who we are

40+

Years of Experience

85%

New Projects with
Repeat Clients

5

States

OUR STORY

ARKEL CONSTRUCTORS was formed in 1996 with the purchase of a small contracting firm to bring commercial construction capabilities to the Arkel Group of companies, which at the time was strictly industrial engineering and construction based. Over the years, we’ve transformed to meet the demands of our markets and diversified to serve both industrial and commercial construction sectors.

Today, Arkel Constructors has a solution for any construction project and is prepared to support clients through the full life cycle of their buildings. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we are licensed to perform work in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and Mississippi. We provide pre-construction and construction services for a multitude of clients including MEDICAL, OFFICE, RETAIL, INDUSTRIAL, WAREHOUSING, HOSPITALITY, AUTOMOTIVE, AND BANKING. Our projects range from ground-up construction to renovations and tenant build-outs.

When you work with Arkel Constructors, you become part of the Arkel family. We get to know our clients and understand their visions to make them seamlessly come to life. We take pride in every project opportunity, and our history with repeat clients speaks to the integrity and trust we build in each client relationship.

Our Mission

Maintain an industry-leading organization that
constantly
Exceeds Expectations through all phases
of the process with the most qualified teams.

our history
Johnny Fife had the vision to purchase a small construction firm, Apollo Contractors, to bring commercial construction capabilities to the Arkel Group of companies.
Awarded the contract to build the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, LA.
The company name is changed to Arkel Constructors.
Derek Fife Began working at Arkel Constructors in November of 2000 as a project laborer
Company revenues exceed $25M.
Steve Koetsier named Vice President
Derek Fife named Vice President
Began first industrial project for Albemarle West Lab III Project
Began construction of the new Campus for Woman’s Hospital.
Founded ACI Facility Support.
Completed construction of the new campus for Woman’s Hospital.
Founded Arkel Constructors Industrial Service Division.
Awarded the first industrial maintenance contract at BASF. $50M Revenue Achieved.
Awarded contract for ExxonMobil Project in Texas. Began major remodel of Arkel Constructors Home Office facility.
Began construction for Woman’s Hospital Cancer Pavillion.
Completed 3rd major renovation of the home office. $100M Revenue Achieved.
Awarded the Huey P Long Field House Renovation which was the first CMAR project for Arkel Constructors with the State of Louisiana.
Opened regional office in Lake Charles.
Broke ground on $130m Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.
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1996
Johnny Fife had the vision to purchase a small construction firm, Apollo Contractors, to bring commercial construction capabilities to the Arkel Group of companies.
1997
Awarded the contract to build the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, LA.
1999
The company name is changed to Arkel Constructors.
2000
Derek Fife Began working at Arkel Constructors in November of 2000 as a project laborer
2002
Company revenues exceed $25M.
2004
Steve Koetsier named Vice President
2008
Derek Fife named Vice President
2009
Began first industrial project for Albemarle West Lab III Project
2010
Began construction of the new Campus for Woman’s Hospital.
2011
Founded ACI Facility Support.
2012
Completed construction of the new campus for Woman’s Hospital.
2013
Founded Arkel Constructors Industrial Services.
2014
Awarded the first industrial maintenance contract at BASF. $50M Revenue Achieved.
2015
Awarded contract for ExxonMobil Project in Texas. Began major remodel of Arkel Constructors Home Office facility.
2016
Began construction for Woman’s Hospital Cancer Pavillion.
2018
Completed 3rd major renovation of the home office. $100M Revenue Achieved.
2019
Awarded HP Long project which was the first State of LA CMAR Project.
2020
Opened regional office in Lake Charles.
2022
Broke ground on $130m Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.

key personnel

What’s the key to a SUCCESSFUL PROJECT? The PEOPLE who manage its day-to-day responsibilities.

The Arkel Constructors staff is overseen by construction executives who are integral parts of each project we undertake. Our company leaders are hands-on managers who get involved in every aspect of a project to ensure successful delivery. We take pride in every project we undertake and treat every project as a separate challenge. From home office management to field supervision, everyone understands our goals and works together as a team to ENSURE EXCELLENCE.

Johnny Fife

Founder and Chairman

Johnny’s career began in 1976 with Universal Corporation, which was an industrial engineering subsidiary company of The Arkel Group. The company later became Arkel International where Johnny became Vice President in 1986 and then Chief Executive Officer from 1992 - 1996.

Today, Johnny still serves as chairman of Arkel Constructors and provides insight on operational oversight to the organization and assists with alignment of the key aspects of the company. Along with his involvement in the day-to-day operations of his businesses, Johnny is active in the Baton Rouge community with commitments to the American Cancer Society, Baton Rouge Airport Commission, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, and TRUCE (A community support group).

Since founding Arkel Constructors in 1996, Johnny has led the company to become one of the premiere commercial and industrial building general contractors in Louisiana with a regional presence throughout the Gulf Coast. Johnny has hired the right people and instilled into them the core values of integrity, work ethic, and customer service from day one – which are still the backbone of the company today as his son, Derek, President, continues the success.

