Career Advancement Series: Ron Reid

Ron Reid
General Manager of Maintenance
Account: The Kroger Company

Ron Reid joined the Marines after High School and found himself in the wide world of heavy equipment.  He drove and operated bulldozers, scrapers, cranes and various construction equipment while stationed at Camp Pendleton in California and overseas in Fallujah, Iraq and at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. He rose to the rank of Corporal, managing operations with a team of 25 in his role as heavy equipment leader.

When he left the service in 2011, Ron spent time at a waste management company as a mechanic working on Caterpillar trash compactors and bulldozers before moving on in the same capacity for an oil company.

He was also an assistant shop and parts manager for Knight Transportation, performing 20 truck inspections a day.

In 2015, Ron applied for a mechanic’s position at Transervice’s Mountain Division working on vehicles for King Soopers, a supermarket brand of Kroger headquartered in Denver.

After viewing his impressive resume, the General Manager of the Denver operation asked Ron if he would be interested in applying for an open management position instead. Ron accepted the challenge and spent the next six years as Operations Manager at the Denver shop.

There he managed 18 mechanics and 4 drivers working exclusively on the Kroger account. He also oversaw building maintenance, fuel island compliance, the fueling of refrigerated trailers and generators at all of the Kroger distribution centers and the ongoing maintenance of the vehicles.

When an opening became available for General Manager of the Kroger account in 2021, Ron made it known that he was interested in the position. His reputation and the endorsement of upper management helped him to land the job.

He now supervises 80 people and oversees the operations managers and supervisors at three locations, traveling regularly to the sites to ensure that all the Kroger vehicles are in optimum operating condition. This includes some1200 vehicles in Denver, 100 in Kentucky and 350 in Indiana.

“During the pandemic obviously things were more challenging but all of our Kroger locations are unionized, giving us good benefits and healthcare and competitive pay. We don’t experience a lot of turnover here. Transervice has always been good to me in terms of yearly raises and career opportunities,” said Ron.

Outside of work, Ron and his wife Charlotte are busy raising four children: Draxton (14), Azalea (13), Logan (7), and Jack (6). He and his family enjoy the great outdoors surrounding their home in Parker, Colorado, somehow always finding time to fish, hike and hunt.