BEST IN CLASS: EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

At Kerr Contractors we have an excellence recognition program within our organization, identifying an individual who exhibits leadership and high quality as an employee. Each month the managers at Kerr Contractors select an employee to be recognized as "Best in Class."

2017

  • Jeremy Cham
    Jeremy Cham
  • Jeremy Cham
    Jeremy Cham
    Employee of the Month - May 2017, " Jeremy ALWAYS has a positive attitude and is always hustling. Jeremy has a spirit about him that makes it difficult to be anything but positive when people are around him. His attitude is contagious and uplifts everyone working around him. If you met him, you would know what I am talking about. Great results happen through teams and we appreciate Jeremy’s commitment to his Kerr team"
  • John Adkins
    John Adkins
  • John Adkins
    John Adkins
    Employee of the Month - April 2017, “John Adkins: John has been with us for I think a couple years now and has grown exceptionally with his skills. He started as a hard working green laborer which he has excelled at. Now he has started to become a reliable operator and continue to improve each week with his skills and experience. On top of this John has one of the best work ethics and attitude’s on the crew. He is always ready to work and perform whatever task is needed that day. I have never heard John complain about what he has to do for the day. John is a great example of the Kerr Core Values and is a valuable part of our Team”
  • Mark Perry
    Mark Perry
  • Mark Perry
    Mark Perry
    Employee of the Month - March 2017, "Mark was an integral part of the daily operations at Kerr. As he was the primary Lube truck driver for 12 years, many depended on him daily to provide fuel and services for their projects. With an upbeat and positive attitude, he always accomplished his task for the crews whether it was during normal operating hours or on nights, weekends, or even snow events. It was truly a pleasure working with Pokey and he will be greatly missed. His commitment to his job was one for all to take note of and a true symbol of the “Kerr Core Values” that we all want to strive to up hold."
  • Mario Valente
    Mario Valente
  • Mario Valente
    Mario Valente
    Employee of the Month - February 2017, "Mario in exceptional operator and employee who is highly valued with his experience and positive attitude. Mario enjoys his work, the people he works with and is always happy to be working every day. Mario is like a surgeon when it comes to his operating skills with his precise accuracy. It is not only his seasoned operating experience that makes him a great employee, but his MacGyver like ideas and ingenuity that puts him ahead of the rest. He is a good leader to others whom work around him and enforces the “always do the right thing” & “find a better way” core values. Great job Mario and keep up the good work"
  • Nick Philips
    Nick Philips
  • Nick Philips
    Nick Philips
    Employee of the Month - January 2017, "Nick has done an excellent job no matter who he is working for or what he is doing, he never complains, exceeds daily expectations on duties that he is asked to perform, always has a positive attitude and is ready to go to work every day. Nick has an excellent understanding of traffic control and its requirements to ensure that our workers as well as the public are safe during construction activities. In addition to his traffic control knowledge, he understands our heavy civil construction work and is fluid in his day to day activities. Nick is an outstanding employee and I appreciate his enthusiasm and wish that we could get more hard workers with Nick’s 110% work ethic. He is truly “Best in Class” and exemplifies Kerr’s values"

