by Mike Hastings
Ricky Scott and Robbie Edwards were childhood friends who grew up in nearby Kingston Springs and shared a passion for building. They decided to turn that passion into a business.
In 2007, the two formed The Kingston Group, a company specializing in custom home remodeling. The pair each brought their different strengths to the partnership, and today enjoy a thriving business.
Ricky studied engineering at Vanderbilt University, where he was also a quarterback on the football team. Upon graduation, he took a job at a local lumber company that specialized in structural design for large custom homes throughout Middle Tennessee.
That experience sparked his passion for real estate services, and remodeling specifically, because as he puts it “remodeling gives people joy.”
Robbie comes from four generations of local contractors. He grew up watching his dad build additions and remodel homes in the greater Nashville area. In 2005 he joined the industry himself, consulting with investors, providing advice on the feasibility of a residential project and completing the renovation work.
Both men have received numerous awards as builders and entrepreneurs.
They have been ranked in Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling 550 for the past two years, Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 the last three years, Best of Houzz Awards the past two years and received Nashville Business Journal’s 2012 and 2013 Small Business Awards.
The success has enabled Ricky the opportunity to give back to the community. He and his wife Lori are active supporters of the non-profit groups Our Kids and High Hopes.
“Our Kids offers support and care for sexually abused children,” Ricky explained. “They do unbelievable, important work,” he added.
High Hopes is an inclusive pre-school where both Ricky’s children go, and Lori works. The couple are active fund-raisers for the school, supporting the annual High Hopes and Hops, held at Yazoo.
The couple, who met on a blind date when they were both students at Vanderbilt, are getting ready for the next phase of child raising.
“Jackson starts school this week and I don’t know what to expect,” Ricky said.
“But it’s the beginning of hauling kids around to sporting events and other activities for the next 17 years. I already feel like I don’t have enough time.
But you’ll never hear Ricky complain about being busy.
“It’s a must. Keeping a full load is a permanent thing in my life,” he says with a smile.
At only 34 years-old, Ricky is excited about the future.
“We have a lot of room to grow,” he says.
“We want to be involved in our community and with our clients for a long time,” he explained.
The two partners have built a solid foundation to do just that.
Kingston Group Building a Local Foundation