Chris Risher, Principal
Growing up in the building industry, and working alongside his father in the garage building furniture, Chris knew construction was his passion. After graduating from The University of Texas (BS, Finance), he jumped head first into the home building industry. Working for two of the largest national home builders, Chris rapidly gained a tremendous amount of experience. He moved quickly through the ranks – first, managing on-site construction of hundreds of homes, then planning large scale master planned communities, securing development rights, and putting development teams together for award-winning projects.
Chris left production building to focus his craft in central Austin. With a love for old houses and high craftsmanship, his partnership with Jeremy has allowed him to work on some of the finest and oldest homes in Austin. Whether it is an old or new home, Chris’ standards and eye for detail never change.
In his spare time, Chris is a skilled craftsman – building his own furniture, cabinets, and even his own home. In an effort to stay deeply involved in the real estate community, Chris is a past board member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and currently serves as President-Elect for Austin’s National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Chris is a NARI Certified Remodeler, a certification bestowed upon less than 1% of remodelers nationwide.
Jeremy Martin, Principal
Jeremy, a third generation builder, is a graduate of The University of Texas (BS, Engineering with High Honors). Having spent time at Fortune 500 giants like IBM and Intel, Jeremy combined his corporate experience with his love of building and launched his home building career in 2001.
Although he started pacing job sites at four years old, at the heels of his father and grandfather, he started in earnest building infill housing in several East and South Austin neighborhoods. Prior to RisherMartin, he built a diverse home building and renovation firm that constructed a range of products from affordable cottages to luxury homes in some of Austin’s most exclusive communities. He has built production homes in the suburbs, Tuscan inspired golf course mansions, and Austin Energy rated green homes in the city center.
Jeremy has done everything from finish carpentry to managing on-site construction, interfacing with architects and designers, and running sales, marketing and financial operations. He uses his long-standing relationships with trusted suppliers and subcontractors to ensure that RisherMartin clients have access to the highest quality and most well-run crews available.
Jeremy has engaged heavily in continuing education and certification. He is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Graduate Builder, and Certified Green Professional. Jeremy has recently attained the highest certification offered by NAHB, that of Graduate Master Builder. Additionally, Jeremy is a licensed Realtor, former Chairman of the Austin Area Remodelers Council, and a past member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin Board of Directors. Jeremy is a frequent contributor to Qualified Remodeler magazine and was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the National Association of Home Builders. Jeremy was recently named one of Professional Builder magazine’s “40 Under 40″ builders.
James Golden, Project Manager
James graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in English and a BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences. James spent the last six years as a field project manager for one of the largest home builders in America. He honed his construction and customer service skills by delivering over 400 homes to satisfied owners. James brings a high level of personal pride and accountability to our project management team. With a sharp focus on schedule, budget and quality control, James works diligently with our suppliers and subcontractors to execute highly complex renovation and custom home projects on behalf of our clients.
Last year, James completed Parkside Residences, named 2013 Project of the Year by Builder Magazine and Custom Home Magazine.
Samantha Ramsey, Accounting & Office Manager
Sam graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University with a BA in Political Science. During the 82nd Legislative Session, she worked for the Texas House of Representatives and the House Committee on State Affairs. Following the session, Sam joined a local residential and commercial construction management company where she gained experience in purchasing and back office operations. Sam brings accounting and office management experience from her earlier small business ventures to RisherMartin, where she is responsible for day-to-day operations.
Michael Hutchison, Project Manager
Michael graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Government. He quickly realized that home building was his true calling and spent the following years working as a construction manager for one of the largest home builders in America. Wanting to further hone his skills, Michael moved to California where he obtained his general contractor’s license and gained experience building custom homes.
Michael soon made his way back to Austin where he spent nearly five years in purchasing, estimating and product development for a local home builder. He took this opportunity to further develop extensive experience in all aspects of operations management, product design and development, budget analysis and control, estimating, purchasing and contract negotiation. Michael’s extensive field and office experience allow him to view each project from various perspectives making him a great asset for our clients.