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Celebrating 40 Years with Republic Services: An Interview with Bulldozer Operator
David M.

It was September 27, 1982, when David M. started his career at Republic Services as a utility worker before becoming a heavy equipment operator. The Cheyenne Transfer Station had just opened and was brand new. Fast forward 40 years, and David is the most senior person on the team and the lead operator. He’s also a 2023 ROAD-EO National Championship Finalist!

To celebrate this milestone, David took some time to reflect on the last 40 years—how it all started, some of his biggest accomplishments, and what he’s looking forward to as a ROAD-EO Finalist.


Q. What do you remember about that first year or two starting out in this industry?

A. I remember working graveyards and providing coverage. I worked farm equipment before and was a natural fit as an operator when they asked if I could work equipment. I worked at the landfill and the transfer stations back and forth at different shift times. Different time but I’m grateful for that.

Q. Why did you first apply for the position at Republic?

A. My stepdad worked for the company and I pitched garbage the summer before I started and through high school. I needed a job and my stepdad helped me out. I actually wanted to work in the shop when I started.

Q. What has changed the most for you in your position or the industry over the years?

A. Equipment has definitely gotten nicer. Learned better technique and ways to operate on the equipment. Technology advancements and being able to GPS has been great.

Q. What’s been the most rewarding part of being a Bulldozer Operator?

A. I enjoy running the equipment. It comes natural and I’ve never really had a hard time doing it. It’s like someone who is good at playing an instrument like a violin or guitar, I’m good at running equipment. It’s a God given gift and talent that I’m grateful for.

Q. What are some of your biggest accomplishments since you started 40 years ago?

A. Raising a family of five kids during my time with the company. Four of them have college degrees and my oldest son is a dentist. This job has helped me raise my family. I’ve been the sole income provider and this company has allowed me to do that.

Q. How would you describe your team’s approach to safety?

A. Safety is the most important thing to protect our lives and livelihoods and we live that here every day.

Q. Congratulations on being named a 2023 ROAD-EO National Championship Finalist! What are you most looking forward to during your upcoming trip to Phoenix to compete?

A. I look forward to winning and putting my best foot forward. I am also looking forward to the experience and enjoying time with my wife.

Q. What does it mean to you to be one of 93 Finalists from a field of thousands, representing Las Vegas at the National Championship?

A. I feel really good about it and I’m proud of it. I’m thrilled to go and compete and represent Las Vegas.

Q. What’s your advice to newbies starting a career as Bulldozer Operator?

A. Have the right attitude and try to learn as much as possible. Do the job and put your best foot forward.

Thank you, David for sharing your story and experience with us. We are looking forward to cheering you on at the ROAD-EO National Championship!