Alumni Spotlight - Chris Berg '97
Chris Berg is a 1997 graduate of Lexington Christian Academy. After graduating, Chris went on to Babson College and then joined the leadership development program at The Home Depot in 2001. He has held roles of increasing responsibility including district safety manager, store manager, field senior director of operations, and most recently, vice president of store operations.
What brought you to LCA?
My parents were researching private schools in the Boston area and my father learned about LCA from a coworker. After visiting several schools, it was clear LCA was different. It felt like family from the moment we walked in.
Do you look back at any particular experience at LCA that shaped who you are?
There are so many experiences I remember and I know each of them have contributed to who I've become. One in particular though was the chorale trip to Atlanta in the spring of 1996. It was eye opening to serve and witness in ways I never had an opportunity to do before. I also met my wife, Amy (MacCully) Berg '96, on that trip. Atlanta is now home for Amy and I and our four children Charlotte (12), Abigail (10), Ian (7), and Jane (6). We live just a few minutes down the road from where we first met.
How did LCA shape your faith?
I originally attended LCA for its academics. The faculty, staff, and coaches were a witness to me and taught me what it meant to be a Christian. I can name each of them and remember the impression they left upon me. Each of them contributed to shaping my faith and I am incredibly grateful to each of them.
What are your current responsibilities at your work?
I work for The Home Depot and have responsibility for managing the company's payroll strategy, building services operations, and energy management.
How did you get into this field?
I joined a leadership development program at The Home Depot in 2001 after graduating from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
How does your faith shape your work-life?
I am fortunate to work for a values-based organization. My actions at work are encouraged and empowered by my faith. The Home Depot leads with an inverted pyramid leadership philosophy, placing its customers and associates above all others and guides its associates with eight core values: Giving Back to the Community, Creating Shareholder Value, Taking Care of its People, Respect for All People, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Doing the Right Thing, Building Strong Relationships, and Excellent Customer Service. The inverted pyramid and core values are the decision making filters for everything we do.
What are some challenges in your job?
There are a number of challenges in retail. It is a rapidly changing industry with the growth of online commerce. Retailers have had to adapt more in the last five years than they have in the last several decades combined. That pace will continue. Change is challenging for any large organization. Changing rapidly and having the strategic agility to react quickly to customer behaviors is especially challenging. For me, this challenge brings with it a significant impact to hourly payroll, the relevance of physical stores, and how we control expenses. While challenging, it is incredibly exciting to be a part of the change taking place in retail today.
Can you brag a bit about your achievements?
I am most proud to say that I work alongside 300,000 of the hardest working people I know. Their achievements significantly outweigh my own.