Andres “The Machine” Aguirre is an exemplary two year employee of ATR. A Veteran of the US Army and US Postal Service, he began his journey with ATR in 2015 quickly became a DEMAN expert. He became known as “The Machine” due to his relentless work ethic and razor sharp focus. His reputation was made evident this month demonstrating his high flexibility in the warehouse when tasked to prep and then re-prep 18 gaylords of LCD Monitors to provide product sizes. This quick and accurate effort satisfied customer requirements guaranteeing a short turn sale worth over $9,500. Additionally, Andres demanufactured, sorted and prepped 7,600 lbs of circuit boards solidifying a sale worth $20,461.
The San Antonio Team greatly appreciates the efforts of Mr. Aguirre and submits him as our Spotlight Candidate for June 2017.
Alan McCabe is our Team Leader at the Birmingham, AL facility. He began his time at ATR June 13, 2016 as an Inventory Specialist in processing equipment. He has enjoyed learning more about the technological components we receive from our many customers. As the Team Leader, he enjoys the fast pace and varied job responsibilities necessary in being successful in his role. He likes increasing the efficiency of his team and working through others to get the job done. Prior to his service with ATR, he worked for an Armored Car Service for 10 years. In his spare time he enjoys hunting and target shooting. He enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and 2 dogs, Scruffee and Sassee.
Linda Fischer is our Training Supervisor and arranges our Corporate Travel. She began working for ATR in January of 2013 at the then newly opened San Antonio facility. As business picked up, additional team members were brought on board. She is proud of having assisted in opening that facility and is a team player. She has always been into recycling, and as a young adult picked up trash and carried it out of the back woods in national and state parks across the country.
Outside of work, Linda enjoys quiet time with her husband and keeps him well feed on homemade cuisine from tips and tricks she learns from the cooking channel. Linda has one Son that served time in the Air Force and is a Great Grand Mother.
Vanessa Rockwell is our Employee Spotlight for November 2016, she is a very dedicated Asset Recovery employee in the Salt Lake City/Tooele ATR location. She is known for going above and beyond to take care of all her e-Bay customers, and helps them get exactly what they are looking for. Vanessa recently won a contest we ran between all of our Asset Recovery employees at all of our sites by achieving the highest total sales in a 48 hour period.
She is a pleasure to work with, and her co-workers all respect and appreciate her hard work. She is a very hard-worker, she works two jobs to support herself and her 3 children. Vanessa loves spending time outdoors and watching her kids play sports. She has been a key aspect in helping to grow our e-Bay sales.
We appreciate all your hard-work, thanks for everything you do Vanessa!
Preston Schultz is one of our most hard-working Tech Assistants in the new Salt Lake City/Tooele ATR location. Preston interviewed for a Warehouse position but his knowledge of Technology stood out from the very beginning. He loves the fast paced environment and always having something new and exciting to work on. He feels like he is building a great wealth of knowledge to do his job better every day! Preston loves the people he works with; he really enjoys what he does here. He is always willing and able to help out in the warehouse when needed also.
In his life outside of work he is a true family man. He has a lovely wife, two children, and a baby girl on the way! Thank-you Preston for all of your hard work!
Brittany worked in Asset Recovery for a year and a half prior to transferring to our newly developed Customer Service Department . One of Brittany’s favorite experiences while working at ATR is learning that stepping out of your comfort zone can help you achieve much more in any position you may hold. While in Asset recovery, Brittany found enjoyment in making sales and, especially in wholesale. She also enjoys attending the company Christmas Party every year. Brittany attended IVCC college for a year and a half. While there, she studied forensic science and earned a certificate in criminal justice. In Brittany’s spare time she enjoys fishing and attending concerts, but is not opposed to a relaxing night at home. Brittany also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Brittany has two sons: Landyn (2 years old) and Zander (1 year old). With Landyn and Zander only 10 months apart they make sure to keep her on her toes at all times! She wouldn’t have it any other way as her boys are her world. She also has a very sweet 1 year old boxer/pit mix puppy named Asher.
