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RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Rachel Ogbamichael

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Rachel Ogbamichael, our Human Resource Generalist in the Round Rock, TX office!

 

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RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Anthony Sanchez

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Anthony Sanchez, Assistant Project Manager in our Round Rock, TX office!

 

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RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Eric Faulkner

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Eric Faulkner, Survey Crew Chief out of our Hobbs, NM office!

 

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RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Coy Prescott

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Coy Prescott, Lead Technician from our CMT Group out of Round Rock, TX.

 

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RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Nick Poole

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Nick Poole, RRC Field Coordinator and Geologist!

 

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RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Nicole Wehner

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Nicole Wehner, PE, an RRC Electrical Project Engineer and the Tualatin, OR Operations Manager.

 

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5 Quick Steps to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Today

Happy Earth Day!

Let’s admit it. Our lives are hectic. There’s barely enough time in the day to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep, much less to examine our everyday routines for improvement. Luckily, Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to reflect and create crucial changes. Established in 1970, Earth Day is an international event dedicated to protecting the environment.

Here at RRC, we believe making small changes can make a large impact. Join us in recognizing our carbon footprints and finding quick, simple ways to improve. Make a commitment to change 5 areas in your daily routine that can reduce your carbon footprint today. Eventually, they’ll become part of your newly improved, eco-conscious routine.

Here are 5 quick steps to reduce your carbon footprint today:
1. Unplug: Your electronics and charging cords use energy even when not in use. Unplug them!
2. Use the elements: Try a clothes line instead of the machine to dry your wash.
3. Go paperless: Switch to electronic bills, newspaper, and/or magazine subscriptions.
4. Organic: Use local, organic produce to reduce shipping waste.
5. Consciously use less: Take a shorter shower. Buy less new items. Give up meat for one day a week. Buy only what you need.

Beyond the above 5, there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Something as simple as changing a lightbulb can make a difference. Try something new this Earth Day!

Meet the Founders – Bill Bong, PE

In honor of RRC’s 10 year anniversary, the RRC co-founders reflect on their contributions to the innovative company we see today. This week, the spotlight shines on Bill Bong, Business Development Director in our Round Rock, TX office.  

“Client satisfaction, employee happiness, and quality work from our team are the key reasons for RRC’s success.”

Bill Bong is one of the founding members of RRC and is responsible for developing business leads for the company. Bill has been in the engineering field for over 17 years and involved in the wind industry for over 11 years. He started his career as a geotoechnical engineer with Standard Testing & Engineering in Oklahoma City, OK.

Since co-founding RRC, Bill and others have positioned the firm as experts in the wind energy market. He serves the energy sector as a senior project/client manager and has managed numerous wind farm projects which include foundations, roadways, electrical substations, and transmission lines. Mr. Bong is considered an expert in project and client management. His expertise in the field and personalized approach has earned significant repeat business from a long list of wind energy clients.

With a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Bill is an entrepreneur who has always been drawn to starting and running a business. For him, part of the inspiration for starting RRC came from the belief that hard work should be appreciated and rewarded. Starting a business was a way for Bill to create the systems that would allow employees to shine.

Bill recalls the McAdoo Wind Farm as being particularly memorable because he acted as the Project Manager and Engineer responsible for the proposal, project negotiation, drilling management, field logging, laboratory testing, reporting, and invoice generating for the project.

His hopes for the future of the company include being successful in the multi-discipline engineering field and to be well known in the industries RRC serves. In his spare time, Bill enjoys traveling with his family, swimming, and reading business magazines.

Meet the Founders – Mohammed H. Abusalih, PE

In honor of RRC’s 10 year anniversary, the RRC co-founders reflect on their contributions to the innovative company we see today. This week, the spotlight shines on Mohammed H. Abusalih, Renewable Energy Industry Lead in our Round Rock, TX office.  

“Our vision for RRC was shaped by forward thinking of the future energy needs in the country while capitalizing on the potential growth of renewable energy.”

As one of the founding members of RRC, Mohammed H. Abusalih has gained considerable engineering and project management experience for renewable energy projects across the United States. In addition, Mohammed has extensive engineering experience in transportation-related projects, public works, and commercial developments. His responsibilities include business development, client management, and overall project management. Mohammed’s proficiency in the field and tailored approach to each project has proved his commitment and dedication to ensuring high levels of execution and quality of deliverables, resulting in many satisfied and repeat renewable energy clients.

Mr. Abusalih is considered an expert in geotechnical engineering in the wind industry with experience in several states across the country. Mohammed has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Utah State University and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He is a registered Professional Engineer in 15 states across the country. Having started his career with the Utah Department of Transportation, Mohammed has since accumulated 21 years of engineering experience, 11 of those years in the renewable energy industry.

“When starting RRC, our primary goals were to be a trusted advisor and partner to our core clients and to differentiate ourselves from others in the markets we serve,” Mohammed recalls. “Hard work, dedication, and self-motivation of every RRC employee has positioned us as a leader in the industry.”

Looking back on 10 years at RRC, Mohammed highlights the Shepherds Flat Wind Project in Oregon as a significant milestone. It is currently one of the largest wind projects in the country and the project provided learning opportunities with its unique challenges and geologic hazards.

In his free time, Mohammed enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, especially in the western slopes of Colorado. He has participated in numerous amateur High Performance Driving Events (HPDE) with local automobile clubs at several racing tracks in Texas, including the world class Circuit of the Americas.

Meet the Founders – Ken Sapien, BS, EM

In honor of RRC’s 10 year anniversary, the RRC co-founders reflect on their contributions to the innovative company we see today. This week, the spotlight shines on Ken Sapien, Oil & Gas Industry Lead in our Midland, TX office.  

Ken started his career with NMDOT as a co-op student and engineering technician performing highway inspections. His duties included materials testing in soils, concrete, and asphalt. During his time at Eastern NM University, he continued to work for NMDOT and moved from field inspections to laboratory testing to project management. While working for NMDOT, Ken continued to pursue his engineering education. After 5 years with DOT, he was hired on with Parson Brinkerhoff on the US 70 Highway Project located in Las Cruses, NM. Beyond the valuable work experience, the position also gave Ken the opportunity to attend NMSU and meet his lovely wife, who is an NMSU graduate in the nursing program.

During his time as Area Manager for a larger engineering firm, the opportunity to help start RRC was presented and he jumped at the opportunity. “I wanted to help build a company with good partners and the ability to set an unconventional industry standard of an engineering firm. I really wanted to help build a company where employees weren’t just a number,” describes Ken.

Growing up playing sports, Ken has a competitive streak that inspired him to help make RRC one of the top firms in the industries it serves. He still dreams of making RRC a 500+ employee international firm. When starting the company, he found it a blessing to be a part of all different aspects of the company which provided an invaluable learning opportunity.  Over his tenure at RRC, Ken has served as Midland, TX Operations Manager, Board of Directors member, Surveying Manager, and currently as the RRC Oil & Gas Industry Lead. Holding several positions in the company has given Ken insight into the operation of its varied industries and offices.

During his time as the Midland, TX office manager, Ken was involved in thousands of infrastructure projects from commercial to residential to industrial for numerous diverse industries.

Ken’s hobbies include fitness, playing softball, coaching, and being a football scout for a few local universities. Overall, however, Ken’s favorite hobby is being a father.