At Big Truck Rental, we understand what it takes to keep our industry moving forward. A big part of that growth is due to our essential workers. We want to shine some light on those special people who have continued to push through during COVID-19 and all of the hard times that have come with this new normal.
For this week’s Essential Worker Spotlight, we would like to introduce you to Angel Veloz. Angel is a Roll-off Driver for Waste Pro USA in Ft. Myers, Florida. Get to know more about Angel below!
- What Company do you work for, how long have you been there, and what is your title?
- I am a Roll-Off Driver for Waste Pro USA at the Ft Myers, FL division. I have been here since 2005.
- Tell us a little about yourself- family, hobbies, interests, etc.
- Spending time with my wife, children, and grandchildren is the most important thing to me. I’ve won four $10,000 Safety Awards from Waste Pro, and all of it had gone to my children for their education or to buy a home. I came to America as a refugee as a child, so I’ve seen what it is to have nothing, and I don’t want that for my children and grandchildren.
- What is a typical work day like for you?
- I collect and haul trash for several businesses in the Ft. Myers area. My main customer is the Southwest Florida International Airport. Sometimes I spend my whole day there. They’ve come to know me so well, they asked me to write their safety operation plan for gathering and hauling trash – to this day, the airport follows the guidelines I wrote.
- What’s the most rewarding thing about your job?
- Interacting with my customers. I’ve been invited to birthdays, unchains, company parties, retirement parties, even funerals. Little kids point at my truck and I honk. I like to have a good time with them. I want people to look and me and say, “Look, there’s a professional”.
- Have you ever worked on or with a BTR truck? If so, please tell us about your experience.
- I have not used a BTR truck – our founder and Chairman, John Jennings, has been generous enough to gift me a custom truck as a reward for my work over the years.
- Anything else you want to share?
- As a driver, you have to stay focused at all times. Sometimes things to wrong, and you fee like you’re going to fly off the handle – don’t. Say to yourself “Stop, get over it, you’re an adult” and then address it. You have to be a part of the solution, not the problem.
From everyone at Big Truck Rental, we wanted to say thank you to Angel and the entire team at Waste Pro USA. Thank you for all your hard work!