James Johnson III is the site manager of our Grand Rapids Michigan facility. He has been with ATR for going on 8 months now. James has several years of managerial expertise. He brings a wealth of knowledge and teamwork to our staff. His favorite experience thus far at ATR is getting through our External R2 audit with 0 non-conformance through working hard as a team. We proudly congratulate him for that! In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and being on the water. James also secretly writes poetry, with 200 poems written so far. James has several pets including his purebred German Rottweiler, several Peacocks, Exotic Pheasants and show quality chickens. His goal is to educate people on the toxins that are in the Great Lakes and what we can do to prevent these toxins from continuing to pollute our waters.
Donna Comens has worked at our Pontiac, IL location 5 years on July 25th. Her current position held is Customer Service Manager, though she has had several management positions, here at corporate. Some of Donna’s favorite things about working for ATR is getting the opportunity to travel to places like Niagara Falls and the River Walk in San Antonio. She loves being part of a Management Team, that has helped grow ATR from 2 sites to now 7, in a few short years. Donna is a wonderful role model, mentor, and coach to the teams she has led over the years. Donna has a way with her spunky self that can bring anybody out of their shell, and she will push them to their full potential. “Knowing you have helped in some small way to mold them into productive employees that have the confidence to conquer whatever is put in front of them, Well that is just the Best!”
Donna has been married to her absolute best friend Mike for 7 years, and loves to spend time with her family every chance she gets. Some of her hobbies are Nascar and the Broncos when they go to the Superbowl! She did successfully graduate with honors at the School of Hard Knocks . LOL! She has two absolutely beautiful dogs, her sweet Shiatsu named Bella, and her naughty little toy poodle, Fred.
Kim Mislich is the Receptionist at our Pontiac, IL location. She came to ATR in April 2016 with a background in sales and joined the Asset Recovery team. She decided to move to the receptionist position when it opened up last month. She enjoys being at the front desk, and is looking forward to being involved in planning more events for employees to enjoy.
Kim loves spending her free time with family and friends. She moved back to this area in order to be close to her mom, brother, children and grandchildren. She loves traveling, spending time outdoors, and entertaining at home. Her hobbies include exercise like yoga, walking, and bicycling; as well as riding motorcycles and fishing. She attended Lincoln College and earned her degree in Travel & Tourism.
Kim does a great job working with customers at the front desk and we truly appreciate all of her hard work!
Barbara Smith works at our Pontiac, IL location, and has been working here for one month. She is an Administrative Assistant, and handles Accounts Payable & Receivable. She helps out where needed in the office, and has been very quick in learning the many facets of her new position. She has loved getting to know everyone here at ATR, and states “Their willingness to help me learn about the company and the support I have received has been incredible.”
Barbara is always on the go, and enjoys traveling and attending events in her spare time. She has a daughter in San Francisco, and a son in Denver. They love to meet up in different cities for quick family trips. She is a big supporter of the Denver Broncos, and an avid sports fan in general. She can never get enough of watching games!
In her short time here, Barbara has been a great asset to ATR; her experiences and input have earned her the Employee Spotlight for this month!
Jill Maroon works at our Pontiac, IL location, and she started here in April of 2015. Her first job was very unique; she joined our team as a judge during the One Million Pound Challenge. Then, she worked in the warehouse, sold wholesale for Asset Recovery and now is a part of our Customer Service Representative team.
In her spare time, Jill loves being an assistant coach for her daughter’s Little Miss Softball League. Jill has two daughters, Navaeh (8) and Amilya (1), she also has a boxer named, Bullet. She attended Kaskaskia Community College where she obtained a certificate in Criminal Justice. Jill participated with ATR in walking in the Thresherman’s Reunion Parade; it was a nice way to get her family involved! Also, she has worked some of our E-Waste Drives and those are a great way to learn new aspects of our business and help our local communities!
Paul Kridner is an Asset Recovery Specialist at our Pontiac, IL site. In Asset Recovery, Paul sells equipment either retail or wholesale. He joined ATR back in November of 2014. Paul said that he enjoys working our E-waste Drive events because it’s interesting to learn about all the different equipment while also keeping the environment clean.
When Paul isn’t busy keeping the environment clean, he is usually hanging out with friends, playing video games or watching movies. He can also be a little artsy since he paints. Paul has his motorcycle license, and can been seen cruising around town on his moped. Also, he is currently attending Heartland Community College to obtain his Associates Degree. Paul already had one cat named Panther, but recently he rescued a small kitten and named him Sunnie. Paul is a very hard worker and he’s a great part of our team!
