On February 15th, RedStone team members gathered in Tulsa for the company’s annual office meeting. As part of the event, RedStone’s parter, EMJ Corporation, honored team members with Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Excellence.
In 2016, EMJ launched the Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Excellence to recognize the most exceptional employees within its family of companies. The “Jolleys,” named in memory of EMJ’s founder, are presented in three categories: Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Servant Leadership and Outstanding Project.
This year, RedStone team members were awarded in each category.
“2016 was a great success for the RedStone family,” said Lance Gopffarth, Executive Vice President. “These recognitions are a testament to our team’s exceptional work.”
Outstanding Servant Leadership
The peer-nominated Jolley for Outstanding Servant Leadership is given to employees who exhibit exceptional servant leadership. The family of companies defines a servant leader as someone who is selfless, honest, passionate, smart, responsible and gritty. Of the corporation’s 500 employees, only five team members received this prestigious award.
Donnie Foreman, RedStone Superintendent, was awarded the Jolley for Outstanding Servant Leadership due to his efforts putting others first, leading by example, and supporting and investing in his peers.
Donnie continually sets a positive example for his peers, colleagues and subcontractors on the job site. He is currently working on River Spirit Casino Resort and has been an immense asset to the client and team by proactively problem solving to avoid issues and thinking creatively to deliver unique value.
He is a willing leader to his RedStone family, as well as the many subcontractor teams on River Spirit. He communicates well and isn't afraid to speak up and take control of a situation to find a solution. A true steward for the client, he prioritizes the project’s integrity, even if it means potentially stepping on toes.
“Although Donnie and I are both Superintendents, he has been an invaluable source of information to me and has instructed me on better practices on several occasions,” his nominator wrote. “Donnie thinks outside the box and is willing to get involved in any task or situation, even if it adds work to his to-do list.”
The peer-nominated Jolley for Outstanding Performance is awarded to employees who go above and beyond in their roles by expanding their range of responsibility, developing junior team members, demonstrating initiative, creatively tackling challenges and building relationships with clients.
Senior Project Superintendent Jason Dunnam (pictured at left) was honored for leading the completion of Cherokee Casino Grove in only nine months. He is extremely disciplined and ensures that each project on which he works is completed with the highest quality, while building trust and creating additional value for the client.
As a leader, Jason provides great feedback, direction and support to everyone on the job site and “isn't afraid to jump in with both feet and get muddy.” He guides his team with wisdom gained from nearly 20 years of construction experience and his constant energy keeps them motivated.
Ryan Hoselton, Senior Preconstruction Manager, (pictured at right) encourages and influences collaboration between all parties on the project team.
He quickly learned RedStone’s systems while training his team in Canadian construction regulations and provisions.
On each project, he leads the preconstruction team through the buy-out process, and even after his responsibilities are technically complete, he stays involved with changes in scope, breakdowns requested by the client, and ongoing weather-related scenarios.
“Ryan’s work product is accurate, detailed, on time and tractable,” wrote his nominator.
The Jolley for Outstanding Project is EMJ’s highest recognition of a project team. Recipients are selected by executive leadership, in recognition of the construction team’s exemplary planning and execution of a project.
RedStone’s 24 team members who contributed to River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla., were honored with the award.
RedStone worked with Manhattan Construction Group to complete this two-phase project, which included the construction and site work of a 29-story hotel tower, the 2,500-seat Paradise Cove entertainment venue, a six-level garage, a grand ballroom, a retail center, a resort spa, two restaurants, an outdoor pool and bar, and additional gaming space.
After the client expressed a desire to have 50% of the project open earlier than the originally-stated completion date, the team “took a deadline that was nearly impossible to reach and not only handed the job over, but did so with the grace and poise that we should strive to attain every day.”
The team not only succeeded in delivering a beautiful casino and resort to the client, but also walked away with great respect for the contributions of their colleagues.
“This team is more like a family than a group of coworkers,” one nominator wrote. “We should all be so lucky to have at least one chance in our careers to be a part of something so impressive as working with this amazing group of professionals has been for me.”
Below is a list of all team members who worked on this project.
Congratulations to all of the 2016 award recipients. We are so proud of you!