OUR TEAM

Ray Fontaine, Jr
Founder
1/16/60 – 1/16/17

Coast Concrete Services was founded in 1994 by the late Ray Fontaine, Jr. Ray started Coast with a vision and laid the foundation for the company to be a staple in the construction industry for many years to come. His bold personality, commitment to his employees and desire to succeed are a few of the many reasons Coast Concrete is still thriving today.

CORPORATE OFFICERS

Lindsey Fontaine Orkus
President / CEO
Lindsey has been working at Coast Concrete Services since completing her collegiate career in 2013. As a 2nd generation employee of the company, Lindsey has the unique advantage of having been around Coast since the business was founded in 1994. Having served in multiple roles for the organization over the years, she is now the President / CEO. Lindsey holds a degree in Business Management from Louisiana State University and is a licensed General Contractor in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

Gregory Orkus
Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Gregory joined Coast Concrete Services in 2017 as the Director of Business Development. He oversaw the Sales Department and was responsible for identifying opportunities to increase the company’s revenue while maintaining strategic partnerships and relationships. As the COO of Coast Concrete Services, Gregory is tasked with overseeing the operational and financial functions of the business. Gregory holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University as well as Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.

Stephen Orkus, Sr.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve joined Coast Concrete Services in 2021 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Before his time at Coast began he served as the CFO and Controller of an Electrical and Lighting Wholesale Supplier for 31 years. After graduating from Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, Steve earned an accounting degree from the University of New Orleans. After completing his collegiate career Steve went on to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT

Idun Byers
Accounting Manager
Idun has been with Coast Concrete since 1998 and is a key piece to ensuring that the business operates effectively and efficiently on day to day basis. As the Accounting Manager, Idun oversees all aspects of the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable for Coast. Idun earned her undergraduate degree and a certificate of Paralegal Studies from Tulane University.

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION DIVISION

Howard Hardy
Vice President of Construction
General Superintendent
Howard has been with Coast Concrete Services since 2001 but his professional experience in the construction industry goes over 40 years. Howard started as a laborer as a teenager but now holds a Vice President position at Coast Concrete. With both industrial and commercial experience, there are very few foundations that Howard has not built. As a company, we are proud to call Howard our own because we believe that he is one of the most knowledgeable people in Concrete Construction in the state of Louisiana and his resume and expertise only confirms that.

POST-TENSION DIVISION

Gary Richard
Area Sales Manager
Since 1995 Gary Richard has overseen the Baton Rouge market for Coast Concrete Services. Although his time with Coast started then, Gary’s experience dates to 1982 when he began selling concrete at another company in Louisiana. Gary’s father also sold concrete for 33 years and because of that he has benefited tremendously from being exposed to the industry for most of his lifetime. We are proud as a company to say that Gary has been an influential part of the development of the city of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas over the years, both commercially and residentially.

T.J. Waguespack
Area Sales Manager
After completing his High School education, T.J. immediately began working in the construction industry in Louisiana. 30 years later, T.J. has now been involved in all phases of Residential Construction including lumber, windows, roofing and brick. Most importantly, T.J. possesses a wealth of knowledge for Post-Tensioned Systems and foundations and holds a certification from the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) as a Slab-on-Ground Installer-Stressor.

Harold West
Area Sales Manager
Harold joined Coast Concrete Services as an Area Sales Manager at the end of 2018. Previously having worked in multiple positions for a Ready-Mix company in Southeast Louisiana, Harold has an extensive background in the concrete business. Over the last decade Harold was tasked with overseeing some of the largest projects in the state of Louisiana, including the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Harold presently holds a certification from the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Percy Freeman, P.E.
Lead Engineer
Mr. Freeman is Coast’s Chief Engineer in charge of the Engineering Department. With over 40 years of experience, Percy has a broad spectrum of experience in foundation design from multi-story buildings to offshore platforms to residential structures. Percy holds a Bachelor (BS) and a Masters (MS) from Tulane University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Texas, California and Nevada.

Mike Dugas
Senior Designer
Since 2006 Mike has been working for Coast Concrete and currently holds the position of Senior Designer. Mike plays a role in every foundation design that is produced by Coast regardless of size. With 12 years of experience using CAD and an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Science, Mike consistently delivers the highest quality of work for Coast’s customers.

Emily Loyd
Designer/Drafter
Emily has been working at Coast Concrete Services since 2018. As a drafter in the Engineering Department, she oversees the design of both commercial and residential foundations. Prior to beginning her employment at Coast she obtained 6 years of experience at other firms designing structural foundation and framing plans and has over 9 years of experience drawing foundations in CAD.