Ladies of Waste Professional: Jolene Johnson, Regional Director of Authorities Relations, Louisiana/Mississippi

Jolene Johnson has carried out nearly every thing. At simply 17, she joined the US Navy as an electronics technician, engaged on radios, radars and communications for air site visitors management towers. Throughout her profession within the Navy, she met her husband, and after ten years she determined to transition into actual property and concurrently earn a bachelor’s diploma in political science from the College of Arkansas in Little Rock.

In 2002, Jolene was chosen to function Neighborhood Liaison Officer for the USA Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, the place she served for 2 years. In 2004, she and her household moved again to the USA and she or he started a ten+ 12 months profession within the metropolis of Gulfport, MS. Upon her return to the USA, Jolene earned her Masters in Public Administration from Ashford College, now referred to as the College of Arizona World Campus.

Whereas at Gulfport, she created and managed the primary 311 name middle on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and served as a liaison between the town, the group and Waste Professional, which finally sparked her curiosity in becoming a member of the waste sector in 2017. “Via my connections with the parents at Waste Professional who had been right here, I made a decision I wished to hitch this family-oriented crew,” she stated. “After I was first time employed and met John Jennings, I knew I used to be residence – I am unable to clarify it some other manner.”

In her function, Jolene focuses on constructing and sustaining relationships with communities and municipalities, discovering new areas to increase into, and interesting with native communities. “We all the time step in to assist, whether or not it is a household coping with a tragedy like a fireplace, offering scholarships to native college students, or sponsoring and taking part in a group occasion for youngsters,” stated she declared.

Though Jolene was no stranger to amassing trash earlier than becoming a member of Waste Professional – taking out the trash was one in every of her jobs as a toddler, she says – she realized loads concerning the operational features of the enterprise. For her, the most effective half is seeing how essential teamwork is within the enterprise. “Within the army, you might have a sequence of command, and the highest would not all the time know what is going on on with everybody,” she stated. “However at Waste Professional, it is greater than camaraderie – it is household.”

An instance of this near his coronary heart is the destruction attributable to Hurricane Ida final 12 months in Louisiana. All Waste Professional amenities within the state had been affected and lots of worker properties had been destroyed or broken. “We got here collectively to verify all of our folks had been taken care of, had housing and had meals for his or her households,” she stated. “A few of them did not have properties and but they had been again at work choosing up trash inside three days – different haulers weren’t again at work that shortly.”

As a consultant of Waste Professional, Jolene is dedicated to exhibiting native leaders searching for a waste provider why Waste Professional is the only option — a activity that may be difficult, she stated, when the choice comes right down to a greenback quantity. “When everybody within the room is aware of we’re the most effective service supplier however they select another person as a result of they is perhaps cheaper, the group finally ends up dropping,” a- she declared.

To that finish, Jolene works along with her crew to remind them how essential they’re to the group and makes use of the instruments offered by Waste Professional to make sure their success. “They see you, the drivers and helpers, commonly – you contact them greater than anybody else locally,” she stated. When she’s not working, Jolene spends most of her free time along with her household doing every thing from Sunday dinners to four-wheelers to holidays. When she wants some quiet time, she likes to snuggle up with guide or toss puzzles and video games to herself.

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