Associate Spotlight

Justin McKeller

Valve Automation Manager
Central Texas Area Sales Manager

“We work for a company that cares about its employees, and that really excites me. I personally want to see our associates grow and become better in what they do. And so does Ferguson. We’re all on the same page.”

Justin says he’s been in the PVF business “forever.” And it’s just about true! His father and uncle were in the industry, and as a kid he used to work summers in the warehouse for Piping & Equipment, Inc. After graduating from Texas State University with a business management degree, he decided to make it his career path. Fast-forward 20 years — the last 7 of which have been with Ferguson — and he still loves what he does every day.

After getting his official career start with P&E in inside sales, Justin moved to outside sales when he joined Wolseley in 2016. Originally covering the Golden Triangle and Sulphur Market areas, he now focuses on Beaumont and La Porte Market as an area sales manager, a role he took on about a year ago.

For Justin, the best part of his job is and has always been relationships. The opportunity to help people is what swings his feet out of bed in the morning. Working for a company that’s genuinely focused on its people really puts that extra pep in his step. He also enjoys building relationships with customers, in a work setting as well as away from work doing things like hunting, fishing, and entertaining — Justin loves to cook and his wife went to culinary school, so together they can really throw down!

His advice to anyone starting out in PVF is to really show up and be engaged, be proactive about growing, and get involved. You have to put skin in the game. He encourages asking questions and being open to learning — a mindset that continues to fuel him even decades into his career. “I want to learn something new every day,” he says. “I can’t ever just be. I’m always doing, always learning, and always going nonstop. I think that’s what it takes to grow. For me, learning and growing into a better person and a better professional is a lifelong experience.”


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

Funniest, I love to see people smile and be happy.

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

Money and Kit Kat bars

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

Marlin Fishing in Panama

What is your favorite food?

So many!! Grilled Blue Crabs, Filet or Ribeye cooked over mesquite wood, Seafood Enchiladas from Los Comales!

What is your biggest kitchen fail?

New Year's Day 2022, I messed up cooking the rice for Gumbo, I told everyone Heather messed it up as a joke and everyone gave her a ration because she went to culinary school. I finally confessed later that day.

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

I'd be a pair of Boots. They are multi-functional. You can work in them and get them dirty, but you can all clean them up and wear them out for fancy occasions.

If you had any skill, what would it be and why?

Be one of those motocross-like X Games guys that does all the crazy tricks on motorcycles and stuff.


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