Back to School with Dana Compton

The North Texas Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) selects a group of commercial real estate professionals every year to go into the trenches and spend nine months together to learn, grow and hopefully have some fun along the way. Dana Compton, our Director of Business Development was selected to participate this year and we are excited to share her journey with you over the next nine months. Below you will find in Dana’s own words how each class went and what she learns along the way.


I am honored to be in the ULI Center for Leadership Class of 2020. I’ll check in on this blog after each class and share with you what I’ve learned. This is my journey and I’m taking you with me. Let’s go!

Day 1: DFW in Context

My day started very early as I met my friend and classmate, Bo Trainor (BGE), on the TRE to ride to Dallas. Being Tarrant County dwellers, we decided that life’s too short to drive to Dallas this early in the morning, so we relaxed on the train instead. The train picked me up at 6:42am. It was pretty early to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but so it goes on the first day of school. Look how dark it was outside. This photo is as blurry as I felt at that moment.

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I had never taken the train before so I was grateful to Bo for guiding me and sitting in a place where I could easily find him. I pictured myself in heels and a dress, trying to jump in between cars and it’s not pretty. It was a peaceful and quick ride to Victory Station, and we got to watch the sun rise on the ride.

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Bo and I took a Lyft to the office of Husch & Blackwell in the beautiful and brand new 1900 N. Pacific building. Here I got to meet my fellow classmates (those who I didn’t know previously) and settle in for a day of learning. To introduce ourselves to our fellow classmates, we were asked to come up with a walk-up song that shows our personality and submit a photo that represents us. My walk up song was “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (naturally), which was the #1 song the day I was born. My photo was of me playing the upright bass in my big band. There were some hilarious songs and photos and it was nice to see that side of each of my classmates’ personalities.

Session 1

Our first session was a talk with Charlie Brindell, who is the Executive Chairman at Mill Creek Residential. Charlie talked about how he got to his position at Mill Creek from his beginnings at the University of North Carolina (he discussed the origins of the term Tarheel to a great extent) to his tenure as CEO of Trammell Crow Residential and now Mill Creek. He talked about how he weathered three major economic downturns in his career.

PRO TIP: The way to make it through a recession is to have a good balance sheet, appropriate liquidity and good relationships with your clients. They will carry you through.

Charlie also discussed how to prepare for the next generation in your company’s leadership.

PRO TIP: Succession planning isn’t about when someone might step away. It’s about when they need to step away. Succession planning has to start at the top to be successful. It is also very important to let key clients know what’s going on so they are comfortable.

Finally, Charlie parted with these words of wisdom: Nothing will mean more for our careers than a strong network of people. And that’s what this class is all about!

Charlie Brindell with our Class Co-Chairs, Ryan Davis (Whitten Advisors) and Tyler Johnson (Husch Blackwell)

Our next speaker was Dr. Cullum Clark, the Director of the George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative and an Adjunct Professional of Economics at SMU.

Cullum spoke about the mission of the Bush Institute, and the interesting research work that they are doing on domestic economic policy and economic growth. We learned that DFW is growing with an unusually large net migration of people from inside the United States as well as internationally.

PRO TIP: The next counties to watch for massive growth are Cooke, Grayson, Hunt and Ellis. This is due to the large build-out already taking place in the DFW metro counties.

Dr. Clark from the George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

Dr. Clark from the George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

We then walked to lunch at SAVOR, which was delicious if you haven’t tried it. (Try their tomato-basil soup – yum!) The building is cool too, with lots of glass and good views.

After lunch, we walked over to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for a tour. If you haven’t been to the Federal Reserve, I highly recommend it. This was my second time to take the tour and I found it just as interesting as the first time. You learn all about the history of money in the United States, which is more fascinating than it sounds. Plus, the building is very cool inside. Go check it out - anyone can tour it, as long as they bring a photo ID.

