Jerry Beining started working at Prestige Maintenance USA in December 2008 as an Area Manager. Jerry (seen here with PMUSA CEO Rachel Sanchez at JCPenney headquarters) quickly proved his considerable worth and was promoted to Regional Manager just eight months later. Today, Jerry is a Senior Regional Manager who oversees janitorial services in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Let’s get to know more about him…
What do you do to go above and beyond?
I’m always out in the field, being proactive and seeing my accounts, so if I see something that needs to be addressed, I can address it with my Area Managers. I get ahead of the game. I also build rapport with the customer right off the bat. I let them know that they can trust me, call me if they have a problem and it’s going to be taken care of if they do. If you say you’re going to do something, you do it. I have the Area Managers build that trust too. I think the rapport building and taking care of things before they become problems is why my area is so successful.
What’s your management philosophy like?
I like to work hard, but I also like to play hard, joke around a lot. You need to have fun at your job. I support my team and make sure they’re doing what they need to do. If I need to help them, I do. If you constantly train and support them, your team gets stronger and your job gets easier. That’s what I try to do: Keep working with my team, keep moving them forward, which moves me forward. I’ve got a good crew that supports me — between all my cleaners and all my area managers, it’s a very good group of people that supports me.
What do you like about working at PMUSA?
I take my hat off to Prestige. They’re a family-owned and operated company. When I was hired they flew me to Texas for new manager training. I learned how to onboard, how to hire, how to handle situations according to our HR procedures. They are just the best people you could ever meet in your entire life.
They bring you in, they train you and they make you feel like you’re part of the family. They tell you the history of the company, which is just amazing. The mother and father did cleaning while raising Rachel and Jason. They guaranteed that “we’ll clean it for a month and you won’t have to pay a penny unless you like us, then you can hire us.” To put yourself on the line like that when you’re just starting a cleaning company — you’ve got your kids with you, and you’re trying to clean — it’s just amazing.
It’s amazing where they came from and where they’re at today. And I just love them. I love being with this company. I had other opportunities to go elsewhere. I want to be here and retire from this company. I’m very proud to be working with Prestige and hopefully they feel the same way and will keep me here for a long period of time.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I travel two or three weeks out of the month, so I like to see something wherever I’m at. I used to manage Kentucky, for example, so I’ve seen the Kentucky Fried Chicken Museum. I’ve seen the Louisville Slugger Museum. I like to see things because you never know if you’re ever going to be back in that area. I’ve traveled to many places with Prestige including Georgia, so I got to see Savannah. I was able to visit North Carolina and South Carolina. I got to see Charleston. I like to visit and see things. I try to see whatever there is in an area. I have had a lot of opportunities to see a lot of nice places.
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