DECC Employee of the Month: Rick Berchild

December Employee of the Month

Rick Berchild, Blue Bridge and Guest Services

Rick served four years in the military and 26 years as a Police Officer before joining the DECC five years ago. He was once recognized as “Police Officer of the Year” in the state of Wisconsin. His role here started out as a Blue Bridge Operator, but has morphed into a customer service role he is proud of. Rick said his favorite part about his job is being able to help the tourists, especially those new to Duluth.

Rick greets visitors, provides directions or recommendations, and goes out of his way to leave them with a positive experience. He appreciates that employees are recognized at the DECC for setting standards, treating our visitors with a high level of customer service, and overall for a job well done.

When Rick isn’t busy working, he enjoys spending his time taking care of his home, doing lawn work, or walking for exercise. He is an avid reader of many topics including fiction, mysteries, biographies, and poetry. He has a collection of Pulitzer Prize novels that he has been collecting since his college days.

Rick is a valued employee and we are honored he is able to be celebrated as we wrap-up 2019 here at the DECC. Congratulations, Rick!


Reason for Nomination:

“Rick is exceptionally helpful and provides exceptional customer service. He is out bright and early every morning sweeping and maintaining the bridge and surrounding area.” – Anonymous

“You always get a good feeling when Rick is working. Whether he’s at the bridge or in the DECC, he’s always ready to greet you with a smile and a warm welcome.” – Anonymous


Other employees that were nominated for August:
Craig Hanninen | Building Services Custodial
Dan Patterson | Building Maintenance
Nel Stauber | Building Maintenance


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