Federal Reserve Interior Lobby

Federal Reserve Interior Lobby

After the tour, we sat down with Laila Assanie, a Senior Business Economist with the Federal Reserve, who caught us up on the Texas Economy. She said that the Texas economy is solid but is facing increasing headwinds. 2018 was the year of recovery in the Texas economy and we are now experiencing strong job growth and construction numbers. Our unemployment rate is low (3.4%), and all the growth is due to the domestic and international migration of people. (This mirrored exactly what we heard earlier in the morning from The Bush Institute.) Texas was one of the first states to come out of The Great Recession. Here’s how well we’re doing:

  • In Texas, construction peaked in 2015 with another surge in 2018. We are still building above average.

  • DFW office absorption has slowed and vacancy is rising, but we are trending better than other metropolitan areas in Texas.

  • DFW leads the United States in apartment demand by a wide margin (we currently have a need of 10,443 units).

  • Texas home sales reversed course in 2019 and are on the rise.

  • Fort Worth leads the state in median home price appreciation.

It’s not all rosy, though. The headwinds we are facing in Texas consist of the labor market situation. Texas firms are reporting that it is hard to hire due to lack of applicants. I know we are definitely experiencing this in the construction industry.

PRO TIP: Keep up-to-date with this information as it comes out by visiting www.dallasfed.org, where they update their blog twice per week.

Laila Assanie, Senior Business Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Laila Assanie, Senior Business Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

We walked back to Husch Blackwell’s office, where we broke out into small groups to discuss the book that we read in preparation for this class, The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. My group consisted mostly of design professionals and developers, and we had a great discussion with our facilitator about how thoughtfully designed cities make a world of difference in everyone’s quality of life.

We stayed in our small groups and were visited by some of DFW’s most prominent commercial real estate leaders where we got to ask them questions and discuss today’s issues in our industry. They moved from group to group, which exposed us to lots of great insight. I learned so much and appreciated the time with each of them. The leaders were:

  • Lucy Billingsley (Billingsley Company)

  • Patricia Gibson (Banner Oak)

  • Michele Wheeler (Jackson-Shaw)

  • Michael Levy (Crow Holdings)

  • Brad Taylor (JPI)

  • John Walsh (TIG Real Estate Investments)

Small group discussions with industry leaders

We finished off this incredible day with a happy hour and a class picture. Day 2 is coming up and I look forward to it!

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Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Brent Simmons

Brent Simmons is currently an Assistant Project Manager at Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

Brent’s responsibilities as Assistant Project Manager include supporting the project team to help deliver a construction project that is on time and successful.  Brent provides support to both the Project Manager and Superintendent from start to finish of the project. You can regularly find Brent in communication with the Client, Architect, Engineer, Project Manager, Superintendent and Subcontractors on a daily basis making sure things are running smoothly and according to schedule.  Along with these responsibilities, Brent also participates in OAC meetings and Subcontractor meetings ensuring everyone participating with the project is up to speed with the latest information on the projects progress. 

Brent has been with Ridgemont for two years, and we are proud to have him on our team!


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family-Oriented. Ethical. Selfless.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The people and culture at Ridgemont. The employees that make up Ridgemont are genuinely good people and make Ridgemont a great place to come in to work every day!

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

I would like to see Ridgemont continue the same trajectory it is already on.  This is a fantastic company, and I hope we continue to achieve all the goals that leadership team sets for us.  I also really hope that as we grow that the overall culture of the company stays intact, because I believe that is a huge reason for Ridgemont’s success.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

The Kroger Midlothian project is one project that stands out the most to me.  I lived about one mile from the store, so I would shop there daily after it opened.  This project was a little more personal for me, since I was able to see a direct impact it made in my community. I also enjoyed working with Micah Cunningham and Kevin Roberts. Those guys are great and they brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project, which resulted in a successful finished product.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?

This year I participated in my first triathlon in honor of my brother and his memory, for the National MS Society.  Ridgemont contributed to the cause and my effort, in ways that were beyond my belief.  I can never fully express my gratitude for Ridgemont, and its leadership team.  I am absolutely blessed and proud to be able to work at a company like Ridgemont.

