Built on a Tradition of Stewardship
The RJ Group was founded by Rob Janicki. The Janicki family has been a vital part of northwestern Washington communities for decades. Rob’s parents were first-generation immigrants who worked the land and founded Janicki Logging and Construction—a local company well-respected for its sustainable logging practices that allow forests to flourish and wildlife to thrive. It is one of the few timber companies that specialize in timber restoration and reclamation, focusing on thinning timber stands to make them healthier and more robust, increasing their capacity for supporting biodiversity.
Rob has taken that same thoughtful approach to doing business and incorporated it into The RJ Group’s guiding principles. He and his team weave forward-thinking environmental initiatives into their projects, including LED lighting, hybrid electric car hookups, permeable pavers and solar-ready wiring for roofs. By choosing to focus on small-lot, infill projects and permanently protecting green space and wetlands within their developments, The RJ Group helps to reduce the end users’ carbon footprint, while at the same time adding value to the community at large.
The RJ Group Team
The RJ Group founder and managing member Rob Janicki comes from a family of Skagit and Whatcom County entrepreneurs. He began his career at EDS in San Francisco and Dallas, before returning to Skagit County in 1993 to join his family’s company, Janicki Logging. He began investing in and developing local properties shortly after, before forming his company, The RJ Group, in 2010. Since then, his company has earned a well-deserved reputation for smart urban development. Rob has a bachelor of science in physics and mathematics from Gonzaga University, graduating magna cum laude.
Jeff Miller, PhD, JD
Jeff Miller is The RJ Group’s business manager. Jeff earned a doctorate in biophysics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his law degree from Loyola Law School. In addition to his responsibilities at The RJ Group, he is also business manager for Janicki Logging and Construction.
Prior to joining The RJ Group, Jeff was senior counsel of Perkins Coie and served as CEO of NeuroTherapeutics. He is a board member of Aminex Therapeutics and president of the board of commissioners for Skagit Regional Health.
Mollie Janicki joined The RJ Group in 2015. Mollie attended Seattle University, receiving her undergraduate degree in international studies in 2013 and her master’s in business one year later. Following graduation, she worked in the hospitality industry as sales and catering coordinator for Hyatt House in Redmond, Washington, before returning to Whatcom County to join The RJ Group as marketing manager. Mollie’s varied responsibilities include promoting The RJ Group brand, organizing project financing for projects, and networking with vendors and partners.
Devon Caines is The RJ Group’s senior project manager. Devon earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental planning and policy from Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment. Devon has worked on a variety of projects in Whatcom and Skagit counties, including industrial projects and mixed-use, single-family, and multifamily residential communities.
As project manager for The RJ Group, Carrie Veldman works all aspects of land development, from research and feasibility, financing, planning, permitting and design to construction and project closeout. She liaises with all stakeholders and acts as the owner's representative to successfully complete residential, commercial, infill housing and land use projects. Carrie holds a bachelors of arts in urban planning and environmental policy from Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment.
Ian Smith first began as an intern before becoming a planning coordinator for The RJ Group. He is the group’s representative for Galbraith Mountain operations and oversees communications with the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. In addition, he supports the project managers with their development projects, aiding with almost every step of the process. Ian graduated from Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment, majoring in urban planning and sustainable development.