Damage Prevention Hero – George Kemp

George Kemp
Definitely not Someone Afraid of a Challenge

HIRED BY METRONET TO DEVELOP A DAMAGE PREVENTION PROGRAM, GEORGE KEMP LIVED UP TO EXPECTATIONS. ACCORDING TO KRIS SMITH, GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS DIRECTOR WITH METRONET, “GEORGE HAS HELPED TO MAKE METRONET A COMPANY THAT’S KNOWN FOR SAFE PRACTICES AND HAS HELPED METRONET WIN AWARDS TO THAT EFFECT.”

In a short number of years, MetroNet’s Damage Prevention Program has become a nationally recognized program.

Andrea Stainback, Outside Plant Damage Recovery Manager with Lumen and fellow NTDPC member said, “George is always looking for ways to educate and influence about damage prevention, while jumping in two feet first to volunteer or be part of things.”

Involved is an understatement. Along with his “day job” as VP Safety, Government Affairs & Quality Assurance with MetroNet, George is currently serving as Chairman of the Board for Indiana 811, during which time he led them through both a software and leadership change. He also serves as Alternate Trustee for OHIO 811, Secretary for NTDPC, and is a member of both the CGA Education and Best Practices Committees. He also finds time to frequently participate in local damage prevention councils!

Speaking to George’s peers within the industry there is no doubt he is respected. As Kit Moore, Integrated Products Manager with Damage Prevention Solutions, LLC said, “Often it is not just WHAT one does, but rather HOW one does it. George has a lot of tact.” George’s leadership style is cited as the reason many people who work with him love their job. George is a good listener, caring, loyal, honest, and fair.

“Often it is not just WHAT one does, but rather HOW one does it. George has a lot of tact.” George’s leadership style is cited as the reason many people who work with him love their job. George is a good listener, caring, loyal, honest, and fair.

George is a big advocate for getting suppliers involved in exercising a partnership for damage prevention/ best practice guidelines. He not only trains associates and subcontractors, but he gets out in the field to ensure accountability and monitors the work being done. He leads by example. He frequently travels to different markets, building relationships with the local utilities, contract locating partners, and contractors. George believes nurturing these relationships is key to damage prevention and the completion of a successful project.

George Kemp is definitely someone deserving of being called a Damage Prevention Hero.

Our thanks to these people who contributed to this article, Kit Moore, Integrated Products Manager, Damage Prevention Solutions, LLC; Andrea Stainback, Outside Plant Damage Recovery Manager, Lumen; Tammy Wilfong, Fiber Security Manager, Verizon Business; Kris Smith, Governmental Affairs Director, MetroNet; Chuck Muller, Safety & QA Director, MetroNet; and Scott Landes, CEO, Infrastructure Resources.Live help

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