Dick is the son of a contractor and worked his summers during high school in commercial and residential construction. As a part-time employee of Wylie Construction Company, he worked on projects including Woodland United Methodist Church, Rock Hill YMCA, Sylvia Circle Baptist Church, and Carowinds Theme Park. After attending Clemson University, he helped his father start Jabo Construction Company. For ten years, he was the working foreman for commercial projects at Jabo but was always drawn to woodworking as a hobby. Remodeling was the fun part of construction.
In 1984, Dick decided to turn his love for remodeling into a full-time career and, from the start, desired to become the best in the area. He founded Dick Ferrell Contracting (DFC) as a full-service construction company focusing only on remodeling. His goal is to honor God by helping others. In 1986, DFC became one of the first construction companies in the area to use computers and software for cost estimating. The company soon started using computers for accounting and word processing. Today, the company’s processes are fully integrated.
In 1985, Dick became involved in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), helped start the Charlotte chapter, and served as representative on the national level as chairman of the Education Committee. He earned the Certified Remodeler status in 1986.
Dick became involved with the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers Council and served two terms as York County NAHB president. He also earned the Certified Graduate Remodeler status from NAHB.
In 1992, Dick Ferrell Contracting was named to the Big 50 by Remodeling Magazine.