Three hirings announced by Thomas Construction Group


Wilmington-based Thomas Construction Group recently announced hiring to accommodate the company’s growth.

The new employees are Annette Devore as the new estimator in Thomas Construction Group’s pre-construction department; Richard Santiago as Thomas’ first information technology specialist; and Billy Ries as chief security officer, according to a press release.

Among his accomplishments, Santiago is a US Army veteran and has extensive experience in information technology.

“Richard will lead Thomas’ transition from contracted IT work to an in-house tech support system. He is very excited about working as one company to build more personalized connections and programs, rather than to respond to several companies with varied needs and specialties”, according to the release.

Santiago spends most of his free time with his wife and grandchildren.

Asked about the importance of moving from an external IT provider to an in-house specialist, Ellie Cura, talent aacquisition specialist, said in the statement: “This is a huge milestone for the business and shows just how much growth Thomas has seen. Richard’s position will enable faster and more accurate resolution of technical issues and will benefit the business at all levels.

Devour (shown at right) comes to Thomas with over 20 years of estimating and project management experience and prides himself on his ability to build effective and lasting relationships with clients, design teams, business partners and suppliers.

“His attention to detail and varied project experience lends itself to his unique perspective and approach to project bids, the statement read. “On a day-to-day basis, Annette will be responsible for evaluating project specifications and drawings and ensuring that Thomas is able to build the most accurate and successful bid.

Devore has many interests outside of work, including a passion for clean wine (she works as a consultant for Scout & Cellar, in her spare time) and boating with her family, according to the statement.

Originally from Texas, she has lived in North Carolina for more than 10 years.

Ries (shown at right) graduated from Keene State College where he received his degree in Occupational Safety and Health Sciences, before working for OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Most recently, he was Project Safety Coordinator in Southern California, where he worked for a large power line company.

“Billy’s proficiency in conducting field safety audits and incident investigations is a great benefit to the Thomas organization and he will be fundamental in the development and execution of up-to-date safety programs” , the statement said. “Billy will support all of our project teams and work regularly with our superintendents.”


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