Parker County Today May 2016 - Page 33

Hank Gremminger Brilliant Builder Award - Richard Green As a second-generation builder, owner Richard Green grew up working in the construction industry, before founding his own company Castlemont Homes, in Weatherford. Although he’s young, those who have worked with Richard describe him as a guy who knows the home building business inside and out. With a focus on craftsmanship, combined with modern technologies, Richard designs and builds homes that are more energy-efficient and less expensive to manage so that clients can benefit with real savings in the form of lower energy consumption and healthier indoor air quality. He has earned the trust and respect of colleagues, contractors and homeowners, by being a man of his word. He believes that honesty is always the best policy, and he will not sacrifice integrity for profit. While seeing the big picture, his strengths and talents lie in his ability to focus on the little details that make the biggest difference. He leads by example, and is a passionate and driven individual with an uncompromising work ethic. Mac Curtis Musician Innovator Award - Kyle Williams

 Performer and musician Kyle Williams is a Parker County native who started singing as a 5-year old, moving on to classical training when he was 9. “When I was about 15, I discovered Michael Bublé,” Williams said. “And I started doing that kind of music and I’ve been doing R&B music since then.” 
 He was very honored when he heard he was nominated for the award. “It’s definitely a privilege,” he said. “It’s great for any musician to get acknowledged and recognized. It’s what we strive for.”
 His greatest accomplishment so far was when the season 12 American Idol, Candice Glover, found him on YouTube. “She invited me to come perform with her in South Carolina,” he said. “Opening for her was one of the greatest things I’ve done.” 
When giving advice to other young musicians, Kyle said, “Do what you love and be yourself. Don’t try to imitate anyone else.” 
Kyle hopes to one day perform at Carnegie Hall. Tim Buchanan Inspirational Coaching Award - Heather Oakes In her first year in Parker County, Heather Oakes is the head softball coach at Aledo High School and teaches integrated physics and chemistry as well as earth/space science. She was surprised when told she had been nominated for this award. “I thought it was a joke at first,” she said. “But I’m honored. I’ve been very blessed in every aspect of my job since getting hired in Aledo. This nomination is just an added compliment to everything else.” Oakes has played softball since she was 8 and has loved the game since the beginning. She credits most of her knowledge of the game and of sports in general to her dad who has always had a passion for sports. “He passed that passion on to me,” Oakes said. So far, in her coaching Oakes said that her biggest accomplishment has been convincing the players how important mental preparation is. Her biggest piece of advice for anyone following in her footsteps is to “keep a positive attitude even when everything seems to be coming apart and have a plan.” In the future, she plans on getting her master’s degree in education and one day becoming a girl’s athletic director/coordinator. Abby Hamessley PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Abby Hamessley and her husband Nathan live in a charming brick craftsman bungalow in the heart of Weatherford’s historic district with their young son. She appreciates being nominated for the Mary Kemp Historic Preservation award because, “At times volunteer work can be thankless and one starts to wonder if anyone cares. It is nice to be recognized,” Hamessley said. She is the second-time chair of the Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour of Homes as well as the vice president of the group. Last year’s event was a smashing success, raising more money than the event has raised in the last five years. With a toddler at home, her aspirations are like many mothers of young children — make it to nap time each day. However, she has grander goals for the long term. MAY 2016 The Mary Kemp Historic Preservationist Award - 31