Get to know us! Each month, we sit down with one of our employees to get their perspective on the industry and share a little more about them with you. This week, our “5 Questions With” features Bru Weber.
As VP of pre-construction, Bru oversees performance engineering, procurement and logistics. Bru’s team touches projects early on in the life cycle to understand the value proposition, manage the procurement process of all major equipment and then ensure deliveries arrive on time to meet the construction schedule.
1. What does Pine Gate Renewable’s mission of “getting solar done” mean to you?
Problem solving. Every project has its unique set of challenges that you have to work through to get the job done. As part of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) team, it feels like being the last member of a relay team. The baton gets handed to you, but you already know a Herculean effort has gone into getting the project to this point and it’s your responsibility to get it to the finish line.
2. What are you most optimistic/excited about in this industry?
Job creation, from finding land to installing modules and everything in between (or after in the case of O&M!). There are a great deal of job opportunities in this industry that make it incredibly exciting to be a part of. Investing in solar doesn’t just reduce our dependency on finite resources, it creates meaningful employment for countless people in our economy.
3. What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
Be prepared to handle objections and think ahead of what questions you will get when you present an idea. Understanding your audience and anticipating their concerns/questions will help you be better prepared and more effective.
4. What is an unknown skill you possess outside of your day job?
I’m a licensed general contractor and even though I don’t build houses anymore, I love connecting friends and family with local contractors to help them complete their home projects. I’ve done everything from new construction to renovations to landscaping.
5. What’s one thing still on your bucket list that you hope to achieve in the next 5 years?
Write down my Mom and Grandmother’s recipes for family favorites like alcapurrias, sofrito and pastelillos. That knowledge has been passed down by cooking together, but I would love to document those recipes so that we can enjoy them even when we can’t be together.