Officers & Managers
Raymond G. Gajski – President
Ray has been involved in all facets of the mechanical contracting industry since 1974. He has experience with industrial and commercial mechanical systems installation and service, while holding positions as project foreman, field superintendent, estimator and owner/operator of a Mechanical Contracting firm. He was Vice President of Operations at Ruthrauff | Sauer Inc. and now brings this broad-based experience to Ruthrauff | Sauer as President.
Ray is a member of the following:
- Board of Directors for The Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Pennsylvania
- Board of Directors for Sheet Metal Contractors of America, Western Pennsylvania
- International Mechanical Code HVAC Licensee for the City of Pittsburgh
Gordon Collins, PE – Vice President
Gordon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Grove City College. After spending 11 years as project engineer for a large consulting firm, Gordon was hired as Ruthrauff Inc.’s Chief Engineer in March 1999. Since 1988, Gordon’s years of experience have included projects in the commercial, industrial, institutional and government market sectors designing mechanical systems for various building types such as hospitals, hotels, office buildings, dormitories and laboratories. Gordon was promoted to Vice President of Engineering in 2006.
Gordon’s credentials include:
- LEED accredited professional
- Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
- Registered as a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania
Michael Surunis, Vice President / Pre-construction Services
Mike’s experience with the mechanical contracting industry began in 1984. During the ensuing years, he has been engaged with many aspects of the industry, including estimating, contract negotiations and project management of numerous major projects, including hospitals, universities and private ventures. Mike has been Manager of Pre-construction Operations since 2017.
Robert Burger – Vice President / Construction Operations
Bob’s experience with the mechanical contracting industry dates back to 1984. Since that time he has been engaged with many aspects of the industry, including commercial & residential plumbing and mechanical systems. As a Registered Master Plumber, Plumbing Superintendent and Project Manager over the years, he was involved with estimating, servicing and installing numerous major projects, including hospitals, universities and private ventures. He has been with Ruthrauff | Sauer since 1998 and was promoted to Manager of Construction Operations in 2018.
Ryan Papariello – Safety Director
Ryan has a Bachelor Degree of Science in Safety Management from Slippery Rock University. After completing the safety management program, Ryan was awarded two internships with First Energy Generation construction projects overseeing contractors. Also, the internships included safety audits of coal-fired power-plants, industrial hygiene sampling, and heat stress monitoring. When the internships ended, Ryan spent two years at a safety consulting firm overseeing crews in the oil/gas and new construction fields. Ryan has been with Ruthrauff | Sauer for six months as the Safety Director.
Ryan’s credentials include:
- Holds current Graduate Safety Practitioner accreditation
- OSHA 30-Hour and 510 Construction Safety and Health certifications
- Former member of FirstEnergy Tripartite/Contractor Leadership Team
Jake Lewis – Manager / Plumbing Service
Jacob has worked for Ruthrauff | Sauer, LLC since 1998. His initial five years were as a Plumbing Foreman where he mastered many aspects of the commercial plumbing industry. He was promoted to Lead Plumbing Technician for the Plumbing Service Division in 2003. During the next 12 years, Jake became very experienced in the plumbing service industry and was promoted to manager of Ruthrauff | Sauer’s 24-hour plumbing service division in 2015.
Jake has the following affiliations and certifications:
- Registered Allegheny County Master Plumber
- Plumbers Local Union #27
- ASSE Backflow Certified
- NASCO Certified Sewer Camera Inspector
- ICRA Training for Hospitals