Originally published on Nov 28, 2017 at waste360.com
Written by Willona Sloan
For two decades, WCA Waste Corp. has provided waste collection and disposal services to residential and commercial clients.
David Dominguez, fleet director, keeps WCA’s vehicles in the Greater Houston area in top condition. He started with the WCA in 2006 as a fleet mechanic, and he has worked his way up in the company, moving to shop supervisor and next shop manager. He advanced to his current role about a year and half ago.
Dominguez started out as a mechanic at the age of 18 with the company. Now, at 30 years old, he's risen to his current position.
Dominquez, who was named as one of Waste360’s 40 Under 40 award recipients, discusses his leadership philosophy, his work to raise the bar for meeting preventative maintenance goals, and why he thinks the waste industry offers great opportunities.
In 2015, WCA introduced the Driver of the Year Award that recognizes some of the best WCA drivers. In 2017, WCA amplified the Award by including WCA operators and technicians. This acknowledgment is just another way our specialized team members work together, keeping WCA running safely, efficiently, and effectively.
Last week WCA awarded The WCA Inspire Scholarship to two bright Florida high school students. WCA provided a unique platform for the students to avail the scholarship for education. The WCA Inspire Scholarship idea was conceived to help the talented students, irrespective of their college or university, to pursue an education while having a focus on improving the environment.
The procedure to compete for the scholarship was to prove your mettle through an essay. Students were required to write an essay on any on the topic regarding an environmental issue, which their community is facing. It was also required to include viable solutions to combat the issues. The length of the essay to be submitted was required to be between 500 to 1000 words. A dozen of students from different Florida high schools submitted their essay, out of which, WCA experts chose the top two, which highlighted the issue and the solutions in a clear and efficient manner.
By Olivia Pulsinelli – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal
This story was originally posted on bizjournals.com. It can be viewed here.
By Willona Sloan
This story was originally published on Waste360.com September 14, 2017. It can be viewed here.
Matt Spencer wears a lot of hats for Houston-based WCA Waste Corp. As senior vice president of operations, Spencer oversees all field operations, fleet and procurement, sales and organic growth, engineering and the operational and analytical team for the hauler.
Spencer, along with the rest of the WCA team, was recently directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. For WCA, services were shut down for nearly a week—starting the Saturday the storm hit through the following Thursday, Spencer said. Routes and operations got back up and running as soon as it was safe to do so.
During and after the storm, WCA found out which employees were impacted so it could assist them. Overall, more than 60 employees had cars and/or homes damaged and the company has started a GoFundMe campaign to help its employees recover.
On the operational side, WCA identified the state of its assets and communicated to customers about the state of its services. Internally, the company held three calls a day with its team and updated its website and automated phone messages to keep customers informed.
Spencer’s colleagues have lauded him for his persistence and perseverance, traits he tries to instill in the teams he manages. Based in Houston, at WCA’s corporate office, Spencer has been with WCA for nearly two years. He was recently named as one of Waste360’s 40 Under 40 award recipients.
In this interview, Spencer discusses his role in aligning WCA’s operations, the company’s focus on employee development and engagement and the exciting challenges he has tackled throughout his career in the waste industry.