Richard Holt was born in Vicenza, Italy while his dad was serving in the Army. He was raised up in his hometown of Pulaski, Tennessee. Richard attended college at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee then returned in 1991 to utilize his college education for his hometown. In his own words,

Richard describes himself as “truly blessed to return home”. Richard serves as the Tennessee Branch Manager / Chief Engineer for road design and just celebrated his 20 year anniversary at Sain.

Richard has been married to his high-school sweetheart (Leigh Ann Childress) for 25 years. They have 2 sons, Zach who graduated from Athens State College and works for Integrity Molds in Pulaski in the logistics department, and Trent “who is up in heaven watching over us”.  We have an annual 5K run every year in Trent’s memory.

Check out the Q&A below for more information about Richard!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?

I iron my own clothes every morning.

What three words would you say best describe you?

Patient, caring and loyal.

What are your top 3 life highlights?

Marrying my wife, the birth of my sons, and passing the P.E. exam!

What book did you read last?

I am not a big reader, but the last book I read from cover to cover was Heaven Is For Real……

What did you want to be when growing up?

A civil engineer or a high School math teacher.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy riding horses, riding jet skis on the river, 4 wheeling in my jeep, and cooking.

What is your favorite sport?


Which teams?

The Oregon Ducks, UT Vols and Giles County High School.

What is your hidden talent?

Cooking, but I would make a good carpenter with the right tools.

What do you like most about Sain?

Sain is a family-friendly company with flexibility in the work schedule. Sain is also very supportive of their staff.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that our government is always mindful of our infrastructure needs and finds economical means to support the needs from a financial standpoint.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Mentoring and providing common sense advice.

What has been your favorite project at Sain?

I actually have 2:

-Chapel Lane Extension in Hoover, Alabama

Chapel Lane was unique in that included a bridge with a complicated alignment that had to maneuver under the I-459 bridge and traverse Patton Creek.

-Mack Hatcher Parkway in Franklin, Tennessee

MHP was unique due to all of the design characteristics, and it turned out to be a wonderful looking project.