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This year’s Managers’ Summit brought together representatives from ACRT Services and all four of our operating companies (Bermex, ACRT, ACRT Pacific, and EnviroScience) at Deer Creek State Park in Mt. Sterling, Ohio.
During the Summit, managers from each company had the opportunity to recognize their peers as the top manager of the year with the Hammer of Honor. Each hammer was hand-crafted by ACRT Services CEO Mike Weidner himself.
The Hammer of Honor is awarded to the operations leader who has hammered home their leadership skills, nailed teamwork, chiseled out innovative solutions, and consistently built a sturdy foundation of success. They must be a true master of the craft, demonstrating their ability to drive results and nail every aspect of their role with precision and impact. The winner is the one who truly struck the right chord with their peers, forging success through their outstanding qualities, and dedication.
Learn more about Jim Erskine, an operations manager, who was named the inaugural ACRT Pacific Hammer of Honor recipient.
Tell us about yourself.
After obtaining an A.S. degree in forestry from Modesto Junior College in California, I went to work for the United States Forest Service where I spent 10 years working in timber and fire. I moved into the vegetation management field in 1995 and have been with ACRT Pacific since 2006. I have been married to the love of my life Suzanne for 33 years. We have three children and three grandchildren. I love to camp, hunt, and fish.
How do you feel about being selected as the inaugural ACRT Pacific Hammer of Honor recipient?
I am overwhelmed. There is such a talented group of managers I work with and to be singled out is quite the honor.
What is your management style/philosophy?
I believe in supporting each one of the members of my team by focusing on their individual strengths and weaknesses to help them become successful employees.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It is definitely the people. From our operations team to my field staff, ACRT Pacific has a wonderful group of people.
ACRT Pacific is the largest independent utility consulting company in the U.S. and empowers utilities to proactively manage vegetation across their entire rights-of-way. We consistently stay on top of and share relevant industry content with our employees and customers around the country.