When we opened our doors back in 2014 we knew that to be successful we needed three things: hard work, a bit of luck and Jerry Johnson.
Jerry is the heart and soul of Revere. He manages the ebb and flow of our warehouse facility including shipping, receiving and transportation. He brings passion to work every day and is an inspiration to all. Learn more about Jerry, his decision to join the team and much more below.
First, we would love to hear a bit about how you got started in this industry. What’s your background? Where did it all begin?
It all started in 1999 when I was hired by BHB. I became good friends with then Beef Buyers Jason Lees and Chad Stine.
We hear you were Revere’s first employee! At the time, that must have been a big decision. What brought you to Revere and why did you decide to take a chance on a start up?
Jerry: While working for the Kia Plant in Westpoint Ga. I was contacted by Chad who inquired if I would be interested in an opportunity in a venture he and Jason were about to partake in. I was looking for a chance to grow and something to challenge me, it was perfect.
As Revere’s Warehouse Manager you must have many responsibilities. What’s a typical day like for you?
Jerry: A typical day basically consist of making sure we get it right the first time. From coming in and checking product and ensuring paperwork is correct to loading trucks out in a timely manner. Then shipping and receiving responsibilities begin along with ensuring our cut shop runs smoothly by having correctly rotated product. Daily monitoring of drivers, vehicles, schedules, payroll and PM shift are also part of the drill.
As a team leader you must also mentor a lot of people. What advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a member of the Revere team?
At Revere everyone works! No one gets a pass. If you can work for Revere you can work for anyone.
Revere has seen some amazing growth over the last 4 years. What are you the most proud of?
Not only has Revere grown, we as managers have also grown. I’ve learned a lot about people and myself. I approach situations differently and apply what I have learned in dealing with my family. It has help me develop patience and understanding.
What inspires you about your job?
Everyday it’s something different. Nothing is the same. Problems arise and they give you free rein to solve them.
Name someone you admire and why?
Both my Brothers. They are honest, hardworking guys who will give you the shirts off their backs. They have always been great role models.
What goals do you have for yourself over the next year?
To be a better leader. To have the best department at Revere.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
Self growth. I want to be a better person. Better husband, father, friend, etc.
You’re out with friends at a great restaurant, they have every item on the menu that Revere offers. What would you order and why?
Any Steak. That’s what we do best and we only use quality product.
Are you an adventurous eater? If so, what was the strangest thing you have eaten?
I will try anything. I once ate Bear.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you would share with someone just starting out in this industry?
Great industry to get in and can be very prosperous but, you must have a great team.