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Employee Spotlight: Kyle Hovey

Meet Kyle Hovey, Eastern Health, Safety and Environment Manager. Kyle has worked with Northern Mat & Bridge for a year and a half and is passionate about his role. Learn more about Kyle’s role with Northern Mat and where he got his love of cooking from:

What motivates you to get up and go to work?

I always joke with people and say safety never sleeps but in all seriousness working in HSE and being apart of such a great team is really what gets me going! It is really motivating for me with all the support I get from the HSE team and all facets of NMB alike; our unwavering commitment to HSE and doing the right thing is a large part of what makes us such a great organization to be a part of.

What has been your favourite project so far?

One of my first ones definitely stands out, we were matting on top of live railway tracks to help facilitate the demolition of a highway overpass. The planning, the practice and the execution were a safety person’s dream. This was my first exposure to the skill and precision required to be a safe heavy equipment operator. I have a large picture of the project hanging in my office that serves as a fond memory.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I grew up in the back of my parent’s butcher shop. It has shaped my love for cooking all things meat. I love experimenting with the BBQ, smoker, sous vide, cast iron, dehydrator etc… downtime at my place usually involves some tasty treats.

What would you like to ask our CEO?

Two questions:

We are celebrating 20 years at NMB, what is the vision for the next 20 years and what would you ask of the employees beyond their day to day to help achieve this vision?

What is the best meal you have ever had?

Who’s your favourite team and why?

The HSE Team obviously… but if we are talking sports I am a Cheese Head – I love the Green Bay Packers. They are my favourite team as I grew up idolizing Brett Favre, not to mention their rich history and how they are so successful in a city of only a little greater than 100,000 people.

How do you define success?

I define success two-fold; First the goal setting component, everyone has goals for themselves or as part of a team both professionally and personal.

We work hard, gain knowledge to hopefully attain our goals and achieve success. To me the ultimate success would have to include a positive impact made along the way, whether it is building someone else up in their role, sharing knowledge or improving culture. To me success goes well beyond the typical economic measurable.

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