Jim Reed

Fleet & Shop Manager

Started at Berg: 2020
jreed@bergconst.com

Q: What do you do here at Berg Construction? What are your main responsibilities?
A: I started here in February 2020, and my job title is Shop & Fleet Manager. I typically coordinate our techs repairing the equipment and schedule appointments to fix our equipment. It’s all about maintaining our fleet. If we need to sub something out, I’ll handle scheduling that as well.

Q: What are the biggest challenges of your role?
A: Mainly, just scheduling and trying to get people to the right places to get things fixed. Just finding that middle ground between scheduling routine maintenance and emergency repairs that need to be done right now can be a real challenge.

Q: What were you up to in your career before you joined Berg?
A: I worked for an agricultural corporation called AGCO. I was their technical support field manager for the Northeast, so I traveled to their dealers and assisted them in getting the equipment repaired. I was with them for roughly ten years. It was a pretty big chunk of my career to this point.

Q: What do you enjoy about your job? What makes you excited to start your workday?
A: It sounds kind of cliche, but I really enjoy seeing what new challenges each day will bring me. Sometimes I pull my hair out because of those challenges, but I don’t have too much hair to worry about these days anyway — I keep it pretty short. [laughs]

Q: Why is Berg such a great place to work? What sets them apart from the competition?
A: I have yet to meet somebody that works here who really rubs me the wrong way. Everybody is easy to get along with. In my opinion, everybody’s open with communication, and the people are generally just great.

Some of that is hiring the right people, but I think it’s more about the culture we have here. This company has provided us with a good environment to work in. I’ve worked for companies where the people were just grumpy and grouchy all the time, and that’s not a fun situation to be in.

Q: Is there any aspect of your job that you’re especially proud of?
A: Overall, I would say the improvements that have happened in the shop since I’ve been around. I feel proud of the guys for helping me get the shop to where it needed to be. We’ve really improved the shop layout, and our paperwork is so much more organized.

Before I came here, we didn’t have work orders to keep track of repairs. Unless a repair was an absolute emergency, it was far too easy for stuff to get pushed to the wayside. Developing that level of organization is something I’m very proud of.

I didn’t develop all of it, of course, and I’m not trying to claim that. But I did have my hand in a good chunk of it recently, and I take pride in that.

Q: Do you have any ideas about how the construction industry can better recruit young people?
A: We have several young guys here that are awesome at what they do, but in the big picture, this generation has been told for the last 20 years that they need to go to college and get an office job. Don’t get me wrong — college is a good thing. I went to college, and we do need some people who went to college. However, we also need people who will go out there in the field and do hard labor. We need guys to operate our machinery.

Maybe we just need to let young people know there’s money to be made in construction. We have several guys here that are still young, but they’ve already made the foreman level. I know they’re making good money.