Team Member Spotlight: Ben Norlin

Here at Bear Creek, we are privileged to have such a great team of people working for our clients. Once a month we highlight one of our team members so that you can get to know them a little bit better.

This month’s spotlight falls on Ben Norlin. Ben joined the Bear Creek team in September and works as a Crew Foreman for the team. Ben is originally from Prairie View, a suburb outside of Chicago, Illinois, and currently resides in Waynesboro. 

Ben Norlin 

Ben Norlin joined the Bear Creek team in September 2019 He entered his role at Bear Creek as an entry-level carpenter to gain the skills that he would need to work out in the field. He was then promoted to the position of Lead Assist and now a Crew Foreman.  As a foreman, this position provides leadership to the crew and is ultimately responsible for each project’s customer satisfaction, productivity, and quality. This is an experienced level position that requires advanced skills with hand tools and power tools.  He is the face of the company to the homeowners and is expected to be a role model to their crew of Bear Creek values and beliefs.  

His favorite part about working at Bear Creek is the ability to be creative and perfect his craft as a carpenter. He loves using his creativity, skills, and craftsmanship in many different fields, including carpentry.

More From Ben

I am originally from Prairie View, a suburb outside of Chicago, Illinois, and currently reside in Waynesboro.   Coming to the Bear Creek team has been one of the best decisions I have made.  The camaraderie and mission of Bear Creek are two things that I really like about working here. I don’t think anyone is doing what we’re doing here. The goal that we have here at Bear Creek to create community spaces means that we are working on projects similar to those we would do at our own homes. It is all work you want to do at home but are instead able to extend to others who have their own ideas to contribute. I really like the overall mission of Bear Creek to value those interactions through the creation of unique spaces. 

My favorite part about working at Bear Creek is the ability to be creative and perfect his craft as a carpenter.  I love using my creativity, skills, and craftsmanship in many different fields, including carpentry. It is a form of art on a larger canvas. I love the fact that I am able to use my creativity, skills, and craftsmanship in many different fields including carpentry. Although I have enjoyed the deck projects, I have really simply enjoyed every project for the opportunity it gives me to be creative.  I am a big fan of outdoor activities and tend to spend a lot of my extra time outdoors hiking. I’m always down to do something fun outdoors! I also love visiting Downtown Richmond to try new restaurants and explore. 

Fun Facts

  1. My favorite season is Autumn because I love Halloween. 
  2. I used to play the didgeridoo, which is something I got into on a camping trip with some friends. We were sitting around a fire one evening, and I had the idea that it would be fitting to play a didgeridoo while sitting around the fire. So, I went home and bought one. Since then, I had heard about didgeridoos being made of bamboo and was curious about making one myself. Coincidentally, we were at a job site recently that had bamboo growing on the property. After asking the client if we could have some, I took a few pieces home and made a couple of didgeridoos! 
  3. I taught myself how to breathe and eat fire from watching YouTube videos. 
  4. My favorite ice cream is cherry chocolate chip. 
  5. I used to convert vans into camping vans.