2016

  • Jose Padilla
    Jose Padilla
  • Jose Padilla
    Jose Padilla
    Employee of the Month - December 2016, “I nominate Jose Padilla. He is one of the best wash guy out there. He takes pride in his work when he is done washing anything you can eat off it. He fuels all the trucks every day and keeps up with the paperwork. Always ready to work and help out with anything.”
  • Austin Rasch
    Austin Rasch
  • Austin Rasch
    Austin Rasch
    Employee of the Month - November 2016, “I nominate laborer/pipe layer, Austin Rasch. Austin came to Kerr a year ago and in a short period of time has become a guy anyone would want on their crew. He was taught how to lay pipe 4 months ago and within 2 weeks was laying pipe without much supervision at accurate grades. He picks up information as if he has been doing it for years. At South Cooper, we believe that because of his great attitude, ambition and motivation to learn as well as high confidence in himself, he has succeeded where many others in this new generation of young craftsmen have failed. A successful pipe layer has to be the most vocal guy on the crew and keeping the digger and top hand moving. Austin does just that. When the crew sees him busting ass, they work that much harder. On top of being an excellent pipe layer, he is our best grade hand on the ground. He understands plans quickly, knows how to read survey stakes, and can be counted on to lead other laborers on making sure something is graded efficiently and most of all, correct the first time without constant supervision. This is a big challenge at South Cooper with many miscellaneous structures to grade and Austin has excelled at doing it right. Austin is a young man with a bright future at Kerr that exemplifies our core values and what we want from young men joining the construction work force to push this company further in the future”
  • Lawrence Munyon
    Lawrence Munyon
  • Lawrence Munyon
    Lawrence Munyon
    Employee of the Month - October 2016, “I would like to nominate Lawrence Munyon. On October 10th, while working on a City of Eugene Street project operating one of Kerr’s mixers pre tilling a city street at 16’ depth to prepare the grade for mixing cement – Larry set the machine in where he was directed to, and set in on an unmarked 4” Gas line at a 12” depth. Not knowing what he had hit in the ground Larry picked the machine out of the ground to check the Machine and the area where he had hit something. Looking behind him he could see the milled grindings being blown into the air and realized it was a gas line that was hit. Larry secured the machine away from the gas line, and while others on the job site left the area, Larry ran from door to door to alert the residents to evacuate long before first responders arrived.”
  • Lance Traaen
    Lance Traaen
  • Lance Traaen
    Lance Traaen
    Employee of the Month -September 2016, “Lance is an operator at South Cooper who mainly digs mainline pipe. However, for the last month and beyond he has been doing critical path structure excavation, curb grading, and finesse hoe work to fine tune slopes. He has done an exceptional job at working around the other trades and not getting frustrated with the constant design changes associated with the structure excavations. The other Hoffman subs have told him as well as us how appreciative they are of the excavations he does because he digs them to grade, with access, and efficiently. He always has an excellent attitude when working in the very tight proximities of the other subs and is a great asset to the South Cooper as well as Kerr Team.”
  • Jimmy Joe Bustos
    Jimmy Joe Bustos
  • Jimmy Joe Bustos
    Jimmy Joe Bustos
    Employee of the Month - August 2016, "I nominate Jimmy Joe Bustos. Jimmy Joe exemplifies the core value “great results happen through teams”. At 124th our primary blade hand quite three days before we had paving scheduled, and Jimmy Joe stepped in and finished subgrade and baserock prior to the paving date for a significant stretch of the project. There were issues with rock suppliers, the difficulty in finishing 1 1/2 “ baserock, and GPS, but Jimmy Joe did what it took to meet the paving schedule. Jimmy Joe’s experience, skill and knowledge is an asset to our project and he shares it in a very team oriented approach. As much as his abilities, his leadership is appreciated and I thank Jimmy Joe for his commitment to the success of Kerr Contractors."
  • Nicole Morro
    Nicole Morro
  • Nicole Morro
    Nicole Morro
    Employee of the Month - July 2016, "Nicole is very dependable, is dedicated to doing her job and handles the pressures of payroll very well. She doesn’t complain and has a can-do attitude"
  • Amrutha Das
    Amrutha Das
  • Amrutha Das
    Amrutha Das
    Employee of the Month - June 2016, "I nominate Amrutha Das. Amrutha has done a great job helping out with multiple jobs and keeping organized while doing so. She is always asking the right questions and making sure that the proper paperwork is getting to the right person while learning all the ins and outs of construction. She is an asset to Kerr Contractors"
  • Colin Keys
    Colin Keys
  • Colin Keys
    Colin Keys
    Employee of the Month - May 2016, "I nominate Colin Keys this month. Colin has done an excellent job of managing the multiple IT projects we have implemented in the last year. Every time I've asked anything of him he has always responded promptly and with a great attitude. Every time I've asked him to research an issue he does a great job and comes back with a well documented response. I truly appreciate Colin's willingness to help in all the things asked of him and he continually models the Kerr Values"
  • Harlee Wadman
    Harlee Wadman
  • Harlee Wadman
    Harlee Wadman
    Employee of the Month - April 2016, "Harlee has been with Kerr Contractors since 2012 and has performed in multiple capacities. Regardless of whether Harlee is Operating, Laboring, working within the milling division or heavy civil side, Harlee has always performed in a safe, efficient and hard working manner. Harlee not only is an excellent mill operator, he has become one of our go to spreading and treating personnel - in addition, Harlee has always had a 'can do' - 'get it done' approach regardless of the task he has been asked to perform, and also performs with a great attitude and enthusiasm working at Kerr Contractors."
  • Matt Waite
    Matt Waite
  • Matt Waite
    Matt Waite
    Employee of the Month - March 2016, "“I nominate Matt Waite. I was out on the sunrise project a couple of weeks ago with Kevin at 5:00 am getting trucking going for grinding and I saw this guy that had a great attitude and a hustle in his step and I loved it! It felt good to see a Team Kerr employee with that drive and wanting to work and be ahead of the game and ready for the pavers. I didn't know him and he had been here for almost 2 years. I believe he has the potential to be a good leader also. We need more guys like this."
  • Matt Haugen
    Matt Haugen
  • Matt Haugen
    Matt Haugen
    Employee of the Month - February 2016, "I nominate Matt Haugen. Matt has been with Kerr Contractors since 2003. He has always performed his work duties with a "best in Class attitude", and has taken on each and every task asked of him in professional manner. That has served Kerr Contractors well - many contractors in the paving industry ask specifically for Matt and his crew to be on their job sites. In addition to doing "best in Class" work on each and every project he and his crew performs on, Matt has taken it upon himself, and used his own personal time to learn as much about the machine's in Kerr's milling fleet as he possibly can. He has even received calls from Wirtgen Dealerships inquiring about specific machine problems he has solved in the past. He has led the maintenance program for the last three years - and the milling machines have never been in better shape prior to starting a season"
  • Wes Ulrey
    Wes Ulrey
  • Wes Ulrey
    Wes Ulrey
    Employee of the Month - January 2016, "I nominate Wes Ulrey. He has been working on offsite City of Beaverton Utitities at South Cooper in the Washington County ROW where his work has been under a microscope as far as safety, quality, public safety, and schedule by many agencies outside of Kerr. He is watched like a hawk by Hoffman and their superintendents, the owner's rep, the designer's rep, the City of Beaverton, and Washington County. He has done an exceptional job managing what these people say, to keep his work moving forward productively. He could let all these agencies get to him, but instead he listens to them and does what ever he can to not let it bring down morale or halt his daily production goals."