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

The core value I identify with the most is, Integrity.  I think we are ultimately defined by our character, values and morals that we hold ourselves to.  As a Christian, I try each day to maintain certain standards for myself.  How else can I help someone else on their walk if I don’t strive to be a man of integrity myself?

DESCRIBE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH RIDGEMONT.

Aside from the National MS Society fundraiser, I am plan on running in the Fabulous Faith’s 5k in September alongside some of my Ridgemont coworkers. I recently helped build Ridgemont’s Imaginasium Playhouse for the Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. It was great to be a part of such a great event, and I’m looking forward to participating in next year’s event! I would also love to do Hearts and Hammers, but it hasn’t yet worked out for me to be able to participate. Hopefully the next time it comes around I can help out!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

The culture at Ridgemont is a driven team environment, with employees that genuinely care for each other, and the quality of their work….all while having a great deal of fun doing it!

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES/POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

Stay away from the Senior Living wing, unless you want to wear PPE all day every day. 
**Beware of Nerf Guns**

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

What gets me out of bed every morning is God and my family.  My greatest responsibility in life is not only to provide for my family, but to show my kids how to be a good person. I want to show them how to treat other people, how to be humble and how to express gratitude for all that we have been given in this life.  

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

To me, success is working hard to get better each day and overcoming challenges you face along the way. It is perseverance at its core.

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I’ve always wanted to learn the trade of welding.  I love working with wood, so I would like to be able to build something that uses both mediums.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” - Henry David Thoreau

I also love almost any verse from Proverbs.  There are a lot of references in the text to fools, and that amuses me.

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

My Family Bucket List: Visit Hawaii.  My wife and kids love the beach and water.  I am not a huge fan of the heat or beach, but I hear they have great fishing and hunting there!

Personal Bucket List: A week long, primitive, archery, elk hunt in Colorado.  I want to do it on horseback, sleeping in tents, really roughing it.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I have too many: hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, cooking, woodwork/carpentry, working out, playing guitar, target shooting (mostly archery), yard work, and about 50 other things.  My kids are getting old enough to start participating in some these hobbies, and I am really excited about having to share my passions with them!

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I’m watching Texas Rangers baseball, and now the Dallas Cowboys. Outside of that, I really don’t have much time to watch TV with all of my hobbies.

Ridgemont Project Spotlight - Rubicon MOB, Irving, TX

The 69,640 SF three story medical office building for Rubicon Representation located off State Highway 161 and Gateway Drive is part of the second phase of a medical office development in Irving, TX.

The site has been described as “the new epicenter of healthcare in Las Colinas” and will be anchored by UT Southwestern’s occupation of the second and third floors. The development will have medical offices and an ambulatory surgery center on the first floor. Additional medical offices on the second floor will enable healthcare specialists to partner with primary care physicians in order to create the optimal care environment for patients.

The medical office building is next to, and shares driveways with, the newly developed, 95,000 square foot medical office building that Ridgemont completed in 2018. This adjacent building consists of about 50 primary care physicians.

Client: Rubicon Representation

Architect: BOKA Powell

Ridgemont interviewed Senior Project Manager, Steve Bell who worked on the Rubicon MOB project. Below you can find an inside look into how the project was accomplished.


WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROJECT?

The weather had immense impact as we prepared for the concrete work in September of 2018. The rain and mud impacted fabrication of the casting beds for the concrete panels. The cranes used on site were also restricted due to the heavy mud mats.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS PROJECT?  

This project used a smooth finish plaster in-lieu of ACM panels on the outside of the building, a result of Las Colinas requirements for material use. The plaster finish is a wonderful complement to the concrete tilt-wall. This project ended with a very happy owner for the project team, BOKA Powell Architects, Pritchard Associates and Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?

After completing this project I learned to never use Herculite glass sliding doors for an exterior opening that does not have a sufficient awning cover. The demolition of concrete panels for the glass system at building corners had a much larger schedule impact than anticipated.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO THANK YOUR TEAM MEMBERS THAT WORKED ON THIS PROJECT WITH YOU?

