Associate Spotlight

Becky Burke

Branch Manager
Branch 586, New Jersey

“The team we have assembled here is special. We all give 110% and are willing to help and do what’s necessary. No one ever says ‘Oh that’s not in my job description.’ I’m thankful to the company for allowing us to assemble this crew, and I feel very lucky to have these people in our corner and the support we have in management. It’s how we’re able to be our best and do what we do.”

Imagine the kind of professional address book you’d have if you kept one up meticulously for more than 30 years. Becky has that book — her colleagues call it her Bible. Thanks to that book and the relationships she has worked to cultivate over three decades, if you need it, Becky knows where to find it. Sourcing is her superpower.

Becky got her start in the industry 32 years ago in her Kentucky hometown with a company called McJunkin, now MRC. She began by answering phones, then moved into shipping and receiving, and then shifted into sales. Her big change was getting involved with the company’s new software package, traveling around the country and helping with development, training, and go-live of the system they still use today. After 11 years there she transferred to Philadelphia and made the move to several different companies before landing at Ferguson. At the time, when she was asked whether she’d be interested in opening a Ferguson branch in Philadelphia, she jumped at the chance. That was nearly 7 years ago, and she still loves what she does.

Becky is a salesperson at heart. In fact her family will tell you she’s married to her job. And while she acknowledges work is a big part of who she is, she prefers to think of it as working hard for the benefit of her family. Truthfully, it’s bigger than that. She genuinely wants everyone in the branch to be happy and successful, and that’s a huge motivator for her as well.

Becky is also driven by her own strong personal work ethic, competitive spirit, and unflagging commitment to integrity. “I hung a sign in the office the first day I came to Ferguson: ‘Do what’s right even when no one is looking,’” Becky says. “It’s what I believe and it’s what guides me. And if it’s truly who you are, you’re going to give 110 percent every day.”

questions and answers
Questions & Answers
Would you rather be the funniest or the smartest person in the room and why?
Answer:

Smartest because I don’t like to be the center of attention.

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?
Answer:

Peace. The world needs more peace, I’m an old hippie at heart.

What is something you’re planning on doing the next year that you’ve never done before?
Answer:

I’d like to go to New England in the fall. I’ve always wanted to go through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

What is your favorite food?
Answer:

Anything Mexican. Fajitas, Chimichangas

What is your biggest kitchen failure?
Answer:

Years and years ago, in my first house, I was having my first cookout. I made potato salad based on my mother’s recipe but it did not turn out. I through it in the trash.

I do cook and bake but I probably bake better than I cook.

If you were a pair of shoes, what would you be and why?
Answer:

Flip flop so I want walk on the beach.

I like that if you had any skill, what would it be and why?
Answer:

I regret not learning how to play the saxophone. I played the trumpet in school, but the sax has such a cool sound. I listen to a lot of blues and jazz and that has a lot of sax in it.

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