Johnny Fife

Founder and Chairman

Derek Fife

President

As president of the company, Derek's responsibilities cover all aspects of operations from pursuit of opportunities to oversight of the project execution, to the financial management of the organization.  His leadership provides structure, alignment, and oversight to critical decisions that impact projects and processes.  

Derek’s experience began with Arkel Constructors in 2000 and he ascended in the organization from a field laborer to become the Vice President in 2009 and President in 2017.  Derek takes an active role in the company by staying engaged in the day-to-day responsibilities of running the company.  His focus is on hiring and supporting the staff around him that represents the company’s culture and core values on each project.

Outside of work, Derek is heavily involved in the community volunteering his time and resources to assist the less fortunate and youth of the community.  When he’s not in the office you will find Derek on the sideline coaching kids sports, supporting his 3 children in their activities or volunteering his time in the community.  

Derek Fife

President

Mark Sybrandt

Chief Operations Officer

As Chief Operations Officer, Marks’s focus is to help implement Arkel’s company strategies into daily operations to meet the company’s objectives. He will help lead our team of high-performing professionals to be efficient, productive, and effective as he helps provide structure and direction. Mark will be involved with our project teams daily, helping with problem-solving and implementing the industry’s best practices.

Prior to moving his family to Baton Rouge in 2008, Mark’s career began in Architecture with a degree from the University of Connecticut and after years of design, moved into the Design/Build market, gaining valuable experience from both sides of the table. After building one of the highest-profile projects in Baton Rouge history, the New Woman’s Hospital facility, Mark joined Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as the Vice President of Facilities and Construction, bringing another perspective from the Owner's side to add to his tool chest. With over 35 years of experience in the Construction industry and developing projects from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred million dollars and seeing them develop from different vantage points, this brings years of invaluable experience to the team.

Mark Sybrandt

Chief Operations Officer

Tracye Browning

Chief Financial Officer

As the Chief Financial Officer, Tracye has the primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all financial-related activity for the company, as well as overseeing the administrative structure of the organization. This includes managing all accounting, finance, forecasting, job costing, and corporate compliance.

Before joining Arkel Constructors in May of 2023, Tracye served as the chief financial officer of Feliciana Bank & Trust. Her experience brings a wealth of knowledge to the accounting side of the business and ensures the company is in position to continue growing with the proper processes and controls in place.

Tracye Browning

Chief Financial Officer

Pete Fontenot

Vice President / Preconstruction Services

Pete serves as the Vice President and leads the Preconstruction Department.  Pete provides oversite through the preconstruction process and on each estimate deliverable the company provides.  His experience as both an estimator and construction manager in the South Louisiana region allows Arkel to be competitive with every opportunity. He brings a team approach and leads by example when partnering with design teams and Clients to secure the best value for each project. Pete has a wealth of knowledge that the organization relies on daily to provide solutions for the most complex projects.

Pete is a Baton Rouge native and graduate of LSU in construction management. He has a long-standing reputation of consistency and fairness to everyone he has encountered in our industry.  With over 40 years of construction experience, Pete provides a calming presence to any meeting with his knowledge base and problem-solving capabilities. These attributes have made him one of the most respected men in the area among owners, architects, and engineers as well as with the subcontractors and vendors throughout the region.

Pete Fontenot

Vice President / Preconstruction Services

Mike O'Deay

Vice President / ACI Facility Support

Mike O’Deay serves as the Vice President of ACI Facility support.  In his role, Mike leads the strategic growth and business development efforts for the company. He is well-versed in the commercial maintenance and construction industry, having served in similar roles during his 32-year career in construction management and project development capacities.

Mike’s success has centered around always being a problem solver. He partners with clients to provide them with a unique maintenance solution that allows them to focus on improving their business while focusing on reducing their property operating cost. His extensive experience with renovations, relocations and tenant build-outs have made him the go-to man in our region.

Mike is a Baton Rouge native and veteran who spent 18 years living and working in over 20 countries, before deciding to return home.  “I realized one day the two things I missed the most – A good shrimp po’boy, dressed of course, and Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium – could only be found in my hometown”.  

Mike O'Deay

Vice President / ACI Facility Support

Sammy Divincenti

Director of Field Operations

Sammy is responsible for overseeing all aspects of project execution in the field. He is an integral part of each project’s success with his vast experience and knowledge of the industry.  Sammy works daily to provide our field supervision with the support needed to align resources and provide solutions that result in quality projects.

Everyone that works with Sammy compliments his demeanor and his focus on providing the best service to the Client.  He understands the importance of working as a team to accomplish a task and communicates this daily to the Arkel superintendents and subcontractor community. Sammy is a problem solver and is responsible for the training and development of all field staff.

Sammy started with Arkel in 2007 as a superintendent and is currently Director of Field Operations. He is a father of 5 and when not on a jobsite, you will most likely find him working on projects around the house.

