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.

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 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.

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Steve Bell, Senior Project Manager

Steve Bell has over twenty one years of experience in commercial construction, managing projects from design through construction completion, while maintaining effective communication with owners, architects, subcontractors and suppliers on a daily basis.

His responsibilities as Senior Project Manager, are to manage the entire construction process including project cost, quality control, contract documents, value engineering, subcontractor management, scheduling, strategic planning, coordination with internal project team members and client relations.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

I tried to think of 3 words, but could not narrow it down.  The words I came up with:  Opportunity, Team, Enjoyable, Support, Flexible and Faithful.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

I like the sense of community and the family culture.  I have been places where everybody is just a name, or a number.  Everybody is a person at Ridgemont.

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

I always push myself to be a better leader and a mentor for what I call the “Young Guns”.  I want to progress my own abilities to be a valuable asset for Ridgemont.  However my biggest WISH is to fully survive a boot camp by walking away at the end without needing recovery time to drive, and be able to keep up with Micah in a game of basketball.  I have absolutely no wish to try and keep up with Jade!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

I don’t have a favorite project, but different favorites for different reasons:  Mercer 4 because we negotiated repeat work from a client which historically hard bids every project. 

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

1.   When Paul Camp commented to the Owner on a new project:  “The project has one of the strongest teams Ridgemont could put together.  They can handle any issue which could arise on the project.”……and we did.

2.   My firsts PFC meeting conclusion.  At the end, I gave my thoughts for my project path.  The response was all positive with a comment of “We knew hiring you would be a smart move.”

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

Integrity.  When a project is complete, the only thing we take away is our reputation.  Our reputation is our life blood for Clients and subcontractors.  If they don’t trust you, you will not last long in this industry.

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

I have participated in Hearts with Hammers, with my youngest daughter, Leah.  I have also attended a few functions for Ridgemont, and most recently I participated in the can drive “Canstruction” disassembly.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

I describe the culture as a supportive family.  People take the time to talk, listen, support and encourage.  It is not always by somebody saying “Let me help you,” but sometimes just cracking a joke to give them a mental break on a stress point.  We all have relationships, some stronger than others.  I recently had a difficult buy-out situation.  I talked to a co-worker about it, and we identified a better approach.  Two phone calls later, the LOI was sent to the subcontractor.

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

I learned a long time ago the only thing we have in this industry is our reputation.  The reason I work at Ridgemont is due to my reputation as a Senior Project Manager.  My name was recommended to Jason Lillard in a weekend conversation with some subcontractor buddies I had previously worked and was currently working with.   Keep your integrity for all work, never let your emotions overtake you in any situation because then you can’t think clearly, and treat everybody with the respect they deserve. 

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

Funny, I asked this to my wife and she laughed, “What a dumb question to a workaholic!”  I get up every morning to accomplish something and make an impactful difference.  I don’t like to sit still, unless I am watching a Dallas Stars hockey game.  Otherwise I want to do something, whether it be working at my desk to reduce my To Do List, walking a jobsite evaluating issues, QC and schedule, at a school band event being one of “The Dads”, tinkering in my shop or mowing the lawn.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

I have both professional and personal success definitions:

1.   Professional success has many different levels such as reputation and respect.  However if I can explain something to someone so they better understand, I often consider that to be a bigger success than the completion of a project.

2.   Personal success is to fulfill life of others to reach their goals, and give my children the knowledge and education to make their own decisions in the path of life and pursue their dreams.  My success is not what I accomplish, but what I leave for others.

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

To play guitar and speak Spanish.  I have tried to learn both, but I never stop enough to get adequate practice for proficiency.  The guitar is probably bigger to me as I grew in a house with a father playing fourteen instruments and both my children learning band instruments.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

I have several favorite quotes which I say very often, as part of remembering my grandparents:

1. “ If you can stand in the middle of the floor and put your pants on without holding onto anything, it will be a good day” - Grandfather Bell

2.  “Remember to never waste time pruning a dead tree” - Grandfather Allman

3.   “Get up. Get going (my grandmother used to hand paint china.  I have the last thing she ever painted…with her quote.  I look at it every morning)” - Grandmother Allman