February 2016 Spotlight, Administrative Assistant/Logistics Coordinator Ellis Gonzalez San Antonio TX Facility
Ellis Gonzalez is the Administrative Assistant/Logistics Coordinator at our San Antonio, TX site. He joined our team back in March of 2015. Ellis really enjoyed being a part of ATR breaking the Guinness Book World Record for Most Residential Pounds Collected in One Week. He liked being able to assist on some pickups and being able to see a different part of what we do as a company.
Ellis is a very active volunteer within his church. When he’s not volunteering, his three sons keep him busy with their sporting events. He also enjoys watching sports, mainly baseball; he is a Texas Rangers fan. Ellis is currently pursuing a degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy. He served in the Marine Corps for 23 and retired with the rank of Master Sergeant. Ellis even has an English Bulldog named Maggie to represent the Marine Corps since the Bulldog is their mascot.
Nick Lee is our Business Development Manager at our Birmingham, AL site. As a BDM, Nick manages the business accounts that the Birmingham site has. He has only been at ATR for a year and a half but has made great progress in our business! Nick said that he enjoys working with his clients and building strong business relationships.
When he’s not at work, Nick likes to catch up with friends and try out new restaurants. He also enjoys hiking, traveling and gardening. Nick attended University of Alabama, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. An interesting fact about him is that he was born and raised in Alabama but does NOT like grits. Nick is a very hard worker and ATR really enjoys having him be a part of our team!
December 2015 Spotlight, Administrative Assistant/Warehouse Worker Daniel Kleeman Peoria, IL Facility
Daniel Kleeman is the Administrative Assistant/Warehouse Worker at our Peoria, IL site. Daniel has been at ATR for just slightly over a year. He said that he really enjoyed meeting all of the other employees at our Christmas party last year, and that it was a good chance to get to know everyone in a more relaxed setting.
When he’s not at work, Daniel likes to practice his many hobbies, such as playing computer games, reading up on politics, writing or practicing his archery. He has two dogs named Skippy and Squirt. Daniel is very proud to be the seventh son of a World War II veteran, Hubert Kleeman. Also, he attended Illinois State University, and graduated with an English degree.
November 2015 Spotlight, Business Development Assistant/Human Resources Assistant Melissa Cruz Pontiac, IL Facility
Melissa Cruz is our Business Development Assistant/Human Resources Assistant at our Pontiac, IL location. She began working at ATR back in September of 2014. Melissa said that she likes learning about the Electronic Business, and working with a great group of individuals. She is proud to work for a company that takes our environment so serious and makes it a better place for our children to live.
Outside of work, Melissa likes to watch NASCAR races and regularly attends the stock car races at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. When she’s not watching racing, Melissa likes to garden, cook, cross stitch and read. She recently moved back up to Illinois from Texas so she is trying to spend a lot of time with family to make up for lost time. She has two wonderful children, and hopes that one day they will also be able to move to Illinois from Texas. Melissa served 5 and a half years in the US Army, and has a BBA in Healthcare Management and went to AIU based out of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Tiffany Houseman is our Administrative Assistant at our Grand Rapids, MI facility. She joined the ATR team last April. Tiffany enjoys working at ATR because she said everyday is a new adventure, a new learning experience, and a new opportunity for growth!
Outside of work, Tiffany loves to go to rodeos, go horseback riding and spend time with her three children. An interesting fact about Tiffany is that she graduated from high school with a class of 5 people; 4 of them had gone to school together from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Tiffany will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Grand Rapids with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in honor of her brother who passed away. She attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where she got her Associates Degree in Psychology and completed a semester at Western Michigan University. Tiffany has quite the array of animals; she has a mare Paint horse, Shepherd/Lab mix dog and a rabbit. Tiffany is a very hard worker and ATR is happy to have her!
Jason Lewis is one of our very hard working Warehouse members. He started working at ATR 10 months ago with his two brothers, Eric and Ryan. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family. He has two daughters who are 9 and 12 and two dogs named Nick and Coco. Jason also hunts fishes and cheers on the Dallas Cowboys.
