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.

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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. 

Recently Completed Project: Healthcare Associates MOB, Irving, TX

The 90,000 SF medical office building for Healthcare Associates located off State Highway 161 and Gateway Drive in Irving is part of the first phase of a new medical office complex which will total 160,000 SF. 

The new medical office complex provides a unique care environment that provides a one-stop shop for imaging, pharmacy, dental, vision and sleep therapy. 

The thoughtful and forward-thinking design of the project allows medical providers to continue to provide exceptional health care in the most efficient and patient-centered manner.

Owner: KDC

Architect: PAGE

Recently Completed Project: Spring Cypress Assisted Living and Memory Care-Cypress, TX.

The Spring Cypress Assisted Living and Memory Care facility is a 64,257 SF, 2 story, structural steel and wood frame facility located off Spring Cypress Road in Cypress, TX. 

Phase 1 of the facility is primarily assisted living units with an attached memory care center. Phase 2 will include independent living and villas/duplexes/single resident homes. 

Amenities include beauty salon, movie theater, bistro, large pond, walking paths, pavilion and gazebo outside. 

Owner: Medcore Partners & TNRG

Architect: DFD Architects 

Recently Completed Project: Main Marketplace & Flix Brewhouse

Main Marketplace is located off F.M. 423, one of the highest trafficked arteries running over 21 miles north to south throughout the DFW Metroplex. Anchored by Flix Brewhouse movie theater, Main Marketplace is an 18 acre mixed use development in the heart of booming Little Elm, TX.

Ridgemont constructed 45,026 SF of retail shell buildings for the development which has unique design elements including western red cedar wood work along with smooth stucco finishes.

Owner: Goveia Real Estate

Architects: Hodges & Associates & JKRP Architects

 

 

Recently Completed Project: Fort Worth North Service Center, Fort Worth, TX

The two phase Fort Worth North Service Center project consists of civil and utilities infrastructure work, Citizens Drop- Off Station, Code Department offices, Stormwater offices, Service Center and materials storage building, fueling station, and materials laydown areas. The Service Center includes a fueling system for all City vehicles, car wash bays, vehicle maintenance bays for both cars and large trucks, and houses the shops for all of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing needs for the City’s buildings. The vehicle maintenance facilities required special considerations for liquid containment, paint storage as well as paint booths that require specialty ventilation.

The fueling system components include underground storage tanks, automatic tank gauges, fleet pumps and fueling controls and required heavy fire protection systems and environmental protections to be put in place regarding the underground storage of fuel.
 

The facility includes the following components:

  • Truck Wash-Out

  • Laydown Area

  • Covered Storage

  • Weigh Station

  • Wash Equipment

  • Fuel Station

  • Generator / Transformer

  • Controlled Access

  • Heavy Vehicles

  • Light Vehicles

  • Administrative Building

  • Parking

Owner: City of Fort Worth

Architect: Quorum Architects

 

 

 

Recently Completed Project: Market Street, Frisco, TX

Ridgemont recently finished work on the 62,000 SF Market Street grocery store in Frisco, TX. The store which recently opened on the corner of Legacy Drive and Lebanon Road in Frisco features a beautiful interior finish out.

Some of the highlights inside the store are a beer and wine bar in the center of the store branded on the outside of the building as Taphouse 16 is also staffed for barista coffee service and smoothies. The area has seating for 94 people and customers can leave the area with their wine glass to shop. 

The new Frisco store has made-to-order Asian rice bowls and pho, a prepared food section, fresh meat and seafood counters and its curbside online grocery shopping service, which launched last year under the brand Streetside. Be sure go to check out this beautiful new store!

Owner: United Supermarkets 

Architect: Raymond Harris & Associates

Recently Completed Project: Boardwalk Ferrari Remodel, Plano, TX

Ridgemont originally built the Boardwalk Ferrari Maserati Dealership and was recently brought back in for a remodel. 

The extensive remodel encompasses the new company branding, interior design elements, 30,000 sf parking, outdoor display, additional 2 bay service drop off. The high-end finishes include custom built in display fixtures from Italy, two custom Barrisol light wall graphics which are the largest ever installed in a Ferrari dealership, large format Italian porcelain stoneware tile, full glass offices, complete light fixture and controls overhaul with Italian iGuzzini light fixtures. 

Owner: Ferrari of Dallas

Architect: Gensler Architects