November 14, 2013

Featured business person: Rich Coleman

Rich Coleman

Rich Coleman

Vice president, Ink Construction

After spending 30 years in the construction business and putting up hundreds of commercial buildings, how do you think Coleman relaxes?

By remodeling homes for his own rental properties.

“I kind of miss that part of it,” he said.

Coleman, 53, grew up in western Kansas and started working in construction in Garden City. He moved to Wichita in 1991 and continued in the field, studying drafting as well.

He’s been a carpenter’s helper, carpenter, job superintendent and project manager. For the past 10 years he’s worked for Ink Construction, whose owner Wink Hartman recently promoted him to vice president.

“Wink just promoted me to do a little more,” Coleman said. “With him on the road a lot, he just needed someone to help with things here.”

In addition to erecting Freddy’s and Noodles franchises, recent Ink projects include a 60,000-square-foot shopping center in Kansas City, housing for the Starkey Foundation and the new Kobe Steakhouse at 21st and Tyler.

“It’s always different – different locations, different challenges,” Coleman said. “Clients need a lot of service, and taking care of several of them at one time is challenging. I help on the bid, he (Hartman) is more the sales guy and I’m more the construction guy.”

Coleman and his wife, Lisa, have two children – Aubrey, 13, and Jesse, 10. Between his daughter’s dancing and son’s karate, he said, “we do a lot of kid things.”

Joe Stumpe

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