NV Painting Contractor Wins Business Showcase
Woman-owned general contractor RGD Construction (Las Vegas) was recently announced as the winner of the 2022 Las Vegas Raiders and America First Credit Union Small Business Showcase.
The competition selects one small business to score a single-season sponsorship agreement with the Raiders each year. The prize amounts to $100,000 in advertising.
To be eligible, nominees must be a for-profit business located in Nevada, with annual revenue of less than $10 million.
About the Winner
Based in North Las Vegas, RGD Construction is owned by Dawn Barnes and is comprised of roughly a half-dozen of employees. However, Barnes hopes to grow her business by about five times over the next few years.
“Up until recently, I was a single mom and construction is what I did to pay for everything from college funds and just saving,” Barnes said. “This is an interesting industry for women. It’s male-dominated, so there’s a big, underserved community of women, and it’s also fun.”
Currently, Barnes shared that RGD Construction does a lot of residential remodel work, but also takes commercial jobs. Mostly, the company takes on jobs that involve flooring, drywall and painting work.
Reported to be on a growth trajectory, Barnes shared with The Las Vegas Sun that receiving the annual Las Vegas Raiders and America First Credit Union Small Business Showcase and $100,000 in advertising will only help to meet those goals.
Specifically, the season-long sponsorship package promises radio advertisements, digital signage inside Allegiant Stadium, and promotional space on the team’s website and mobile application.
According to reports, Barnes first heard about the opportunity through America First Credit Union employee Frank Tavares. Both Barnes and Tavares are also active members of the Nevada Hispanic Business Group. To participate in the competition, business owners were asked to write a profile about how the sponsorship package would help them.
“Winning this is going to allow me to grow the company and work with different organizations,” Barnes said. “We’re a minority-owned, women-owned company, and I want to work to help bring more women into this field. This will help me grow enough to be able to help educate on that topic.”
When she was presented the award, Barnes noted that she was particularly excited about winning the contest because women-owned construction companies aren’t terribly common. The company is also noted to already have a special relationship with the Raiders team and home stadium as crews were brought on to carry out painting work when it was being constructed.
“Traditionally, working in construction has been a man’s job,” Barnes said. “There’s a stigma that it’s dirty and that maybe women don’t have the strength or capacity to do it, but we do. I can use my hammer just as good as anyone else out there.”
Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Raiders Christian Howard chimed in on why his employer thinks it's important to give back to local small businesses.
“Small businesses are so important to not only the Valley but the entire country,” Howard said. “This is just such a cool program, because none of these small businesses would be able to be involved in a sports partnership at this level, just because of the size and cost of something like that.
“To afford a small business some assets that it wouldn’t normally be able to afford, it’s just great.”
Allegiant Stadium Contractors
Roughly two years ago, PaintSquare Daily News shared that the construction of the Las Vegas’ $1.97 billion Allegiant Stadium was officially completed. The 31-month-long project was completed on time, and was not slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos., head contractors on the project, had reportedly exceeded the percentage of women and minority workers that’s required by law.
According to the Benefits Oversight Committee in January 2019, small business enterprise participation was already at 19% when construction was just one-third complete, which exceeded the goal of 15%, with $159 million of the $843 million in subcontracts awarded to firms that qualify as small business.
In addition, 14 women-owned firms at the time received contracts and 72% of those were Nevada-based businesses.
In total, Mortenson-McCarthy led a team of more than 200 firms including engineers, subconsultants, trade contractors and vendors and partnered with designer MANICA Architecture, and the project’s design team which includes architect HNTB, and engineers Arup, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. and Kimley Horn.
When the stadium reached formal competition the small business participation numbers were updated, revealing that the project exceeded all small and diverse business goals, with 23% awarded to small businesses and 62% of the workforce being minority and women.
In addition to that, 70% of all firms involved on the project were Nevada-based companies and, according to officials, more than six million labor hours went in to constructing the project and an estimated 6,000 recurring jobs will be sustained or created to maintain venue operations.
The Allegiant Stadium is constructed of 52 steel beams which frame the facility’s exterior 65,000-seat indoor stadium and hold up its translucent polymer roof, which rises about 200 feet. The columns weigh about 65 tons each.
Other design elements include:
In February 2019, PPG announced that it inked a multi-year corporate marketing agreement with the Raiders team. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the agreement did include that protective and decorative coatings from PPG be featured in the new stadium.