Our History

The Kennedy Heritage − 140 Years and Counting

Roger Kennedy, President 1870-1911

The Kennedy organization’s deeply-rooted traditions and values can be traced back to Middletown, Connecticut, where namesake and founder Roger Kennedy first performed bridge and dock building contracts from New Haven to New London beginning in 1870.

“Roger Kennedy, who stands probably alone in his class of self-made men of Middletown, is well deserving of the place in the business world accorded to him.”
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Middlesex County, Connecticut, 1903

 

Roger B. Kennedy, President 1911-1931

His son, Roger B. Kennedy, worked in the family business before settling in Utica, NY, where he built highways and roads throughout upstate New York.

 

Roger P. Kennedy, President 1931-1971, Roger P. Kennedy General Contractor, Inc.

Roger B. Kennedy’s son, Roger P. Kennedy, joined his father’s road business before relocating to Plattsburgh, NY, in 1931, where he later founded Roger P. Kennedy General Contractor, Inc. in 1946. In following decades, the company became a major force in the public and private sectors, building Plattsburgh Air Force Base as well as major facilities for General Motors Corp. and Dow Jones & Company, among others.

 

Roger B. Kennedy, Sr., P.E., President 1971-present, Roger P. Kennedy General Contractor, Inc.

Roger P. Kennedy’s son, Roger B. Kennedy, Sr., P.E., earned an engineering degree from Norwich University before joining the company in 1961, and is credited with modernizing the business into one of the nation’s leading general contractors and construction managers. The company constructed such outstanding projects as the Athlete’s Housing for the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, NY, among others.

 

Roger B. Kennedy, Jr., President 1999-present, Roger B. Kennedy, Inc.

Roger B. Kennedy, Jr., President of Roger B. Kennedy, Inc. since 1999, graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Economics. He worked for five years for Boston Development Associates before relocating to work at Kennedy’s Orlando area office. Under his leadership as president, the company has been prominently ranked among Orlando Business Journal’s annual “Fast-Track Five” fastest-growing, privately-held companies in Central Florida. Throughout their storied histories, the companies have provided a wealth of diverse experience and unwavering commitment to their clients.