4. “She would always say “That is worse than the Redskins beating my Boys (Dallas Cowboys).” - Grandmother Bell

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I started reading about World War II in 2nd grade and have never stopped.  I took a ride in B-26 Flying Fortress for my 50th birthday.  I want to go to Pearl Harbor at retirement.  I also want to experience the fall colors of upper Northeast with my wife.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

1.   Dallas Stars ice hockey

2.   Learning to grill now that I have a nice grill

3.    Yard/shop work

4.    Reading about World War II

5.    Bee Keeper.  I started helping my friend with his bee hives last year and I will have my own 2 hives within the next month

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

Dallas Stars hockey (I have not missed a game in over 4 years), NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, Chicago Fire.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN RIDGEMONT CHANGE OVER THE YEARS? HOW HAS RIDGEMONT GROWN?

I have seen Ridgemont grow both in number and quality of employees.  I think RCC has also grown with the culture of the company.  I have been places that talk of family and individual successes, but this is the first time to experience the attitude.  I have also seen the camaraderie of Ridgemont grow both in group events/activities and interest of peoples personal endeavors, which goes right back to my description of the Ridgemont culture of “Supportive Family.”

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Marcia Johnson, Accounts Payable Manager

Marcia has been apart of the Ridgemont family for 11 years, and currently holds the position as Accounts Payable Manager. Marcia this role is responsible for providing financial, administrative and clerical services.

 As Accounts Payable Manager, Marcia, performs the day to day processing of accounts payable transactions so that finances are maintained in an effective, up to date and accurate manner.  This includes processing and monitoring payments and expenditures to ensure accuracy and timeliness so that vendors and suppliers are paid within established time limits.  This role reports to the vice President Secretary & Treasurer.

Thank you Marcia for all your hard work and years of service, we are happy to have you on the Ridgemont team!


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family-Oriented. Fun. Flexible.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

I have always appreciated Ridgemont’s flexibility that enabled me to be a very active parent. Like all, my children are my heart and soul and I never wanted to miss out on anything that they were.

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

Over the next 5 years, my only wish for Ridgemont is to continue to grow and improve on the successful journey that it is already on. It’s truly on pace to be at the top of the industry, and I will do whatever I can to help with that.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

Any project that began and ended without a lien on it was most rewarding for me.

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

My proudest moment was in 2009 when I walked into Dixie’s office and asked her for a challenge, which lead me to taking on a role in the accounting department. I was so proud that she believed in me. It definitely changed the direction of my life.

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

I feel like I identify more so with Integrity. I was raised by my grandparents, so I learned a lot of old-school values. My grandfather would always tell me to always be honest, respectful, giving and never compromise on my morals. I hold those words near and dear to my heart, he was a wise man.

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

I have been involved in Hearts & Hammers, which has provided aid in a neighborhood that I grew up in.  It’s always pure joy to be involved in any act of kindness and giving back, but especially when it’s within your own community.  Most of those people have been forgotten about or written off.  I have also participated in a couple of donation drives at Ridgemont. One for Louisiana flood victims and most recently a clothing drive for the Dallas homeless community. I am also currently on the Philanthropy committee, where we find multiple events and/or organizations to contribute to throughout the year. It’s good for the soul.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

The culture at Ridgemont is geared toward family. Not only our family at our homes, but the family that we have built within the 4 walls at RCC. I’ve gained many sisters and brothers over the last 11 years.

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

Come in, buckle up and enjoy the ride. But along the journey, work hard, get involved and stay focused. Do your best to keep clients happy.

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

My family is the reason that I breathe. My ability to take care of them drives me to be the best me that I can be. My biggest fear in the world has always been the inability to take care of my family.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Success to me is to have lived life knowing that I made it easier for another person to breathe.

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

I would love to be bilingual.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”-Mahatma Gandhi

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

As I have gotten more involved with the church and the giving of myself and my time to others, I would like to continue with that by getting involved on mission trips. I give locally now, I would like to take that abroad. Love is needed across the globe.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I spend tons of time with my family. I also love singing, working with the youth at church, and also finding different
non-profits to volunteer with.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I am currently watching Manifest, The Passage and Survivor.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN RIDGEMONT CHANGE OVER THE YEARS? HOW HAS RIDGEMONT GROWN?

