Meet The Staff: Raul Aleman

What’s going on guys? Welcome back to Meet The Staff! As you can see we are doing something a little different today. I thought that I would improve our little weekly ventures into getting to know our employees better by adding a little audio. Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!

Today’s focus is on Raul Aleman, a gentleman who has been working for Pot-O-Gold for just over 6 months now as a driver. Raul is 47 years of age, he is from New Braunfels, TX, and he is happily married with kids. They aren’t really kids anymore because Raul is also a grandfather, and when he is around his grandchildren, he loves to go skating with them.

Something interesting about Raul is that he is quite the cinefile. In his free time he loves watching movies. Movies can still bring families together in a day in age where people are so detached from everyone around them. Ideally, one day Raul would like to go on a cruise. My guess is on a romantic cruise to the Caribbean with his wife to spend time with the one person he vowed to loved above all others.

Now, enough with the sappy stuff! How about we get into the fun bits?

If there was a movie being made about Raul, and he was given task of casting an actor to portray him in the upcoming film, he would pick Michael J. Fox because, “we both shake.” Whatever that means.

You know that feeling you get in the morning where you wake up, and you’re groggy? You’re not wanting to go to work, and you need some motivation? Raul turns on some metal music to get his head in the game. Maybe a little bit of Mudvayne or something a bit more classic like Testament or Pantera? That would get my blood pumping for the day, that’s for sure.

Raul feels that his best attribute is his smile. I guess it’s warranted because his nickname is Smiley. I wish I could share that sentiment. When I try to force a smile, I look like a cheese ball.

We all have our unusual habits, but Raul says his is clearing his throat. Maybe it’s a compulsion. Who knows?

Everyone loves a good vehicle and everyone has different tastes. Raul, in my opinion, has great taste. If he was presented with the choice of any car ever manufactured, he would choose a ’69 Camero. You’ve got to love old-school American muscle.

I know that I said we were moving on from the sappy stuff, but I lied. If Raul could meet any one person, he would want to meet his grandfather. He never got to meet him. He and I both share this sentiment. My grandfather passed when my mom was just a girl. I know his pain well.

BACK TO THE FUN!

Something special about Raul that most people don’t know is, “I’m OCD lol.” My guess is that he means he has obsessive tendencies. Everyone likes to have their things in their rightful places. This is especially prevalent in type A personalities.

When Raul was but a wee lad, he had a dream. He wanted nothing more than to be a truck driver! 47 years later, and Raul is living that dream. Pot-O-Gold is officially in the business of making dreams come true!

Some of Raul’s most fond memories are those of his childhood. Memories of playing outside all day in a time where he had no responsibility. We all reflect back on those days and look at them with longing, but just know that carefree child grew up to be one awesome adult.

We all have that one place that we want to visit one day. The most common answer I hear is that people want to go to Rome, Paris, Italy, etc. Raul on the other hand, wants to go to Transylvania. I wouldn’t mind visiting to go and see some of the lore pertaining to lycans and vampires.

Everyone has a bucket list. We all have those things what we want to do before we die, and most people tend to want to experience beauty and an adrenaline rush. Raul is no different. Raul wants to go skydiving (no thank you), drive a race car, and go on a trip to Europe.

Guilty pleasures. The one thing that if people found out about, your face would turn beet red. Raul’s is sugar. He loves candies and chocolate. My guess is that he over endulges, otherwise, why is it guilty?

Growing up watching TV, we all develop crushes on the beautiful people on-screen. Me being born in ’91 and growing up watching Power Rangers, I developed a huge crush on Amy Jo Johnson. Raul’s situation isn’t any different. He developed a crush on Nia Peeples, an R&B singer and actress. She was quite the looker back in the day. I can’t blame him.

OK! OK! Back to the sappy stuff! We all receive that one piece of advice that changes the course of our lives forever. That piece of advice for Raul was, “Marry her!” Raul listened to that advice and now he couldn’t be happier.

First jobs almost always suck. I don’t look upon mine fondly. Raul’s first job was a “floor tech.” He didn’t elaborate here so I really can’t comment.

Finally we have come to my favorite question. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Raul chose super speed. That’s an awesome power. As long as he doesn’t go messing with the speedforce, I think we will be alright!

Alright guys, that’s going to do it for this week’s Meet The Staff! Stop by next week to learn more about our ever-growing Pot-O-Gold family.

Remember to choose Pot-O-Gold for all of your waste disposal needs. We have everything you need from porta potties to dumpsters. To learn more visit our website, potogoldwaste.com, or call 1-888-768-6465.