This project was very challenging due to the weather impacts. The team worked together to find alternate sequencing to minimize the impact and keep the project moving. Additionally, the documentation on the project was flawless thanks to Ridgemont Assistant Project Manager, Brent Simmons who handled all documentation. Brent kept all folders, PlanGrid and the architects NewForma updated so everybody had access to the most updated information at all times!

WHAT SURPRISED YOU WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?

The biggest surprise was how the weather impacted our critical path to the casting bed fabrication and the actual panel fabrication. This project has building corners which had to be demolished out of the concrete tilt-wall panels after the steel was completed in order for the window system to turn around the building uninterrupted.

What unique aspects of this project enable it to stand out from others like it?

The design and color scheme of the building is very impactful, from the finishes of the concrete tilt-wall with the smooth plaster system to the ACM drive canopy and curtain wall system.  The smooth plaster is spectacular!

Summit Climbing Yoga & Fitness, Plano, TX

Ridgemont recently completed building a new facility for Summit Climbing in Plano, TX. The facility itself is a nearly 80 feet tall pre-engineered metal building.

This 32,000 SF facility is located at George Bush Turnpike and Coit Road. With 5,000 SF of bouldering, 20,000 SF of top-rope, lead and auto-belay climbing. Summit Climbing Yoga & Fitness is now the largest gym in the DFW area.

The roped climbing will be up to 55-feet tall. This gym also includes a state-of-the-art fitness facility, as well as an
in-house yoga studio.

Owner: Summit Climbing Yoga & Fitness

Architect: Chris Rador

Size: 32,177 SF


Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Kandace Richardson, Preconstruction Coordinator

Kandace Richardson is currently the Preconstruction Coordinator at Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

Kandace’s responsibilities as Preconstruction Coordinator include updating the weekly bid calendar and estimating meeting minutes, receiving and distributing plans, creating new projects on Pantera, maintaining and updating the Pantera subcontractor database, subcontractor bid solicitation and bid book organization. Kandace has been with Ridgemont for two years, and we are proud to have her on our team!


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Focused. Family. Driven.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

I enjoy being able to come in to work and genuinely enjoy what I do everyday alongside great people!

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

My goal is for Ridgemont to get awarded every job that comes through my department in Preconstruction.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

When Ridgemont is awarded jobs in Arlington I get excited! Having grown up in Arlington, I have loved seeing how much the city has grown over the years.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?
I’m proud of Ridgmont as a company. I enjoy seeing my company do great things for the people within Ridgemont and those in surrounding communities. When we are actively giving back and improving the lives of people around us. It gives me a great sense of joy to be able to work for a company like Ridgemont.

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

I identify most with people. I am a firm believer that if you surround yourself with the right people you can accomplish just about anything!

DESCRIBE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH RIDGEMONT.

I am a member of the philanthropy committee, and I love the opportunity to plan a variety of Ridgemont’s community service events and fundraisers throughout the year. I am looking forward to the upcoming fall events, including some fun runs /5Ks that support local and national charitable organizations.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Everyone at Ridgemont likes to have a good time! Here at Ridgemont you can count on us for a good laugh or to put a smile on your face!

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES/POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Try your best to learn everything you can from the people around you. It is best to observe other’s styles and techniques so you are able to create your own style that works best for you!

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

My internal clock doesn’t allow me to sleep past 9 am… when did I become my dad?!

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Success to me is waking up everyday happy, healthy and with enough energy left over to enjoy a beer every now and then. If that beer is on an exotic island or in your own home, so be it! Perspective is everything.

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would love to learn to play the piano. I think the piano is one of the most beautiful instruments.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Mind Over Matter”

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I would love to travel to an African Safari, or see the Northern Lights. It is my dream to travel and explore the world to discover new food and beer!

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I love to read and I enjoy spending time with my two pups, Chalupa and Carlito. My boyfriend and I are big foodies, and we love to discover and try out new local hot spots.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I am currently watching Stranger Things, Big Little Lies, Schitt’s Creek and Euphoria. Honestly, I am still not over the fact that Game of Thrones is over.

Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses

This year Ridgemont Commercial Construction participated in the annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. Individuals and teams around DFW and the surrounding regions paired up to design, build and showcase imaginative children’s playhouses. After the construction is complete, each playhouse is then entered into a raffle for a chance to win. All the proceeds from the Parade of Playhouses goes towards the services provided by Dallas CASA to children in Dallas County.

All of the playhouses will be displayed at NorthPark Center from July 12th - 18th. Tickets can be purchase at NorthPark Center or online by visiting https://www.dallascasa.org/2019-parade-of-playhouses/. To vote for your favorite playhouse visit https://app.mobilecause.com/form/dWKXtA?vid=1bkix or text dcasa to 41444!

Thank you to the Gensler Architects and the Ridgemont employees who designed and constructed the Imaginasium Playhouse, we appreciate all of your hard work. Special thanks to Trey Wilder for the artwork, and Summit Climbing & Yoga for the materials for the rock wall. To learn more about Dallas CASA and opportunities to volunteer please visit https://www.dallascasa.org/.


Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Tareyton Banks, Project Engineer

Tareyton Banks is currently a Project Engineer at Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

Tareyton’s responsibilities as Project Engineer include overseeing the day to day construction tasks as well as quality control for each project. He manages the flow of project information including construction contracts, scheduling, projects submittals, RFI’s, and facilitating subcontractor submittals to ensure compliance with specifications and overall project goals.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family-First. Fast Paced. Team-Oriented.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The way everyone is willing to help each other out makes for a great collaborative work environment. At Ridgemont we practice an open door policy. The open flow of communication between all positions within Ridgemont starting from a Project Engineer all the way up to a Principal allows everyone’s voice to be heard.

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

For the next five years I hope that Ridgemont maintains a team first mentality as we grow into a bigger and better company! I’d like Ridgemont to continue to put the employees first, because that is what separates Ridgemont from any other company in this industry.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

The Asian food store, 99 Ranch, located in Frisco, TX has been one of my most rewarding projects to work on during my time at Ridgemont. I enjoyed being a part of the project start to finish, and celebrating at the grand opening with the Frisco community. It was a pleasure to see everyone come together to celebrate Asian culture through song and dance. I was very humbled to see the impact this project made within the Frisco community.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?

Attending the grand opening for one of my first projects here at Ridgemont, Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Southlake, TX was one of my proudest moments. It was such a joy to see everyone who attended the grand opening having a good time and enjoying themselves. The Hopdoddy Southlake project was my first job in the role as Project Engineer. The Hopdoddy Southlake was an interior remodel, and it exceeded all of my expectations.

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

I identify with all of the Ridgemont core values because I think that it takes all of the qualities and values to be a well rounded person.

DESCRIBE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH RIDGEMONT.

I have participated in multiple clothing drives put on by Ridgemont’s philanthropy committee. I have enjoyed being able to give back and help those in need in our community.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Ridgemont culture is not only one that wants its employees to do well, but to achieve success both inside and outside the work place. No matter how big or small the accomplishment may be, Ridgemont will be there to cheer you on. Ridgemont Commercial Construction is an actual family, and that is not something you find in the average work place.

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES/POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

My advice is to always ask questions and never say no to doing more work. When you’re a young professional it can be a little intimidating to step into a new work environment, but you just have to adjust which may take some time. However, showing a willingness to want to learn and improve is the first step to becoming the professional you want to be in the future. Don’t wish it to be easier, work to be better.

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

What gets me out of bed in the morning is that each day I wake up knowing that I am laying out the proper foundation for my future family.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Make yourself at least 1% better each day, the key is by taking small steps. This way by the end of the year you can be 365% better than you were the year before. Success is in the details and those details influence the bigger things in life.

