Meet the Team – Employee spotlight: Dave Kerr, Applications Specialist.
Q. What drew you to Watertech originally and how has Watertech changed since?
A. I liked that Watertech was a relatively small company with potential for huge growth. When I started, the mentality was “We are not an equipment company,” since then, we have grown our equipment group and exceeded 1 million dollars in equipment sales this past year.
Q. Before working at Watertech, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
A. When I was 14 I worked for a Boat Cleaning company called Captain Clean. I detailed yachts and got my divers license for cleaning the hulls and recovering items customers had dropped in the water.
Q. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Watertech, whose job would you want?
A. No one, I have the best job at Watertech!
Q. What are 3 words to describe Watertech?
A. Quality, Commitment, Service.
Q. What is your role at Watertech?
A. I am an Applications Specialist. I provide support to our sales staff and come up with solutions for our applications. I design, fabricate and install most of the equipment that we sell.
Q. What do you find the most challenging at Watertech?
A. No two applications are the same.
Q. What do you like most about Watertech?
A. The people I work with and the all-around attitude of its employees.
Q. What have you gained from working in this industry?
A. I have gained a wealth of knowledge on cooling and boiler systems. I have also learned about water conservation and how vital it is to our customers and the environment.
Q. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Watertech?
A. A shop dedicated to equipment design and fabrication.
Q. What is the favorite part about working for Watertech?
A. Coming up with new and innovative ideas for our customers.
Q. What is your proudest moment at Watertech?
A. Probably the flow pods for a manufacturing customer. We had been trying to come up with treatment solutions for this customer. I was able design, build and install an idea that was a great solution.
Q. What is your favorite part of your job?
A. Being creative.
Q. Any favorite line from a movie?
A. “You’ll get nothing and like it!” Judge Smails, Caddyshack
Q. If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?
A. Thomas Edison. The guy was very smart and liked to invent things.
Q. If you were an animal what would you be?
A. A Wolf
Q. Tell us a little bit about your family.
A. The Kerrs are a family of 5. My beautiful wife Julie is from Spooner, Wisconsin. I met her while I was deer hunting and we have been together ever since. Julie works at Aurora Hospital in Kenosha and does CT. She is the smartest person I know!! Kids Michael (22), Marin (16) and Masen (14). Michael is in his first year as an HVAC Service Tech apprenticeship at Martin Petersen in Kenosha. Marin is a Junior at Tremper High School in Kenosha. She is the Captain of the Varsity Cheer team and plays girls Lacrosse for the Kenosha Storm in the Spring. Masen is a Freshman at Tremper and plays Hockey for the Highland Park Falcons in Illinois.
Q. What do you always want to try and never did?
Q. What else do you do for fun?
A. Hunting, fishing and 4 wheeling.
Q. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
A. Alaska. The scenery is unreal and I love the outdoors.
Q. Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?
A. Scotland, back to the Motherland.
Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A. Fly a plane.
Q. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
A. Be a contestant on the show Survivor.
Q. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
A. Flint, Knife, Duct Tape
Q. What’s your favorite drink?
A. Peach Tea
Q. At what age did you become an adult?
Q. What age do you wish you could permanently be?
Q. What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?
A. My hat, never go anywhere without it.
Q. Are you usually early or late?
A. Always early
Q. Phone Call or Text?
Q. High-tech or Low-tech?
Q. How do you define success?
Q. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
A. In 2006 I was laid off from Abbott Laboratories after 14 years. Had I not been laid off I would have never met Jon Tiegs and therefore, would not have this awesome job!