A native of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Ricky Stacks enlisted in the Army in 1979 directly out of high school, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, uncles, and older brothers. He was 17 years old.
Ricky first enlisted as an Airborne Ranger, the same position his father had held, and his secondary job was communications. Apart from his family call-to-arms, Ricky joined the military to discover his own path to adulthood. He wanted to grow from a boy to a man, to acquire skills that would last a lifetime, and cultivate his own leadership potential.
After serving, he lived in Florida where he worked for his family’s concrete business. After that, he went into welding, then moved into ironwork for several years, and then into crane and rigging. Today, Ricky celebrates more than 30 years in construction and nearly 15 years with Performance Contractors. He currently serves as a General Foreman inthe Crane & Rigging Departments at Performance Contractors.
With half of his professional life dedicated to working with Performance Contractors, Ricky still believes his time in the military informs his day-to-day work ethic. “I would tell veterans and active duty members considering a career in this industry that Performance is one of the better companies to work for, and they recognize the value of all of our service members, by providing counseling, gainful employment, and education for any craft in this field,” says Ricky.
When he’s not at work, Ricky enjoys spending time with his wife, sons, and grandchildren. He says he’s most at-peace on his boat and dropping a hook in the water. He loves gardening, throwing the ball with his German shepherd, and being a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys.