When you think of Berkeys, you probably think Dragon Stadium or their trucks on the road with pictures of kids on them. You might even think about the fact you need to call them for some air conditioning, heating or electrical work you’ve been putting off.
And while they’re okay with you thinking that, like most successful businesses, there’s a whole lot more to Berkeys than you might know.
When you sit down and ask Jamie Wooldridge, president of Berkeys, what makes his business so successful, he’s quick to use terms like “service, community and being a good steward of what he has.”
“We are a service-based business and our employees know that and live that,” Wooldridge says. It’s just who we are.”
Hearing the leader of a successful company talk about being a good corporate citizen isn’t earth-shattering, lots of companies say things like that. However, Berkeys backs up their words with action.
The list of beneficiaries from the kindness of Berkeys is impressive: G.R.A.C.E. (2016 Angel of G.R.A.C.E. recipient), the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Stepping Stones Foundation, Assist The Officer (ATO) for the Dallas Police Department, Christmas toy drives, Hurricane Harvey Relief, and the list goes on.
But it goes deeper. Consider this: Berkeys employees are paid to volunteer for their community. When an employee of a competitor lost their home due to an east Texas tornado last year, Berkeys employees helped rebuild the house.
Southlake is home to Berkeys but on a personal level, Southlake is also home to Wooldridge and his family. Son John, a 2013 Carroll graduate, just graduated from the University of North Texas and daughter Julia, a 2016 Carroll graduate, just began her junior year at Baylor University. They are a tight-knit family built on faith – a faith that has been ultimately tested in ways no family deserves. When Jolene, Jamie’s wife, found out she had cancer, the first question she asked was, “How can we use this for good?”
The Wooldridges’ story is one of encouragement – one of hope. Even in the last days of Jolene’s life, their faith never waned. Jolene’s sickness played out on social media, for all to see. “The outpouring of love and support we got from social media was overwhelming,” Jamie Wooldridge said. “What we didn’t expect was the number of people that told us they were encouraged by our story. Some we’d never met. Social media gave us a chance to show the world who Jolene was and what we believe. And even now, those beliefs are stronger than ever.”
When asked how Jolene’s battle changed his life both personally and professionally, Wooldridge said, “I guess I’m more aware of the time I have and want to spend it wisely. I often remind our employees we all have 1,440 minutes in a day. And then I ask them how will they use their minutes? Personally, I think I’m more aware of others and their struggles… how God has asked us to help those less fortunate like rehabbing homes or cleaning up after a disaster. I like that.”
And if you want to know if all this personal struggle and professional good will has impacted business, the answer is yes. Berkeys’ new home, in the shadows of Dragon Stadium, is double the size of their old facility; which was double the size of the previous facility. At 52 employees a few years ago, the company now has 155 employees.
“If there’s a need, we try to fill it,” Wooldridge said. “We don’t really plan what we’re going to give.”
Berkeys’ commitment to compassionate service continues this Friday night, at the 10th Annual Carroll ISD Pink Out Game against Denton Guyer. Berkeys’ will be matching the contributions raised through the Pass the Bucket campaign. Because of this, Carroll ISD salutes Berkeys as a proud anchor partner of Dragon Nation!
Visit Berkeys.com to learn more about the other services that Berkeys provides.