Our Team

Ray LaplanteFounder
Ray founded Laplante Construction in 1964 and is still an active member of the team. A perfectionist, Ray is dedicated to understanding each client’s vision so the job is done right the first time around. His favorite part of his work is stepping back to view the finished product; what he sees always assures him the job was done right. Ray’s drive and deep knowledge, gained in over 45 years in the business, is the foundation for the company’s outstanding reputation in Western Massachusetts. Retirement? Not yet. Ray’s having too much fun.
Bill LaplantePresident
Bill joined the family business in high school working weekends, school vacations and summers as a laborer, mason tender, and carpenter and continued while earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. After graduating in 1992, Bill joined the framing crew and spent the next five years in the field, learning every nuance of his father’s definition of the perfect home before moving into management. Bill became president of the company in 2003. He is a past president of the Western Massachusetts Home Builders Association and holds the Certified Green Professional™ designation from the National Association of Home Builders.
Rich Walz
Rich WalzProject Manager
Rich has worked with Laplante Construction since 1988—as a finish carpenter, a subcontractor, and, now, as a project manager. He’s seen every angle of the business, and he appreciates every day on the job. What he loves most is helping to produce something that clients will enjoy forever and developing long-term relationships with his clients and colleagues.
Cindy Bishop
Cindy BishopExecutive Assistant
When you call Laplante Construction, Cindy is likely to answer the phone. Cindy has worked for the Laplante’s since 1999, and, in addition to helping answer your question or connect you to your project manager, she oversees all the office operations. Cindy helps keep the financial side of client projects running smoothly: helping the Project Managers monitor and track job costs and managing accounts receivables and payables.
Rich Gale
Rich GaleProject Manager
Rich has spent over twenty years in the construction business: working in the field, running a framing crew, and as a project manager since 2001. From the beginning of the project to the very end, Rich makes himself fully available to his clients, which makes the process stress- free for them. Rich’s favorite part of the job is watching a project transform into something wonderful from scratch, whether it’s a complete renovation on a home, or building a brand new home on a raw piece of land.
Chris Mott
Chris MottProject Manager
Chris started his career with an MBA in hotel management, but always kept a passion for construction active. After working in hotels in Colorado and NYC, Chris joined Laplante Construction in 2007 as a punch list finish carpenter. He moved up to site management and then became a full project manager. Chris enjoys the challenges of running a project from the ground up, and learning from the homeowners what they like and need. He places an emphasis on communication and relationship to make jobs run smoother for everyone involved. He strives to give his clients an end product they will cherish.