2015

  • Ashlyn Corpuz
    Ashlyn Corpuz
  • Ashlyn Corpuz
    Ashlyn Corpuz
    Employee of the Month - December 2015, "I choose Ashlyn Corpuz for several reasons. First she comes to work every day ready to go and has a positive outlook on the day every day. She also takes care of her truck and doesn't abuse it and it shows. Ashlyn has been an awesome acquire and look forward to having her on "Team Kerr" for our future!"
  • Rodney Wilson
    Rodney Wilson
  • Rodney Wilson
    Rodney Wilson
    Employee of the Month - November 2015, "He is a great asset to the company and to the maintenance department. He is always on the move no matter what the task is he is there to get it done."
  • Mark Perry
    Mark Perry
  • Mark Perry
    Mark Perry
    Employee of the Month - October 2015, "He has one of the dirtiest jobs to do. He is dedicated to the company and his work."
  • Jon Evans
    Jon Evans
  • Jon Evans
    Jon Evans
    Employee of the Month -September 2015, "Jon works tirelessly without complaining, day or night taking care of Kerr moves"
  • Elena Masaligin
    Elena Masaligin
  • Elena Masaligin
    Elena Masaligin
    Employee of the Month - August 2015, "I remember how hectic things were before she took over the position, the multitudes of calls and time it took to try and figure out where payments were at, why things were paid incorrectly, etc. Elena has done an excellent job and her work is appreciated. She is consistent, professional, and represents Kerr Contractors very well."
  • Juan Garcia
    Juan Garcia
  • Juan Garcia
    Juan Garcia
    Employee of the Month - July 2015, "Juan's attitude, knowledge and work ethic have been a huge part of the Sunrise Corridors success. Juan has worn many hats on the project. He has worked as a foreman, pipe layer, traffic control supervisor, erosion control and everything in between. It is not uncommon for him to have to work different shifts throughout the week always does this with great attitude and attention to detail. Juan is the type of person if you give him a task, you know it will get done efficiently and correctly."
  • Pete Kelly
    Pete Kelly
  • Pete Kelly
    Pete Kelly
    Employee of the Month - June 2015, "Pete Kelly for his work at Ridgewood. Pete came back to Ridgewood in September and has taken the bull by the horns the last couple months there. He has done an excellent job keeping his guys, safe, building quality work, as well as successfully building a strong relationship with the Client, Stellar J. His relationship with them has awarded us change order work as well as pushed them to win battles for us with Tualatin Valley Water District for additional money. Furthermore, he developed a strong relationship with the neighbors, Clean Water Services, City of Beaverton, and Tualatin Valley Water that allowed us to work with high productivity and no complaints through the rain on "their" streets. He is in the midst of laying 3 triple barrel 24" lines 28' deep directly through Stellar J's work site. I can strongly say that if he hadn't developed such a great relationship with the Superintendent and foreman onsite, we would not have the access and room we have now to perform this work. However, he would say it's still not enough"
  • Shannon Cochrane
    Shannon Cochrane
  • Shannon Cochrane
    Shannon Cochrane
    Employee of the Month - May 2015, "Shannon Cochrane or as some or must of you know him as Porky is my choice for going above the call. It was the heat of the time for us to rock and roll and Porky was able to keep his guys focused on task at hand without to many issues. Remember this guys never hears positive info its "hey porky I got this broken can you fix it?"
  • Corey Templin
    Corey Templin
  • Corey Templin
    Corey Templin
    Employee of the Month - April 2015, "Corey has been the superintendent on the new Hoffman Construction project for the past several months. Hoffman does things a little differently than Kerr Contractors is used to regarding safety, pre-task planning, and scheduling. Corey has been able to adapt to these and other changes quickly and effectively. Corey is a big part of this successful project. By leading by example Corey has been able to keep Kerr crews headed in the right direction. Keep up the great work."
  • Efrain Martinez
    Efrain Martinez
  • Efrain Martinez
    Efrain Martinez
    Employee of the Month - March 2015, "“I would like to nominate EFRAIN MARTINEZ for employee of the month. He is a self-motivated hard working person that is a great asset to Kerr Contractors. He is a big help keeping our fleet on the road and safe. His attention to detail is at the highest level and really cares about his finished product that he sends out the door"
  • Corbin Pierce
    Corbin Pierce
  • Corbin Pierce
    Corbin Pierce
    Employee of the Month - February 2015 and Employee of the Year 2015, "Recently he was put in charge of a clearing project in Salem which was difficult to work in due to a creek in the middle of the work zone as well as the politics between ODOT and the City of Salem. Corbin and Joe did a good job of managing ODOT and the city to keep the project moving forward in good weather and complete the work timely. As well, Corbin and the guys continued to try new ways to improve operations and production to complete under budget. In addition Corbin has had to keep operations in motion to clean up a couple projects and prep for the work at Biggs. He is always willing to make time for other projects that call with concrete structure needs. He also informs and shows the guys often how they should perform as employees of Kerr"
  • Kevin Donahoo
    Kevin Donahoo
  • Kevin Donahoo
    Kevin Donahoo
    Employee of the Month - January 2015, "I nominate Kevin Donahoo. Kevin has been a dedicated employee with our company for over 15 years. Kevin gives 100% every day, is an excellent leader, represents Kerr very well with a difficult owner, and is committed to making Kerr Contractors a better place to work. Thank you Kevin"

