They say it’s all about who you know — but that’s only partly true. It helps when the people you know are hardworking, dedicated and talented. 

Calvert Controls’ previous owner, Jake Waite, knew Kenny Briggs back when Kenny was an automotive mechanic. Jake is the one who planted the seed in Kenny’s mind about a career with Calvert Controls. 

He knew Kenny’s potential, but it was more than that. You’ll have to read on to find out all the details, but let’s just say that Jake was returning a favor.

And we’re sure glad that he did. Kenny has been with Calvert Controls since 2015, and today he’s an integral member of our Special Projects division. He truly does it all for his team, and he’s a great example of the type of teammate that elevates everyone around him.

Check out our Spotlight Q&A to learn more about Kenny and all that he brings to Calvert Controls.

What got you interested in a career in this field?

I knew the prior owner, Jake Waite, from a previous job. Through my conversations with Jake about this career field and the job benefits, I became interested and learned about this career opportunity. Prior to Calvert Controls, I was an automotive mechanic for 12 years.

What are your primary responsibilities on a daily basis?

Job demo, job prep/layout equipment, install, collaborating with office/customers, training helpers/apprentices, service/maintain equipment.

Can you share an example of a particularly memorable project or an instance where you were able to step in and make a big difference for a client in a difficult situation?

The first and most challenging job that comes to mind is a job at Marymount University in Arlington. I led the VRF (variable refrigerant flow) system install in Butler Hall, one of the residence buildings.

After starting the install and completing the job layout, we were notified that the equipment would not be delivered in time to meet the customer’s deadline. We had to find different equipment that would meet the customer’s requirements and be delivered in time. Then we had to change the job layout for the new equipment. We also had many other obstacles during this job, but we were still able to complete the job on time.

What do you enjoy doing most outside of work?

Going on family vacations and just generally spending time with my family, which mostly consists of sports with the kids.

What’s something that your co-workers would be surprised to learn about you?

One thing you might not know is that I got Jake Waite his job at Calvert Controls years ago when he got into the trade because I knew the owner at the time. Little did I know I would end up working for Jake about 12 years later.

What do you love most about working at Calvert Controls?

The fact that I have had the opportunity to grow and learn as Calvert has grown and that I have been trusted to lead.