Meet The Staff: Daniel Atkins

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Daniel Atkins, a pick up a delivery driver that’s been with us for about a year now. “I came from a GM position for U-Haul, and now I love toilets.” Daniel was born April 1, 1974, is from El Paso, TX, and now currently resideds in Houston. Daniel is “married with 2 brat kids.” In his free time, Daniel enjoys “golf, working out, and golf.” I think it’s safe to say that he likes golf! What do you think ladies and gentlemen? He also like to go to Buffalo Wild Wings, order a chickwrap or burgers with “wild sauce,” and chow down. Daniel’s ideal vacation is going to the island of Kauai in Hawaii. I hear Kauai is beautiful. If Daniel could play any role in a movie, he would want to play Ben Affleck’s batman “because it’s batman.” I like this man’s logic although im more of a fan of Bale’s batman, but to each their own! We all know that mornings are terrible. We are tired, sluggish, and short tempered. What better way to start your day than with some heavy metal? Daniel knows this. I know this. Alright! Daniel’s best attribute is the fact that he can relate to anyone he meets. That is a wonderful trait to have. His most unusual habit is that he douses everything he eats in hot sauce. I’ve heard of worse habits. If he could have any car he would want a ’67 mustang! This man knows you cant beat classic American muscle. If Daniel could meet one person, he would have wanted to meet Billy the Kid to pick his brain. “I want to see how his mind works. I wonder what he was thinking about. I wonder how he really was.” Something that most people don’t know about Daniel is that he is “good at most sports…except golf.” When Daniel was younger, he wanted to be an architect. That seems like it would be a wonderful profession. Daniel’s most fond memory is “of my dad falling down drunk and laughing with my step father before they both died of cancer.” Funny memories of your late loved ones are always good ones to hold onto. Daniel’s nickname is Danny boy. I wonder if the pipes are falling. If Daniel could visit one place in the world, he would want to go to Greece. The top 3 things on his bucketlist are going to Kauai, Greece, and going on a date with Salma Hayek. I can’t blame him for his 3rd wish. Salma is a stunning beautiful woman. Chocolate chip cookies is this man’s guilty pleasure. Gotta love chocolate chip cookies. Mmmmmm. His first celebrety crush was Lori Loughlin from Full House. The best piece of advice he ever received was to not worry about what others think about you. Those are some of the greatest words to live by. Daniel’s first job was at Pizza Hut. Finally, if he could have one superpower…well… “To quote Batman when the Flash asked him what superpowers he has…”I’m Rich.””

That does it for this week’s Meet The Staff. Stop by next week to learn more about our wonderful staff!

Advertisements

Meet The Staff: Laurie Ramsey

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Laurie Ramsey, Our newest customer service representative. She has been with us since July 2017. “Every day is a new day.” Laurie was born August 3, 1969 and is from New Orleans. She has been married for 20 years to her amazing husband Everett with whom she has 2 beautiful children; a daughter whom is in college and a son whom is a junior in high school. She also has pup named Rusty.

