Young Professionals Spotlight

Eric Gurnsey, General Manager – Harrisburg Branch, Tradesmen International

Role you play in your organization: 

I am the General Manager for our Harrisburg Branch. I run the operations and sales team, as well as setting and keeping up with budgetary expectations, while maintaining a safety-orientated workforce which consists of 100-150 field employees.

As a Young Professional, how has your involvement with ABC Keystone helped you?

There is no question that ABC is great for networking, but there is no price you can put on the amount you can learn from others in the industry. Being able to build relationships with others in ABC goes beyond work and can make great impacts on your life. I would say that the knowledge and relationships I have gained have helped me both professionally and personally.

Why do you wake up and go to work every day?

I wake up and go to work every day because I had parents who worked ten times as hard as anyone I know in order to provide the best possible life they could for my three siblings and me. I want to be able to do the same for my family.

Words of advice for fellow YPs?

You should take every opportunity you get to listen, discuss, and ask questions about someone else’s work, job or something in the industry, in order to never stop learning. There is a lot of information out there, and the more you learn, the more valuable you become as an asset your company.

Suggested Reads for YP’s?

Make Your Bed by Admiral William McRaven Admiral McRaven touches on several basic logical and moral ideas from starting your day off right by making your bed, to learning from mistakes, to standing up to bullies. I keep this on my phone and read it every time I travel. it is a short read, but it revitalizes me every time.

Best concert you’ve ever attended?

As a birthday gift to me from my wife, she got us tickets to see Billy Joel at Camden Yards last year. That definitely ranks up there as one of the best!

Favorite or inspirational quote?

Complacency is a continuous struggle that we all have to fight.” – Jack Nicklaus


If you wish to submit a YP Spotlight, please contact: Barbara Holtzapple, Director of Education, barbara@abckeystone.org

March 4, 2020