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Feb 15, 2021

Meet Dave Echeverria, Director of Talent Acquisition

“Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.” –Donald McGannon

One of the first things you’ll be impressed by at 123JUNK is our people. All of our employees were carefully hand-picked because of certain traits, attitudes and talents that they inherently possess. Finding those right people is the job of Dave Echeverria. So let’s learn more about him.

What is your job at 123JUNK?

I am Director of Talent Acquisition. I am responsible for identifying top talent to represent 123JUNK and for building company culture and creating programs such as JUNK-U, our very first professional development program which will help us foster a workplace environment of continuous learning and self-development.

How do you find great talent?
I find them in multiple ways: by referrals through our existing team members, LinkedIn, Indeed and social media mainly.

Who makes a good candidate for 123JUNK?

Our “go to” is a search for people whose values match our own. That would be someone who desires to see old or unused items donated to a good cause, someone who wants to be part of a winning team, and an individual who is adventurous, driven and kind. A natural born leader.

How long have you been at 123JUNK?
I joined the company in July 2019.

What is your favorite part of the company so far?

There aren’t a lot of companies who value their employees or who appreciate building a strong company culture. I fell in love with the company’s mission—the company Collin Wheeler is looking to build—and being part of the leadership team that’s always evaluating the “why” behind everything we do. I think that helps make an impact on the team, the community and the environment.

What is your most memorable experience?

No matter what position you hold, one thing we do here is have everyone spend time out in the field on the truck. When I first started, I remember a job we did on the hottest day of summer in a vacant restaurant’s basement in DC. It was a humbling, exciting experience and really painted a picture of what our guys go through day in and day out. And the fact that they did it with such positivity, and were so focused and team oriented made the entire day go smoothly and helped me appreciate what I was asked to recruit for. By far it was my most memorable experience.

What did you do before joining 123JUNK?
I’ve been in recruiting for 12 years, doing talent acquisition in multiple industries, mainly Technology, Accounting & Finance and Hospitality.

How did you know you wanted to join 123JUNK?

It is an interesting and amazing story. One of Mal Owen’s firm’s recruiters reached out to me and said they were looking to fill this role. I wasn’t actively in the job market, but after a few conversations, I recognized there was a spark there and some thoughts and ideas that really interested me. I liked the opportunity for growth and knew there was certainly more out there than what I was currently doing. I wanted to find a place where I could help build the culture and help create a positive environment for our employees. It was a pretty lengthy interview process, but ultimately we landed on the same page, and here I am. Best decision ever!

Tell us about your family.

I am a husband to my wife Brittany, and father of three boys: Kellen, age 8, Dax, age 4, and Rowan, age 2. They keep us moving and we’re obviously busy with them, and they’re my personal “why” I do everything and take pride in all that I do. I’m also a football coach in the Fall. Kellen is in tackle football and I’m his coach. He also wrestles and plays lacrosse and baseball. Dax just started wrestling and also plays t-ball. Rowan is learning a lot from his big brothers and can’t wait to hit the fields and mat himself.

I also coach about 20-30 kids; these are my extended children/family. Coaching is one of my most rewarding endeavors, as I contribute to these kids’ success and teach life lessons on and off the field.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working?

We spend a lot of time with the family. We like to go on hikes and visit different historical sites like Gettysburg and Mt. Vernon. We try to take advantage of the weird landscape we’re living in to make memories and educate our kids on our history. They seem to enjoy that. I also continue to date my wife and spend as much time with her as I can. I enjoy playing golf, drawing up football plays with fellow coaches and friends, and enjoy singing karaoke.

Join the Team at 123JUNK

We’re always looking for people with great attitudes, talent, and passion for what they do. If you’d like to join the 123JUNK team, feel free to reach out to us. You can find our current job openings on our website.

And if you’d like to schedule junk removal, contact us to set your appointment.

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