Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Dana Compton, Director of Business Development

Dana is responsible for overseeing client relationships, business development and strategic initiatives for Ridgemont. She is focused on planning and coordinating the implementation of business plans and the penetration of new markets.  Dana thrives on formulating and executing project pursuit strategies, coordinating strong project team members and identifying new business opportunities for Ridgemont.

Dana joined Ridgemont in 2018, and has been instrumental in bringing a wide variety of industry knowledge to the company. Before working at Ridgemont Dana did Business Development and Marketing for other companies in the A/E/C industry.

What are three words that describe Ridgemont?

Fun. Impressive. Solid.

What do you like most about Ridgemont?

It sounds cliché, but I love the culture here. Ridgemont has figured out how to crack the code on doing an incredible job and having a great time doing it. That’s unique, and I’ve never seen it at any other firm.

What has been your favorite / most rewarding project at Ridgemont?

Bob Bolen Public Safety Training Center. Technically, I was on the architectural side of that project, but Ridgemont built it so that counts, right? It was my favorite project, because how often do you get to say that you helped win the largest, most state-of-the-art public safety training center in the world? It also had historic preservation in it, which is my personal favorite project type. It was an incredible project to work on and will always be near the top of my list. Plus, I got to meet Ridgemont on that job, so what a game-changer it turned out to be!

What is on your wish list for the next 5 years for Ridgemont?

I want to continue opening new doors for Ridgemont, so I can meaningfully contribute to the growth of this company. I’m still new, so finding my footing has been my biggest goal lately. Beyond that, I just want to make it rain with projects!

What has been your proudest moment / greatest accomplishment at Ridgemont?

The leaders of Ridgemont place a big emphasis on hiring the right people. My proudest moment at Ridgemont was when I was hired, because it was then that I realized that I was one of the people who they thought would fit well and perpetuate this amazing culture. It was a “Who? Me?! Wow!” moment and I’ll never forget it.

Which core value do you identify with the most? Why?

People. In business development, my role is defined by relationships. Getting to know the right people who will contribute to Ridgemont’s success is exactly what my goal is every day.

Describe how you have been involved with giving back to the community through Ridgemont.

I handed a lot of cans to people at Canstruction in September. I wasn’t remotely involved in the design or the building of our structure, but I drove the Ridgemont truck to the location and I worked pretty hard to get those cans in those hands. You’re welcome, North Texas Food Bank.  

How would you describe the culture at Ridgemont?

Ridgemont truly lives and breathes the idea of maintaining healthy employees - happy, fulfilled and engaged. Ridgemont’s culture is one that understands the importance of its people and their overall professional and personal health. In turn, by taking care of their employees, Ridgemont can ensure that their employees will take care of their responsibilities to the client, every time.

Advice for future employees/ new hires? / Career lessons you’ve learned thus far?  

Keep your word. If you say you’re going to do something, then do it. You can’t go wrong with hard work and honesty. And smile, dang it! It will really make your day so much more fantastic.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Literal answer: My 4:30am alarm clock and my two shih tzus tap dancing on the hardwood floor, wanting to go potty and eat some breakfast are what get me out of bed every morning. Believe me, there’s no more sleeping when they get to tap dancing on that floor.

Figurative answer: I believe wholeheartedly that every day is one more opportunity to be happy and keep living a great life. Going to a job that I love is the stuff of dreams for a lot of folks. Coming here and enjoying what I do absolutely gets me up every morning.

How do you define success?

Hustling until you no longer have to introduce yourself when you walk into a room.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leading by example. No one should talk the talk if you don’t walk the walk. Also, being willing to jump in and do whatever it takes to help everyone on your team succeed. There’s no room in good leadership for “that’s not my job.” Sometimes, you’ve got to be flexible to help everyone succeed.

If you could pick up a new skill what would it be?

I’m taking a sewing class in a few weeks that I’m pretty excited about. Get ready to see some (interesting? great? terrible?) Christmas presents from me! Haha

Favorite quote?

I have two at the moment:

“You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West

“Your ego is not your amigo.” - No idea

What is on your bucket list?

I’ve never really traveled. My husband, Jason, and I have all kinds of plans to go to all kinds of cool places.

What are your hobbies / interests?

I play upright bass in a 1940’s swing dance band. I’ve been playing with them for a little more than 20 years and it’s so much fun. At home, Jason and I love to cook together. We also have two adorable shih tzus who are always looking for a snuggle. I’m also learning to golf. That’s going okay – I need to practice more.

What are you currently watching?

I don’t really watch tv. I’m a big reader and I’m usually reading two books at once, typically it’s true crime or a murder mystery, or something that will make me laugh (I try to change it up).