Ridgemont has grown astronomically over the years. When I first started there were only about 5 people on the entire 2nd floor. Since then, there has been one addition to the building and now about to do a 2nd one. It just blows my mind. The number of projects that have been added to the list speaks volumes of Ridgemont and its employees. The ability to build great relationships with clients has been earned by identifying with our core values and continuous efforts to maintain those relationships. I’m proud to say that I am an employee of Ridgemont Commercial Construction. 

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Maureen McDonnell , Assistant Project Coordinator

This month’s Ridgemont Employee Spotlight is, Maureen McDonnell. Maureen currently holds the position of Assistant Project Coordinator for Ridgemont Commercial Construction. Maureen has been apart of the Ridgemont family for 5 years, February 4th will be her anniversary here at Ridgemont.

As Assistant Project Coordinator Maureen is responsible for coordinating with the Project Managers and Superintendents to complete client change orders, verify supporting documents, and maintain files for all past and present projects. Thank you Maureen for all your hard work, we are happy to have you on the Ridgemont team!


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Involved. Family. Fun

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The appreciation Ridgemont shows to their employees, especially through the little things.

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

Continued success and being a part of it.

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

Not sure that I can define a specific moment, I am just proud to be a Ridgemont employee.

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

I feel like I identify with them all. If I had to chose one, it would be People. I really do enjoy helping and taking care of people.   

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

I got involved with Airborne Angles 5 years ago when Nancy first stopped by the office to collect a donation from Ridgemont. The American flag that was delivered that same day now sits in our large conference room. I still continue to volunteer with Airborne Angles and I have officially become an “Angel”. It will hit home a little harder this year as my son, Aidan, has committed to the Army when he graduates in June. We are so proud and excited for his future.

Airborne Angel Cadets is a completely volunteer based organization that sends packages to our troops filled with anything and everything from toiletries to card games. All the packages are contributions made by generous donors.

I have also had the pleasure of volunteering at Hearts and Hammers. It warms my heart to see the look of pure joy and appreciation it brought to the owners of the homes we worked on. They are able to hold their heads a little higher and be proud where they live.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Friendly and collaborative. Ridgemont has always been encouraging and listens when employees provide feedback on the betterment of the company, but also to improve employee’s personal physical and mental health.   

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

Don’t be content to not know the answers, speak up and ask questions.

If you have an idea don’t be afraid to share it.

Never take the easy way out, unless it aligns with the best way to complete the task at hand.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?    

My family, being able to contribute to the success of my household.

How do you define success?

Success is never giving up.

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

I’d love to learn how to golf or ski.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage that counts”- Winston Churchill

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Me- I have always wanted to enter and complete a 10K.

Family- I’d like to take a 2 week vacation and completely unplug somewhere on a lake.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES / INTERESTS?

Spending time with my family and going to brunch or baking with my kids.

Going to Dallas Stars Games, especially when they play the Chicago Blackhawks.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

The Tunnel, Homecoming and True Detective, all on Amazon Prime.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN RIDGEMONT CHANGE OVER THE YEARS? HOW HAS RIDGEMONT GROWN?

Ridgemont has grown in the sheer volume of employees and projects. The projects have not only grown in size but each market segment has experienced an increase in a variety of projects. When I first started our jobs filled half of a page, now everywhere I go I see a Ridgemont trailer. My kids got sick of me pointing out a trailer every time I saw one!

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Randy Allen, Senior Superintendent

Randy Allen has over twenty six years of successfully overseeing all phases of multi-million dollar commercial construction facilities. He is result-orientated with the ability to coordinate on multiple projects, various teams simultaneously, coupled with the skill-set to effectively manage subcontractor teams and coordinate with our project manager in a deadline-driven environment.

Randy 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.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family. Quality of its people. Leadership.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The people at Ridgemont are fantastic and they continue to support their people in all aspects in making Ridgemont better.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE / MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

The Granite Place at Southlake Town Square project.

