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.