In her free time, Laurie enjoys cooking, reading and traveling. Come chow time, she enjoys sushi and Thai food. “I love trying new foods.” Laurie’s ideal vacation would be to travel through the romantic cities of Europe. Venice, Italy, Paris, France, etc. are quite beautiful. If Laurie could have anyone play her in a movie, she would have Jodie Foster play the role. “Jodie Foster is an all time amazing actress. She can play all sides.” To get ready for the day, Laurie likes to jam to alternative rock. Red Hot Chili Peppers really gets her moving! She feels that her dependability and trustworthiness are her best attributes. “If you are in need of anything, I will be there to help.” Laurie’s most unusual habit is that she lays her son’s clothes out the night before in a certain order. If she could any car, she would want a convertable Jaguar. Not a bad choice. If Laurie could meet anyone, she would want to meet President Donald Trump. “I would lke to meet him and ask him tons of questions about his power in office.” Growing up, Laurie wanted to be a fashion designer. Perhaps we could have seen Laurie on the racks near Coco Chanel, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood, and Donatella Versace! Laurie’s most fond memory is when her husband asked her to marry him in front of 500 other people which embarassed her to death. Sounds like a beautiful and sweet memory. When she was younger, Laurie’s grandfather called her Tootiebell. Cute little nickname. I wonder if I should spread that around the office to get the rest of the staff calling her that. If she could visit any place in the world, Laurie would love to visit Alaska. Alaska is quite beautiful. The three biggest things on her bucket list are going to Alaska, white water rafting, and meeting the pope. Laurie’s big guilty pleasure is dark chocolate. Pair that with raspberry and you’ve got the most delectable treat on the planet. Her very first celebrity crush was Scott Baio. The best piece of advice Laurie has ever received was from her dad. “Do not ever give up and be the best you can be.” Laurie’s first job was a file clerk at an oil and gas company in high school. Finally, if she could have one super power, Laurie would want to have Telepathy or the ability to teleport. I would take teleportation. No car note. No car insurance. Sounds wonderful.

That’s it for this week’s Meet The Staff! Stop by next week to meet more of our wonderful staff!

Meet The Staff: Lee Richardson

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Lee Richardson, Pot-O-Gold’s very own accountant of 2-years. Lee was born September 24, 1975 and is from Ponchatoula, LA. Lee has been married to his beautiful wife, Bria, for 17 year. They have 2 beautiful girls together, Allee and Anna, and also have a pup named Cocoa. In his free time, Lee enjoys fantasy football, cooking, and playing basketball. When it comes to Lee’s palate, he favors a good taco. Don’t we all. Although his favorite food is tacos, his favorite restaurant is China Lotus. Imagine a taco shell stuffed with chinese food. Sounds interesting. Lee’s ideal vacation is to spend some time in Hawaii in the mountains and on the beach. If Lee could have any actor play him in a movie, he would want Tom Cruise. Lee loves the Mission Impossible movies. Lee is a tall guy so Tom Cruise may need some stilts. When Lee needs to wake up and get motivated for they day, he listens to Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. It’s his morning alarm. I can see it now. Lee opening his eyes on the first chord, jumping out of bed and air boxing like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky III. Lee’s best attribute is his trustworthiness. Lee’s most unusual habit is that he loves to scare people. “I live in a house full of women. It’s fun!” I can’t call this habit unusual. It’s one of my favorite past times. If Lee could have any vehicle, he would want a monster truck with a monster trailer. “I wouldn’t have to worry about flooding.” Usually I would poke fun at anyone wanting a monster truck, but this man here is thinking practically. Louisiana is one giant flood plain, but the food is great…so we stay. Speaking of food, if Lee could meet anyone, he would want to meet Chef Bobby Flay. “Who doesn’t want to meet the best chef in the world!?” I’m more of a Gordon Ramsay man myself, but to each their own. Funny enough, Lee wanted to be a chef when he was younger. Hey, me too! A little unknown fact about Lee is that he is a deacon at Jerusalem Baptist Church. On of Lee’s most fond memories is breaking out of an escape room with his family with 32 seconds left to spare. I’ve always wanted to do a Saw themed escape room. It sounds like a blast. Lee’s old nickname is Lee for Three. He earned that nickname when he played basket ball as a 3-point shooter. If Lee could visit any place in the world, he would go to where he could catch the biggest fish in the world because he loves to fish. So whale sharks in Cozumel, Mexico? I believe the phrase, “we’re going to need a bigger boat” is quite relevant here. Three things on Lee’s bucket list to be inducted into the basketball hall of fame, going on a cruise with his wife, and scuba diving. Lee’s guilty pleasure is one we can all get behind…PIES! “I absolutely love pies! Chocolate & Pecan.” I want pumpkin pie now. One of the best pieces of advice Lee has ever received was from his dad. “When it comes to helping people, you should never ask why. Your first thought should be why not.” Lee’s first job was a stock boy at a grocery store. Finally, if Lee could have one super power it would be super speed because driving gets old. Hopefully he doesn’t start messing with the speed force and leaves time alone.

