15 MINUTES OF F.A.M.E. WITH Your Metro EDGE Chair


Ryan Porter
2013 Metro EDGE Chair & Senior Project Engineer at Rudolph & Sletten, Inc.
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Where do you currently work, how long have you been there, what do you do? I work as a Senior Project Engineer at Rudolph & Sletten, Inc., a local commercial general contractor. I have been with R&S for five years now and I currently manage a handful of hospital remodel construction projects on the Kaiser Roseville Medical Campus. On a daily basis my roles include: overseeing budgets, developing construction schedules, mitigating risks, managing contracts and doing anything else needed to ensure our owners get a quality building tailored to their needs at the end of the day.

Prior to that? I joined R&S straight out of college as a graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I also worked as an intern for R&S before I graduated, and tried out other forms of construction management via internships during my educational years at Cal Poly

What is your educational background? I received my Bachelors of Science in Construction Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2007.

What is the best part of your job? I typically encounter something new every day and I always have to be ready to problem solve. Some days I need to visualize how a structure will come together and other days I need to manage team dynamics and personalities. It’s nice to be challenged and constantly develop. It’s also nice to know that 10-15 years from now I can point to buildings in town and tell my children I helped build those.

What do you love about living here?  I love Sacramento because it is a great “big-little city.” I get a strong sense of community involvement living here, while still feeling like this town is big enough to set my sights high. This town also instills a sense that I can make a difference through local involvement with organizations like Metro EDGE and the Metro Chamber. How many other top 25 market cities would be able to inspire that feeling?

What is one thing that might surprise people about you? I’m considered an outgoing guy by most of my friends and acquaintances, but I get just as much enjoyment from a quiet weekend reading as I do from hitting the town for good food, good drinks and good company.

When you aren't in the office where can we find you? I live just around the corner from Freemont Park downtown and my ideal weekends include a morning walk to Naked Lounge Coffee Shop with my wife and our little puppy Wally and a quick stroll through the park. If I’m feeling adventurous, a trip to the swing set always seems to lift my spirits. I’m usually the biggest kid on the playground, so I should be easy to find.