Ken Rezendes, chairman, K.R. Rezendes, Inc., Assonet, Mass.
A straight shooter with a “can do” attitude, Ken Rezendes began his business in 1956, with small excavating jobs and his 1949 Ford dump truck. Family-owned and operated, the business has grown to become one of the commonwealth’s most successful firms specializing in highway construction and reconstruction, water, sewer and utility work, and complete building and site excavation services. The firm has 100 employees.
His roster of leadership positions with national and state construction organizations is distinguished. It includes serving as ARTBA chairman (1994), senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, northeastern region vice chairman, and Contractors Division president. He spent a decade as an ARTBA Foundation trustee and chaired several association task forces on key financial and operational issues. As the co-chair of the ARTBA Political Action Committee for the last 20 years, he’s helped raise more than $1 million. At the state level, Rezendes served as the 1983-84 chairman of the Construction Industries of Massachusetts.
His commitment to giving back to his community is equally impressive. He established the Gladys M. Rezendes Memorial Scholarship in memory of his late wife and has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to high school students. Rezendes was an executive member of the Charlton Memorial Hospital President’s Council in Fall River, Mass., and is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Fall River Boys & Girls Club.