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Meet The Staff: Sam Marsh

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Sam Marsh, a Pot-O-Gold veteran of over 2 1/4 years. He is one of our operations managers, but he started out as a “yard boy” cleaning porta potties. Talk about a rising star! Sam was born on March 16, 1990 in Grand Junction, Colorado. At the time of writing this blog, Sam has been married for 20 days! That’s right ladies and gentlemen! Sam is a newly wed man! Although this is about to sound eerily similar to a dating profile, it’s time to get to know Sam.

In Sam’s free time, he enjoys playing guitar and frisbee golf. Come chow time, Sam loves some good ol’ pizza! Kowabunga dude! His ideal vacation would be to take a road trip anywhere with a beautiful scenic drive. Picture a situation for me. Hollywood decided to make a movie based on Sam’s life, and Sam gets the privilege of casting the actor portraying him. Sam chooses Owen Wilson. I feel like we basically have the same personality. WOW!

We all know that mornings suck. We all need something to get us ready for the day. For Sam, that’s some heavy metal! I love listening to Lamb of God, Mudvayne, and Megadeth on the way to work myself. You can’t beat some good metal! Sam feel’s that his best attribute is his sense of humor. Laughter is the spice of life. When I asked Sam what his most unusual habit is, he responded,”I don’t know! Haha!” Sam’s dream car is a Subaru WRX STI. If Sam could meet any one person, he would want to meet Rodrey Mullen because he basically reinvented skate boarding, and he seems like a really cool guy. Something that most people don’t know about Sam is that he is a singer song writer. Growing up, Sam wanted to be a rock star. I’m sure he still wants to be. All guys do. I want to.

One of Sam’s most fond memories is going camping with his dad in an orange orchard having “orange wars.” Sam has a very unique nickname. He goes by Squid in some circles. I wonder what the origin of the same is from. If Sam could visit one place in the world, he would want to go to Iceland. A couple of things on Sam’s bucket list are backing across Europe and go sky diving. Backpacking seems great, but why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good plane? One guilty pleasure he has is dousing all of his food in Sriracha! We have all had our Sriracha love affairs. Sam’s first celebrity crush was Jennifer Anniston. Good choice! Jennifer Aniston is STILL a stunner to this day! The best piece of advice he has ever received was, “You are who you hang out with.” You are only as good as the company you keep is one of the greatest adages of all-time. Sam’s first job was working at Taco Bell. Yum! Finally, if Sam could have one super power, he would want the power of teleportation! Imagine not having to EVER pay for travel expenses and never having to sit in traffic.

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

Super Bowl LII

The Super Bowl is set! The New England Patriots are looking to defend their title against the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4. The Eagles have nothing to lose and everything to gain. They have never won a super bowl, but the Patriots have won 5. Obviously the Eagles are seen as the underdog here, but that is what America will cheer for! Everyone loves an underdog story.

With 52 years under its belt, the Super Bowl has taken the title as the most viewed broadcast in the United States. 19 of the 20 highest viewed broadcasts are Super Bowls. There is only one episode of one show that stands on the same ground and that’s the finale of M*A*S*H* which pulled over 105 million views. With this great American event, friends, family, and neighbors gather for extravagant Super Bowl parties; some of which span multiple blocks of neighborhoods. For a night, the United States will smell of barbecue, beer, and nachos. There won’t be a quiet football fan in the country. People will party hard, and the fans of the victorious team will party even harder.

With masses of people gathered, the restroom situation can get a little hairy, but that is where we come in. Pot-O-Gold provides the best portable toilets, hand wash stations, and hand trees / sanistands.  Our Special Event Portable Toilet Rental option provides premium restroom amenities to users when needed. Services provided by Pot-O-Gold are performed by professional technicians using the best equipment our industry has to offer. Our hand wash stations provide an excellent way of keeping your hands clean in any situation. These mobile hand wash washing sinks keep the dirt and germs off your hands keeping everything hygienic. Our Hand Sanitizer Stands that provide customers with an easy and convenient way to disinfect their hands without the need for soap and water. Our sanistands dispense antiseptic hand sanitizer in the form of gel or foam that kills 99% of all germs including salmonella and E. Coli.

Meet The Staff: Darius Houston

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is own Darius Houston, a pump truck driver who has been with Pot-O-Gold since June 2017. Darius was born  on September 20, 1991 in Chicago, Il. He is the father of 2 children who “brighten his day.” I his free time, Darius enjoys shopping, playing basketball with his son, playing video games, watching scary movies, and spending a lot of time with his family. Darius’s favorite food is Giordano’s deep dish pizza. You can’t go wrong with pizza. Ever. His ideal vacation would be to go to Disney World with his children. “I want to see the excitement on their face!”

