By Kevin Bartley, Division Manager with Nexus 5 Group
As most of you know that follow my blogs, I do several Employee Spotlights. Much of the company staff is comprised of our field staff here at Nexus 5 Group. I have a tremendous respect for our field people and sometimes we feel like we hit the jackpot with an employee. I hire more employees in this company than anyone else by a large margin. I wrote a blog a few months ago about the different types of employees and how I personally view the groups. If you don’t follow me, it may be worth it to go back a few months and read my blog, “Hiring 101: There are Three Types of Employees”.
I will back this story up with a precursor.
An example of a precursor is a dark cloud that comes before the storm. I have a client account that we do a tremendous amount of work for. I absolutely had a dark cloud and saw a storm coming. A very significant portion of my revenue is on this contract. We were having some struggles, and after a long meeting with the client, we decided to attempt to find the right guy for this job to help smooth out the bumps in the road that we were having.
We all know how hard it is when you're looking for the right guy to fit the bill. A specific personality, with a specific set of skills that can manage the client and employees. Most importantly, they need to fit our Nexus 5 Group culture. Everyone that knows Nexus 5 Group, knows our culture and that everyone here values it dearly.
I didn't have high hopes for finding the needle in the haystack, but I had to get on it fast. I lined up some interviews and after about eight or so, I was starting to get discouraged. I felt like I was going thru the motions on interviews.
Next up was a guy named Jeff Tuter.
Jeff had the experience, but until the interview, you just never know. This guy comes into my office for the interview. I'm a pretty good judge of character. I knew without a doubt, that this was “Our Guy”. He had all of the right answers and he has 100% kept up his end of the deal.
Jeff took the project, mostly rebuilt the crew and has been killing it ever since. Without a doubt, he was exactly what this team needed. His crew talks about how great he is and the client always brags about the job that he does (see quote below). Jeff is one of those guys that provides the Nexus 5 Group Experience to both the client, team and the company. If you did read the Hiring 101 Blog, Jeff falls under the first group, your “Ride or Die” type of employee. I can’t explain how lucky we are to have Jeff as a team member, and I hope to have him here for many years to come.
"I would like to think I am an easy going guy. I try to keep things simple. I enjoy working in the field and building something tangible. I enjoy being outside and doing all the outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, being on the water, or having a beer on a patio. I've lived off and on in Colorado for 15 years, and now I’m back in KC where I get to spend time with my family." - Jeff Tuter
"Jeff has a rare combination of great skills, attitude and communication. His workmanship is top quality and problem solving is 10/10. We are very glad to have Jeff working with us." - Chris Jaeger – Willscot Kansas City