Foreman Focus Friday: Keith Nester

Feb 12, 2016 | Foreman Focus Friday


A man of many talents, Keith Nester is an outdoorsman, Vice President of Local 32, and one of our gifted Fitting Foremen! Keith is a Washington native and a family man who has been married to his wife, Carolyn, for 25 years. Keith was motivated to join the industry by way of his father-in-law and brother-in-law, who were both steamfitters. He has been involved in the trade for 24 years and joined Hermanson in 2011, specializing in rigging. In his time at Hermanson, Keith has risen to the top, aiding with the successful completion of many large, complex projects such as Microsoft Building 83, the Boeing 737 Max installation in Renton, and the SDC 42 Data Center build-out. Keith is currently on site at The Mark – a 45-story hotel & office building in downtown Seattle. Keith is proud of his work and thrives when working on rigging plans and moving heavy equipment such as chillers, cooling towers and air handling units to their final position so that he can take a step back and admire the fully-built mechanical system. He values teamwork and enjoys working for Hermanson because everyone at the company is willing to help one another – from the ownership group to material handlers. This environment makes Keith’s job more enjoyable and he firmly believes it is a key ingredient to success. Keith also stresses the importance of safety. It is essential to him that each jobsite remains safe and that everyone goes home without so much as a bandaid on their finger. His jobsite team is his second family, and he always has their best interests in mind. This approach has caught our attention and made Keith a favorite among our employees. His advice to all is: “Be nice! Life is too short to be uptight or in a bad mood. Take a deep breath, smile and enjoy the day, everyday.” We agree!