Q: When did you first start working for Berg Construction?
A: I started working with Berg Construction in July 2015.
Q: What was your education and career background before Berg?
A: I earned my bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
I spent the first 13 years of my career in banking, where I started at the bottom in the maintenance department. My banking career started with a paintbrush in one hand and a shovel in the other. After two years of working in the maintenance department, I applied for and was accepted into the bank’s management training program. From there, I became a branch manager and then went on to be a small business relationship manager.
My path to construction is a little unusual. Ford was a client of mine at different times in my banking career. When he called me about a position Berg Construction was looking to create, I originally thought it was just to get feedback in regard to the roles and responsibilities. When he called again to ask if I would consider the spot, I originally said I wasn’t interested.
A week or two later Ford called again, asking if I would sit down and talk with him. We talked through the position, what he was looking for, and why he believed I would be a good fit. Ultimately, we agreed on a role that made sense for both of us. In July 2015, I joined Berg Construction and never looked back.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job? What makes you excited to go to work?
A: Berg is a place where I’m given the opportunity every day to be part of what drives the company forward. Each of us is given the ability to succeed and fail within our roles, and that has been truly exciting. My role requires constant adaptation and learning, which is both challenging and rewarding.
Q: What sets Berg Construction apart from other companies in this industry?
A: Like most small businesses, we’re asked to wear many hats. But what happens in most of those small businesses when they grow is that everyone is asked to specialize. Many of us came from backgrounds that aren’t in the construction industry, which means we bring a wide variety of skills and traits that make us good at many different things.
I think one of the great things about who we are as an organization is that from the top to the bottom we are all expected to do it all. While there are places and people that this sort of mentality would drive crazy, it’s what makes us tick. It’s not unusual to see our owner in a piece of equipment or our operators holding shovels.
Each one of us is given the opportunity to act like an owner, to take responsibility for our pieces, and to be both held accountable and rewarded for a job well done. This mentality gives each one of us the opportunity to be the best version of ourselves, and I believe that’s different than what you get at other places.
Q: Can you give us some background on your personal life?
A: I married my wife Alyson in 2002. We have three children — Gavyn, Ayden, and Adalyn. We also have three dogs (yes, we’re those people!) — a Miniature Poodle named Luna, a Golden Retriever named Walter, and a Chihuahua named Frank.
I enjoy doing outdoor activities with the family. We like to ride bikes, hike, and work on projects around the house. I also love live music and music production. I spend a long weekend every year helping with a local music event called LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival. I’m a school board member for our local school district, and I also coach boys’ high school lacrosse.
Our lives are busy, but there’s always room for food. A great meal is always a great excuse to be with family and friends. I love music, and can hardly stand to not have music playing at all times. There’s a genre for every mood and almost every setting.
I also really enjoy sharing knowledge. When I was younger I thought I wanted to be a teacher, and I think it’s why I enjoy coaching so much. Showing young people the importance of voluntary hardship, and doing things that are challenging even when you don’t have to, is really rewarding work.