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

That I can continue to help Ridgemont to become one of the best General Contractors in the state.

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

Being on the winning team that was awarded the Texo Distinguished Building Award for the Texas Health Resource Outpatient Facility in Willow Park, TX in 2014.

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

All core values are important to me and what I personally strive for in my personal life. Each one is so important to live by, however, if I had just one to choose it would be integrity.   

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Friendly, caring for each other and family oriented.   

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

Put yourself out there, stretch yourself as many ways as you can to make your work life and personal life as exciting as possible.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Walking with the Lord daily and keeping my personal relationship in tact is success to me. Being a good husband, father, son and uncle is so critical to me in the success of my life.    

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

Playing an instrument.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Get-R-Done” or “Just Do It”.

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Playing an instrument and traveling to many destinations around the world.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES / INTERESTS?

Harley riding, outdoors living and adventures, Camaro days and traveling the country side of Texas. I love seeing new and interesting destinations.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

Hallmark Channel with the wife and any and all car shows. I’ve got 5 shows recording right now. Ha!!

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Micah Cunningham, Project Manager

Micah Cunningham has over ten years of experience in commercial construction, managing projects from design through construction completion, while maintaining effective communication with owners, architects, subcontractors and suppliers on a daily basis. Micah has been with Ridgemont for 5 years and serves as a key member to the Ridgemont team!

Micah will be the single point of contact for projects throughout the preconstruction and construction phases. He will be responsible for the overall coordination and execution of the work for the project. He will work closely with the entire Project Team to ensure the overall plan and goals of the project are being executed and held to the utmost quality and safety standards.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family. Fun. Fast-Paced.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

I’m grateful for the openness and collaborative environment.  Everybody’s door is always open to bounce ideas off of, ask questions, or catch up on how things are going.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE / MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

My favorite project so far has been Boardwalk Ferrari.  The corporate design criteria and stringent finish requirements created several challenges throughout the project.  The design required us to work with several unique and new materials as well as coordinate with Ferrari and suppliers back in Italy.  Many of the dimensions we were required to hold were in millimeters, allowing little room for error.  

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

Over the last 5 years I’ve seen Ridgemont grow by leaps and bounds.  I love the direction Ridgemont is headed and I’m looking forward to the continued growth over the next five years while maintaining it’s great culture.

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

I’m pretty proud of our prize winning dog house the Benchy Bungalow.    We partnered with GFF who designed the Benchy Bungalow for the inaugural year of the Bark & Build competition benefitting the SPCA of Texas.

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

This question was tough for me, I feel like I identify with all 4 core values, but I think the one I identify with most is improvement.  I have a passion for innovation and improvement.  I want to do each job better than the job before, continually improving.  I also love the challenge of evaluating our current processes and looking for ways we can improve.   

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

I was a co-leader for Bark & Build for 3 years, benefiting the SPCA of Texas.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Ridgemont cares about family.  To expand on that, the people that make up Ridgemont care about each other, their “Ridgemont Family” and in doing so, they care about each other’s real family.  This fosters an environment where not everything is about production, but it’s about the people you work with.  It’s clear to me that the culture at Ridgemont is the number one reason why we have been one of the top places to work in DFW for three years in a row.  

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

Working hard and doing a good job speaks for itself.  Do the tasks you have been given excellently but don’t ever settle for just the tasks you’ve been given.

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?

I love my family and I want to provide for them.  It’s a blessing that God has given me a job that I love too.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Just recently I heard that Success = Effort x Effort x Skill.  This formula has been true in my life.  The effort I put into something is significantly more important than the skill I have.   

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

I’d really like to be able to speak Spanish fluently.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Hold on to a true friend with both hands” - Nigerian proverb

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I’m really looking forward to our kids being old enough to go on international mission trips and service projects.  I’d love to take my family back with me to Africa where I grew up.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES / INTERESTS?

I really enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and gardening.  The common denominator for these is being outside. 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I’m watching the beginning of Jimbo Fisher and the Fightin Texas Aggies making history as the best college football team ever.  If I’m not watching Aggie football, chances are I’m watching Ferrari and Mercedes duke it out in Formula 1.

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).