Kenny Schreiner joined the Premier Alliances, Inc. team in January. Like fellow teammate Richard Verdugo, Kenny ensures that the array of equipment utilized by groundskeeping personnel on Fort Huachuca remains in tip-top shape.
“I’m pretty much a mechanic. I weld, I fix all of the machines, I do the tires,” Kenny said earlier this month. Larger equipment like the utility vehicles and riding mowers are his specialty. “The weedeaters and the blowers get the majority of the work right now, that’s because the season hasn’t started yet. The other riding machines will get quite a bit of use. I think we’re going to have quite a good monsoon. These things will run every day during the season.”
A big focus of Kenny’s since coming on board has been preventative maintenance, keeping the tools in the shop well maintained to help ensure no significant issues in the future.
“The more you can prevent now, the better things will be in the long run,” he said.
Kenny’s skills, honed over years growing up in his father’s business, help to keep costs down for Premier Alliance by keeping repair work in-house.
“If I can fix it without having it be sent out, I would much rather do it here. That’s my main goal, keeping everything centralized in the shop that needs to be fixed, without having to send it out,” he said. “I was born into it. We fixed horse trailers and travel trailers. We did all of our own mechanic work, so I pretty much grew up around it. I’ve been welding my whole life. It comes in handy, having mechanical knowledge.”
Fort Huachuca Project Manager Jeremy Smith said Kenny’s found his niche on the Premier Alliances team.
“He’s in charge of himself, with some guidance,” Jeremy said. “Ultimately, he’s able to be effective, accomplish tasks, feel good about it and get the right support he needs, whether it be a tool, or help to do the job.”
Kenny’s enthusiasm and focus make him a great addition to the crew.
“He’s got a great attitude, a real team player. He’s willing to take on any task that is asked of him. He’s very positive, and a leader,” Jeremy said.
Kenny said he enjoys working alongside his fellow crewmates, appreciates the support from the supervisors and feels appreciated on the job.
“There are not a lot of people that can come out here and do this stuff. That’s a main factor in a successful company: appreciating the guys and what they do. It’s hard work, especially in the summer when it’s so hot,” Kenny said.