Get To Know The Owner - Ray Macleod

Personal

Personal

  • raised in the projects and suburbs of the Hampton Roads area in VA
  • loves surfing and has been surfing since a very early age
  • married with 1 child
  • started following Christ seriously at age 18
  • born in the 70's but loves everything 80's
  • moved around a lot before marriage

Academics


  • skipped second grade
  • was in the gifted programs throughout entire scholastic career
  • been accepted to and completed numerous prestigious science programs
  • graduated second in class from GWU with with a 3.97 GPA with a Bachelor in Science majoring in Biology and minoring education, psychology, and religion with
    over 140 credit hours in 4 years -graduated from UNCW
    having a 4.0 GPA with a Master's Degree in Science
    Education in little over a year
  • certificates
    in plumbing, HVAC, and electrical from Ashworth
    College with a 4.0 GPA.

Awards

Awards

  • Spanish speaking award
  • Golden rule award for community service
  • Student of the year award
  • Secondary student teacher of the year award
  • Lifeguard of the year award
  • Alpha Chi national honor society president award
  • Resident advisor of the year award
  • National board certified teacher award
  • Duke University transgenic summer research award

Jobs

  • first real job was a bag boy at Food Lion
  • pizza delivery boy
  • swim instructor
  • high school science teacher
  • academic tutor
  • wrestling coach (started wrestling program)
  • soccer coach
  • resident advisor
  • owner of MRM Construction
  • handyman services
  • painter
  • fish cutter
  • babysitter
  • grass cutter

Jobs

  • first real job was a bag boy at Food Lion
  • pizza delivery boy
  • swim instructor
  • high school science teacher
  • academic tutor
  • wrestling coach (started wrestling program)
  • soccer coach
  • resident advisor
  • owner of MRM Construction
  • handyman services
  • painter
  • fish cutter
  • babysitter
  • grass cutter

Places traveled

Places traveled

  • Mexico quite often
  • Brazil quite often
  • Tanzania quite often
  • Australia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Uganda
  • been to the majority of states in the continental US

Ray loves


the Lord, his family, his church, his work, building, and adventures.

 

Interesting things


Has played just about every modern sport, has done every board sport and still surfs and snowboards, was in National Geographic Adventurer's premier issue for surfing, has surfed with three dolphins on the same wave while surfing in Southern California, can get around in 4 languages, has come very close to death over 10 ten times, survived falling head first from 20 feet up, has broken both wrists at the same time twice in his life, built his own house, built a 3 story tree house at age 10, has the best family in the world, never met his biological dad, loves a challenge, started and runs several businesses, has witnessed and been a part of many miracles, is naturally introverted but has learned how to be comfortable around people, loves to joke around a lot, has good sense of humor and uses humor to relate to people, has almost been attacked by a crocodile and shark, and has been attacked by a dog, parrot, and human.

Ray's Motto:

"The smartest people aren't the ones with all the degrees. They are the one's that can distinguish truth, learning everyday from every situation, and becoming a better person because of it."

Here's what people who have known Ray for a long time, worked with him, and seen him in all types of situations and functions have to say about him:

★★★★★

I have know Mr. MacLeod in various capacities for 14 years. As the owner of MRM Construction LLC, Mr. MacLeod completed several projects in rental properties that I managed. These projects were completed on time, and I was completely satisfied with the quality of work. He is hard working and dedicated and has never left a job unfinished. I can say he is supremely knowledgeable in his field.

I have had the opportunity to represent Mr. MacLeod in several real estate transactions. I can honestly say that he has always been forthright and fair in every deal and transaction.

Finally, on a personal note I have known Mr. Macleod through his church. He is hard working in everything he puts his hands to. He has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition, and never has a bad word to say about anyone.

★★★★★

I have known Ray Macleod for 19 years since he became a member of our church. Ray has served in many different capacities, many of them quite challenging in nature. For the purpose of this letter I would like to focus on just two, those of summer camp director and director of missions in Tanzania.

As summer camp director for many years, Ray consistently overcame challenges that were daunting to many others. Managing leaders, students, and finances successfully demonstrated his ability, patience, and steadfastness in accomplishing difficult, multi-faceted tasks.

These abilities were demonstrated even more fully when I asked him to initiate and lead our efforts to reach remote tribes in Eastern Tanzania with the message of Christ. Taking on a challenge that many local leaders considered nearly impossible and too dangerous, Ray personally led various trips to Tanzania resulting in the establishment and building of 14 churches.

Ray is a man who keeps his word and maintains the highest standards of integrity. If you need help with a difficult situation, Ray is your man!

★★★★★

I have known Mr. Macleod since 2015, as owner of MRM Construction LLC. We own a beach house in North Topsail Beach, which is now our primary residence. Since that time, Ray has done multiple major renovation jobs for us including a major kitchen renovation, replacement of all floors and stairs on all 3 levels with wood flooring, replacement of all outside decking with composite, construction of an enclosed elevator with new outside housing enclosure, exterior and interior painting, and renovation of 3 bathrooms. These projects have come close to $300,000.

Over the years we have owned several homes and dealt with many contractors and sub-contractors. Ray is easily the best. He is reliable, punctual, honest, friendly, fair, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. He does what he says he will. He stands behind his work and remedies any problems fairly and timely. Communication is promptly responded to (usually the same day). He tries to hire only the best workers and sub-contractors, and ends relationships with those whose performance or behaviors are below his high standards.

It is without reservations that I highly endorse him.