Construction Operations Manager Kurt Kramer Employee Spotlight

Meet Kurt Kramer, one of Price Electric’s People You Can Rely On.

Kurt is the Construction Operations Manager at Price Electric.

Kurt manages all the project managers and oversees the major construction projects.

“My days change all the time, so every day is different.” This includes weekly planning/scheduling meetings, budgeting, managing hours, putting out fires, and any technical questions from the field.

Kurt is happiest in his spare time with his family. “My family is fun, goofy, and we like to laugh and give each other crap.” He looks forward to Friday nights when he gets off work. “Me and my wife will spend time together, have a couple drinks, and the kids are normally home. We’re pretty simple and just like to be at home.”

What has been your favorite project at Price Electric so far, and why?

Although it was incredibly stressful, I would say it was the University of Iowa Theater Building. Price Electric worked on this flood mitigation project after the 2008 flood.

This project included moving a 4000-amp service from the basement up to the new addition on the 4th floor. It was intense because we also moved a dimming rack for the theatrical lighting which consisted of over 15,000 wires up to the new addition as well. There are so many different lighting programs for all the scenes on the stages.

Do you have a work nickname?

A lot of people call me Kramer.

Have you been promoted at Price Electric?

I came to Price Electric as a residential electrician.

I always wanted to learn more about the commercial division. I made requests and was able to be a helper on a commercial project. I began running commercial projects. I moved to working in the Industrial Division.

I kept moving up to a superintendent position overseeing lots of projects. I tell people that you’re not going to get any other company that has these types of opportunities. If I didn’t come to Price Electric, I’d most likely still be wiring houses.

[Kurt was awarded the 2016 Employee of the Year Award.]

Do you have a motto or mantra that you live by?

Don’t give anyone the opportunity to call you lazy. Work hard in life and good things will come.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie of all time is Top Gun.

Tell us three things that most people don’t know about you?

  1. I love Christmas and Christmas music.
  2. I played baseball throughout high school. I coached my children in baseball and softball.
  3. People tell me that I’m pretty good at doing impressions of other people.

Which Price Electric Core Value do you relate to the most?

Create Opportunities for Success is the Price Electric Core Value that Kurt relates to.

“The core value Work Hard Play Hard is the easy choice but Create Opportunities for Success is really what got me where I am at in my career. At Price Electric if you work hard and put in the extra hours there is always another opportunity to grow and move up the ladder. I am the perfect example of that.”

What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal would include any kind of steak and potatoes.

What is the best thing about working at Price Electric?

The people are the best thing about my job. A lot of us work together every day, but some of us will spend time together outside of work too.

What is the best vacation that you have had?

My best vacation was a family vacation with my wife and kids. We traveled to Fort Myers Beach, Florida. My kids had never seen the ocean or flown on an airplane. It was really the best to be with my wife and kids because we’re always so busy going to sporting events. It was nice to hang out as a family. We had a blast. We didn’t have any plans, so he went to the beach, ate, and drank. It was awesome.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about a career with Price Electric?

If you want a long-term career, Price Electric is the place.

You’ll get opportunities to do multiple things, we do all different types of work.

You could go from running a suction excavator (Suc Vac) to being a project manager for an electrical job someday.

If you work hard, the opportunities here are endless, really.

 

 

 

4 Comments. Leave new

  • Matthew Heffernan
    November 8, 2022 6:20 PM

    Congratulations Kurt! I remember back in the day going through the apprenticeship with you! We’ve both come along way since then and I’m glad to see you having great success at Price! Tell everyone Heff says hello!

    Reply
    • Thank you Heff!

      We appreciate that you took the time to post here!
      It’s great that you and Kurt have the best of memories in your electrical careers together.
      Wishing you the best in all that you do.

      Reply
  • Congratulations Kurt. You have worked your way up the ladder and justifiably so. You are hard working, technical, personable, and care alot about your team and company. Thats what we love about you! Price Electric strives on family and you are a great example of that both inside and outside the workplace. Keep up the good work!

    Reply
    • Hi Todd,
      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!
      We appreciate the kind words. You and Kurt are both valuable employees to Price Electric and we are proud to have you.

      Reply

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