Meet The Staff: Alisha Ard

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s subject is Alisha Ard, an employee of Pot-O-Gold for many years although not all at once. She worked for Pot-O-Gold from 2006-2010 then came back in Feb of 2016 and “been lovin it ever since!” She was born May 25, 1975 and is from Bastrop, LA. She currently resides in Albany, LA.

Alisha loves spending time with her family and friends. She also fancies wearing her hair in a ponytail. It’s kind of her signature look. She has a 20 year old daughter named Hailey and a cat named Bojangles who has bojangles.

“I am a Gemini and I do love long walks on the beach. Im a lover of most foods – but will die if I eat pistachios.”

Now for a little Q & A!

What actor would you want to play you in a movie? Why?

Resse Witherspoon because shes cute & charming.

What music gets you motivated for the day?

I need my Jesus music to inspire me and motivate me for the day. I LOVE THE LORD.

What do you feel is your best attribute?

My love for my fmaily, friends, & god.

What is your most unusual habit?

When i stretch, I’m so dang LOUD because I have to make a noise.

If you could have any car, what would it be?

I keep it simple. I like my Kia, but if i splurged, A Mazarati and a Bugatti. 1 Purple. 1 Gold. Geaux Tigers.

If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Marilyn Monroe

What is something special about you most people dont know?

I have a huge heart! HUGE! I can’t stand to see people or animals suffer.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a funeral cosmetologist.

What is one of your most fond memories?

Time with my friends – especially Melissa

Have you ever had a nickname?

My boss calls me Oster House.

If you could visit one place in the world, where would you go?

Greece because the ocean is beautiful.

What three things would you put on your bucket list?

I want to win the lottery and travel the world.

What is one guilty pleasure you have?

Desserts.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Kirk Cameron

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?

Kill them with kindness.

What was your first job?

Babysitting.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I want to snap my fingers and be completely bathed with makeup and hair done and completely dressed.

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Go Gold to go Green

Environmentally friendly. What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “environmentally friendly?” Electric cars? Reusable shopping bags? Solar energy? What about portable toilets? Portable toilets hardly cross the minds of environmental conservationists, but believe it or not, they are the most environmentally friendly way of managing human waste. “What about EPA verified WaterSense toilets?” “Aren’t they supposed to be environmentally friendly?” Compared to traditional toilets which use up to 6 gallons of water per flush, they are very friendly towards the environment and water conservation, but they still waste a lot of water at up to 1.6 gallons of water per flush. The newer models which exceed EPA regulation use about 1.28 gallons per flush. Portable toilets use 5 gallons of water with about 55 gallons of space left in the holding tank for waste. Lets say the portable toilet gets used 100 times. That’s about .05 gallons of water per use. How is THAT for environmentally friendly?
Pot-O-Gold also participates in LEED. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about the places where we live, work, and learn.  Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a globally recognized framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, and maintenance solutions.  It applies to all building types – commercial, residential, and entire neighborhood communities – and addresses the full life cycle of a building project.  Achieving LEED certification for your project may qualify you for money-saving incentives, like tax rebates and zoning allowances, and it is the best way to demonstrate that your building is truly “green.”

To meet LEED goals, it is important to hire LEED-accredited professionals with demonstrated knowledge of green building and the LEED rating system and process.

Pot-O-Gold has performed on more than 50 LEED-certified projects and has the distinction of being the first privately owned Louisiana waste company to become a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.  Pot-O-Gold’s team will suggest ways to earn LEED credits without extra disposal cost and help offset expenses by identifying appropriate waste recycling streams.  Pot-O-Gold will coordinate recycling efforts between you and the recycling facility, and assist you with all waste-related documentation and LEED reporting needed to get your project recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Build Green with Pot-O-Gold.

Meet The Staff: Stephen Forbes

Welcome back to Meet The Staff. Today’s focus is on Stephen Forbes, a man who is been working for Pot-O-Gold for 4.5 years as a pump truck driver. “I enjoy working alone and viewing the sights on the road.” Stephen was born April, 14, 1990 and is from Amite, LA.

In his free time Stephen likes to go fishing and camping. I guess it’s appropriate that his favorite food is baked fish.

Stephen’s ideal vacation is to spend time in northern Alaska.

Now for some interesting facts!

What music gets you motivated for the day?

Classic Rock and Classic Country.

What do you feel is your best attribute?

Good work ethinc.

If you could have any car, what would it be?

Mustang Shelby GT500

If you could mee one porson, past or present, who would it be and why?

My dad’s dad because he died when i was 4 so i didn’t really get to know him.

What did you want to be when you grow up?

Fire fighter.

What is one of your most fond memories?

Graduating high school.

Have you ever had a nickname?

Stevie, Step Hen, Stevie Wonder

If you could visit one place in the world, where would you go?

Northwest Canada

What are 3 things on your bucketlist?

Win the lottery, Have a big ranch in Montana, and Travel the U.S.

What is one guilty pleasure you have?

