Kevin Atkinson – Texas Pride Disposal
“You don’t want to be the guy on the back of the truck; you want to be the guy that owns the truck.” I can still recall these words spewing from my uncle’s mouth like it was yesterday. However, yesterday was 1991, and I was a 6-year old that was bewildered by what I had just heard. Why would I want to own the trucks when the guys on the back get to have all of the fun?
Growing up, for as long as anyone that knows me can remember, I have always wanted to be a garbage man. Whether it was riding my bike up and down the street with the regular crew, owning an entire fleet of toy garbage trucks, or even having a few goldfish named BFI, garbage has been my passion for quite literally my entire life.
As I grew up, the toy trucks were retired, but the real trucks continued to catch my eye. After returning home from my freshman year of college, I was hired as a helper for a local company. I spent the entire summer throwing trash on the back of the truck, the hardest job I’ve ever had. I returned to work holidays, and the following summer received my commercial driver’s license and started driving for the company, all the while picking the minds of the managers.
After graduating, I was hired full-time, and quickly became an operations manager. Within a year, I was managing the residential division for the entire Houston market, an operation that consisted of over 300 employees, 200,000 customers, and 80 trucks.
As I continued in my role and learned more about the local market, I became amazed at how over-complicated companies tried to make garbage collection. Too many rules, too much management, too much technology, and service quality that suffered as a result. It was time for a change.
Partnered with an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Texas Pride Disposal was founded on five basic principles: that garbage collection be incredibly simple for the customer, to redefine quality service, that communities have the right to customize their solid waste programs to fit their exact needs, that an emphasis on recycling be promoted, and that a safe working environment be created for the well-being of both our employees and our customers.
So here I am today, the owner of the truck, more passionate about what I do than anyone you will ever meet, and ready and excited to go above and beyond for you and your community.
DANIEL GOODWIN / Provident Wealth Advisors
DR. JOHN NEWBOLD / Sam Houston State University
KEVIN ATKINSON / Texas Pride Disposal
BLAINE LYNN / Sam Houston State University Student
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