Seth and Drew Employee Spotlight Interviews, Part 2, Drew
We recently sat down with brothers Seth and Drew out of Duluth to capture their employee spotlight interviews.
My name is Drew, I’m a service technician in Duluth and I’ve been at Nuss for over a year.
What are your career goals? Career goals, I’d like to stay in the mobile service truck but it just keeps getting better and better. I’d like to eventually be at a senior tech level.
What advice would you give to others who are considering Nuss for their career? Be open to training, have a hunger for learning and working hard and have other people notice that. Like Seth said, attention to detail is important, double checking.
What college did you attend and how did that program prepare you for success at Nuss? I went to Central Lakes College in Staples and it did an awesome job of preparing me. The instructors, Paul and Jeff, were awesome, very good teachers, and knowledgeable. It felt like we touched on pretty much everything in the short 11 months and it was good. Soaked up everything, a lot of information.
What do you love most about your job at Nuss? The people for sure, from the people who we work with to managers, they’re all awesome. Managers have been really great about recognizing us working hard and our accomplishments, and that has been really nice because it isn’t always the case in companies. I’d say that’s my favorite part about Nuss.
What do you think inspired you to join the team here? A lot like Seth, I was never a mechanic or never thought I would be a mechanic at all. I was working construction before I decided to come here and inspiration was pretty much, Seth was saying, “Hey I might go do this” and I have the same cousin and he was talking to us about it, and he said “Yeah it might be a good career move, I don’t see a whole lot of upward motion where I’m at” and we just did it.
What do you think sets you apart in the field? Hunger and a drive to do well and learn a lot. I can’t speak highly enough about everyone around me so it’s hard to say, so it’s hard to say I’m better than them because everyone here is really good at what they do and awesome but yeah I really want to do well and I think it shows up in my work. Everyone messes up once in a while but as long as you’re getting better and I think I have been, you’re doing well.
What challenges have you faced in your career here? Just like Seth, when I went to school, I didn’t know anything about working on cars, trucks, or engines. Coming here there was still a lot I didn’t know and overcoming that took a little bit and it was a daunting task but giving it all I have and being comfortable with working in a shop is probably my biggest accomplishment here so far.
Do you have a professional success story that you are proud of? I’m sure there are a few that I’ve made happy and done the job right but I’m having trouble thinking of a specific example.
What do you think is the most important thing that someone in this profession needs to have to be successful? I don’t know if it’s a skill, but having a hunger and drive and a want to learn and get better and really wanting the job to turn out perfect and not just good enough. Aiming for perfection and not being good enough will keep you away from mistakes and stuff like that.
So you kind of came into this, but you didn’t, how did you figure out you wanted to pursue a career in this field? How did you make that shift or even start at that other place? I didn’t have any idea that I was going to be a mechanic at all my whole life until Seth starting talking about it and we were kind of wrenching on our dad’s truck and we were like this would be a pretty good career and I don’t mind doing this stuff, but I don’t know if I would’ve done it without Seth going out too, but I just thought it sounded good and we could do it together, and it worked out really well.
It’s nice to have a buddy, it’s always more fun with friends. I have a friend I run with every morning, it’s so nice, it just makes it easier.
How would you like to describe your family and how you’ve come to be around here? No, pretty much just what Seth said our dad really taught us how to work hard and the importance of that. All my family is like that.
Would you like to tell us about your wife? No kids, it’s me and my wife, Karly. She’s been awesome, she followed us out to Staples and lived with both of us right after we got married. We moved in with my brother, which was kind of weird, but then we moved back here. We both lived in a little apartment in Duluth and yeah she’s been super supportive through this move and Nuss has been great to both of us.
And what does she do? She works at an audiology clinic, doing scheduling and insurance stuff. There are a lot of hospitals around here too.
What do you like doing outside of work? I like fishing and being on a boat. I like hanging out with friends. Me and my wife like to just go outside and be outside. Canal Park is awesome and goes to Duluth’s Leif Erickson Park and Edger and Gooseberry up on the north shore.
Outside of fishing is there any pastime and hobby that you have? I like bow hunting and nothing interesting.
What is a dream you want to make come true one day? Buy a house, buy a third house.
Is there anything surprising that many people don’t know about you? No, I’m an open book.
Would you say anything about your biggest influences? My dad and my brother for sure.
What legacy would you like to leave? Being a nice guy and a good tech.
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