While he has been with Premier Alliances for less than a year, Richard Verdugo has already proven himself to be an invaluable asset to our Fort Huachuca team.
With decades of experience in small engine repair from his previous career working for the City of Douglas, Richard has brought those unique skills to Premier Alliances, where he helps to keep the various grounds maintenance equipment up and running.
“I do the mechanics on the weedeaters, the chainsaws. Anything with a small engine. I can also work on the Gators as well,” Richard said.
When he first came to Premier in 2016, Richard was tasked with manning the weedeater, until his skillsets were identified by Project Manager Jeremy Smith.
“We were able to find a specialized skill that he has knowledge in,” Jeremy said.
“In the past, we may have subcontracted out a lot of this work that we’re now able to do in-house, for cheaper, and utilize our employees’ skills and teach new people those skills. I think it promotes a better culture when you see some of your own comrades working on your equipment, versus paying someone to come in and fix our stuff. I think it creates more of a sense of responsibility,” Jeremy said.
Keeping the many pieces of equipment utilizes by the Fort Huachuca crews in working order is nearly a full-time job itself, and Richard spends much of his time in Premier’s shop working on the small, intricate parts that need regular cleaning and maintenance.
“I have to take everything apart and clear it out,” he said, holding up the carburetor of a weedeater. “You should be able to see daylight shine through. That means the gasoline will run through. If you can’t see daylight, that means it’s plugged up and the gas won’t flow through.”
Richard said he was happy to continue working after his first career ended, and that Premier Alliances was the perfect place for him to continue to utilize his skills.
“I like it here, the people, everything. They treat me right,” he said. “Instead of being out there and doing nothing, I would rather be working.”