Jeremy Fracaro is a Wholesale Specialist at the Pontiac, IL Corporate location. He began his career with ATR back in September of 2014 as a Warehouse worker, but quickly switched departments and went into Asset Recovery. Now that he is a Wholesale Specialist, Jeremy is able to sell items that we receive in bulk quantities. This is a very important part of our business since we are an Asset Recovery company! Jeremy said that he really enjoys our Christmas parties, because he thinks it’s a fantastic way to show appreciation for all the hard work that everyone does throughout the year!
In the evenings, Jeremy plays on a slow pitch softball league, and likes to go four wheeling on the weekends. He is also a self proclaimed fantasy football expert and participates in a league with a few others from ATR. He is the new proud owner of a bunny named Felicia, which his girlfriend randomly brought home one day!
Thank you Jeremy for all of the time and effort that you put in to making ATR such a success!
Ashlyn Layton is the Office/Warehouse support at our Birmingham, AL facility. She does everything from processing equipment in the warehouse to taking care of the Administrative responsibilities in the office. Ashlyn began her career with ATR back in September of 2014. In such a short time she has helped the Birmingham office become very successful! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys photography and reading books. Ashlyn received her degree in Criminal Justice from ITT Technical Institute. She also has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Wall-e! Thank you Ashlyn for all of your hard work!
Jeremy VanDyke is the Asset Recovery Specialist at our Grand Rapids site. He has worked with ATR for about a year now. He said that he enjoys fixing our vintage arcade/gaming and audio systems that we receive to sell. When he’s not selling or fixing equipment at ATR he enjoys reading books and traveling around Michigan with his wife. Also, he has traveled through 5 countries! Sometimes he will spend time at the shooting range with his friends or go fishing with his family. Jeremy attended college at Grand Rapids Community College for electrical.
Elise Comens became the new Receptionist at our Pontiac, IL location back in February of 2015. She said that she loves learning new things and so far every day at ATR has been a learning experience! And that everyone has been super nice and helpful about explaining new things! Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her son; they like to play games, watch movies and read books together. They’re waiting for the weather to warm up to be able to play outside and go camping! She also enjoys baking, reading and making tie-dye!
Dan Hendershott is the Site Supervisor at our Peoria, IL location. He has been a part of ATR for almost 6 years now! He started as one of the warehouse workers and then became the Warehouse Team Lead at the Pontiac location before transferring to the Peoria site. Dan is a big Chicago Cubs fan so he said that he really enjoys when Ken and Barb give tickets out for the home games to their employees. He also said that he tries to watch every Cubs game that he can in his spare time.
Craig Carpenter has been picked to be the ATR Employee in the Spotlight for the month of March! He joined our team to work in our warehouse at our new Buffalo, NY location, but he’s a jack of all trades. Since starting at ATR back in October of 2014 he has set up and organized the warehouse, built our secure cage area, set up the hard drive wiping station, installed cameras, repaired company vehicles and inventoried items into our database. When asked what he has really enjoyed about ATR so far Craig said that he really liked meeting the owners, Ken and Barb at the New York Christmas party!
In his life outside of ATR Craig is happily married to his wife, Lynnette for 25 years. He has a daughter named Aimee and just found out the he will be a grandfather in August! While growing up Craig would help his father with electrical work and fix up cars. Right now he’s working on repairing a 1959 Chevy pickup. He was in the Air Force and trained as an Avionic Sensor System Specialist where he worked on cameras and radar systems for F-4 Phantom reconnaissance jets. He also completed the Supervisory Studies program at Cornell and has a welding certificate. He has three cats Dale, named after Dale Earnhardt, Neville, named after Neville Longbottom and Sneakers. Craig is a very hard worker and ATR really enjoys having him as a part of our team!
Nadia Aguirre is the Asset Recovery Coordinator at our San Antonio site. She has been a part of our team since May of 2013! She really enjoys helping the guys around the warehouse. When she’s not at work she spends a lot of time with her family. Her hobbies are reading, watching sports, going to the gym and playing computer/video games. And she attended San Antonio College. Nadia helps make ATR successful everyday!
Jay Dronenberg is the Computer Technician at the Pontiac, IL site. He began his career with ATR back in April 2014. He enjoys being able to take computers apart and being able to build new ones.
Even in his spare time Jay has a computer repair business and is studying to become A+ certified. He also likes to go fishing, ride four wheelers and help out on his family’s farm. On the weekends in the summertime he watches his dad drag race his ’72 Nova. Last September Jay and his girlfriend adopted a Boxer mix puppy named Marley from the local humane society. Jay said that his favorite moment at ATR was the employee appreciation picnic that was held over the summer.
