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2007 Excalibur Awards

Beverly Raphael – Small Business Lead, Broward Country

Beverly Raphael didn’t know anything about the construction business when she took charge at RCC Associates, Inc.

Still reeling form the loss of her husband and RCC founder Richard Raphael, she was helping her two teenage daughters through a period of grief when employees at the Deerfield Beach general contracting firm encouraged her to take over as president and CEO in 1999.

With their counsel and support, Beverly Raphael turned down offers to buy the business and accepted the challenge of continuing her late husband’s entrepreneurial legacy – for one year.  Nine years later, Raphael has developed RCC into one of the nation’s top retail and restaurant build-out specialists with clients that include Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Bahama, The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy and Benihana.

For her entrepreneurial success, Raphael 59, was named the 2007 winner of the Sun-Sentinel Co.’s Excalibur Award as Small Business Leader, Broward County.  The award was presented Thursday evening at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

A former fashion company executive, she proved a quick study.  When Raphael joined the company, about nine months after her husband’s death in 1998 from cancer, it was operating at a loss despite revenues of about $21 million, she said.

Under her leadership, RCC cut expenses and expanded the company’s niche contracting services by creating a national restaurant division, which now accounts for half of RCC’s business. Last year, RCC’s revenues reached a record $103 million, far surpassing her and Richard’s original goals.

RCC currently has about 103 employees, many who joined the company under Richard’s leadership and still work there today.  In addition to being involved in several local charitable organizations and fundraising efforts, Beverly has been recognized in the real estate industry for giving opportunities to women to advance and hold executive positions in what has typically been a male-dominated profession.



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Retail General Contractor, Restaurant Contractor and Florida Construction


For over 40 years, RCC Associates has been a leader in upscale restaurant and retail tenant build out segment of the general contracting industry.  “Known by the companies that keep us”, RCC’s list of prominent clients in the restaurant and retail arena nationwide speaks to its success in delivering the very best quality, service and on-time performance to its esteemed clientele.  In such prime South Florida locations as Bal Harbour Shops, Worth Avenue, Aventura, Gardens Mall, Sawgrass Mills, Galleria, Merrick Park, Dolphin, Dadeland, and Miami International Malls and major malls across the country, RCC has made its mark.  


In addition to major national restaurants brands such as The Cheesecake Factory, Del Frisco’s, PF Chang’s, Cooper’s Hawk, Yard House, BJ’s Brewhouse, Cheddar’s Casual Café, Brio Tuscan Grille and many more, RCC Associates has built a reputation for itself with distinguished European clientele such as Versace, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermes and many national retail brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Ann Taylor, Sephora, H&M, Sur La Table, Henri Bendel, Ulta, DKNY and Ron Jon Surf Shop to name a few.


RCC has built for many prominent financial institutions such as Wells Fargo, Bank United and Credit Agricole.  Additionally, many historic South Beach hotels such as The Raleigh, Redbury, The Astor, The Edison, The Bentley and the National Hotel Penthouse have sought out the expertise of RCC Associates to complete their challenging historic art deco remodels, based on our exceptional management experience. 

Whether you are looking for a Restaurant Contractor, Retail Contractor, Hotel Contractor, or General Contractor for Commercial Projects, you have come to the right place.  Let RCC make your project a success!



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