Cal Franklin recently interviewed Wastebuilt Southeast’s Mark Clindaniel. Mark joined Wastebuilt with 25 years of experience in the waste industry. Prior to joining Wastebuilt, he served 11 years in sales and management roles at Wastequip and Galbreath. Most recently, Mark was responsible for Midwest sales for E-Z Pack.
Franklin: You’ve been in this business a long-time. What attracted you to this industry?
Clindaniel: The industry is a very close knit group of professionals who take pride in their work and profession. Let’s face it…trash is not glamorous but the people make it a very fun and unique industry.
Franklin: Wastebuilt is a fairly new company with several recent acquisitions. What is your opinion of this new company with some industry old names?
Clindaniel: If I counted the number of fingers equaling a decade per finger, I don’t have enough hands for the years of knowledge we have in the Wastebuilt Company. I started in the Waste Industry in 1989 and in our company, I am the inexperienced one. Greg Podell and Jerry Samson have over 60 years combined along with many others including yourself. Wastebuilt is three years old but has the knowledge of a company which has been in business 50 years. This includes great companies like Stepp and Consolidated and their years of success which they bring to the Wastebuilt Family.
Franklin: You’ve opened up an office in south Florida. Can you tell us about it and what will be occurring at this facility?
Clindaniel: Our facility in Florida is named Wastebuilt Southeast which is located in Pompano Beach. It is a brand new property from the ground up. We provide a wide variety of parts and full service including mobile service which will accommodate the entire State of Florida. We are focusing on customer needs in Florida with a concentration on Parts and Service to the customer base. The property is 30,000 Square feet of Parts warehouse and six-bay shop. We currently have six employees and will have eight to 10 by the end of the year. Parts and Service will be our priority.
Franklin: Parts and service seemed to be a big part of what you will be doing.
Clindaniel: Cal, we have only been invoicing about 2 ½ months and are very excited by the reception which has been provided to us by several great customers. We are delivering parts to our customers’ door along with service at their locations. That is being very well received at this time. We hope to build a large customer base to be serviced by a great group of Wastebuilt employees who are passionate on customer satisfaction.
Franklin: How did the recent open-house go at the new location?
Clindaniel: The open house went well. We had two great days of customer orientation and training on several products. We were happy to have Don Galbreath attend. He is a legend in our industry and we were glad to see him. I am hoping to make the open house an annual event and watch the numbers grow. I encourage all of our friends and customers to stop by and visit our facility.
Franklin: Can you tell us about the employees who will be working with you in Florida?
Clindaniel: We have brought in many experienced players. Randy Bourbeau is young guy who handles our service side of the business. He has many years of experience in the waste industry. Randy managed a fleet of refuse trucks over 100 deep and multiple brand names in Kentucky. Michael Shellenbaum is a young guys straight out of college who is our inside parts coordinator from Arizona. Both of these guys have been with me from the start. They are DEVOTED to Wastebuilt. Randy Schellenbaum is our parts service manager who brings to us 30 plus years in the waste industry. He recently moved here from Arizona. These people make the company and WE HAVE THE PEOPLE!
Franklin: You have moved from Indiana to Florida. How has the transition been with your wife Pam and the children to the move?
Clindaniel: We dropped the youngest son off at college on a Thursday and moved down on the following Saturday. We are empty nesters and we love it! Don’t get me wrong, we love and miss our children but they are growing up. Two of them have their own homes. They can visit any time and the door is always open…it’s just a different environment for me and Pam. My wife loves it in Florida. For Pam, the hotter it is, the happier she is. I have a happy wife right now. Pam can have fun in the sun and I get to grow a company from the bottom up. It is a great time in my life to experience this challenge and I am having fun doing it.