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Meet Manny Regateiro!

Meet Manny Regateiro, BPC’s executive operations manager! Manny has been with BPC for 12 years – since its start – and we couldn’t be more grateful for the ways he continues to contribute to BPC’s success. Keep reading to learn a little more about Manny.

BPC: What has your career path looked like and how did you end up at BPC?

“I’ve been blessed to serve in an operational role since the beginning of my career over 20 years ago. From working for a global IT solutions company as a Service Level Manager with over 30,000 employees, to startup companies with less than 100 employees, I’ve worn many hats. 

“Through close relationships and prior experience, I joined the boiler and pressure vessel inspection/engineering industry. After working for another company that provided similar services [to BPC], and through new ownership opportunities, a few other people from that company and I formed BPC.”

BPC: What does a typical work day look like for you?

Manny: “It’s unpredictable! I begin a work day by evaluating which area of operations requires prioritization. I then help provide solutions to both internal and external needs. 

“Communication is a major part of my day. Whether assisting our customers, assuring our compliance with regulatory agencies, managing our infrastructure and processes, or assisting our amazing BPC team in any way needed, communicating and keeping the ship steaming forward is the goal. 

“No matter which ‘hat’ is needed in the moment, I gladly wear it.”

BPC: What’s inspired you to stay at BPC?

Manny: “Since BPC’s inception 12 years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to work with incredible people. We have such an ocean of talent and experience, and I’ve learned a great deal about the industry and leadership. Being a part of the building process and being hands-on is a very rewarding feeling. 

“From our original ‘Dirty Dozen’ to the magnificent group of individuals we now have, working together for a common goal is what makes BPC special and different.”

BPC: What are some of the best things about your position as executive operations manager?

Manny: “The greatest characteristic of serving in a pure operations role is adaptability. Switching gears and speeds is the normal flow of my work day, and serving in the operational seat is fun! My responsibilities range greatly – every hour presents something new.”

BPC: What makes you most proud to be a part of the BPC team?

Manny: “Our people. Our culture. Our history. Nothing came easy to our group, but we all give our best efforts and have gotten to see the results of those efforts converging into one cohesive vision.”

BPC: What does your life look like outside of work?

Manny: “I work hard and play hard! When I’m not in work mode, you can find me touring the mountainside on my Harley Davidson.”

Thank you so much for all you do, Manny! Your problem solving skills, flexibility, and dedication are truly an asset to BPC.

March 2022 President’s Award Recipient

President’s awards go out each month to recognize amazing team members, and hearing about each recipient’s dedication every month never gets old. The winner for the month of March is Jason Ware!

Jason joined the BPC team late last year, and quickly hit the ground running. Even while he’s still learning some of the ropes, he brings professionalism and consistency to everything that he undertakes. He not only has a strong understanding of code, but an even stronger relationship with our clients – he continuously receives great feedback from his customers.

“Jason has been instrumental in helping us test the newest in-progress property survey,” said Venus Newton, BPC’s president. “He’s also helped to refine and streamline some of our SWPs, all while maintaining his production at 72 regular completed inspections in March with an average time per inspection of 2.9 hours/visit – and in a territory that’s down an inspector.”

His example has won him the $1,000 President’s Award for the month of March, and he recognizes several men as playing a role in his success.

“I work for a great company full of great people,” Jason said. “Really, everyone I’ve reached out to within BPC has been nothing but kind and helpful to me.

“Venus Newton has done an amazing job in creating a great place to work with a family-first mentality. I can’t thank Del Schirmer enough; he’s been a great boss and mentor. Mark Edwards, Dan Powell, and Darryl Royal Jr. have also been a big help to me – always available to answer questions, offer advice, and even help out in my territory.

“I’m humbled that I would be selected for this award.”

Meet BPC jurisdictional inspector, DJ Wallace

DJ Wallace joined our team as a jurisdictional inspector eight years ago and works mostly in Texas and Oklahoma.

Before coming to BPC, DJ was a deputy inspector with the state of Oregon performing jurisdictional first inspections along with steam piping inspections, a unique opportunity for an inspector.

Currently, DJ works mainly on boilers, ranging from utility-class water tube steam boilers and scotch-marine firetube boilers to building hot water heating boilers. But across his 14 different jurisdictional commissions, DJ has been exposed to many different boilers, pressure vessels and machinery. He’s inspected boilers in power plants, paper mills, as well as in the aerospace, oil and gas industries, allowing him some unique experiences like:

  • Seeing F-35 fighter jets up close and in assembly
  • Being escorted through areas very few people can access at federal hydroelectric dams
  • Going to the largest Kinder Morgan facility in the Western Hemisphere, where 10%-15% of all U.S. gasoline and diesel fuel is consumed
  • Inspecting the oldest still-in-use boiler he’s seen: a 1904 boiler near downtown Portland

He also performs risk surveys, including most of BPC’s Kinder Morgan surveys. 

To DJ, some of the highlights of working at BPC are the high level of job independence and working with supportive supervisors and helpful fellow inspectors.

DJ and his wife of 31 years, Karen, have two adult children, Ben and Ellie. They own a lake house on Lake Livingston, where they spend most weekends. In his spare time, DJ enjoys bowhunting, mainly for deer and turkey.

