Working in a MRF can be rewarding

Joe Ortiz, Operations Support Team

Traveling for Work. Working to Travel.

Joe loves to travel. He and his family regularly brainstorm about where they want to go and what they want to do. They like road trips. They enjoy trying out mom-and-pop restaurants. And they seek out destinations that are kid friendly, with things they can do with their two young children.

Joe’s love of travel is a good thing: in his job on the operations support team, Joe is on the road upwards of 70% of the time. “I’d been wanting to move into this job for a while. I love new sites, new places and new people,” he said. “You never know what you’re going to walk into. It’s exciting to see how you can assist and help and see your work in progress.”

Joe didn’t start out working in the recycling industry. He went to medical school; his goal was to become an RN. At the time he graduated, though, it was really hard to find a job. He got discouraged, needed work, and had to pay the bills. So, he turned in his scrubs and joined Leadpoint as a sorter.

“Sorting was like therapy. It gave me a lot of time to think,” he said. “I felt very valued on the job and liked the sense of teamwork. One thing led to another and I moved up the ranks, working as an onsite manager at several sites.”

Surprisingly, the onsite role is where his medical training came into play. “To be efficient as an onsite manager, you have to have accurate admin skills,” he said. “My medical billing and coding classes really came into play.”

Joe said the best thing about his job is being part of the Leadpoint family. “We all learn from each other and coach each other to continue to grow our skill sets,” he said.

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