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Meet the Team: Yvonne Rodriguez, Accounting

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

At Sprayer Depot, we take pride in hiring knowledgeable, dependable employees who work hard and represent our core values. "Strives for perfection", and "takes initiative" are just a couple of the qualities that we look to exemplify in each employee.  

We all know that accountants work with numbers. But more than just math, Yvonne.jpgan accounting job involves problem solving and strategic thinking. Plus, the ability to collaborate across all departments within the organization. Meet Yvonne Rodriguez from the Accounting Department at Sprayer Depot. Yvonne has achieved a high level of success in all aspects of her job and has earned the camaraderie and respect of her colleagues.

When she's not at Sprayer Depot, Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family, and especially likes trips to the beach with her daughters (and a good book). 

Let's get better acquainted with Yvonne:

Name: Yvonne Rodriguez

Department: Accounting

Q: Where are you from?

A: While I'm originally from Newark, NJ, I have lived in Orlando FL for the last 17 years.

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that motivates you?

A: "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." --Oscar Wilde

Q: Tell us something most people don't know about you?

A: Most people don’t know that my first choice when I left high school was not be an accountant, it     vvwas to be a nurse. I took odd jobs in offices while in college and I ended up enjoying accounting   vvmore than I thought I would.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Whispers by Dean Koonz

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?

A: To me, the best part is gaining more family. I enjoy working with our team. We are one big   vvvfamily here. 

If you have a question for Yvonne, please leave it in the comment box below.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Topics: employee spotlight, Meet the Team

Employee Spotlight: Eric Collins, Inventory Specialist

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, May 16, 2016

Eric_SD_Inventory.jpgBusy season for the spraying industry is well underway, and we know you are counting on us to stock the parts you need. We think it is only appropriate to highlight one of our employees who is tasked with maintaining our large inventory, helping you avoid downtime.

As Inventory Specialist, Eric makes sure every spray part, accessory and component you need is accounted for in our warehouse. He is also responsible for ensuring our inventory levels are accurate, among other things. 

On his days off, you'll find Eric enjoying the sun at the beach and spending time with his dog named Charlie. Let's get to know him better on today's employee spotlight:

Name: Eric Collins

Title at Sprayer Depot: Inventory Specialist

Originally from: St. Clair, Michigan

Q: What’s your favorite song or one that's stuck in your head? 

A: Find Your Cloud by Papadosio.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin.

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that you live by?

A: "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.” - Steve Jobs

Q: Ok, if you were a superhero, with a sprayer as your secret weapon, what would be your magic power?

A: Super speed, so I could spray everyone’s lawn, field, farm, etc and be done before noon.

Q: Will you tell us something most people don't know about you?

A: I have an eidetic memory.

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry? 

A: Come to Sprayer Depot, because if you need something, we’ve got it covered.

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?

A: The atmosphere. Everyone is pretty laid-back and fun to work with, and we still always get the job done.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, customer service, customer service technician, employee spotlight, Meet the Team

Employee Spotlight: Justin Anderson, Customer Service Technician

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Our first "Employee Spotlight" of the new year features one of our best Customer Service Technicians. Justin_Customerservicetech-184818-edited.jpgYou may have talked to him on the phone or he mayhave helped you out in the showroom. Although he is a man of few words, he is always ready to help. We are talking about movie aficionado, Justin Anderson! 

Justin first joined the Sprayer Depot team back in 2012 as part of the production department. He then transitioned into a Customer Service Technician role in 2014 and brought all of his hands-on experience with building and servicing sprayers to the sales floor.

Let's get to know him better:

Name: Justin Anderson
Title: Customer Service Technician
Originally from:Clarkston, Michigan

Q: What’s your favorite song or one that's stuck in your head? 
A: Hello - Adele.
 
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
 
Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that you live by?
A: "If you’re not first, your last.” - Ricky Bobby.

Q: Ok, if you were a superhero, with a sprayer as your secret weapon, what would be your magic power? 
A:Flying.
 
