PHOENIX – Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG), a leader in the environmental services industry, today announced the winners of its National ROAD-EO Championship, featuring collection drivers, operators heavy equipment and technicians from across the country.

Republic’s ROAD-EO contest is an opportunity for employees to demonstrate their expert riding and maintenance skills and is the company’s largest employee engagement event. Drivers and operators walked through timed courses with challenges featuring obstacles they face on a daily basis. Technicians performed a timed assessment to identify specific maintenance issues.

Hundreds of employees competed locally and regionally with a total of 41 drivers, 22 operators and 21 technicians qualifying for the national championship. The finalists traveled to Arizona for the competition at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. After a day of competitive skill challenges, eight winners were named:

  • Rear Load Driver: Returning Champion, Jesus Lizares, Gardena, CA.
  • Front-loading driver: Mark Solorz, Sauk Rapids, Minn.
  • Sideloader Pilot: Returning runner-up, James Thompson, Telford, Pennsylvania.
  • Roll-Off Driver: Jose Duarte, Huntington Beach, CA.
  • Wheel Loader Operator: David Talas, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Bulldozer Operator: Returning Finalist, Greg Schaff, Commerce City, Colo.
  • Collection Technician: Matt Gallus, Sauk Rapids, Minn.
  • Post-Collection Technician: Corey Blair, Bishopville, SC

The collection drivers competed in one of four categories – residential rear loader, residential side loader, industrial roll-off and commercial front loader – and faced timed challenges including parallel parking, backing up paths and a serpentine course.

Eleven heavy equipment operators competed in the Bulldozer category, while 11 others competed in the Wheel-Loader category, taking on challenges such as forward/backward, dirt pick-up and rear drag.

Technicians were tasked with a complex diagnostic examination of a collection or post-collection vehicle, during which they had to identify 10 maintenance problems in 10 minutes.

All first, second and third place winners received additional paid time off and cash prizes, as well as a trophy and bragging rights.

Republic Services is committed to providing the best working environment for frontline employees, including drivers, heavy equipment operators and technicians. We are constantly recruiting and hiring great people to join our team and offer a competitive salary, generous benefits, paid vacation, safety bonuses and plenty of opportunities for career advancement. For more information, please visit https://republicservices.jobs.

About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is a leader in the US environmental services industry. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a superior customer experience while promoting a sustainable blue planet® future generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer and healthier world. For more information, visit RepublicServices.com or follow us at Facebook.com/RepublicServices, @RepublicService on Twitter or Republic Services on LinkedIn.