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Savannah/Hilton Head, GA ROAD-EO First-Place Winners!

BU 252 recently hosted its local ROAD-EO at Summer Waves on Jekyll Island, Georgia. This BU includes Savannah, Hilton Head, Vidalia, Waycross, Wayne County, and Brunswick. A total of 300 people attended the event, with 27 employees competing in five categories. Congratulations to the following first-place winners!

First-Place Winner Small Container: John D., Vidalia, GA

Years of Service: 7
John’s Key to Safety: “Always having patience.”

This is John’s second ROAD-EO competition and his first win. What he enjoys most about his job is the freedom that comes with running his own route daily. John stated, “My Manager Amie has been a big help to me because she’s pushed me to take on different roles and sees the potential in me.” He also stated, “Kim W., Behind-the-Wheel Instructor, has cross-trained me into all three lines of business.” John’s Supervisor Clarence T. shared this:

“John is a very talented and safe driver. He is a great Shift Lead and Driver Trainer. He is essential to our team.”  

First-Place Winner Side-Load: Bryan P., Waycross, GA

Years of Service: 7
Bryan’s Key to Safety: “Always keep your eyes moving and make sure you count the kids in the neighborhoods.”

This was Bryan’s first time competing in the ROAD-EO and he describes his experience as “Joyful!” Bryan says the person who has helped him learn the most at work is Driver Trainer Britt W. Bryan’s immediate Supervisor Jimmy M. shared this story about Bryan:

“Bryan recently helped a customer who was on the side of the road with a flat tire. He waves at our customers and knows them by name.”

First-Place Winner Rear-Load: Jason D., Brunswick, GA

Years of Service: 6
Jason’s Key to Safety: “Always remain aware and alert.”

This was Jason’s second ROAD-EO competition and his first win. Jason says he enjoys the responsibility of helping his community by providing a vital service. His biggest role model at Republic Services is Tony M., a seasoned Brunswick driver (and 2019 ROAD-EO National Championship Finalist!), who always provides good advice. Jason’s immediate Supervisor Craig R. shared this:

“Jason is always dependable and puts Customer Zeal in action. He really knows his customers and services King’s Bay well.”

First-Place Winner Large Container: Paul K., Savannah, GA

Years of Service: 9
Paul’s Key to Safety: “Take your time and don’t feel rushed.”

This was Paul’s third ROAD-EO and his second win. To prepare for the competition, he walked the course and made certain he understood the rules. Paul says, “My Supervisor Mike B. has been a big help to me. He does everything by the book, and I like that.” Paul’s immediate Supervisor Michael B. shared this:

“Paul is the ultimate professional. He truly sets the standard for drivers. He is safe, productive, dependable, and demonstrates our value of Customer Zeal. He is everything wrapped up in one person.”

First-Place Winner Collection Technician: Mike B., Savannah, GA

Years of Service:15
Mike’s Key to Safety: “Not getting in a hurry!”

This is the sixth ROAD-EO Mike has competed in and his fourth win. If Mike looks familiar, he’s a multi-year ROAD-EO National Championship Finalist, competing in 2017 and 2019! He describes the ROAD-EO experience as “Exhilarating!” At work, Mike says his biggest support is Fleet Maintenance Manager Brian M. because he always has his back. Mike’s immediate Supervisor, Ivan L. shared this:

“Mike is a tremendous guy who bleeds blue. He arrives on time daily ready to problem solve. He is a great mentor to all the other techs.”

Shout out to Amie V., Operations Manager, for submitting these profiles of BU 252 ROAD-EO Winners! If you have a ROAD-EO story or photos to share, email