Q: Will you tell us something most people don't know about you?
A: I am afraid of the dark.

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry? 
A: Rinse your pumps out after every use!

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?
A: My coworkers.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, customer service, customer service technician, employee spotlight, Meet the Team

Our 5 Most Popular Blog Post of 2015

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Dec 30, 2015

2015 has been a big year here at Sprayer Depot, from our footprint expansion to the added full-time service and repair department, we have been growing at record speed! Our blog has also gone through a growth spurt in the last year. We’ve written over 90 posts covering a variety of topics, from spray equipment tips and tricks to instructional repair videos, from corporate announcements to contests and giveaways. We have also highlighted some of our employees, giving you a chance to see some of the people behind the scenes at the depot. All in all, it has been a great year filled with both fun and informative content.

As the year wraps up, we wanted to thank you for helping us grow and we also wanted to share our top 5 most popular posts of the year, just in case you missed them.

1) 5 Ways to Use a 2-Wheel Trailer Sprayer in Lawn Care 

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The versatility of a 2-wheel sprayer can’t be beat. On this post we explored 5 different, less conventional, ways you can use your trailer sprayer. Think you know what they are? Check the post to see if you guessed right.

2) Employee Spotlight: Sprayer Depot GM Al Reale GeneralManager_SprayerDepot.jpeg

“Employee Spotlight” is one of our most popular blog series, they are a fun way to know a little bit more about our team. Earlier in 2015 we introduced our new general manager, get to know him better by reading this post.

3) Troubleshooting the SHURflo Pump 8000 Series

ShurfloPump-8000Series.pngHaving issues with your SHURflo pump? This is the post you’ll want to read. We created a simple infographic highlighting 5 of the most common issues we see with this pump and how to quickly identify them.

4) Repairing a Hypro D30 Diaphragm Pump D30-actual-resized-600.jpg

Instructional videos make for great content and on this post we teach you how to repair one of our most popular diaphragm pump in only 4 minutes!

5) Anatomy of a Sprayer

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Decoding the specifications of your Kings Sprayer® based on it’s model number will come as easy as breathing after you read this post! 

Do you have a topic in mind you'd like to see featured on our blog in 2016? Maybe you are a customer who'd like to be featured on our Customer Highlight series? Contact us below and let us know!

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Kings Sprayers, Hypro D30 Pump, SHURflo pumps, employee spotlight, top posts

Employee Spotlight: Lewis Hand, Customer Service Technician

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 04, 2015

This month in our "Employee Spotlight" we are getting to know Lewis Hand, one of our top Customer Service Lewis_HandTechnicians.

Lewis is a University of Central Florida graduate who recently got married and is expecting his first child! He has been part of the Sprayer Depot team for almost three years and is always ready to share his knowledge with customers.

Let's get to know him better:

Name: Lewis Hand
Title: Customer Service Technician
Originally from: Syracuse, New York

Q: What’s your favorite song or one that's stuck in your head? 
A:  “Come Sail Away” by Styx.

Q: What is the last book you read?
A:  Baby Owners Manual by Joe Borgenicht and Louis Borgenicht.

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that you live by?
A: “Don't sweat the small stuff”.

Q: Ok, if you were a superhero, with a sprayer as your secret weapon, what would be your magic power? 
A: To be able to teleport.

Q: Will you tell us something most people don't know about you?
A: I brew my own beer. 

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry? 
A: Maintain your sprayer. 

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?
A: Everyone is fun and easy to work with.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, customer service, customer service technician, employee spotlight, Meet the Team

Employee Spotlight: David Herrera, Production Manager

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Aug 21, 2015

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This month in our "Employee Spotlight" we are getting to know David Herrera, our Production Manager.

David is one of our team members with the most seniority, which makes him a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the sprayer industry. He plays a key role here at Sprayer Depot by coordinating operations across departments including establishing the production schedule, designing custom sprayers and ensuring quality control. He makes sure that your sprayer is built on time and with the highest standard of quality!