If Darius could get any actor to play him in a movie, he would want to get Forest Whitaker to play the role. “He is a wonderful actor who taps into the best characters.” “Plus he’s my favorite.” Trap music gets Darius’s blood flowing in the morning. “Something about the sound just gets me ready for the day.” Darius’s best attribute would be being able to put people’s needs before his own. It takes a special kind of attitude to be able to think about other people before yourself. His most unusual habit is biting his finger nails, so he is completely normal. If he could have any car, he would want a blue ’63 Chevelle with a white racing stripe. Nice! If he could meet one person, he would want to meet Mansa Musa. “Richest guy in history. He can tell me a lot.” Darius is a sucker for children and dogs. When he was growing up, Darius wanted to be the greatest football player the world has ever seen. His most fond memory is of waking up and being able to be a kid. Riding bikes, playing in the dirt, etc. His nicknames are Apple Face, Big D, Pooh Bear, and Big Homie. My guess is that Pooh Bear is for family members only? If Darius could go anywhere, he would want to go to Africa so he can learn about his lineage. 3 major things on his bucket list include sky diving (brave man), mountain climbing (I’m seeing a pattern here), and to do the “tough mudder challenge.” Darius’s guilty pleasure is watching reality tv. We all love to watch trash TV from time to time. Darius’s first celebrity crush was Keisha Cole. The best piece of advice he has ever received came from Pot-O-Gold’s Scott Mosby. “Learn cryto currency and it will change your life.” Bitcoin IS fantastic, but volatile. Darius’s first job was at a park factory in Chicago. Finally, if Darius could have one super power it would be the power of invisibility for the times where he needs to just get away.

That’s going to do it for this week’s Meet The Staff! Take care everyone!

Safest Drivers On The Road!

We all get nervous from time to time when we drive along side a large truck, but you can rest easy when you see a Pot-O-Gold driver behind the wheel. All of our drivers have been trained in the Smith System. The Smith System is the industry leading driving safety course that many major companies use. The goal is to reprogram your brain on what defensive and safe driving actually is. I underwent Smith Training years ago when I was working for another company, and it really does help. I still find myself following most of the “5 keys” every day. The “5 keys” are 5 bullet points you should follow at all times when behind the wheel. These keys can help prevent any and all accidents that you have control over.

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Not only are Pot-O-Gold’s drivers Smith trained, but we have our own monetary safety initiative. Our drivers receive bonuses for every quarter they are incident free. They also receive another bonus if they go an entire year without incident. I am happy to announce that our drivers have received over $80,000 in bonuses in 2017. Pot-O-Gold takes safety seriously and we are always looking to further our safety precautions and initiatives. Whenever you see a Pot-O-Gold driver on the road, know that you have nothing to worry about from him.

Laissez Les Pot-O-Gold rouler!

Bon temps are on the horizon! Mardi Gras will be here in just over a month. People will flood the streets for nights of partying, dancing, drinking and parades! Oh yes! I said nights with an -s! Jazz music will be blasted from every corner of Burbon Street and people will be able to forget all of their problems for a while and just have fun. “For a few weeks in the early part of each year, dozens of brightly festooned, themed Mardi Gras floats carrying krewe royalty, celebrities, and masked members lead marching bands and riders on horseback, flambeaux carriers and others through the streets of New Orleans. They bestow beads, doubloons, and other prized trinkets to millions of revelers witnessing “the greatest show on Earth.” Carnival season officially begins January 6 every year and continues through Fat Tuesday.” –neworleansonline.com.

There will be far more people in the streets than the surrounding establishments can handle. With drinks flowing, and they WILL be flowing, the patrons will need somewhere to relieve themselves. This is where Pot-O-Gold comes in. Pot-O-Gold can handle all of your portable toilet needs. We have a large fleet of porta potties ready to ship out at a moment’s notice. We also have a heavy supply of roll-off dumpsters to assist with clean up. For more information please visit potogoldwaste.com or call 1-888-768-6465.

Changes for 2018

2017 is coming to a close and 2018 is only a few days away. With the coming new year, we are committed to continue providing you the best customer service and equipment in the industry, but we are going amplify it in the new year. We are launching our new website in January which has had a complete overhaul. Our new website is designed to be more user-friendly for both desktop and mobile users. Pot-O-Gold is still leading the industry with our online ordering system. Did you know that Pot-O-Gold is still the only portable toilet and dumpster company in the United States that has a completely autonomous online ordering system? Our online rental selection will be expanded early in 2018 to offer easier and faster access to our services so our customers can get back to their day.

2018 brings a new change that will allow our customers to rest easy knowing that their portable toilets will be serviced to perfection from top to bottom. Our new 7-point service plan includes placement of the unit, servicing, and repairs. We are not ready to share the details of this plan yet, but it will be unveiled with the launch of our new website along-side a cute little animation.

We would like to thank all of our amazing customers for chosing Pot-O-Gold and we hope to continue doing business with you. You are valued more than words can express.