Rick Fender  

 Cloud 9 Services

Curriculum Vitae

    Richard "Rick" A. Fender


Born in May 1953 in Orlando, Florida, Mr. Fender is licensed as a Certified Florida Contractor in six areas by the the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation : General, Plumbing, Mechanical, Marine Specialty, Commercial Pool/Spa, and Underground Utility and Excavation. These construction licenses reflect Mr. Fender's 49 years of active experience working in all areas of the construction industry from estimating, field supervision, and whole-firm management. His experience includes specialized works such as metal buildings, industrial wastewater, marine seawalls, and underground utilities in addition to more routine work on residential and commercial buildings. Mr. Fender's roles ranged from managing projects to owning and managing construction companies. Mr. Fender is current Vice President of Cloud 9 Services, Inc. and resides in Orlando on Lake Holden with his wife. 

Construction and Industry Experience

Cloud 9 Services, Inc. and Fender Marine Construction : 11/2001 to present 

Founder/Vice President

1201 West Jackson Street, Orlando, FL 32805 - (P : 407 - 481- 2750)

Cloud 9 has performed an extensive amount of Underground Utility Contracting. We have always been responsive to time and cost constraints with special attention to the quality of workmanship in construction and repair projects. We specialize in Underground Utility cleaning, solid waste removal, video inspection, commercial repairs, and new construction. Our bonding capacity is approximately $12,000 per project and a bonding capacity aggregate of $20,000,000. We carry out Statutory Workers Compensation Insurance as well as complete liability and Longshoreman's insurance for our work. Originally starting the company as President, now serving as Vice President in an effort to allow my wife and partner, Xi Lu the current President and majority stockholder, to utilize her skills and experience in project management and accounting to grow the business.

We serve our customers with the following specialized equipment :

  • (3) tool equipped service trucks (1) with crane -- average price new : $100,000

  • (6) Jet/Vac sewer cleaning and soft digging trucks -- average price new : $400,000 each

  • (3) Pipe video laser inspection trucks -- average price new : $150,000

  • (1) Tanker (4,000) gallon Pumper Truck -- average price new : $120,000

  • 10 CY Dump Truck -- average price new : $100,000

  • 2014 Min Excavator -- average price new : $30,000

  • Cured in Place Pipe System : $280,000

  • Pile Driving Hammer System : $50,000

  • Multiple work boats and barges : $200,000

  • Helical Pile Installation Systems : $35,000

  • 2014 Track Skid Steer : $30,000

  • (1) Wellpoint and Bypass Pump Setup : $45,000

  • Miscellaneous hand tools and equipment to perform our scope of work.

Hodgskin Outdoor Living, Inc. : 11/1995 - 11/2001 

Vice President

6125 Hansel Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32809

With my previous company, Hodgskin Outdoor Living, Inc., which I sold in November 2001, I was able to inject this work ethic into the existing business. This resulted in our growing the marine construction company from $2,000,000 in annual sales to almost $5,000,000 in 2001.

  • Managed this construction company's Service Department and handled development of the commercial marine projects.

  • Solicited, designed, estimated and project managed commercial and residential boat dock, boat houses and seawall marine projects.

  • Managed full-service maintenance department for boat houses, boat docks and seawalls.

Orlando Construction : 1/1991 - 11/1995

President and General Manager

500 29th Street, Orlando, Florida 32805

Owned and managed this construction company specializing in historic preservation projects.

  • Negotiated and awarded contracts to miscellaneous subcontractors, Civil Engineers, Mechanical/Electrical Engineers and Architects.

  • Developed and construction managed several residential multi-family remodeling projects which were sold before the actual construction was completed. 

  • Made money for every partner involved in my projects

ABC Liquors, Inc. : 11/1990 - 12/1991

8989 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32859

Director of Construction : 11/1990 - 5/1991

  • Managed all construction operations for this 220+ Liquor Store chain with a staff of 180.

  • Implemented the Elke Computer System for maintenance accounting and management.

  • Managed the 5 person Engineering Department, developing project drawings and specifications for permitting and bidding.

  • Negotiated and awarded contracts to General Contractors, miscellaneous subcontractors, Civil Engineers, Mechanical/Electrical Engineers and Architects.

  • Construction managed several in house commercial remodeling of both stores and warehouse facilities. 

  • Implemented leading edge construction techniques, procedures, materials and equipment.

Administrator of Construction : 5/1991 - 12/1991​

  • Responsible for liquor store site selection and acquisition.

  • Implemented AutoCAD computer aided drafting and design system for the engineering department. 

  • Administrated fast track construction projects on time and under budget.

  • Reorganize the maintenance staff to 140 people for better efficiency.

Equity Construction/Pat's Pump & Blower : 8/1985 - 11/1990

President and General Manager

630 West Church Street, Orlando, Florida 32805

  • Developed, owned, and managed this new company which specialized in wastewater facility construction and renovation with up to 40 employees.

  • Developed and owned a subsidiary which specialized in wastewater and equipment sales and repair. 

  • Responsible for project administration through several project managers.

  • Responsible for advertising, finance, insurance, planning, estimate review, and permitting.

  • Successfully developed the company from an idea into a $1.5 million per year enterprise.

Girdley Construction : 11/1981 - 8/1985

Senior Project Manager/Estimator-Commercial, Industrial, Municipal

Orlando, Florida

Landmark Construction : 9/1976 - 11/1981

Senior Project Manager/Estimator-Design/build Commercial

Orlando, Florida

  • Butler Pre-engineered metal building specialist.

Lather's Union : 1971 - 1976

Carpenter, drywall hanger and finisher

Orlando, Florida

Industry Licenses & Groups

  • Florida Certified General Contractor : CGC026854

  • Florida Certified Marine Contractor : SCC131150688

  • Florida Certified Mechanical Contractor : CMC1249306

  • Florida Certified Underground Utility & Excavation Contractor : CUC1224008

  • Florida Certified Pool/Spa Contractor : CPC1456483

  • Florida Certified Plumbing Contractor : CFC1427156

  • Florida Real Estate Broker : BK575520

  • Florida Marine Contractor's Association, Inc. Founding President and current member of the Board of Directors

  • Private Pilot-Instrument Rated-Single Engine Land and Sea

  • Past President of Orlando Landmarks Defense, Inc., a historic preservation nonprofit organization.

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