Growing up, I looked forward to the weekends because I got to go to work with my dad, a custom homebuilder. I never knew it while I was tagging along, but I was learning from the best! As a teenager, I got power tools on birthdays and holidays…and if that wasn’t weird enough, I loved it! My tools, especially those handed down from my dad, were my pride and joy – and I always looked for ways to use them.
For my first career, however, I chose Quality Assurance and Operations. In all, I spent almost 20 years in the defense, telecom, and industrial manufacturing industries as a quality professional – the majority of those years in Quality Management…all right here in the DFW area where I grew up.
In the aftermath of 9-11 in 2001, my Boston-based employer closed all Texas operations – and it was a no-brainer, Manning Remodeling and Construction was born in February 2002. For a time, I did go back to the corporate world for another Directors position in Quality Assurance & Operations, but MRC remained a part-time operation and full-time passion. So it wasn’t long before the corporate world and I split for good…and MRC was resurrected in June of 2009.
So what’s the biggest difference between me and the other guys? 1st class professionalism and customer service from my corporate training and background along with my personal principles on quality and attention to detail are all a big part of my work – but above all, I simply enjoy what I do, and it shows! It’s true what they say; “Find a job you love, and you won’t work a day in your life!”
– Rick Manning, Owner / General Contractor