In the third part of our series, we’re excited to introduce you to the people behind the projects! Last time, we had the pleasure of introducing you to some of the exceptional individuals in our Engineering division. This month, we shift our focus to the talented members of our Ross Group Industrial (RGI) team.
Our first profile is Andrew Royce, a Senior Project Manager who has been working at Ross Group for over five years. Before coming to Ross Group, Andrew spent several years working at a large design-build firm on petrochemical projects around the Houston area. As an engineer who had transitioned into a construction role, he found that he valued the design-build method because it ensures that engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) are all working for the good of the project and the satisfaction of the client. When the opportunity came to return to his home state of Oklahoma and do the same kind of work at Ross Group, it was a perfect scenario for both his interests and long-term career goals.
One of the most interesting projects Andrew has worked on at Ross Group was the Superior Cryo. Plant Relocation in Cashion, Oklahoma. Andrew and his team disassembled an existing plant near the Kansas/Oklahoma border and reassembled it at a new facility in Cashion. The bulk of the work took place in the wintertime, with only one week to move all the equipment. When that one week coincided with a rare-for-Oklahoma multi-day snowstorm, it presented a significant logistical challenge, but one that was executed near flawlessly.
Outside of work, he enjoys traveling around the world and has been to 32 different countries.
No matter the project, Andrew always applies the best industry advice he ever received: “Every safety procedure and precaution is written in blood. No schedule is more important than someone getting home that evening.” When asked what differentiates Ross Group Industrial from others in the industry, Andrew is proud that because RGI runs lean, with limited overhead, they provide a cost-effective option for clients. “The entire RGI and RGE groups work tirelessly to optimize our turnover of both design and construction and provide full EPC from cradle-to-grave.”
Next, we'd like to introduce you to Dustin Wells, RGI’s procurement manager. Dustin has worked in oil and gas for the past 12 years and began his career as a field service technician, before joining RGI. Dustin now manages procurement by tracking the request for quote (RFQ) progress, reviewing budgets, and establishing a relationship with the vendors.
Dustin believes RGI’s dedication to getting things done sets them apart from other firms in the industry. “There are a lot of companies that don’t put in this kind of effort and commitment.”
When asked what the best industry advice he received was, Dustin answered, “Learn as much as you can and never give up.”
Outside of work, he loves spending time with his four kids and managing the Instagram account of his two dogs peanut and nugget.
Our third profile is RGI project engineer, Braden Bryant. Braden started in 2022 after finding RGI on LinkedIn.
Braden’s favorite hobby is spending time outdoors exploring nature. In September, Braden spent 16 days in Alaska off the grid hunting, fishing, and kayaking. During that trip, he kayaked over 200 miles.
One thing Braden believes sets RGI apart from other companies in the industry is RGI’s leadership. Braden stated, “effective leadership can make or break a team. RGI’s leadership creates a great team mentality and contributes to who we are and what we do.”
Braden stated the best advice he has received is “There will always be things coming your way that you're not familiar with, so stay connected and always be willing to learn”.
Our last profile is Dennis Stamer, RGI superintendent. Dennis worked in the industry for over 20 years before being introduced to RGI by another industrial superintendent David Crews, which led to his current role.
In his free time, Dennis enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.
When asked what the most interesting project he has worked on is, Dennis answered “The South Coushatta plant move. This RGI project was a complicated, multiple-site, plant relocation. The project involved moving a decommissioned 400 GPM Amine and Dehy, located in St. Jo, Texas, to an operational Amine and Dehy facility in Pelican, Louisiana, which was 335 miles away.
Dennis says the best industry advice he has received is, “Never forget safety. Don’t get so distracted by deadlines that you forget the safety factor. It can only take a second for someone to get hurt.”
With a talented and dedicated team like Ross Group Industrial, the possibilities for innovation and success are endless!