable knowledge of the concrete industry and long list of satisfied clients has helped to establish THOR Construction as a premier supplier across the nation.

Martin MathenyVice President of Minnesota Operations

With 20 years experience, providing overall leadership for on-site field administration, supervision, and technical management for all construction operations is all in a day’s work for Martin. His ability to organize our field operations is invaluable and his attention to detail and safety is unsurpassed. Martin simultaneously oversees multi-million dollar projects ranging from heavy industrial to the hospitality and gaming industry and is currently leading charge on the $975 Million new Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium.

Pam McNealDirector of Cash Management

Pamela has become a construction professional with over nine years of experience.  her background starts with THOR as a jobsite manager on the high profile MGM Grand Sky Lofts project in Las Vegas.  Pamela has overseen various aspects of the company’s growth spanning the spectrum from administrative clerk to Director of Cash Management.  Pamela’s amazing talents are superseded by the commitment of her dedicated team.

Art GardnerDirector of Project Management

As a construction professional Art Gardner not only builds and manages projects for customers safely, on time and within budget but builds positive business relationships as well as. Hard work and team approach go along way in the construction industry and that is something he lives.