Employee Spotlight: Rick Mason – Argos

Rick Mason: Argos 

Rick Mason started his career in the concrete industry in 1968. He describes the start of his career as a “situation where everything just seemed to fall into place.” Mason had a background in welding and was looking to work for a new company when his brother-in-law called him out of the blue and mentioned that Williams Brothers was hiring.

He began his career driving flat beds, tankers, loaders, and Krete Conveyers. Then, he became a Driver Trainer in 1995 and was asked to run the yard in Cartersville in 2004. He ran the Cartersville plant until 2006, when the plant became a remote batch plant. Even with his extensive experience in batching, Mason went back to driving in Dallas and Marietta when the plant closed down in 2008 due to the struggling economy. However, in 2012, Argos was awarded the SCC blockfill on the Bartow County Jail and asked Mason to reopen the Cartersville Plant. He has been batching, driving, and running the yard ever since.

The most enjoyable part of his job is communicating with customers, most of whom he considers friends. This sense of relationship building and community has made the biggest impact on him during his time at Argos, “Everyone – from drivers to managers – jumps in to help when needed. It’s like a group of friends who help each other out to get the job done,” said Mason. Mason challenges himself to ensure that every mix is perfect for each customer and he constantly strives to “go above and beyond their expectations.”

The innovative technology involved in ready mix trucks and batching concrete initially drew him to the industry. According to Mason, the concrete industry has changed a lot in the past 29 years and he foresees that new technologies will continue to advance the industry in the next 20 years. He states that “it may not be the most high-profile of industries, but it is a rewarding industry where you get exactly what you put in. It’s for those who aren’t afraid of a little hard work.”

You May Not Know...

1. My greatest accomplishment is…

being married to my wife for 36 years and having two beautiful children.

2. Where is your favorite place?

My favorite place is, hands down, Pigeon Forge.

3. If I could do any other job for a day it would be…

to be the lucky guy who gets to test drive motorcycles.

4. My favorite food is…

New York strip.

5. My favorite color is…

red.

6. My hobby is…

riding my motorcycle.

7. One thing I couldn’t live without is…

my faith in God.