FERC Fives – Bruce Berard
FERC Fives – Bruce Berard
Five questions that help us get to know employees within and that support the FERC Jurisdiction.
Bruce Berard began his career at National Grid three years ago as a supervisor in Transmission Line Services (TLS) New England. He was previously employed as a contractor for a tree company doing work for National Grid. His TLS team is currently working on an optical ground wire and structure replacement project in Rhode Island along a 1.2 mile stretch of line from West Farnham to Woonsocket. This work will increase reliability and provide communication between substations.
What drew you to National Grid?
As a contractor I was exposed to both distribution and transmission projects. One of my biggest projects was on the transmission side, which I preferred. During my time working as a contractor I met many of the National Grid transmission team and worked with them for several years. I loved everything about transmission and what these guys did. The opportunity to apply for a supervisor’s job came up and it seemed only natural to make the transition.
What matters most to you about your job?
Doing the right thing every day is very important to me. I try to lead by example, setting goals every day, reaching to meet them, and moving on to the next challenge. I also want everyone to be safe and end their day right. The great thing about the National Grid culture is that the right way is the safe way and you never get push back when you are putting safety first. Staying safe is our top priority.
My biggest joy is being a dad. I’ve got an eight-year-old son who plays baseball, hockey, and lacrosse, most of which I coach. I also have a four-year-old daughter who’s learning to skate, play soccer and dance. I coach her skating and support her other activities. I also play hockey in a men’s league and golf when I can. I’m also a veteran and am very proud to have had the opportunity to serve my country. A knee injury initially kept me out of the service, but after 9/11 happened I stepped up my workouts, passed the physical, and was able to join the Army. There are 12 veterans who currently work in TLS (Click Here for related story), and I’m honored to work alongside them.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die tomorrow.” I always try to live each day in the moment because your life can change dramatically in an instant. Take my brother, for example. He was a successful professional athlete who played for the New York Rangers hockey team. Unfortunately, he was injured during a game and lost an eye as a result. His life completely changed from that point on. That and some other experiences made me realize the importance of living in the present and really making each day count.
What advice do you have for our newer employees?
There are a lot of opportunities at National Grid. If you do what you are supposed to do, keep focused, and work hard every day, good things will come; in fact, the sky’s the limit.