Ralph Korte serves as Chairman of the Board of the Korte Company. He began the company in 1958, and today, it is a nationally recognized industry leader with more than 1,800 jobs completed across the nation. Throughout his career, Korte has held leadership positions on a variety of boards including president of the Southern Illinois Builders Association, chairman of the SIUE Foundation Board, chairman of the SIUE School of Business Advisory Board and chairman of the National AGC Education Committee.
Korte has been involved in the creation and implementation of a number of new initiatives at the SIUE campus including: the new Construction Program in the fall of 1979; the construction of the Ralph Korte Stadium in 1993; the donation of the Ralph and Donna Korte Classroom; the creation of the Ralph & Donna Korte Fund for Leadership and Innovation in Business Education in 1999; and the launch of the SIUE Construction Leadership Institute in 2004.
His professional activities have included the Illinois Business Roundtable, Emeritus Trustee of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Southern Illinois Builders Association, St. Louis AGC, Leadership Council and St. Louis RCGA. He has received numerous awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Salute to Southwestern Illinois Award and the SIUE Distinguished Alumni Award. Korte is a lifetime member of the SIUE Alumni Association and serves on the SIUE Foundation Board. He is a member of the inaugural class of the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.