RA-LIN Names Three “Employees of the Year” for 2013


Each year RA-LIN president, Ben Garrett, recognizes select employees for exemplary performance by naming them “Employee of the Year” in their specific work category. This year Chase Norton and Richard Skinner were named Superintendent and Field Employee of the Year; and Brian Bridges, was named Manager of the Year.

Chase and Richard were cited for their great work on the Halliburton Barite Grinding Plant in Dunphy, Nevada over 2,000 miles from RA-LIN’s corporate office.  RA-LIN served as the primary building and foundations subcontractor for this minerals processing plant which was engineered and built for Halliburton by the Mouat Company of Birmingham, Alabama. The challenges of a job like this are amplified by the distance. Chase and Richard were the only two RA-LIN representatives on the site and at times only one of them was there. The normal support and supervision that field workers get from RA-LIN management and staff was just not available. These men had to be present every day, make good decisions in the field with little collaboration, make sure the work was getting done promptly and on time, and keep the owner’s happy. This took pride, dedication and perseverance and they are both to be congratulated.

Chase Norton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from University of West Georgia and has been with RA-LIN since October of 2007. Chase and his Fiancée Tami reside in Bremen and are raising a 5 year old boxer named Windsor.

Richard Skinner is a seasoned construction manager in his second year at RA-LIN having joined the firm in October of 2012. He and his wife Darlene live in Carrolton. This is the first time a RA-LIN employee has earned an employee of the year award during his initial year of employment. Quite an accomplishment for Richard.

Brian Bridges received his award for his role in managing the outstanding work done on the University of West Georgia (UWG) East Village Housing and Dining Complex. Two existing university residence buildings were demolished in the late summer of 2013 and two new residence halls totaling 473-beds and a new state-of-the art, 30, 000 square foot, dining facility with seating for 320 was constructed along with the complete renovation of a 290-bed residence hall. And it was all accomplished in one year by August of 2013!

Brian’s accomplishment is further highlighted by the fact that west Georgia experienced 75% more rain in 2013 than an average of the previous two years. This included 49 rain days in the last three months of the project. The planning and management to complete this project on time with the quality and craftsmanship displayed in the finished structures has been applauded by UWG officials on many occasions.

Brian Bridges, holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Auburn University.  He joined RA-LIN in August of 2011 coming from Brasfield & Gorrie in Kennesaw, GA. Brian lives in Carrollton with his wife, Amy, and children Bowen, Emmy and Kellan.