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Employee Spotlight: Hunter Woerner

Posted on May 30, 2023 by Katie Meehan

Unsure of what he wanted to do after high school, Hunter Woerner applied to be a helper with VSC, despite knowing nothing about fire prevention systems. Now, he’s one of VSC’s proud inspectors and technicians, operating out of our Cabot, Arkansas division.

Hunter’s hard work helps us improve our services for Arkansans, and we wanted to take a moment to sit down with him and hear about his story of success with VSC. 

Q: When did you start at VSC?
A: I started working for VSC after graduating high school in 2019.

Q: Why did you initially apply to work for VSC?
A: I heard about the helper position for inspections from a woman that I go to church with.

Q: How have you seen the company grow and change since you started working here?
A: The main change that I’ve noticed is how much we’ve grown and an increase in the areas we can provide our services. 

Q: What is your favorite part about working at VSC? 
A: My favorite part about working for VSC is the people I work with/for and working with fire suppression systems.

Q: What was one of the greatest challenges on the job?
A: The greatest challenge about this job for me is the variety of difficulty when working on certain job sites.

Q: What is your proudest achievement at VSC?
A: My proudest achievement at VSC is how I’ve grown from being a helper to having my own truck and working as a technician now.

Q: How have you grown professionally since starting here?
A: Professionally, I have grown in this company in a lot of ways, but two of the most important areas are in my social interaction with customers and in learning more complex skills. 

Q: What’s one thing that has surprised you about working at VSC? 
A: One thing that has surprised me is just how many fire suppression systems there are to protect any situation.

Q: What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
A: One of the biggest misconceptions that people have is that they think we’re there to work on their plumbing or their irrigation sprinklers.

Q: What part of the VSC mission do you connect with the most?
A: I connect the most with providing quality work and customer care.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: My favorite local restaurant is BJ’s Farmers Market Cafe.

Q: What’s your go-to Netflix show when you don’t know what to watch?
A: I usually watch old Westerns on the Grit Channel.

Q: Tell us about a hobby of yours outside of work.
A: Outside of work I like to hunt and fish. I enjoy deer, duck, dove and turkey hunting, and I enjoy fishing in tournaments when I get the chance.

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: I like coffee in the morning and tea for lunch.

Q: Tell us about the latest book you read.
A: The latest book I’ve read, besides our NFPA code books, is the Bible.

Q: What’s the best advice that you have ever heard?
A: The best advice I’ve ever heard is, “it ain’t broke ‘til it can’t be fixed.”

Q: Name one of the items on your bucket list.
A: I’d love to start a hunting trip in Canada and hunt ducks all the way down to Mexico.

Q: What was your first job?
A: In high school, I worked for Pinnacle Structure as a ranch hand.

Notes from Hunter’s Supervisor

Hunter’s supervisor, Rusty Glass, first met Hunter on an inspection. Hunter was the helper for another technician that was assisting Rusty, and the two hit it off immediately. Rusty describes Hunter as clean cut, courteous and respectful.

On one project the two were working on, there was a significant amount of discharge in a fire protection system and Hunter readily accepted and assumed responsibility. Rusty was greatly impressed with his accountability and integrity and the team was able to resolve the issue quickly. Hunter has taken these lessons and continued to perfect his craft and learn his trade. 

He’s built and cultivated personal relationships with customers and representatives, showcasing his passion for VSC and fire safety. He’s punctual, efficient, reliable and Rusty wouldn’t be surprised to see Hunter in a supervisory role one day. 

Rusty finds Hunter to be consistent in his approach to each job and the methods he implements. Hunter likes to work jobs by the books, and he’s come a long way since his days as a helper. 

“He’s never shirked a task,” said Rusty. “Multiple times, I’ve seen him be the guy to get out in the pouring rain to test a backflow, turn on a hydrant or volunteer to go into the pit. He’s always willing to do the tough stuff to make it easier on someone else.”

Thanks for all your hard work, Hunter! We’re so thankful to have you on the team. 

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