Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg.
Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg. Mara Pattison-Sowden

A coffee with... Bechtel's Kevin Berg

THIS week we have a coffee with Bechtel's Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg.

Name: Kevin Berg, Gladstone Bechtel general manager

Years lived in Gladstone: 4

What you love where you live: Industry is here but the location of Gladstone and everything it has to offer makes it pretty unique, but the thing I love the most is the people.

How do you take your favourite drink? I've been drinking green tea but definitely a skinny cappuccino.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon you can find me … either at the marina or Agnes Water/1770.

When I was young, my dream was to … be a fighter pilot. I couldn't get into the program because I wore glasses.

My back-up plan was to be a physician. I had medical knowledge, and Bechtel was looking for someone in the EH&S field. It evolved from there.

My most memorable pet was … a golden retriever that was as big as a moose.

Nytro, he was about 45kg and gentle so all the neighbourhood kids used to ask to play with Nytronimouse.

When I go out in Gladstone you'll find me … down on Goondoon St. I like the atmosphere.

My secret talent is … that I can play the guitar. I was going to be a rock'n'roller at one time.

I had a recording contract with a band.

When I feel like splurging, I … either buy a new motorcycle or add another sparkly thing to ones I've already got.

I've been around the world with Bechtel, but having done it so long there's not a favourite destination but I like to find new places - I'd like to go to Tasmania before I leave.

The best piece of wisdom I've been told was … when my father said to me life is a whole lot like owning a car.

You have control of the steering wheel, the accelerator and the brakes and all I can be is the headlights, trying to show you the way, so do it responsibly.

What are you spruiking? We're undertaking the largest construction ever in our history and recognise particularly in the early days the impacts on the community were pretty extreme and while we worked with them, they were extremely tolerant and helpful and that's why I have so much respect for the Gladstone community.



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