“I am most proud of our shop’s safety record. We have had only one OSHA recordable incident in almost eight years and are currently on a streak of 950 days without any OSHA recordable incidents.”
Professional background: Construction
Education: Some college
Describe the facilities you oversee: Nova Group Inc is a general contractor with a fabrication facility in Napa. In the fabrication facility we pre-fabricate as many items as possible to send to our jobs which have covered 29 states as well as internationally to Canada, Guam, Israel, Qatar, Japan and Diego Garcia. The fabrication facility is an AISC certified shop with a sophisticated painting endorsement. The shop provides services such as structural and pipe welding, sandblasting, painting and fiberglass work.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I was born and raised in Petaluma. I have a son and grandson who live in Englewood, Colo.
What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?
To develop processes that will maximize the safety, quality and productivity of the facility. To oversee employee’s safety, quality and efficiency.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?
The shop’s safety record. We have had only one OSHA recordable incidents in almost eight years and are currently on a streak of 950 days without any OSHA recordable incidents.
What is your biggest challenge today?
Keeping up with the latest technology that is out there that would help the shop become more productive while maintaining high quality.
Most admired businessperson outside your organization?
My sister Lori Torkelson. She is a CPA in Petaluma and has worked extremely hard to get where she is at.
Detail your community involvement activities: I’m a volunteer little league coach in Petaluma and I also help coach a traveling U-12 baseball team that my nephew plays.
Stress-relievers: Working out at the gym
Favorite hobbies: Traveling and going to sporting events.
Words that best describe you: Hard working, dedicated and loyal.
Nova Group Inc.
185 Devlin Road, Napa 94558