This June, Freddie is celebrating 20 years with Crosby Energy Services. “A committed employee and an extraordinary human being. That’s who Freddie is, and we are proud to have someone like Freddie in our workforce.” Stated Mike Crosby.
In this post, we ask Freddie a few questions about his career…
Can you tell me a few things about you and your family? How many kids /grandkids, married – how many years, etc.
5 kids all grown & gone, 3 grandkids, married 18 years to my high school sweetheart Gayle.
What are your hobbies?
Fishing when I can, watching any Alabama sports & them Who Dat if you know what I mean.
How did you get started in this business?
From my softball teammate at the time Rodney when he hired me to work for Mobil Oil 4/18/1983 worked for them for 16.5 years before they merged with Exxon.
Do you remember your first day at Crosby?
6/5/2001-contracting with SHELL.
How has your job changed over the years?
Was an operator on the Enchiladas/Salsa platforms for years & was asked to go to Galveston, Tx in the decommission field as a PIC [Person In Charge] Prepping platforms to be taking out the gulf for Shell, didn’t know they were going to take mine out, ha!
What has been your biggest challenge?
Dealing with the different cultures while overlooking 30 employees under me, but we got the job done you just have to let people talk & listen the best you can.
What advice would you have for other employees facing similar challenges?
Just listen & don’t let people know you’re the boss, they know! and don’t be scare to use the phone to call for help.
What is your best work memory?
When I was working in the Salsa/ Enchiladas field I trained 4 young ladies 3 got hired, I still get a Christmas & New Year card from Janice from Canada that always put a smile on my face.
What do you like best about working here?
How people help others & how we get along here on the central sides.
What advice do you give someone starting out in this business?
Take notes, never feel like you’re alone, ask questions, and call for help.
Any additional comments?
I will be retiring in Dec of next year it’s time. I’ve been at this longer than I thought. Enjoyed it though, God is good all the time!