We’re so grateful for your contribution to our team, DJ; thank you for all you do!

Interested in a job with the best company in the industry? Click here to learn more about becoming a BPC jurisdictional inspector.

Why our team loves working here

As much as we love our team, we’re happy to hear that they also love working at BPC! When we asked some of them, “What do you most enjoy about working here?” this is what they had to say:

“I appreciate working with team members who genuinely enjoy their jobs!” Ashley Moore, Accounting Manager

“I enjoy all the different locations I get to visit daily and building relationships with our customer base.” David Bullen, Jurisdictional Inspector

“One reason I love working at BPC is the chance to travel. On the job, I’ve been to Turkey, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, and many locations throughout Europe. I also appreciate working alongside helpful and communicative staff, experiencing the independent, flexible, and trusting environment at BPC, and I take pride in working for the number one company in the country for Jurisdiction Online inspections. For over 30 years before starting with BPC, I worked in other large insurance and fortune 100 companies – but BPC has been my most professionally satisfying experience.” Anzar Hasan, Chief Inspector/Chief Engineer

“Every day is like the TV show How It’s Made and this keeps me happy in my work. I also appreciate the ability to schedule directly with our customers as this makes family time possible.” Brain Mallynn, Western Regional Supervisor

“I appreciate how fellow inspectors and leadership are always there to assist. We live in a digital age now, so if an inspector needs confirmation on a suspected violation, that help is only a phone call away.” Darryl Royal, Jr., Jurisdictional Inspector

“The job independence: I get to just go out, work hard, and do my job. My supervisors, Tim and Brian, are very supportive and are there to help when I need it. We’ve also got some terrific inspectors who are great resources for jurisdictional questions.” DJ Wallace, Jurisdictional Inspector

“I enjoy making our processes easier and working with the inspectors to identify ways to do high-quality inspections and then implementing those ideas into our standard work procedures. We are always looking for an easier way to do the best inspection we can do.” Del Schirmer, Central Region Leader

“The most enjoyable thing about this job is that every day – for the most part – is different; it’s so much better than sitting in an office cubicle, seeing the same walls day in and out.” Forrest Andrews, Jurisdictional Inspector

“The people! BPC has the best employees. Every single person that I have worked with has been helpful and friendly.” Heather Crask, JO Account Manager

“I enjoy the challenges of teaching young guys about the paper mill industry – what takes place and how it works. It’s rewarding watching them grow into good inspectors.” Paul Bourgeois, Jurisdictional Inspector

“My excellent field staff and the office support folks ensure that we can operate in the field as efficiently and effectively as the high workload requires. We operate at a technical level that ensures the customer gets the kind of inspection that not only satisfies the jurisdictional requirements for them to operate, but also provides them with relevant advice and information that helps them maintain reliability and safety.” Tom Kiernan, East Coast Regional Supervisor

Interested in joining our team? We’re actively hiring in Mississippi, Indiana, and California; learn more about the positions and submit your resume today at boilerproperty.com/careers/open-positions/.

Welcome to the team, Mike!

We’re happy to welcome a new senior jurisdictional inspector to the west region: Mike Scott.

Beginning his career in 1977 as a boiler technician on a U.S. Navy Destroyer, Mike later worked as an operator in a coal-fired power plant in Colorado. Moving to Washington state, he worked various state jobs – including being an inspector for the state of Washington – until retiring after 30 years of public service at the end of 2021. 

Mike is eager to expand his knowledge of the insurance side of boiler and pressure vessel inspections as he begins his role at BPC. 

When not inspecting, Mike spends his time with his family – his wife of 43 years, his son, his daughter, and two dogs, Sam and Jack – and fishing and working on his 1965 Ford F-100 4×4. 

Welcome to the team, Mike; we’re glad to have you!

January 2022 President’s Award Recipient

Because of our amazing team, it’s always exciting to select someone for the President’s Award. And the first winner of 2022 is… Andrew Bitetti! A two-time recipient of the award, Andy has continued to shine in the management of his southeastern territory, which was recently expanded into Florida. 

His production is very strong, and his work with two key clients was instrumental in getting their equipment  – which had been in place for years but was not properly installed – to compliance. Significant costs were involved in correcting both issues, but due to Andy’s professional delivery, the customers made the needed changes and even sent emails complimenting Andy’s technical knowledge and communication skills.

“Because he continues to be a shining example and a hard-working professional, we congratulate Andy with the $1,000 President’s Award for the month of January,” said Venus Newton, BPC president. “His attention to detail, demonstrated level of knowledge and consultative approach to recommendations are what BPC is known for and what we should all keep in mind.”

On receiving the award, Andy shared, “It’s an honor and a privilege to be recognized by my superiors for my overall performance and a job well done. I take great pride in ensuring what I inspect is done right and the client is satisfied.

“This award couldn’t have been possible without the great leadership from the top-down and the support of my colleagues in this region. I would like to personally thank my Southeastern Regional Manager, Joey Burgess, for his support, guidance, and commitment to his team.

“BPC provides a family first atmosphere, and truly cares about their employees. It makes you want to work harder when the company you work for truly appreciates and notices your time and effort. BPC embodies the old saying ‘take care of your people and they will take care of you’.”