Q: What is your role here at Berg? What are your typical responsibilities?
A: I’m an operator in the paving division, and I’ve been working here since July of 2017. My main responsibility is to compact asphalt to the specifications required for the job.
Q: What are the biggest challenges you encounter in your role?
A: Summertime temps are always a factor. Everything else just flows. This is what we do and we make the best of it every day.
Q: What is your educational background? How did you get started in our industry?
A: I graduated from Upper Merion High School in 1982. After that, I attended Villanova University for two years. I started working in construction when a very close friend finished his engineering degree and started an excavation and paving company in Austin, Texas. He wanted me to work there as a full-time pipelayer and said he would teach me the whole layout of that line of work. Today, I have over 30 years of experience in construction.
Q: What matters the most to you when it comes to your job?
A: Safety is my number one priority. It’s also important to me that we complete jobs in a timely fashion and provide the highest quality of production for our customers.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
A: I love working with the team of guys I work with on a day-to-day basis. I really enjoy the camaraderie!
Q: Is there any project that sticks out in your mind as one you were especially proud of?
A: I was very proud of the job we completed at the Old Trolley Line Park in Mount Joy. All of the townspeople who were walking, jogging, and riding on the paths repeatedly expressed how great of a job we did and how much they enjoyed it.
Q: What do you value about being part of the Berg team?
A: At Berg, you are not just a number. You’re more like a member of a family.
Q: How do you think our industry can appeal to younger generations?
A: We can recruit young people by showing them the overwhelming growth you can experience in just a handful of years in construction. Also, showing them how many high-caliber and high-quality projects we get to work on could help.
Q: Who do you look up to in life?
A: I look up to my oldest brother, Col. Larry S. Brown. He’s retired from the United States Air Force.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time when you’re not at work?
A: I enjoy spending time out with my wife, Donna, and getting quality time with my son, daughter, son-in-law, and three grandkids. When I have time to myself, I build and restore classic vehicles. I also love racing and travel.