Member Monday: Ridge Runner Roofing

This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.

This interview was conducted with J.J. and Jeremy Vance owners of Ridge Runner Roofing.

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Jeremy and J.J. Vance, owners of Ridge Runner Roofing

How long have you been in business?

Our dad started it 21 years ago in 1995 and we took ownership in 1999. We incorporated in 2013 to our LLC.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

Our dad started the company here and we have loyal customers and we want to be just as loyal to them. We also have lots of family here. We’re based in Anadarko but 80% of our work is done outside of town. 50% of our work is in rural areas not inside city limits. Plus, we want our taxes to go to our local community.

In your words describe your business:

We offer residential and commercial roofing. We offer metal, shingles, and flat roofing. There are a lot of different roofing products that fall into those categories and we can handle any of your roofing needs.

Any recent updates at your business?

We constantly update our tools and equipment and employee training to provide the best quality that we can. We attend conferences and seminars to stay on the cutting edge of roofing technology.


What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

One that we’ve faced and rectified is having loyal employees. We believe that we have a core of employees now that are great to work with. It can also be difficult to change the perception that you can only work on your roof during the summer, but people may not realize that we can put a metal roof on anytime of the year. We only work with one crew in order to keep our quality at a high level . It takes years to get our employees trained to the point where we can operate efficiently.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Customer satisfaction and living the american dream of being a small business owner. What we’ve taught our kids is to do honorable work and that is what we believe we offer. There are houses we’ve roofed 10, 15, and 20 years ago that still look good and we take pride in that. We’ve worked for a very diverse set of customers and it’s very rewarding to get to know that many people.

If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?

In the city I think we need better housing in this city. In order for this city to grow, we need all kind of homes and that helps us too because we get to roof them.

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What has been the best day of running your business?

Probably one of the best days was created on a mistake. We were working on a senior citizens’ building in Minco and the application we used on their roof didn’t work and it began leaking. The type of roofing application that they needed is a specialty that we do not offer and so we wrote them a check for the entire project back and gave them references to specialists for what they needed. The board members that we were working for were shocked that we would do something like that, but it goes back to how we were raised and asking ourselves what would our grandfather do. So after that act of goodwill we ended up continuing to work in that community and roofed a lot of those board member’s personal houses.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

It is good for community involvement, the networking, and giving back through either our time or resources. Everyone in this town is in it together and the chamber of commerce is a great organization to bring people together to get things done.

 

Anything you would like to share with our audience?

We offer free estimates statewide and we want to thank all of  our customers past, present, and future. Find us on facebook to check out our work Metal Roofs By Ridge Runner and call 405-247-2476 to schedule your free estimate.

Member Monday: Caddo County Ag Center

This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.

 

This interview was conducted with John Bilyeu general manager for Caddo County Ag Center. The business is owned by Bobby and Melody Bilyeu.

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Caddo County Ag Center off Central Blvd in Anadarko

How long have you been in business?

We started the 2nd week of June last year so a little over a year.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

This is the community we live in and I’ve lived and grown up here since the 1st grade. Eventually we got tired of driving to Chickasha and thought there is no reason why we shouldn’t have a store like this in Anadarko.


In your words describe your business:

We’re kind of like an agricultural supply with various things like work clothes, lawn and garden, feed for livestock. Imagine we’re kind of like an Anadarko-sized Atwoods where our customers are treated like neighbors because they are in some cases.

 

Any recent updates at your business?

We are working on getting mixed feed and mixed fertilizer. We are always open to feedback on how we can improve the store to get the right products.


What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

As a startup, I could think of lots of things because there is always a new challenge. One thing is that after a year of being open we still have people that don’t know we are open. Plus, getting the right inventory while being competitive on price takes a lot of experimentation.

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What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Feeling like you’re apart of the community and being able to help your neighbors. I’ve seen more classmates here at the business than you would at a reunion. Anadarko is a good community and it’s nice to interact with the people.


If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?

Having more businesses that are locally owned and operated so our people don’t have to go somewhere else for what they need. To remind people of how it used to be and how we can make it even better than ever.


What has been the best day of running your business?

To be able to help someone not have to drive somewhere else. One thing that we are proud of is starting a local “Paws and Claws” Clinic that provides rabies shots.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

As retailers and community members to be informed of what direction we’re going as a city. The Chamber in our mind helps organize the community and helps present a vision for what we want out of our community.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?

Just like to add that people should shop local if they can and support the community however you can whether that is picking up trash or volunteering your time or resources. It’s easy to sit back and complain but we all need to start thinking about what Anadarko could be and putting in the work to make it happen. Our hours are 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information call 405-247-5100.

Member Monday: Joshua’s Auto Sales

This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.

This interview was conducted with Joshua Gragg owner of Joshua’s Auto Sales.

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Joshua Gragg, owner of Joshua’s Auto Sales

 

How long have you been in business?

We’ve been in business for 21 years and at our current location for about 3 years.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

This is my home and where I was raised. I would mainly say that I started my business here because it’s my community. We have a lot of good customers and people here.


In your words describe your business:

We offer great customer service and quality pre-owned vehicles that are affordable for the working man. We try and get the customers what they want. We also offer services for your car such as detailing, oil changes, etc.

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Any recent updates at your business?

Some may not know this but each year we take a percentage of our sales from one month and we donate it to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

Our biggest challenge is fighting with the economy so that our customers have the resources to put themselves into a quality car.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

The customers, without a doubt, and helping somebody get the vehicle they want. Getting someone approved on a car and seeing their eyes light up.

If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?

When everyone else is making money that means we’re making money. And so I would wish that other businesses in town and people are prospering.


What has been the best day of running your business?

I sold six cars in one day after September 11, 2001, and at the time I was running everything by myself. Obviously remembering that time because it was a tragedy, but I like to stay positive, and so I went into work and just kept my head up. It turned out to be one of my most profitable days.

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Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

The camaraderie that you get with other businesses because we feel like we’re in this together to build up our community. The Chamber has a new website which is a great resource for information like the community calendar and online job directory. When you belong to the Chamber it gives you a sense of pride knowing you are a member of an organization that does good for the community.

 

Anything you would like to share with our audience?

We’re here to help and offer quality service and satisfaction. If you’re looking to purchase a car stop by and see us! We are located at 902 S. Mission St, Anadarko, OK 73005. Call 405-247-7361 for more information.