Q: What is your role here at Berg Construction? What are your responsibilities and challenges?
A: I’m a site superintendent for Berg. My main responsibilities include managing all equipment, personnel, and subcontractors on my assigned site. A challenge that I face daily is managing subcontractors and adjusting for the changing weather.
Q: What was your career background before you came to Berg?
A: I started out as a mechanic right out of high school, but I switched to construction pretty quickly. Today, I have over 28 years of experience in the construction industry.
I started with Berg in December of 2019. Before I came here, I was a site superintendent for another company. Overall, I’ve been a site superintendent for 10-15 years. Before that, I was a pipe foreman.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job? What matters most to you in your role?
A: I always like being outside and playing in the dirt, and I enjoy the satisfaction of building and seeing the results of my crew’s hard work. What matters most is completing all of my tasks in a timely and profitable manner.
Q: What makes Berg a good company to work for?
A: When I first came here, I was a little bit unhappy with my previous employer. I knew somebody who worked with Berg and he spoke very highly of them, so I decided to give it a try.
What I like about Berg is that they never micromanage me like some of my previous employers have. They allow us the independence to manage our projects and prove to them the responsibility they gave us was deserved.
Q: How do you think the construction industry could better attract young people?
A: I get to train a lot of the younger guys who come through our company. Young people want to feel important. They want to be part of something. Many of them want to be rewarded immediately instead of working up the ladder.
Construction is a rewarding career. You can make a lot of money in this industry, but you need to start at the bottom, be on time, and do your work every day. If we could find a way to give them a better idea of what this industry has to offer, they might be more interested.
Q: Is there anyone that you’ve considered to be a mentor in your life?
A: My parents. My mom was a secretary and my father was a foreman in a steel fabricating shop. They led me down the right path and taught me that if it’s worth having, it’s worth working for. That’s the mentality I grew up with, and that’s what I’ve used in my life to get up the ladder.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time when you’re not at work?
A: I enjoy spending time with my family, doing projects around the house and yard, taking motorcycle rides around the country with my wife, and spending time in the garage tinkering on anything that has an engine.