2014

  • Carly Whitchurch
    Carly Whitchurch
  • Carly Whitchurch
    Carly Whitchurch
    Employee of the Month - December 2014, "I nominate Carly Whitechurch as employee of the month. “Carly has demonstrated the ability to focus on multiple tasks and to follow thru with what she started out on. She has the company’s interest in mind and watches dollars on spending. Carly does a nice job making notes on applicants that are pertinent to future hiring. Continue with the Good Work!"
  • Kerby McGinnis
    Kerby McGinnis
  • Kerby McGinnis
    Kerby McGinnis
    Employee of the Month - November 2014, "I nominate Kerby McGinnis - Kerby has been on the spot the last few months dealing with all the BS from different guys and been great at staying ahead of the daily needs of each crew. He has prioritized his schedule to maximize the individual jobs that need him, and his models most. Specifically, he has stayed on top of Colwood , Fed Ex, and UPS so that they can continue to generate revenue in the wet time when we need it most. And more importantly, he has done this with 5x the enthusiasm and little complaint. Kudos to Kerby"
  • Stan Thompson
    Stan Thompson
  • Stan Thompson
    Stan Thompson
    Employee of the Month - October 2014, "I nominate Stan Thompson. He has developed a proficiency for the a premier and has been successful for over two years which furthers our goals for acquiring private work and leveraging the power of repeat business"
  • Mandy Lopes
    Mandy Lopes
  • Mandy Lopes
    Mandy Lopes
    Employee of the Month - September 2014, "I would like to nominate Mandy Lopes as Employee of the Month. Mandy has always been the most versatile member of the accounting department. She keeps everything running smoothly while balancing a demanding workload comprised of a wide variety of tasks. This past month she has truly shown her value as she has picked up all the duties of payroll without any interruption to the process. There is no one else in the department that would be able to handle all the additional work without a single hiccup. She has been working late from home, coming in early and doing whatever it takes to make sure everything gets done each week. Not only did she handle the payroll process after Jill left, but she is now training the new person and still making sure every paycheck is delivered timely and accurately. All of this is in addition to her normal workload of handling CNR, equipment, banking, etc"
  • Jason Heffner
    Jason Heffner
  • Jason Heffner
    Jason Heffner
    Employee of the Month - August 2014 and Employee of the Year 2014, “I nominate Paving Superintendent Jason Heffner. He has overcome Pancreatic cancer. He has had post chemotherapy during his work tenure the last two months and has performed his duties of supervising a paving crew and 20 belly dump trucks on a major high production paving project. Jason has worked 60 to 70 hours a week at night. He was dedicated to the success of the project and went above and beyond the daily grind to get the job done in a safe and profitable manner"