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 - 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).