Heather Long is the Team Lead at our Birmingham, AL location. She has been with the company since February 2014 and was hired on as the office/warehouse support but became the Team Lead in September. She enjoys being able to educate people on the hows/whys of recycling, the impact on the environment, why we do things a certain way, how different elements can affect the environment and people.
When she’s not at work, Heather really likes to read. Typically she can finish two books a week. In December she will celebrate her 8 year wedding anniversary with her husband who she met when she was in the Navy and she has a 4 year old son. She married into Alabama football, Roll Tide! But attended Oklahoma State University and Coastline Community College and has a degree in Business Administration. She also has a Miniature Schnauzer named Tucker and a fish named Rocco.
Peggy Walkley is the Administrative Assistant for our Grand Rapids, MI branch. She started with ATR back in June. When asked what Peggy likes about ATR she said that she would definitely not call her job boring, there’s always something new going on. She also likes working with intelligent people who are easy to get along with and can make her laugh!
When she’s not at work, Peggy likes reading and watching movies/TV shows about Science Fiction and Fantasy and gaming. Some interesting facts about her are that she was in the Army Reserves and was adopted. Peggy has three cats named Jewel, Rocky and Cory. She is currently in her last quarter at ITT Technical Institute for her Associates in Network Systems Administration. After she gets that she plans to continue at ITT for a Bachelors in Information Security.
Jashad Bishop works at the San Antonio, TX location as a driver/warehouse worker. He started with the company back in July of 2013. His coworker, Maria Prindle calls him the King of Dis-assembly; she said that he can take anything apart! Bishop is a writer and enjoys writing poems about his son Zion. When he’s not working, he likes to shop and work out to stay fit. He is a track scholar and attended college in Austin at HBCU. Bishop said that he likes when ATR has company get together s like the Christmas party because it shows employee appreciation.
In her spare time Annie does different crafts. She upcycles vintage wood pieces, builds dollhouses and makes shelves. She has built quite the collection of pink tools for her projects, even her drill is pink! Her dad and brother built Annie’s low-rider pickup truck that she plans to paint green. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Heartland Community College, where she studied Accounting and Psychology. She has two cats and two children, Noah and Tristan who are 6 and 8. Annie is getting married October 31, 2015 and having a Halloween themed wedding!
Maria Prindle is the San Antonio Site Supervisor. She has been a part of the ATR team since January 25, 2013. Maria started out working at our Grand Rapids, MI facility but took the opportunity to express her strength as a leader when San Antonio was looking for a manager and someone with computer experience. Plus she wanted to take advantage of the warmer climate! She said that her favorite part of working at ATR is teaching her team new things, she likes to see them enjoy learning new tasks. Personally, Maria likes to work on and fix electronics.
In her spare time, Maria likes to fish and watch sports. Although she no longer lives in Michigan she remains a fan of the Detroit Tigers. She loves the San Antonio Spurs and believes that they took the championship this year because she is now a resident! Maria considers herself to be a Sci-Fi junkie, even naming her two cats Luke and Leigha. She is a mother of 4 and grandmother to 8 beautiful grandchildren. In June her son welcomed a baby boy named Emmet and in September she will be getting another granddaughter. Maria attended Grand Rapids Community College and graduated top of her class in Computer Support Technology. Maria said “I like working for ATR, they care for the health and safety of their employees as well as keeping us happy.”
Laurie Benningfield joined the ATR team back in August 2012. She was hired on as the receptionist and 9 months later became a Logistics Coordinator. She helps schedule trucks in and out of all of our facilities. You can also find her helping out around the office whenever needed, doing database work or helping make ATR a safer workplace by contributing to our Safety Committee.
Before coming to ATR Laurie managed a restaurant and worked with special needs students at her local high school. In July Laurie and her husband will celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary. She has a daughter who will be attending Emmaus Bible College this fall and a son who will be a sophomore in high school and a 3 year old Pug named Frankie. Laurie is a very active member in her church, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship. She helps with secretarial/database work, as well as helping organize the Summer Sports Camp. Her favorite sports teams are the Bears, Cubs and she likes NASCAR. In her spare time she enjoys reading, fishing, gardening and spending time with her family.