Eat a while carton of Blue Bell ice cream in one day.

What was your first celebrity crush?

never had one.

What was the best piece of advice you ever recieved?

Do unto others as you would have others do to you.

What was your first job?

Working at Ferrara’s Fire Apparatus

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

Walk through walls?

 

Meet The Staff: Joseph Gonzales

Welcome back to Meet The Staff; the blog where Pot-O-Gold’s employees reveal the embarrassing truths about themselves for the world to read! We have reformatted the blog to give you more insight into what makes our employees tick. Today’s subject is Joseph Gonzales, a 4-year veteran of Pot-O-Gold. He works as a pump truck driver and a
roll-off driver. This gentleman was born January 15, 1964 and is from Houston, TX. He is the father of three sons, two of whom are married, with five children among them.

In Joe’s spare time, he is a bit of a cinephile. He loves watching movies! He also enjoys racing cars whenever the chance presents itself. His favorite foods are “American” foods, and he loves Salt Grass Steak House!  Who can blame him? His ideal vacation would be to spend some time in Las Vegas.

Now for Q&A!

What actor would you want to play you in a movie? why?

Tyler Perry because he came from nothing and made something of himself.

What music gets you motivated for the day? 

Pure Country!

What do you feel is your best attribute?

Dedication!

What is your most unusual habit?

Hellcat

Biting my nails.

If you could have any car, what would it be?

A Hellcat! 

If you could meet one person, past or  present, who would it be and why?

President Kennedy.

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

I’ve got a big heart.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a police officer!

What is one of your most fond memories?

Birth of my family.

Have you ever had a nickname?

Yes, Big Joe.

If you could visit one pleace in the world, where would you go?

Spain.

What three things would you put on your bucket list?

SHARON STONE at amfAR Milano

Meet Bush Sr, drive a drag car, and visit the white house.

What is one guilty pleasure you have?

Chocolate. 

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Sharon Stone!

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?

Treat others the way you wish to be treated.

What was your first job?

A grocery sacker.

Finally, if you could have one superpower, what would it be?

The ability to heal others!

Meet The Staff: Vita Dowell

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Vita Dowell. Vita was born August 2, 1962 and is from Tickfaw, LA. She has been an employee for Pot-O-Gold for 4 years working as a secretary/ customer service representative. “I love working here. I have great bosses and the girls in the office are treated very well.”

Vita has been married to Joe Dowell for 20 years and they have a 15 year old daughter together named Madison. She also has 3 fur babies; doggos named Bambi, Carly, and Chloe. She also has a feathered friend named Pretty Girl (Girly.)

In her free time, Vita likes to drink coffee above all else. She also enjoys fishing, reading, social media, and playing on her phone.

As for food, she loves seafood from Middendorf’s. She tends to favor fried shrimp, catfish, boiled shrimp, and lobster.

Vita’s ideal vacations would be to camping in Grand Isle for the weekend, spending some time in Europe, and to go on an Alaskan cruise.

Some other interesting information about Vita: She is a member of Eagle Heights Community Church and she loves spending time with her family.

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Labor Day

Labor Day is on the horizon and let’s face it, we all love to grill up some hot dogs and hamburgers while we kick our feet up on this wonderful holiday. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate this holiday or do you just see it as another day off? How about a history lesson?

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New Your City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, 30 US states officially celebrated Labor Day. –Wikipedia

Now that you have that little nugget of knowledge, you can appreciate Labor Day a bit more! While youre outside grilling up a storm with your guests drinking beers and sangria, they will eventually have to go to the restoom. To save your house from the foot traffic and dirt, you had the foresight to order one of Pot-O-Gold’s fantastic porta potties and a wonderful handwash station. Our porta potty provids a fantasic restroom solution for those holding a gathering and our hand wash stations make it easy to keep your hands sanitary. There’s a lot of food around at these parties after all.

Visit our website or call 1-888-768-6465 to learn more!

Labor Day Girl

Meet The Staff: Keith Melvin

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Keith Melvin born 10/4/71 and is from Fairbanks, AK.

Keith has been with POG for 13 years.  He was the first employee hired in our Pensacola terminal and has worked his way up to now lead that terminal as our Florabama Operations Manager.

In Keith’s spare time he loves being out on the water boating.  Living on the Gulf Coast allows him the opportunity to fish which is his passion.

Keith’s favorite food is seafood and his favorite restaurant is Crabs on Pensacola Beach.  He loves the atmosphere and takes his family out to eat there every chance they get.

Keith and his wife have been married for 25 years.  They have 3 children together and 2 grandchildren.  He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, especially playing outdoors.  Not his forte’, he will even play video games with his grandchildren to make them happy. He really wants to take a husband and wife only cruise to The Bahamas.

Additional things Keith shared:

Keith is very outgoing, lives nature and once caught a live gator with his bare hands in the water.  He is a military brat who grew up moving from place to place.  Not only has he traveled to many countries around the world, Keith has been to every state except for Hawaii which is on his bucket list of places to visit.

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