KICE, Industries

Mike Burris

One of a company’s greatest assets is its people. Kice Industries is very fortunate to have gifted, dedicated, and customer-focused employees. We would like you to learn a little bit more about our people of Kice, both professionally and personally.

Meet Mike Burris

 

Mike Burris

Weld Lead

 

What has been your background at Kice?

I have been with Kice for almost 12 years. I started off as a welder and am currently a Weld Lead.

 

Tell me a little bit about your day-to-day job currently?

I manage day-to-day jobs entering the weld area. This could include things like picking the right person for each specific job to answering any questions they may have with the job. Most importantly, I want to do whatever it takes to ensure the Kice equipment is built correctly in a safe and efficient manner.

Working at Kice

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The welding itself. I have always loved playing with fire.

 

Can you share one of the things that are unique about working at Kice?

The people here are great. I have never worked at a place where I didn’t have a problem with anyone at the company. Kice is just full of good, helpful and caring people. I truly enjoy coming to work every day.

 

What has been one of your fondest memories working at Kice?

Several years ago, I went on a customer install to Nashville, TN to assist. While we were there, I had the best steak I have ever had at Morton’s.

What advice would you have for someone thinking about a welding career?

Welding is a serious application, with serious responsibilities. You truly need to understand the true fusion of metals to ensure security for all.

What are three words to describe Kice?

Opportunistic, Challenging, Rewarding.

Personal Side of Mike

Tell us a little bit about your family

I have been married for 23 years and have seven children (5 boys and 2 girls ranging from 24-31). I have spent the last 10 years becoming a new grandfather with 14 grandchildren (eight grandsons and 6 granddaughters)

 What is the best place you have traveled to and why?

My wife and I went on a cruise to Cozumel and Progresso Mexico last year for five days. It was very beautiful and relaxing.

If you could have dinner and drinks with two famous people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson. They have been two of my biggest heroes.

People would be surprised if they knew (about me)

I was a pretty good break-dancer in the ‘80s. I also was a good rapper in the ’80s and ’90s.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would coach the Dallas Cowboys.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oxtail stew. I love it!

 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Turn the other cheek.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Read my bible.

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