Born in Marin County, Richard Ghilotti graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 1964. Richard continued his education at Santa Clara University, earning his degree in Finance in 1968. After college, Richard joined his Father, Dino, and Uncle Mario, who both founded Ghilotti Brothers Construction, Inc., and worked his way from an Equipment Superintendent to Manager of all Operations. Following the death of Richard’s father in 1990, Richard and his Uncle split Ghilotti Brothers Construction in 1992. With cousin Jim Ghilotti, Ghilotti Construction Company, Inc. was founded in 1992.
Currently managed by Richard and nephew, Brian Ongaro, Ghilotti Construction Company has been headquartered in Santa Rosa for over 10 years, and has grown from a company with revenues of $12.5 million, to a company with revenues in excess of $70 million. Major projects completed include the $50 million dollar renovation of Sears Point Raceway, $20 million dollar site development at the Big Rock Ranch for George Lucas, $16 million dollar Geysers Pipeline project for the City of Santa Rosa (the only 1 of 8 phases completed on time and within budget), and the $10 million dollar site development project at Maycama Golf Club.
Richard currently lives in Marin with his wife Nancy and youngest son Dino. His oldest son, Willie, lives in Petaluma and is an Equipment Operator for Ghilotti Construction Company. Richard’s oldest daughter, Michelle, recently married and is currently residing in Amsterdam on a job assignment with her husband.