With over thirty years of service to Padgett Construction and a dedicated team member, Karen Ward has recently retired. Karen was instrumental in the formation of our company and was an integral team member in the development of Padgett Construction’s operational systems. Along with managing the office, her primary role was financial management. Her attention to detail along with honesty and transparency always gave our clients a strong sense of confidence in the handling of their money. Our billing cycle enables us to avoid interest charges and this all depends on our clients’ trust.
We are continuing that trust. Karen was involved in the hiring of our new Business Office Manager, Dawn Lenzini who will continue to build on our solid financial partnerships. We look forward to each and every new custom build project!
Even though we will miss Karen in the office, we want to take this opportunity to wish Karen the very best in her well deserved retirement!
Chris Peoples’ involvement with Padgett Construction runs deep, as he has now served the company for more than three decades.
“I love the variety of work we do and the people we work with,” said Chris, who became a Padgett staff member in 1987 while earning a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. “During my time with Padgett, I’ve never built the same thing twice; it’s all one-of-a kind,” he explained.
Over the years, Chris has worked his way up from project manager, to Vice President, and now President and partner. He has a high level of expertise in managing high-end custom construction projects and helping his clients achieve their dreams.
Chris said one of his greatest accomplishments is the respect he has earned from both subcontractors and clients due to the quality of projects he has produced.
“We’ve done projects on a variety of different properties, including many farms,” Chris said. “In all my years, we’ve never had to go back and re-do anything over again. I think that says a lot about our work.”
Chris has been married to his wife, Ann, for 25 years and has two college-aged daughters. A longtime resident of Lexington’s south side of town, he enjoys boating, fishing, and traveling to Hilton Head Island with his family.
As a partner in Padgett, Chris sees a bright future for the company as it continues to grow and flourish. “We have been treated well as Padgett employees,” Chris said. “I think that taking good care of your employees translates well into producing good work. I plan to continue that trend.”
Padgett Construction knows the complex and often time-sensitive procedure of building a client’s custom home is almost as important as the end result.
“The process is critically important,” Padgett Construction Founder Tom Padgett told Building/Architect Magazine. “The client has to have confidence in us. They must think that the home was completed in a logical and orderly fashion once it comes to fruition. We are always finding ways to reinvent ourselves.”
Here are a few key components mentioned in the article that set Padgett apart from the competition:
–Choosing quality subcontractors and suppliers who are both seasoned and educated.
–Being vigilant, realistic and careful with clients about what can be accomplished.
–Holding weekly staff meetings to critique projects and coordinate jobs, and applying checks and balance procedures in areas of budget, schedule and quality control.
–Balancing creativity and communication to illustrate a personal dedication to customer satisfaction.
–Assembling resources to make the building and owning of a custom home worth the investment of a client’s time and money.
Over the past three-plus decades, Padgett Construction has worked hard to develop a reputation for excellence.
Since the company launched, “the Padgett name has become synonymous not only with brilliantly rendered custom estates but also with a highly organized, friendly and collaborative style of execution that the firm refers to as the ‘Ritz Carlton’ experience,” The Luxury of Home Magazine writes.
Padgett strives to be the first builder that comes to mind when clients desire state-of-the-art construction and cutting-edge practices and materials.
The company frequently turns to clients for input and decisiveness throughout the home building process. According to Padgett Founder Tom Padgett, a well-constructed home is a carefully balanced combination of communication, art, craftsmanship and technology.
“We strive to bring that kind of harmony to our projects,” Padgett told The Luxury of Home. “It’s like an orchestra with everyone playing their part perfectly at just the right time.”
Click here to read more about Padgett’s home construction philosophies and view photos of their recent projects in The Luxury of Home.