Albert grew up a coal miner, spent his life moving dirt, and he’s forgotten more about mining than most will ever know. He would tell you that he is learning more today than ever before in the industry. He runs a crew full of 20-something’s and has had to make a huge shift in the way he manages his young guys. Call them “millennial snowflakes” or “blooming flowers” but don’t ever call his young crew worthless or lazy. They are working their tails off every day to impress Albert and earn more responsibilities.
In the past, when a young kid would screw up, Albert would be quick to cuss them out and send them home with their tail between their legs. That’s the way Albert was raised and the way the industry has always been. Now, Albert is an educator. He is patient (most of the time). He is positive and optimistic about the younger generation taking a leading role in the industry. Albert literally transitioned from a flip phone to an iPhone 8 in which he does all daily project reporting and safety assessments. This is an old dog learning new tricks, and it’s exactly what the industry needs to help pass the torch and develop the next generation of miners.