Star City 6: Matt Bremer
Engineered Controls, Inc. (www.engineeredcontrols.com) is a locally owned and operated business specializing in building automation, access and security control solutions. Headquartered in Omaha, Engineered Controls also has full-service branch offices in Lincoln and Des Moines, IA, providing sales, consulting, construction and 24/7 services support. Matt Bremer is the Service Manager at Engineered Controls’ Lincoln office.
Tell us a little about your business. – We provide our clients with products and services to create efficient, safe and comfortable building environments. As a leading Honeywell building control technologies contractor, Engineered Controls offers control solutions for commercial HVAC and security systems, including video surveillance and access control, parking systems, lighting control systems, and building indoor air quality.
How did you get started in the business? – Right after graduating from SCC-Milford with an Electronic Engineering degree, I joined a company that took me to Alaska. I was there for two months and then came back to the Midwest in search of a career. Engineered Controls had a position open in Omaha and I was hired on in October of 2006 as a Service Technician, a position I held for 8 1/2 years. Eventually a new position became available in Lincoln, my hometown, and I was promoted to Service Manager.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – I would say the learning curve with new technology. This affects our ability to educate our customers and is equally important as far as standing behind our products with our service. My job is constantly challenging and there is never a dull day.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Personally, I’d say it’s been developing my skill set and constantly building upon it with more and more knowledge. For our company, we’ve built a great team and a positive culture that’s reflected in our employee retention.
Tell us a little about your family. – I married my wife Amber last year; we celebrated our one-year anniversary on May 23rd. We also just welcomed our first baby boy into the world, Paxton John Bremer, and our two dogs complete our family.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Traveling when we have the opportunity! We also love the outdoors. Hunting and attending sporting events are at the top of the list too.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – No matter what, treat people with respect. You never know who that person is and when you will see them next. Similarly, it takes ten years to build a reputation and ten seconds to destroy one.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Genuine.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – I’m really good at pool (billiards).
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – A pilot.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Ozzy Smith, a former shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s a talented guy, but also an all-around class act.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online www.engineeredcontrols.com. Our service line (402) 991-4115, and there’s a pretty good chance you can reach me there as well.
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