Honoring Republic’s Veterans & Active Military

November 11, 2020

In honor of Veterans Day, we recognize all U.S. Veterans who have served our country, especially the heroes who work alongside us each day.

As part of our Veterans Day celebration, we are profiling just a few of our many Veteran employees. Take a look at their profiles and photos below.

Peter B.

General Manager Accelerated Program – Fairfax, VA

How long have you worked for Republic?
1 year, 7 months

What branch of the Military did you serve in and when did you serve?
Army National Guard, 2007-current

Military Experience:
In the Army, Peter held a variety of roles from serving as a Field Artillery Officer, Operations Officer, Battalion Logistics Officer a Regimental HR Officer, foreign military trainer, IT Program Manager, HR Program Manager to serving as an Infantry Company Commander. He was deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Tajikistan, as well as in support of domestic operations.

How do you take the skills or training from the Military and apply them to your job?
“To be successful, it’s about cultivating a team environment where everyone within the Business Unit works toward a common goal.” Additionally, Peter says that it’s about relating to people no matter who they are and trying to see things from their perspective whether that’s their work or personal lives. “Everyone is unique, and every member of the team responds differently to situations. The Army gave me the opportunity to lead people from every walk of life which helped me develop a broader view and improve my emotional intelligence.”

Matt B.

Ethics & Compliance – Phoenix, AZ

How long have you worked for Republic?
1 year, 3 months

What branch of the Military did you serve in and when did you serve?
Matt served in the United States Air Force from 2010-2019 and the Air Force Reserve, (2019-current).

Military Experience:
Matt came into the Air Force in 2010 as a combat photojournalist in public affairs. During that time, he served in multiple operations throughout Afghanistan, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Jordan, and aerial operations over Syria during the initial fight against ISIS in 2014. In 2016, Matt’s role in public affairs took him to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Honolulu, HI. From there, he went to Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea to recover and identify the remains of deceased U.S. servicemembers still missing in action from WWII and the Vietnam War.

How do you take the skills or training from the Military and apply them to your job?
The Air Force instilled in Matt an ability and confidence to adapt and overcome challenges in any environment. “We would regularly integrate with new teams in new settings presenting unique challenges, leveraging the unique skills of individuals, and managing personalities was always key to mission success.” Matt added that Republic Services is no different in that we are all presented with unique challenges and must rely on our each other and continue to strive to improve our capabilities and work environment as we work towards a common goal.

Carlos G.

Operations Manager, Hauling – Gardena, CA

How long have you worked for Republic?
3 years, 8 months

What branch of the Military did you serve in and when did you serve?
United States Marine Corps, 2006-2014

Military Experience:
In the Marines, Carlos served as a 0331 Machine Gunner, his rank was E-4, Corporal and he was based at Camp Pendleton, CA. He served two tours – Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 8.1 & 8.2).

How do you take the skills or training from the Military and apply them to your job?
Carlos learned to work well under pressure, has the discipline to continue the course and be relentless in order to complete the mission. He uses his Marine Corps leadership skills and applies them in ways that benefit the Business Unit. As a veteran, he knows firsthand the transition from military to civilian life is not easy and he appreciates the strong effort Republic Services makes to recognize and support the veteran community. Carlos says, “To all the veterans currently within the organization, I thank you for your service and to future veterans considering joining this elite team I welcome you.”

Amy T.

Sr. Manager, Learning Solutions – Phoenix, AZ

How long have you worked for Republic?
4 years

What branch of the Military did you serve in and when did you serve?
United States Navy, 1999-2003

Military Experience:
Amy enlisted in the Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) when she was 17. After bootcamp, she spent a year in Monterrey, CA, at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in an intensive Russian language program. She spent the remainder of her active duty time as a Russian linguist in Misawa, Japan. She served in a unique situation in which she worked with a small group of joint-force personnel as part of a larger intelligence community. In July 2003, Amy out-processed from the Navy as an E-5 (CTI2) and moved to Arizona using her GI Bill to start school at ASU.

How do you take the skills or training from the Military and apply them to your job?
Amy credits her time in the Navy with many of the valuable lessons and experiences that have shaped her world view. The Navy helped her gain self-confidence, independence and resiliency. These traits empowered Amy to believe she can achieve the goals she sets for herself and to take chances on new opportunities like a career change, new job or new role. Amy says, “I take what I learned in the Navy and use these skills to engage in my work, my team and my community.”

Bill F.

General Manager Accelerated Program – Nashville, TN

How long have you worked for Republic?
1 year, 3 months

What branch of the Military did you serve in and when did you serve?
United States Army, 2011-2017

Military Experience:
In the Army, Bill served as a Special Forces engineer (Green Beret). His specialties were force multiplication through training local forces how to be soldiers, demolitions and construction, and Levantine Arabic. He had two deployments, both in the early stages of the fight against ISIS in Syria.

How do you take the skills or training from the Military and apply them to your job?
Green Berets are Unconventional Warriors by training, meaning they are supposed to find simple solutions in complicated environments with minimal resources. The key to success in those situations was almost always communication, which is why they learn the language of the local forces they work with and train. According to Bill, “Every day at Republic Services there are opportunities to improve our internal operations and our customer service, and, often, if we improve our communication, those opportunities can be realized.”

To Republic Services’ Veterans, we thank you for your service. We salute you.