Last week, we had the honor of celebrating two very special 20th anniversaries: Mark Innis and Stacy Smith from our Georgia landscape construction branch. Long overdue because of the pandemic, this joint celebration included a limo ride/tour of past construction job sites, happy hour with the Georgia team, and a special dinner with their wives and long-time teammates.
Both Mark (a.k.a. "Rambo") and Stacy (a.k.a. "Bones") joined Ruppert when we first entered the Georgia market through a large construction project for the DOT in preparation for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. They were instrumental in building the Georgia branch from the ground up and have played a huge part in it's success over the years. As our construction division grew, they each helped establish the North Carolina and Texas branches as well, spending time there away from their families to get those operations off the ground. They have also been instrumental in some of our largest national projects in places like Oklahoma, Nashville, Tampa, Houston, and Connecticut. They are the backbone of the Georgia team and have a wealth of institutional knowledge between them. They are often called in when we are working with new clients to give them confidence in our skills and understanding of the work, not to mention their killer personalities. Mark's wife Lisa and Stacy's wife Hope are also proud supporters of the Ruppert team, having formed what is affectionately referred to as the "Ruppert wives club" alongside a few others in the branch.
Mark and Stacy, we can't thank you enough for all you've done for this company and for your team. Congratulations on 20 years and here's to many more!