Working for the BE 100s

This is our nod to the people who make the presidents and CEOs of the BE 100s Companies look good.

of life and personalities, and that helps me as a person. I’ve had to build a greater threshold of patience, widening my scope.”

As project superintendent, Riviears is responsible for setting the schedule and coordinating the activities of various contractors and subcontractors in an effort to make sure everyone is on the same page so that construction is completed on time and on budget.

Jesse Hayes stays busy working for Pacific Network Supply, a San Jose, California, company that deals in telecommunications, product distribution, assembly, installation, and network development. He’s been with the company for three years and says he enjoys working for one of the BE 100s companies because of the tremendous amount of opportunity to advance, learn, and grow.

“I came to this company as an inventory control specialist and now I’m a manager of production and operations,” he says. “This is the first company that actually recognized my contributions and my leadership skills. In other companies, the upper management was always untouchable, but at this company, the owner will actually stop me in the hallway and have a conversation with me.”

There are few challenges that he’s had to face, but his biggest challenge is learning more about the company and his role in it. “The doors are open. All I have to do is step forward and apply myself, and that comes easy for me.”

Deborah Watson, a self-described strong and dedicated supervisor, manages the embroidery department at Terry Manufacturing Co., an apparel manufacturing and distribution company in Roanoke, Alabama. For 10 years, she’s enjoyed the family atmosphere that surrounds h
er day. And although her job is busy, she welcomes the challenges that come with a phone call from customers requesting same-day service — from stitching a company logo onto hundreds of handbags or T-shirts to just making sure her department of 25 operates efficiently. Around Watson, co-workers operate computerized sewing machines that are made with 15 to 20 heads on them, allowing each operator to stitch just as many items at a time. She’s grown accustomed to the white noise each machine makes.

“Working for the company has given me an opportunity to grow, and that is something I am grateful for,” she says. “Working for Terry Manufacturing has given me the flexibility to be diverse in a lot of the things I do within the company.”

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