Everyone Wants to Feel Good
Landing in his role as an Onsite Manager was a bit of a happy accident for Dan. He started with Leadpoint as a general laborer in 2019 at the age of 50; he ended up with us because, “I was fried,” he said. He needed a big change and wanted a job without the overwhelming pressures of his prior career. Dan moved up to shift manager about six months later and worked closely with his manager to get trained on the many aspects of how things work inside the MRF. He learned along the way and was named OSM about 18-months later.
“I’ve learned a lot about MRFs and this industry, but the main thing I’ve learned is that everyone is the same. Everyone wants the same stuff,” he said. “Whether you’re a CEO or high-school dropout, whether you’ve done time or are an ambitious salesperson, everyone wants to make enough to live the way they want to live and go home at the end of the day and enjoy life.”
Dan is a United States Air Force veteran, a former factory worker, and an experienced HR manager. Through it all, he built a philosophy based on leading by example. “I treat people with dignity even when they screw up, and lead with gratitude,” he said. “I like to appreciate people for the hard work they put in. Making people feel good makes me feel good about myself, too,” he said.
“My hope is that if I show gratitude and dignity to people, they will show it that same attitude toward others, too.”