Employee Spotlight – RUDY DURAN
When Rudy Duran retired from PNM after 33 years of service, he fully expected to enjoy his farm in La Jara, a small town about five miles northwest of Cuba, NM. The farm, Rudy decided, would be the best place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the benefits of retiring.
After a while, however, Rudy noticed trucks – PESCO trucks – in the area of his farm. Always curious and always wanting to know about people, places and businesses, Rudy asked his church friends if they knew anything about PESCO. When he learned the company was a good company owned by good people, Rudy couldn’t resist the opportunity to check it out.
He discovered the company was looking for a forklift operator and Rudy decided he wanted to retire from retirement, and he applied for the job. “I was persistent,” Rudy said with a smile. “I filled out applications three times.” Rudy’s determination to become part of the PESCO family paid off when he was hired on May 13, 2016.
“This is a great company with great people,” he said, adding that once he started, he wanted to know everything he could about what the company offers its customers.
“Scott Creech, my boss, calls me ‘Inspector,’” Rudy said with a laugh, “because I notice everything.”
The “everything” Rudy notices includes, well, everything! He has an interest in every unit, every material, every customer, and every final product. “I like seeing the start of a unit and what it looks like when it’s done.”
Linda Rodgers, PESCO’s Chief Financial Officer, said Rudy’s interest in the company and his willingness to do anything and everything he can to help everyone has been recognized – and appreciated – by the company’s employees and leadership team.
“If Rudy sees something that needs to be done, he does it,” Linda said, adding that it didn’t take long for Rudy to find something that needed done.
“Rudy organized our yard,” Linda said. “He put down gravel and he put equipment in order. Now, if we’re looking for unit 16, we know it’s between units 15 and 17 and we don’t have to go looking for it.”
Logan Myers, Supply Chain Manager at PESCO, was one of Rudy’s supervisors. “Rudy is reliable, hard working and open to learning new things,” Logan said. “And he’s always willing to help find a solution to a problem.”
Rudy said he has learned a lot since that 13th day of May in 2016, and he is proud of the company and all it does for its customers and its employees.
PESCO has been creating custom solutions for the demands of the onshore oil and natural gas industry, including the engineering, design and manufacturing of new production equipment, refurbishment of used production equipment, and field services
“What people don’t know about PESCO is the quality of the equipment that comes out of here,” Rudy said. “What we do here is art, and the people who work here create that art.”
Rudy’s curiosity extends beyond the yard at PESCO, however. He is a caring and compassionate guy, who is always looking for ways to help others.
“I like giving – especially to people who are in need. I pay for someone’s groceries or I’ll pick up tickets in restaurants,” Rudy said. “I am so very blessed, and I encourage people to pay it forward.”
A kind, gentle and caring man, Rudy appreciates his PESCO family. “I’m proud to work here,” Rudy said. “We have great people here — everyone feels like family.”
Rudy is a piece of the puzzle that has made PESCO successful. Logan said Rudy is part of what PESCO stands for. “It’s all about having the right people here,” he said. PESCO’s website states that the company wants to grow its business but wants to grow it right by working with integrity and honest communication with our customers. That goal includes hiring the right people, who share the company’s commitment to integrity.
While Rudy loves his job and his PESCO family, he does have a future goal. “I want to drill for water in Africa,” he said. “As a little kid, I watched a commercial on TV about a drilling rig, drilling water in Africa, and that’s what I want to do.” The leadership team at PESCO is dedicated to community service. If the community Rudy Duran wants to serve is in Africa, it is certain he will receive all the support and good wishes of his PESCO family.
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