In 3 Words:
Director of Retail Services
Kevin is an expert in the business of retail development/facilities and project management, and has established partnerships with local and regional retail developers and corporate retailers. He provides clients with consistent communication and oversees project delivery from start through warranty, including the execution of financial performance and delivery of client goals and objectives. Kevin elevates his team members to uphold the highest standards and provide consistent, best in class service to our retail clients.
In 2008, Kevin joined the Ridgemont team as an intern, working his way up the ranks as an Assistant Project Manager, to a Project Manager and in 2016 to a Senior Project Manager. Kevin has worked on numerous large scale projects for Ridgemont and has proved his hard work and management skills. Because of this Kevin was promoted to Director of Retail Services in November of 2016.
Texas Tech University, B.E. in Construction Engineering Technologies
What is your role in creating complete client confidence?
In this industry and at Ridgemont, teamwork plays a big role in each project. I help ensure that the entire project team stays accountable for their specific duties on the project so that our clients can stay consistently confident in the work we are delivering to them. It’s all about being proactive instead of reactive at the end of the day.
What is it about Ridgemont’s culture that is so unique?
There is a family oriented atmosphere at Ridgemont that is hard to find among many other companies. The upper leadership is invested in employees at all levels and truly care about each individual’s happiness and success. The lifelong friendships I have cultivated with people at Ridgemont are a true testament to the type of employee’s hired here.
How do you contribute to Ridgemont’s culture?
I enjoy getting people from all levels of the company together through things like basketball games in the gym, Lunch N’ Learns, and going to see sporting events. When you create a place where people enjoy who they work with and where they work their performance and commitment to projects excels. One of our fun hearted sayings is “We want to be the ‘Google’ of construction”.
Why do you think Ridgemont is a great place to work?
I am given all the tools I need, have flexibility, get inspiration, trust is a given, leadership is groomed, and mentors are everywhere. It’s an environment that fosters greatness.
Describe one of your proudest moments at work.
My proudest moment was when I was promoted to Senior Project Manager. The email sent out to the company by our Vice President of Operations Paul announcing my promotion gave me validation that I was at the company and in the position I was supposed to be. It was more about the words he used to describe me and my role at Ridgemont, than the promotion itself.
What put you on this career path?
Since I was a young, I’ve always enjoyed building things. Whether it was helping my dad on the ranch or building tree houses as a kid. I initially thought architecture was the path I would take, but after (2) short years of that at Texas Tech, I realized Construction Engineering was more geared towards my personality. As I finished school, a chance encounter at the Texas Tech Engineering Career Fair introduced me to a couple young guys at Ridgemont. Since that encounter, my career path has been pretty clear, in that we all blaze the trail together here.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I love interacting with all the people on each project….everyone from the owners, subcontractors, design team, consultants, etc., relationships are everything! I like to take the lead on complex projects, or problems. I also enjoy a challenge and overcoming the obstacles to produce a project myself and the client are proud of.
How do you want your Clients to feel when they work with you?
When clients here my name and Ridgemont mentioned on a project I want them to feel confident that all aspects of the project will be handled with a superior level of professionalism and expertise. I also hope that clients can view me as a friend long after a project is complete.
What is your favorite type of construction project?
I like projects that set them themselves apart and stand out among other buildings. There are so many new prototype, design projects coming out in the market and these get me excited about what is being developed in the industry.
What are the most common challenges you see in projects?
Everyone is too busy, time management is critical! Not only for myself, but for our project teams, including Ridgemont, owners, design team, subs, etc. You have to be able to see it all or you can get in trouble quickly. Of course, material lead times and labor shortages are always unpredictable and can be detrimental to a project, if not proactively approaching the subject on each and every project.
What do you do in your spare time?
Whether it golfing, fishing, going to sporting events, or being in the mountains somewhere…. I really enjoy spending time outdoors.