Get to Know Our North Texas Area Manager, Perry Burnett

Perry Burnett, our North Texas Area Manager, has been with The Rios Group since the company was founded, in 2012. He is an invaluable part of our team, so we decided to sit down with him and ask a few questions about his experience while working at The Rios Group. Who is our fearless leader for our North Texas Region? You’re about to find out. 


Mr. Burnett started in the Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) and Utility Coordination (UC) fields while working at TxDOT. He found that he really enjoyed SUE and UC work because it gave him the valuable information he needed, knowing where the utilities were, for his other projects. Flash forward to the present at The Rios Group, he now manages our North Texas Team. We asked Perry what he enjoyed most about leading our North Texas Region, in which he replied that he enjoys the challenge and not only solving issues but also teaching his team how to be leaders. Mr. Burnett likes working with and coaching the younger generation. He stated, “It’s just amazing to me how smart and how trainable the younger generation is. I enjoy coaching them, they are just awesome people to work with.”

Coming from TxDOT, Perry’s favorite type of projects are highway projects. Although he does enjoy water and sewer projects as well. His favorite projects outside the office include fishing, hunting and he enjoys working in the yard.

We asked a few questions about what it is like to work with The Rios Group. When we asked if he could describe The Rios Group in one word, he said it would be “family”. He also spoke to our office culture. Mr. Burnett mentioned, “It’s a great team to be a part of and it’s mainly because we care about one another beyond work.” Another question we asked was, what makes The Rios Group unique? Mr. Burnett spoke to how we are a smaller company, now having 65 employees.

Lastly, we asked if he had any advice to give someone who is just starting their career in the SUE/UC fields. Perry responded, “Don’t let your failure to communicate be the problem. Pick up the phone and if you get a chance to see someone face to face, don’t ever turn those opportunities down, even if you think it might be a tough meeting to go to.”


At The Rios Group we offer expert Subsurface Utility Engineering and Utility Coordination services. We identify potential issues and bring awareness to them so that there are no delays or hefty unplanned costs added to our client’s projects. If you are interested in learning more about working for The Rios Group or would like to join our team, contact Check our LinkedIn page for open positions.