Well that’s going to be it for this week’s Meet The Staff! Come back next week to find out more about Pot-O-Gold’s amazing employees!

Meet The Staff: Reyes Martinez, Jr.

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Reyes Martinez, Jr, a 10 month veteran of Pot-O-Gold! Reyes was born May 2, 1964 and is from Dallas, Texas. Reyes isn’t married, but is currently dating his beautiful girlfriend, Hilda Camacho. In his free time, Reyes enjoys cooking out, watching movies, fishing, traveling, and watching sports of all types. His palate is a simple one. Lasagna from Spaghetti House, Enchiladas from Gonzales Restaurant, and any seafood from Aw Shucks though he “isn’t allowed.” There has to be a story there. To get away from it all, Reyes would ideally enjoy vacationing in Hawaii, Paris, or Yellowstone National Park. My vote is Yellowstone.

If Reyes could pick any actor to play him in a movie he would pick Russell Crowe mainly due to his performance in Gladiator. Are you not entertained?! To start his day off right, Reyes likes to jam to Tejano music. Reyes’ best trait his friendliness. He is always willing to help others in need. Reyes’ most unusual habit is he has to keep his lawn meticulously manicured. There is nothing wrong with a bit of curb appeal. If he could have any car, Reyes would get a Ford or Chevy truck from the showroom floor. I admire that. Most would want a flashy Italian supercar, but not this guy. If Reyes could meet any one, he would have wanted to meet JFK (hey me too!) because of his commitment to helping people. Something that most people don’t know about Reyes is his “kind and sensitive heart.” Wanting to serve his country, Reyes wanted to be a Sergent in the army. One of his most fond memories was playing football in 8th and 9th grades. His nickname is Ye-Ye. Apparently he adopted his father’s old nickname. I wonder how that name came to be. If he could visit one place in the world, Reyes would love to visit the Roman Colosseum or the Mayan Pyramids. Those both sound like sights to behold. The three (3) biggest things on Reyes’ bucket list is to lose weight (we all know that struggle), to dye his hair and facial hair grey, and to get rid of his tattoos. This is why you take a lot of time to contemplate what you are wanting to permanently have on your skin. One of his guilty pleasures is tossing back a few beers. Delicious, delicious beer. His first celebrity crushes were Jaclyn Smith (Charlie’s Angels) and Florence Henderson (Brady Bunch). The best advice he has ever received was to never steal from others because they worked to hard for the things they have. Good advice. His very first job was a meat cutter at Schlotsky’s when he was 15 years old. Finally, the one super power he would have is time manipulation. He wants to be able to stop time so he can take the time and enjoy things.

That does it for this week’s Meet The Staff. Come back next week to learn more about our amazing staff! Farewell!

Meet The Staff: Tim Tidwell

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Tim Tidwell, a 6 month veteran of Pot-O-Gold as a pump truck driver in Lake Charles. Tim was born on Christmas day in 1979 and is originally from Arizona. When Tim has free time, he likes to hunt, fish, and ride his four-wheeler. Sounds like we got ourselves a country boy here folks, but who doesn’t like getting on a boat, casting a line, and smelling the fresh air. Tim’s palate favors authentic Mexican cuisine. Who can blame this man? Tex Mex doesn’t quite hit the spot when you want real mexican food. Tim is married with two children whom are the apple of his eye I’m sure. Tim’s ideal vacation would be to go hunting for elk in the grand canyon. Tim must really love the great outdoors.

