River City Six: Jason Kreikemeier
Control Depot, Inc. (www.controldepotinc.com) is a Honeywell Authorized Systems Distributor (ASD) serving Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. Jason Kreikemeier is the Inside Sales Manager at Control Depot.
Tell us a little about your business.
As the premier controls distributor in the area, Control Depot provides innovative, cost effective control solutions and web-based facility integration designs across a spectrum of building types in the residential and commercial markets. We sell and support a wide selection of residential and commercial controls and components to contractors and building owners. This includes everything from a simple thermostat to a complete web-based building automation system. Control Depot is a member of Honeywell’s elite Diamond Distributor Club of advanced building automation distributors. With a wide selection of dependable Honeywell products, backed by exceptional warranties and our experienced staff, Control Depot has what you need.
How did you get started in the business?
The starting point of my career was as an electrician in the temperature control industry in 2002. I joined Control Depot in 2009 because I wanted to learn more aspects of our industry.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Trying to stay on top of all of our many vertical markets. Control Depot provides solutions for HVAC controls, security and access controls, lighting controls, and gas detection systems, all of which are rapidly changing areas of technology.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
The satisfaction of helping my customers succeed at their jobs, and building lasting relationships with them.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have been married to my beautiful wife Abby for 7 years and we have a 5-year-old daughter, Lily.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spend time with my family. Aside from that, fishing and watching sports are my hobbies, and I also enjoy playing golf.
What are you the most proud of?
My daughter; she is the most loving and caring child!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Communication is key.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would love to fly to be able to get places quicker.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
I’m pretty good at woodworking and building things. I have a lot of projects going on around the house that keep me busy when I’m not at work.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Professional athlete. I would love to get paid to play basketball.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Shaq Uncut: My Story by Shaquille O’Neal.
What is your favorite movie?
A Few Good Men.
What is your favorite TV show?
Sports; anything on ESPN or sports-related really.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?