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would love the opportunity to learn to speak Spanish fluently.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Do what you have to do now, so you can do what you want to do later.” - Denzel Washington

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I would love to travel all over the United States, and then travel the world with my family. I want to be able to live abroad for a period of time and experience a different world view and culture.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I have a passion for ALL sports. I am a huge New Orleans Saints football fan and The Mean Green of The University of North Texas. I also enjoy watching some SEC football to cheer on the LSU Tigers, or flipping over to watch the Big 12 and root for the Oklahoma Sooners. It has been a long standing tradition with my dad to attend the Cotton Bowl Classic every year here in Dallas, TX. It is something that I look forward to all year long.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I am currently watching Flash and Game of Thrones.

Ridgemont Fishing Trip 2019

Ridgemont Commercial Construction recently had their Annual Fishing Trip to Cedar Mills Marina and Resort at Lake Texoma on May 31st. This year 33 members of the Ridgemont family attended from various positions within the company ranging from Project Engineers to Superintendents all the way up to Directors and Principals.

This weekend wouldn’t have been possible without the planning and coordination Ridgemont’s Vice President of Field Operations/Principal, Dennis Mason. “This type of activity is what Ridgemont’s culture is all about; it is good to get out of the office and field to just hang out with your coworkers and really get to know them,” Mason said.

Click through the photos below to see some of the great catches made by our employees.

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Chris Zen, Project Superintendent

Chris Zen has over fourteen years of successfully overseeing all phases of multi-million dollar commercial construction facilities. Chris is dedicated to delivering the best quality construction while adhering to all deadlines, budgets and safety standards. He is a stern supervisor, an effective communicator, as well as methodical and organized professional.

His responsibilities as Project Superintendent include providing daily direction and oversight of the on-site construction process during the entire project, implementing the Project Safety Plan, the Quality Control Plan ensuring the project is built consistent with quality standards, as well as supervising closeout processes and procedures.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Reliable. Proud. Friendly.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The great feeling that you could go to anyone in this company and have the support and trust that this person wholeheartedly wants to help you. We state that we are a family here, and our actions prove we are one.

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

For all Ridgemont employees to continue to broaden their construction knowledge and to challenge themselves to strive to be better than they were the day before.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

My most rewarding project would have to be the Chase Bank at Legacy West. The challenges of transporting and installing the high end finishes from across the world, to the dedication from our team and our subcontractors it was a privilege to hand over a project to a client who has entrusted us with a very special building that is located right down the street from their headquarters. Being a part of that experience was wonderful.       

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?

My proudest moment at Ridgemont would be seeing the people of Brownwood on opening day of the United Supermarket when we finished. They were so excited to see this brand new market coming to town that they had been waiting for months to be completed and now they were finally able to shop there! Their faces smiled all day. 

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

I would have to say I identify most with integrity. The trust people have in you is very delicate, and in our industry it means everything.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

The culture at Ridgemone is inviting with a caring hand. People at Ridgemont care for one another. If you stop and talk to anyone at Ridgemont for 10 minutes you’ll see for yourself.

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES / POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

Slow down and take your time to understand the work we do. Put the time into it, stay late and ask questions.

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

What gets me up everyday with a smile is not knowing what new people or things I will encounter and never taking a minute for granted with my family.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

I would define success as consistent hard work with a passion for what you are striving to achieve, understanding that failure is a possibility with an outcome of learning a lesson or two and believing in your strength to accomplish your goals and dreams.

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would like to be able to speak another language fluently and play the harmonica. I have always wanted to do both of these things.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“The greatest of men is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity & his ability to affect those around him positively.” - Bob Marley

“One shouldn’t take life so seriously, no one gets out alive anyway.” - Jim Morrison.

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I’d love to travel the world and see every possible thing I can. I would love to go sky diving, nothing like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane for nothing.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I love riding my Harley with my wife and hanging out with my family. I also enjoy teaching a stubborn ol’ bloodhound a few new tricks and playing my guitar.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I am currently stressed out watching Game of Thrones and I can’t stop watching Bob’s Burgers with my kids…too funny.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN RIDGEMONT CHANGE OVER THE YEARS?

The variety of projects and new faces just shows how much we are growing. It’s pretty exciting to hear news that we were awarded all kinds of unique jobs. It shows we are changing with the market and continuing to push into areas never ventured before. I’m still waiting on that Harley dealership though.