If Tim would want anyone to play him in a movie, he would want Mathew Mchonaughey because “he is awesome like me!!!” Well alright alright alright then. Money Talks by AC/DC gets Tim fired up for the day. My man. I can never say no to some AC/DC. His best attribute is his “good heart” which, in my opinion, is a highly underrated quality today. If Tim could have any car, it would be a ’69 GTO Judge. Classic muscle cars is a hard thing to blame a man for loving. That power. That sound. Gotta love it. If he could any person, he would love to have me Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday because they were some “bad guys.” Tim is a 30+ years burn survivor. When he was growing up, Tim wanted to be a veterinarian. A noble cause. His most fond memories are when his kids were born. If he could visit anywhere in the world, he would love to go to the Arlington National Cemetary. I have been there, and let me tell you, it hits your right in the feels. Three things on Tim’s bucket list is to own a 69 Chevelle, a 55 Nomad, and to become a millionaire. One of Tim’s guilty pleasures is to have ice cream or a root beer float before bed. His first celebrity crush wasn’t a celebrity, but a character in a show. Daisy Dukes. I can’t blame the man. She’s a fox. The best piece of advice he has ever received is to “always put God first.” Tim’s first job was a helper at a concrete company. Finally, if he could have one superpower, he would like to be Captain America. 6’2″ and the embodiment of human perfection. The super soldier serum that was given to Steve Rodgers pushed the human body to 100% of it’s potential.

That’s going to do it for this week’s Meet The Staff. Stop by next week to find out more about our amazing employees.

Meet The Staff: Raymond Contreras

Welcome back to Meet The Staff. Today’s focus is going to be on Raymond Contreras, a 5 year veteran of Pot-O-Gold. This week’s segment is going to be on the shorter side, but hopefully you will get a decent enough picture on what makes Raymond tick. He is a bit of a mystery man. Raymond was born on December 12, 1974 in El. Salvador. In his free time Raymond likes to “play.” Seeing answers like these gets my mind racing. Play what? Sports? Video Games? Cello? Let your mind take you on a journey. Raymond palate favors rice and beans. Possibly casamiento? Casamiento is a delicious rice and bean dish from El. Salvador. If you’ve never tried it, I highly suggest you do. Delicious! If any actor were to play Raymond in a movie, he would want Sylvester Stallone to play the role. Who doesn’t love Rocky or Rambo? Raymond’s ideal vacation isn’t a where, but it’s a when. He want to have a nice December vacation. Doing what? Who knows, but my guess is to take a week off for his birthday. Possibly visit Miami. That’s what I would do. Cumbia, Latin-American dance music, gets Raymond pumped and motivated for the day. I mean can u blame the man? When I think of Latin-American dance music, I think of Shakira. How’s that for motivation? Raymond’s most unusual habit is going to work. That’s right! You heard it here first folks! Maybe Ray Ray here is a man of leisure. There’s no shame in that! To end it, Raymond’s first job was labor. That’s right. Labor. Maybe I had the leisure thing wrong. Maybe he’s a man’s man who loves the feeling of sweat on his brow. Who knows?

Alright guys, that’s going to be it for this week’s Meet The Staff. Don’t forget to tune in next week! Bye now!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are taking a step back from our usual blog this week and we are going to talk about breast cancer.  It’s October so breast cancer awareness is front and center in everyone’s mind. For breast cancer in women, the death rate has decreased by 36 percent between 1989 and 2012. And over the last 30 years, the 5-year relative survival rate for breast cancer has gone up by 21.3 percent, according to the ACS. In 1975, the 5-year survival rate for women was 75.2 percent, but in 2008, it was 90.6 percent. Breast cancer is more survivable than ever thanks to advancements modern medicine. At stage 1, you almost have a 100% 5-year survival rate and 93% at stage 2. Because of these incredible numbers, it is more important than ever to do check yourself for any abnormalities about once a month. Men, this goes for you too. Male breast cancer is a thing. About 2,600 men were estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. That may not be a whole lot, but it still happens so be vigilant.

Every October, there are huge fundraisers across the country to raise money to fight breast cancer. People doning pink show up in droves to donate what they can be it their time or money. Walks are held where these pink clad heroes walk miles to bring awareness to the cause. Don your pink ribbons and march! Because of these efforts, cancer research has been slung forward by many bounds. The funding that raised helped save so many lives. The more people made aware of this cause, the more people you will have to donate to it. With more donations comes more funding for research. With more research…well… hopefully one day there will be a cure.