Westmoreland Group began in Virginia in1985. Ric and Janice Hucks moved the company to Pawleys Island in 1996. They brought with them years of experience, a passion for craftsmanship and the idea of developing a customer-driven system that makes building a custom home a truly unique and satisfying experience. Today that idea is manifested in the Westmoreland Group building process.
Having been a Master Electrician along with working in every aspect of the building industry, Ric knew that everything in the building process, including the smallest detail, is important. Janice had the administrative and organizational skills. Together they shared a passion for honesty, integrity and "doing the right thing…even when no one knows the difference."
The Management Team
Janice Hucks, President and Director of Administrative Services
When Janice married Ric, she not only gained a husband but also became the bookkeeper for his construction company. During the early years, she also worked full time as a paralegal in real estate law. Her background of 20 years in real estate closings, mortgages and the laws surrounding them are a definite asset in helping clients navigate construction loans, draws and the money portion of homebuilding. Janice became a full-time "construction worker" in 2001 and was soon after made the president of the company. She is responsible for accounting, scheduling, project and office management. Organization is one of her gifts, and Janice is the one who keeps everyone on schedule and accountable.
In her spare time, Janice keeps busy teaching 4th at Teach My People, an afterschool program in Pawleys Island.
Ric Hucks, Vice President and Director of Construction
While in college studying biology, Ric worked as an electrician and thus began a career that, after graduation, included electrical, framing, trim carpentry, cabinets, and HVAC work all within new construction. In the 80's and 90's, he spent nearly 10 years in residential and commercial remodeling, giving Ric experience in every aspect of the building industry. While taking existing buildings apart, he learned the things that didn't work. Ric says that he didn't map out a course through all of this experience in order to become a builder, but by "wearing blue off his knees," he now knows what to expect from every trade that works on a Westmoreland Group project.
Since moving the company to South Carolina in 1996, Ric has been involved in the local NAHB chapter and has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. He is currently a board member for the South Carolina Homebuilders Association. He has achieved the designations of Certified S.C. Master Builder, Energy Star Certified Builder, Certified Fortified Home Builder/Inspector and NAHB Certified Green Professional. Building is a science, and Ric pursues many avenues in order to stay abreast of the current research in the industry. He then works hard to assimilate this knowledge into the building of all Westmoreland Group projects.