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 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. Chris was recently named one of Professional Builder magazine’s “40 Under 40″ builders.
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 currently serving as Chairman of the Custom Builder and Remodeler’s Council with the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin, a member of the HBA Board of Directors, and is a licensed Realtor. 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.
After graduating, James spent six years as a field project manager for one of the largest home builders in America. He honed his construction and project management 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.
Because of his focus and unique skillset, James delivers an incredible experience for our clients, providing clear communication and best-in-class customer service.
Last year, James completed Parkside Residences, named 2013 Project of the Year by Builder Magazine and Custom Home Magazine.
James Talley, Project Manager
James began framing homes at the age of sixteen. After proudly serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, James returned to his passion for carpentry, accepting a position with Trim Tech of Austin.
During his twelve-year tenure, James fine-tuned his project management and communication skills, gaining experience in all aspects of the trade. As a field manager, James personally oversaw the installation of custom millwork and cabinetry in thousands of homes in Central Texas.
In his free time, James earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. James is tri-lingual, and possesses a keen eye for detail. His blend of management, planning, and on-site construction knowledge ensures our clients receive an organized and enjoyable experience.
Samantha Ramsey, Controller & Pre-Construction Services 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 construction management company where she gained experience in bidding, 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.
Sam has built and refined many of our mission critical accounting systems. Her precise nature, coupled with her reliability, ensure proper handling of our client funds and prompt, accurate payment for our subcontractor and supplier partners. Her meticulous internal processes provide peace of mind for the RisherMartin team and our clients throughout the construction process.
Emily Mika, Bookkeeper & Office Manager
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Emily has seen our sleepy little college town turn into an exciting city with wonderful people and great architecture. After receiving a BFA in Music, Emily returned home to focus on her profession and family. Throughout her career helping to build and expand businesses in Austin, Emily developed a strong knack for managing offices, people, and their financial operations.
When Emily is not busy chasing around her two young children, volunteering with her neighborhood association, or helping out at her kid’s school, you can find her diligently helping RisherMartin Fine Homes run a smooth office.
The arduous job of paying hundreds of subcontractor and supplier bills every month, making sure our client’s funds are securely where they are supposed to be, and ensuring all insurance and subcontractor agreements are in place for every person that steps onto our jobsites is a full time job. This critical role ensures our Project Managers have the tools, labor, and resources on the jobsite when they need them.