Meet the Team

Senior Executive Committee

Jason Latiolais

President / CEO

Heath D. Wahden

Executive VP / CFO

Justin White

VP, Asphalt Operations

Paul Albrecht

Sr. Director of Safety/Training

Matthew D. Woods

VP, Construction Operations

Kevin Ervin

Asphalt Plants and Materials Group Manager

Ben Tucker

Director of Equipment and Facilities

Executive Committee

Ricky Quigley

Asphalt Operations Manager

Mike Seal

Operations Manager North Shore

Joseph Kennedy

South Shore Asphalt Group
Manager

Jerome Bettinelli

Construction Group Manager - Industrial

Michael Ryan

Construction Group Manager - Heavy Civil

JOIN THE
BARRIERE TEAM

Barriere is a place where people come to build a career.

31% of our workforce has been with the company over 10 years.

Jason Latiolais

President / CEO

Jason became Barriere’s President/CEO at the beginning of 2022, representing a new era of leadership for the company. He was promoted from VP, Asphalt Operations after being responsible for leading all three asphalt groups – Baton Rouge, North Shore, and South Shore – since 2019. Jason has also served as North Shore Asphalt’s Group Manager during his time at Barriere, which began in 2008. He holds a B.S. Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business Administration from Southeastern University.

Heath D. Wahden

Executive VP/CFO

Heath joined Barriere in 2002 as Assistant Controller then became Financial Controller before serving as Chief Financial Officer since 2012. Executive VP was added to his CFO title at the beginning of 2022. Heath has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2000, a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional since 2006, and has served as President, Secretary, and Board Director of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association. He holds a B.S. Business Administration and a M.S. Professional Accountancy from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Justin White

VP, Asphalt Operations

Justin succeeded current Barriere President/CEO Jason Latiolais as VP, Asphalt Operations. He interned with Barriere three times prior to being hired as a Field Engineer in 2010, and worked for the South Shore Asphalt and Construction Groups before being promoted to Project Manager with the North Shore Asphalt Group. Justin became NSA Group Manager in 2019. A year later, he also became Baton Rouge Asphalt’s Group Manager. Justin holds a B.S. Construction Engineering Technology from University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Paul Albrecht

Sr. Director of Safety/Training

Paul started out at Barriere as a Field Engineer in 2001 then became a Project Foreman before he began overseeing the company’s comprehensive safety program in 2007. As Barriere’s Senior Director of Safety and Training, he also leads the company’s workforce development initiatives. Paul is a Certified Safety Professional and has earned numerous industry certifications in his realms of expertise. He is also a Veteran who graduated with a B.S. Political Science from the University of Mississippi.

Matthew D. Woods

VP, Construction Operations

Matthew joined Barriere in 1998 as a Project Manager after earning a B.S. Civil Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and was Barriere’s South Shore Asphalt Group Manager prior to leading the company’s Construction Group as VP, Construction, which he has been doing since 2015. Matthew is a past Board Director of the Association of Builders and Contractors Bayou Chapter and an active member of, and Barriere representative to, Louisiana Associated General Contractors.

Kevin Ervin

Asphalt Plants and Materials Group Manager

Kevin has been in the industry for four decades and joined Barriere in 1999. He started out as Asphalt Plant Maintenance Superintendent. In 2017, Kevin was promoted from Operations Manager to Barriere Asphalt Plants and Materials Group Manager. He has participated in many industry schools as well as continued education and NCAT training courses, specifically to gain expertise in Hotmix Quality and Performance. Kevin shares his expertise as a member of Louisiana Asphalt and Pavement Association Technical Committee.

Ben Tucker

Director of Equipment and Facilities

In 1984, Ben joined Barriere working as a craftsperson. After two years, he transferred to shop maintenance working as a Shop Helper, Mechanic, Foreman, and Equipment Manager. Ben has been the company’s Director of Equipment and Facilities since 2017. In 2005, he became an Association of Equipment Managing Professionals Certified Equipment Manager, and he has three years of University of New Orleans Business Administration classes under his belt.

Ricky Quigley

Asphalt Operations Manager

Ricky worked with Barriere for two years in the 1990s and returned to us in 2016 as a Superintendent of the $55M French Branch Project. He has been the Superintendent to other major Barriere projects, including the $52M I-55 McComb Project that solidified our expansion into Mississippi. In 2019, Ricky was promoted to General Superintendent at South Shore Asphalt. In 2021, he was promoted to Barriere's new Asphalt Operations Manager and was the mentor to the company’s first Superintendent Intern.

Mike Seal

Operations Manager North Shore

Mike brought his industrial and construction experience to Barriere three decades ago and has been growing with the company ever since. He worked as an exemplary Foreman for almost two decades then took on a Superintendent position in 2009. In 2018, Mike was promoted to North Shore General Superintendent. He was promoted to his current position of Operations Manager - North Shore in 2021.

Joseph Kennedy

South Shore Asphalt Group

Joe was an Intern for Barriere in 2011 while earning a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Southeastern Louisiana University. He was hired on as a Field Engineer in 2012, and has also served as a Sr. Field Engineer, Estimator/Project Manager, and Sr. Estimator/Project Manager for South Shore Asphalt. In the summer of 2020, Joe was promoted to Baton Rouge Asphalt Group Manager during company restructuring and has since assumed the role of South Shore Asphalt Group Manager. He achieved an MBA from his alma mater in 2021.

Jerome Bettinelli

Construction Group Manager - Industrial

Jerome became a Project Manager for Barriere industrial projects in 2016 after joining the company as a Field Engineer in 2013. He has expertly managed evolving partnerships while guiding expansion of our civil and industrial offerings, particularly $20M+ worth of mechanical services that complement our base and concrete work. Naturally, Jerome is now our BCG Group Manager - Industrial. He holds a M.S. Water Resources Management from University of Melbourne and a M.S. Civil Engineering from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics in Paris.

Michael Ryan

Construction Group Manager - Heavy Civil

Michael earned a B.S. in Construction Management from Louisiana State University and worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers before joining Barriere as a Field Engineer in 2010. He was promoted to Estimator then Project Manager then Sr. Estimator/Project Manager and was leading one of Barriere's largest projects to date when he was promoted to Barriere Construction Group’s Operation Manager. Michael has since progressed into his current position as Group Manager of Heavy Civil Construction.