EDITOR’S NOTE: At Green Mountain Energy, we’re dedicated to changing the way power is made, and we’re fortunate to have employees who share our vision. Get a closer look at who’s helping accomplish our mission by reading our employee profiles.
NAME: Bryan Kerr (a.k.a. Matt Schaub’s twin)
GREEN MOUNTAIN OFFICE: Austin
TITLE: Innovation Specialist
YEARS AT THE MOUNTAIN: 1.75 years
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO GREEN MOUNTAIN?
In 2011 I was working full time and going to night school at Austin Community College to pursue their Renewable Energy degree. My friend Bill Symon (a former employee) suggested I apply for a job at Green Mountain and I jumped at the opportunity.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GREEN MOUNTAIN MEMORY?
I started as an Inside Sales Rep and one of our main objectives was to promote solar for non-profits by inviting customers to join the Sun Club. Apparently I made a decent first impression, because Mr. Sun Club himself, Tony, wanted me to appear in a training video he was putting together for the Customer Care call center agents on how to successfully advocate Sun Club. Tony was the first person I met outside the Inside Sales team, and it felt good to receive a small bit of recognition for doing your job well. Plus I got a huge laugh when he showed me pictures of himself rocking the Super Earth costume to get the word out about Sun Club.
HOW DO YOU STAY “GREEN” WHEN YOU’RE NOT ON THE MOUNTAIN?
My house is Home Performance with Energy Star certified and I do all the regular stuff like recycling, ‘green’ commuting, and buying organic, locally sourced food products. My best accomplishment though, is totally converting my wife from someone who previously paid no attention to the aforementioned stuff, to someone who now cares as much about it as me.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love all things solar and working on the product innovation team allows me to be right in the thick of things. Words to describe my job: fun, awesome, cool, interesting… you get the idea. And of course the people here are the best part; it’s easy to be a part of this team and help out because you know that other people are willing to do the same for you.
WHAT’S THE MOST USEFUL PIECE OF ADVICE ANYONE EVER GAVE YOU?
My mom always said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. It’s worked very well for me over the years.