Here's what he had to say:

Name: David Herrera
Title: Production Manager
Originally from: Florida

Q: What’s your favorite song or one that's stuck in your head? 
A: I don’t have one favorite song, but lately I’ve been listening to Dr. Dre’s new album Compton pretty much non-stop. Instant Classic!

Q: What is the last book you read?
A: Gary Dell'Abate: They Call Me Baba Booey

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that you live by?
A:“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

Q: Ok, if you were a superhero, with a sprayer as your secret weapon, what would be your magic power? 
A: Teleportation, so I could instantly go anywhere in the world, without the hassle of travel.

Q: Will you tell us something most people don't know about you?
A: I’ve been in the sprayer industry for 12 years.

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry? 
A: Keep stock of common wear items like strainer gaskets, diaphragms, and in some cases, a spare pump, to keep you going in case something fails in the field. There is nothing worse than being down for a day or two while waiting for parts to arrive.

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?
A: Definitely the people I work with and the environment we create. We work hard and play hard. There is an old saying, popularized by Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” There is no dullness at Sprayer Depot.

 

Topics: Sprayer Depot, custom built sprayers, employee spotlight, Meet the Team, production, quality

Employee Spotlight: Francisco Contreras, Welder

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jul 15, 2015

FranciscoContreras_WelderIn this edition of "Employee Spotlight" we wanted to highlight a member of our team in charge of building your trusted Kings Sprayers® sprayer.

Francisco is our lead welder and he is an expert at transforming 6061 aircraft grade aluminum bars into sturdy frames of all shapes and sizes. He's always up for a challenge so if you have a specific sprayer customization in mind, just let us know! Here’s what he had to say:

Name: Francisco Contreras
Title: Lead Welder
Originally from: Venezuela

Q: What’s your favorite song or one that's stuck in your head? 
A: Master of Puppets - Metallica 

Q: What is the last book you read?
A: The Lord of the Rings.

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote that you live by?
A: Family comes first.

Q: Ok, if you were a superhero, with a sprayer as your secret weapon, what would be your magic power? 
A: The power to exterminate the bad guys, haha.

Q: Will you tell us something most people don't know about you?
A: I'm mystical.

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry? 
A: Always perform regular maintenance on all your spray equipment.

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?
A: You get to work hard and have fun while doing it. I love welding and learning something new every day.

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Topics: Kings Sprayers, employee spotlight, Meet the Team, 6061 aircraft grade

Employee Spotlight: Keith Wissig

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, May 15, 2015

IMG_0598You’ll often find Keith jamming out to music while he works to ensure shipments leave the warehouse quickly and accurately. As Shipping Lead he plays a vital role in maintaining efficiency and is a large part of our Kings Sprayers Quickship Program, particularly our ability to turn around shipments within the same day. When he’s not shipping spray equipment though, you’ll often catch Keith on the way to the beach with his dog, a German Shepard/Aussie mix. We sat down with him this week to share some insights for this Employee Spotlight. Hope you enjoy catching up with Keith.

Name: Keith Wissig
Title: Shipping Lead at Sprayer Depot

Q: What’s your favorite song or one that’s stuck in your head?
A: #34 by Dave Matthews Band

Q: What is the last book you read?
A: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote you live by?
A: “If you're white and you're wrong, then you're wrong; if you're black and you're wrong, you're wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green - God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.” – Bob Marley

Q: Ok, if you were a superhero, with a sprayer as your secret weapon, what would be your magic power?
A: Mine would be a memory loss component, and natural rejuvenating application. That way we could actually teach people the most natural way to do things. The beauty is that most people wouldn’t need to be shown anything. It would just come naturally.

