A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR BEGINNINGS, OUR FAMILY BUSINESS AND OUR VISION.
Better By Design, LLC is a small general contractor based in Northeast Missouri with a wealth of experience executing heavy civil contracts for the federal government and other state and local agencies. The company was incorporated in 2009 and has grown from a subcontractor doing landscaping for others, to a general contractor building roads and levees, placing riprap, and remediating some of the Midwest’s most contaminated sites.
In 2015, Better By Design, LLC was accepted into the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) program. The designation will extend through October 2025. Other federal designations include HUBZone and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB). The State of Missouri recognizes Better By Design, LLC as a Woman Owned Enterprise.
Lois Rodriguez – President
Lois is a hands-on owner and manager. She actively bids on new work, visits job sites almost daily, and is the company’s main point of contact for all its contracts. In addition to ownership responsibilities, her day-to-day routine includes preparing submittals, negotiating with subcontractors, and planning for future projects and expansion of the company.
Matt Thomas – Vice President
Matt has been instrumental in the company’s success with contracting with the federal government. He writes workplans, prepares submittals, visits the jobsites, plans the work, buys equipment, and communicates with owners, vendors, and subcontractors.