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.
Tarleton State University, B.S. in Communications
Getting to know Dana...
What is your role in creating complete client confidence?
Staying true to my word. When I give a client a promise, I ensure that I keep my promise. You can’t go wrong with being honest and keeping your word.
What is it about Ridgemont’s culture that is so unique?
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.
How do you contribute to Ridgemont’s culture?
I come to the office every morning in a positive mindset. We are all very lucky to work for such a great company, so I try hard to exude the positive energy that I feel every day when I walk through the door.
Why do you think Ridgemont is a great place to work?
Not only are we doing excellent, meaningful work, but are having a great time doing it. The leadership at Ridgemont has cracked the code on how to get the job done and have fun at the same time.
Describe one of your proudest moments at work.
When I was 22, I moved to Fort Worth to work in Business Development at a small, boutique architectural firm. My first day on the job, I picked up a Fort Worth Business Press in the lobby and read about the community leaders who were chosen for the annual 40 Under 40 Awards. I was in awe of these professionals, who were chosen for this award not only because they were at the top of their respective fields, but also because they were game changers in the community from a philanthropy standpoint. I called my mom that night and told her that if I had one goal to set for myself, it would be to get that award one day, because that would mean that I was respected professionally and I was making a difference in the community in a big way. I was 29 when I received that award, and it meant so much more to me than anyone might have imagined. The best part was calling my mom to tell her, since she was the one who was there when I set the goal for myself and was my biggest cheerleader leading up to it.
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.
What put you on this career path?
My first job out of college was to develop a West Texas ranch into a community and this is where I caught the bug for the built environment. My natural love for people and my interest in construction and architecture led me to put the two together and work in A/E/C Business Development. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Over time, clients become your friends. How fun is it to have a job where you visit your friends all day? Combine that with facilitating great projects that contribute to your company’s success and you can’t beat it.
How do you want your Clients to feel when they work with you?
I want our clients to feel taken care of when they work with me. This goes back to keeping my word. I want them to feel confident that I’ve got their back and we’re going to be very successful together because any success I achieve is their success too.
What is your favorite type of construction project?
Historic preservation is the most intriguing type of construction project because you feel like Sherlock Holmes, uncovering mysteries as you go along. When we worked on the Bob Bolen Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Worth, we adapted two historic warehouses that had served as federal property storage since WWII. During construction, we discovered a vault that was sealed. When the federal agents came to unseal it, they found JFK’s gurney from Parkland Hospital, along with several items from that day. And to think that they had already moved out, without realizing these items were sealed up in the building… that’s really incredible.
What do you do in your spare time?
My husband, Jason, and I love to cook together. We are vegans and are constantly trying out new recipes. We also love to get outside with our dogs and enjoy the fresh air. For the past 20 years, I have played the upright bass in a 1940’s Big Band. It’s so much fun!