Q: Will you tell us something most people don’t know about you?
A: Most people don’t know that I played little league baseball for 9 years

Q: Care to share the best tip for someone in the sprayer industry?
A: If you have ANY sprayer needs, (parts etc.) choose Sprayer Depot :)

Q: What’s the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?
A: It was a fresh start for me and I really feel that this team is unstoppable at this point, minor and major adjustments along the way, (like every business) and we’ve all adjusted well. I look forward to seeing where we go from here.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Quickship Sprayers, same day shipping, employee spotlight, Sprayer Deot QuickShip

Employee Spotlight: Sprayer Depot GM Al Reale

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Al_Reale_HeadshotIt looks like 2015 will be an exciting year at Sprayer Depot. In late 2014 we added a new member to the team and reorganized our leadership structure to better suit future growth and planning goals. That included the addition of Al Reale, Jr. to our team as General Manager. So it’s about time we featured Al here on our blog. As the new General Manager of Sprayer Depot, Al's top priorities include making improvements to company processes so that they better serve our customers and an increased focus on our retail showroom in Orlando, FL. (Stay tuned to our blog for more information about this exciting endeavor!) With support from our team, he plans to optimize the inner workings and expand and improve our product lines to better meet customer needs. 

Now before we get into the Q&A session, a little more about Al’s background that makes us burst with pride. Al is a retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant who spent 37 years working with Munitions, which included several deployments to the Middle East. In addition, he served a tour as Command Chief Master Sergeant. He’s pretty awesome and we’re honored to acknowledge his past contributions to our great nation. So without further ado, let’s get into the good stuff. 

Name: Al Reale, Jr.
Title: General Manager, Sprayer Depot
Originally from: Hanover, MA 

Q: What is the last book you read?
A: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Q: What’s the best part of moving to Florida?
A: The weather! 
 

Q: Do you have an inspirational quote to live by?
A: Do the best you can, with what you have, wherever you are.

Q: If you were a superhero, with a sprayer as your secret weapon, what would be your magic power?
A: Solve world hunger.

Q: Can you share something most people don't know about you?
A: I’m a pilot and I used to do some crop dusting.

Q: What’s your best tip for someone in the sprayer industry
A: Keep up with technology/trends.

Q: What’s been the best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team?
A: Great environment with motivated people always striving to do their best!

We’re honored to have this esteemed veteran on our team. Please join us in welcoming Al Reale to the team and drop him a line below to say hello.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, customer service, employee spotlight

Employee Spotlight: Brandon Grossman, Sprayer Depot Sales Manager

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

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As the head of our sales team, Brandon Grossman certainly knows a thing or two about the sprayer industry. With 15 years of experience in sales and customer service, Brandon has brought a ton of expertise from his time in the real estate, insurance and B2B fields to growing the customer service unit at Sprayer Depot. He’s often a voice you’ll hear when you reach out to our Customer Service Technicians and a huge Florida State University fan, but we don’t hold that against him.

So we sat down with Brandon for a quick Q&A session to share a little more about our colleague. Continue reading to learn a little more about this Florida guy:

Name: Brandon Grossman
Title: Sales Manager, Sprayer Depot
Originally from: Fort Myers, FL

Q: What’s your favorite musician or song that's stuck in your head?
Brandon: FSU Warchant, Red Hot Chili Peppers, T-Pain, Drake

Q: What is the last book you read?
Brandon: ‘Michael Jordan: The Life,’ by Roland Lazenby

Q: Care to share an inspirational quote to live by?
Brandon: “It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” - Babe Ruth

Q: If you were a superhero, with a sprayer as your secret weapon, what would be your magic power?
Brandon: Supersonic PSI Power to shoot through anything (walls, bad people, etc.)

Q: Tell us something most people don't know about you.
Brandon: I am a Type 1 Diabetic and have been since I was eight years old

Q: Best tip for someone in the sprayer industry.
Brandon: Flush your system after every use

Q: Best part of joining the Sprayer Depot team.
Brandon: Working hard but having fun at the same time

Stay tuned to the blog as we bring you more employee spotlights and share a little more about what’s behind the curtain here at Sprayer Depot.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, customer service, customer service technician, employee spotlight

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