Sammy Divincenti

Director of Field Operations

Triff Doming

Project Executive

Triff Doming started his construction career in the field as a laborer and then a carpenter, where he grew a deep appreciation for the trades. Prior to his current role as Project Executive, Triff held positions including superintendent and project manager. In 2012 Derek asked Triff to help him grow the industrial division and has been an integral member of the leadership team ever since.  Triff loves a challenge and can find a solution to any problem he encounters through each project.  Throughout his 12 years at Arkel, he has delivered successful construction projects across South Louisiana and Texas. Triff takes pride with connecting with people and addressing construction challenges head on by providing timely solutions.  

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and competing in Crossfit. On Saturday nights in the fall, the only place you will find him is either at Tiger Stadium or glued to a TV supporting the LSU Fighting Tigers.  

Triff Doming

Project Executive

Jeff Borgmeyer

Senior Project Manager

Jeff is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of projects from budgeting thru project completion with a focus on managing and developing project team members. With 11 years of architectural experience, Jeff brings a unique perspective that provides value during the pre-construction phase and allows him to identify potential issues before they arise during construction. With Jeff’s experience, he provides a resource for problem solving and can communicate with design teams, engineering consultants, and Clients to ensure there are no surprises through the construction process.

Jeff graduated from LSU in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and then received a Master’s in Architecture from LSU in 2010. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys traveling and searching out new golf courses to play.  

Jeff Borgmeyer

Senior Project Manager

Preston Lamy

Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development, Preston focuses on strategic growth opportunities, partnerships, and Client relations, and oversees the marketing efforts of the company. He enjoys working closely with the firm’s Clients and project teams to enhance the overall project delivery and Client experience from pre-construction through the construction process. Preston brings energy and passion to everything he does and seeks feedback to improve the company’s approach with each opportunity.

Preston joined Arkel Constructors in 2016 after 5 years in both the oil & gas and renewable energy industries. He brings a wide range of experience that helps him connect with Clients and partners throughout the multiple and diverse market segments the company pursues. Preston is an active member in ABC, AGC, and LCIA. He has also been a board member of K.I.D.S, a non-profit organization created to support an emergency shelter for runaway and abandoned youth. Outside of work, you will typically find him with family, friends, on the golf course, or live music event.

Preston Lamy

Director of Business Development

Brandon Chapman

Safety Director

As the company safety director, Brandon ensures the standards of our safety program are met and implemented on each project we undertake. Brandon began working with Arkel in 2013 and continues to work on new and innovative ways to enhance both employee and subcontractor engagement.  Brandon is involved with the commercial, industrial, and facilities maintenance divisions of Arkel.

Brandon Chapman

Safety Director

James Lachney

Operations Manager - ACI

James Lachney serves as the Operations Manager for ACI Facility Support. In this role, He oversees the operating system of the organization. James has 12 years of experience in supervising teams of employees while maintaining and planning future work schedules. Management of procedures, customer service activities, oversite of customer invoicing and management of customer requests are all part of the role he assumes with ACI.    

James is an organized individual with the goal of efficiency and great customer service. He started his construction career in the field of carpentry and millwork in 2005. His focus was on historical restoration and remodeling throughout the New Orleans area.

James is a New Orleans native. He relocated to Baton Rouge to pursue a degree in Construction Management. Following completion of school, he began working with ACI and has been with the company since.  

James Lachney

Operations Manager - ACI

Reggie Hebert

General Superintendent - ACI

Reggie is responsible for overseeing ACI Facility Support field operations. Reggie is an integral part of each project’s success as he applies extensive experience and knowledge of the industry. Reggie works daily to provide the field with the support needed to align resources and provide solutions.

Reggie Hebert

General Superintendent - ACI

Tim McCurry

Field Service Manager - ACI

Tim McCurry serves as the Field Service Manager for ACI Facility Support. With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry as a home framer, residential remodeler, and supervisor of commercial projects, he uses that experience to assess the project and schedule each tech according to their skills and experience. He works closely with each tech to ensure they have what is needed to complete the work order and always keeps integrity and quality as the top priority.

Tim McCurry

Field Service Manager - ACI

Corporate intiatives

Proactive

Make proactive decisions that positively impact the safety, quality, schedule, and cost of the project

Plan + Execute

Plan our work and then execute our plan

Partner

Partner with organizations with similar values

Evolve

Develop our staff to set the standard in an evolving industry

Grow

Create repeat businesses through dedication to customer service

Company CULTURE

Family Values are a Top Priority.

We are a team that:

  • Works Hard

  • Takes pride and enjoys what they do

  • Takes works seriously

  • Believes in each other & recognizes their value to the team

  • Works together for success

  • Looks out for the best interests of our clients

  • Develops a partnership with our subcontractors

  • Is committed to the success of our company

  • Treats everyone fairly

  • Gets our job done without taking extraordinary measures

  • Develops our employees to be great contractors, great people, and stewards of the community.

  • Conducts ourselves professionally.

  • Communicates effectively.

Culture At Its Best

As a family-oriented company, building relationships with both our clients and our team members is a top priority. At Arkel Constructors, our culture isn't just a statement—it's the driving force behind our continued growth and success as a company.

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