Q: What do you do here at Berg? What are your typical responsibilities?
A: As an operations administrative assistant, my days vary. I help the entire team as much as I can! From setting up jobs to ordering office supplies, I am essentially the go-to person if anyone needs anything.
Q: What are some of the typical challenges you face in your role?
A: I once asked our CFO Bryan Naranjo how he manages all of his work. He told me something that has stuck with me: “urgent vs. important.” Since I am essentially an assistant to every project manager and leadership member, I can be extremely busy at times. As I grew into my role, I struggled with handling my workload just because I was new to the industry, and I had not quite gotten accustomed to the job. Something simple like that will stick with me forever. I still struggle from time to time, but I am learning every day!
Q: How did you get started in the construction industry?
A: I never thought I would be in this industry. My past jobs have been in the service industry, which I thought my niche was. I was working at a local restaurant when Berg called me asking if I would be interested in an office position. I immediately jumped on the chance and went in for an interview. A couple of days later, I was a member of the Berg Construction family. I have never looked back.
Q: What was your educational background before joining Berg?
A: I graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School in June 2018 and planned on attending cosmetology school, but I found my career here at Berg instead.
Q: What matters most to you when it comes to your job?
A: Reliability and punctuality. When I am given a task, I want people to know they can trust me to get it done quickly and accurately. That contributes to my success within my position.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job? What makes Berg a great place to work?
A: I love the culture and family atmosphere that Berg has created. Here, you are not just a number. Everyone knows you by name, and they are interested in your life. The management team cares about the employees. It makes coming to work enjoyable instead of a chore. If I need anything, there is always someone willing to go above and beyond to lend a hand. I feel extremely lucky to be part of the Berg team.
Q: How do you think our industry could do a better job of appealing to young people?
A: I think the industry just needs to take a chance. As a younger employee, I find it difficult to find a company that wants to hire someone my age and teach them instead of hiring someone who has been in the business longer and knows more. I knew absolutely nothing about the construction industry before coming here, but Berg was more than willing to help me learn. I think that speaks volumes about Berg Construction. They value their younger employees and see potential in them, which validates our hard work and makes us want to work harder to succeed.
Q: Is there anyone in your life that you consider to be a mentor?
A: I’ve had a lot of influences in my life that sculpted me into the person I am today. I would say the biggest one is my mom. She has always persevered under challenging situations and kept a positive outlook on life. She is an extremely strong person, and I admire that.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time when you’re not at work?
A: I love to spend time with my family and my boyfriend Kristian, who also works here. Other than that, I enjoy fishing and shopping.