Q&A with PMG Project Manager Jim W.
Meet Jim, a Project Manager who’s been with PMG’s Operation Team for three years.
What brought you to PMG?
I started as a diesel mechanic. Then, I spent 25 years as a high-speed packaging mechanic before I got into coordinating projects. In 2017, I was the PMG Operations Manager’s last choice for project manager, but he gave me a chance and I’ve been on a PMG project somewhere ever since.
Have you had any formal training?
I was working at a landfill as a laborer when our diesel mechanic quit and gave me his toolbox on the way out the door. Suddenly, I was in maintenance. I spent a lot of time reading the manual those first few years, but I haven’t had much formal training other than health and safety stuff. I can teach classes on the health and safety stuff now.
Before working at PMG, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was the general ops manager for the bankruptcy court in Huntington, WV. I had to run 12 bankrupt cemeteries in three states that didn’t even have enough money to cut the grass.
What do you like most about working for PMG?
The support I get from my team, hands-down. I get all the support I need whenever; there’s not a time of day or night I can’t get what I need. 24/7, it’s always there. You don’t get a true team supporting you as a manager like this at other places.
What is one thing you miss or wish you had with you while on the road with PMG?
Squirrel and Gravy. Even if you buy an out of state license, you still can’t hunt them in the hotel parking lot! But seriously, I miss being in the country the most, especially when hunting season rolls around. Nonetheless, I like what I’m doing so I don’t miss it too bad.
When you’re not working, what sort of hobbies do you like to do in your free time?
I love to hunt. I have a taxidermist shop. I’ve been a taxidermist for more than 30 years and I’ve mounted everything from mice to moose.
What is something fun you’re looking forward to in 2020?
The next job. It’s always fun and always going to be something different.