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.”