MEET OUR RECYCLE STAFF
Marc Taylor is married to Donetta and has five beautiful children. Marc has lived in Muskogee all of his life - he even played football for the Muskogee Roughers and then went on to play defensive cornerback for a semi pro football team that was in Tulsa at one time. Marc enjoys hanging out with his family and just being at home watching action movies. Marc’s laugh is contagious; there is never a dull moment when he is around. Marc just celebrated his eleventh anniversary with WDS and we are so glad to have him on board.
Jeffrey Jones has been with WDS for almost 9 years. He started with the company in the recycle department. After getting his Commercial Drivers License (CDL), he began driving roll-off trucks for the company and has since started driving front-end loader trucks as well. Jeffrey takes his job very seriously and is a great customer service representative while he’s out on calls. He was born in Ft Smith, AR and raised in Muskogee. He previously attended school in Boynton and played on their basketball team. Jeffrey is a real family man - he’s married to Crystle and they have four children. Jeffrey enjoys anything having to do with the outdoors but especially likes to bow hunt and fish. He enjoys working on cars when he’s not eating his favorite food which is meatloaf (but it has to be Crystle’s meatloaf).
Valerie is in her 11th year at WDS. She just received her 10 year Whittinghill Disposal jacket at this years Christmas party. After you speak with Valerie, you will have a much brighter day. She has such a pleasing voice and is an excellent Customer Service Representative. Valerie wears a variety of hats in the office including handling parts invoices and accounts payable as well as dispatching and taking care of our walk in customers. Valerie has been married to Greg for 26 years and has two daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys crocheting, leather crafting, painting, remodeling, and working on cars.
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Thomas has been the Vice President and General Manager of WDS for almost 21 years. Thomas oversees the entire operation as well as trouble shoots customer issues. He is an expert in figuring out just what the customer needs. Thomas is now overseeing our demolition business as well as being the liaison to Fibar company who provides our playground mulch to area schools and playgrounds including The Gathering Place in Tulsa. Thomas has a BBA from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree in Management with an International Focus from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Business. Thomas speaks fluent Spanish and Thai. He has been married to Chandra for 20 years and they have four children. He enjoys hunting, church activities, and raising Bullmastiffs.
Back Row: Everett, Stoney, Jake, Jeffrey, Larenzo
Third Row: Tito, Jessica, Daphne, Valerie, Julie, Marc
Second Row: Dakota, Thomas, Donna, Shaun, Bev, John
Front Row: Michael, Don, Dennis, Shane
MEET OUR TEAM
Shane is our newest mechanic, who started with us in the summer of 2017. Shane was born at Ft Carson Military Base in Colorado, but was raised primarily in Arizona. We’re not sure how, but even as an Arizona native he never managed to see the Grand Canyon. He graduated from both Warner High School and Indian Capital Vo Tech mechanics program. In his free time, Shane likes to modify trucks and compete in tractor pulls. Shane recently married his longtime girlfriend, Amanda. Shane also has such a love for chocolate cream pie that it has earned him the name “Pie” around WDS.
Dakota Reeves is the youngest member of the WDS working team, and the newest addition to our recycle crew. Dakota was born in Van Buren, Arkansas and is just about to finish his last year of high school. When he's not working, Dakota loves to fish, kayak, and hunt white-tail deer. He also enjoys photography and working on his truck. Dakota eventually wants to pursue a career as a game warden. Between Dakota and Skinny Lamar, it's hard to tell which one of them is the more talkative member of our team.
Shaun Crotty is the WDS head mechanic/shop manager and has been with WDS for nearly 24 years. He worked on Whittinghill trucks through another company for eleven years before that. (Apparently he is a glutton for punishment.) Shaun is a graduate of OSU Diesel Technology School and has completed training for compactors and heavy equipment as well. Shaun also has an electrical and welding background and is one of the outstanding practical jokers of the company. He and the other mechanics plan on writing a book of the tricks they have pulled on WDS drivers. Shaun enjoys reading and studying God’s Word, especially scriptures on eschatology. He also enjoys restoring classic cars and is building a 1969/2000 Mustang. Shaun is married to Donna and has one daughter.
Everett Gullett was born in Edmond, OK but eventually moved to Park Hill to be closer to his family. Everett worked for the city of Edmond for 17 years in the sanitation department as well as being an assistant Park Department supervisor, overseeing all of the mowing of the Edmond parks. Everett is now the head Front End Load Driver for WDS and has a great rapport with our many FEL customers. He is also a roll-off driver and welder and is going into his 15th year of service with WDS. Everett has been married to Teresa for 23 years. They have five children, seven grandchildren, and another grandchild on the way. Everett enjoys fishing and hunting with his beagles, Boo and Shoo. Also in his spare time he enjoys working on DIY projects, tinkering around his shop, and landscaping his yard.
Skinny came to WDS in April 2016. Donna had heard rumors that if you work in the trash business long enough you will eventually come across one of everything. The one thing that she had never found in the trash was a skeleton...so she bought one as a mascot! Skinny is single and he loves long walks around the landfill. He also enjoys dressing up for all the different holidays. If you stop by our office you might see him helping out somewhere!
Michael Mooreland is over all the wood processing at WDS, thus he is guaranteed a job for the rest of his life. Michael is originally from Braggs, OK, and is newly married to his wife Michale. Michael loves to fish for catfish; the biggest one he ever caught was around 30 pounds. He enjoys spending time with his and Michale's families, and also loves hot rod cars and trucks. Michael plans on going to see the infamous Garage Monkeys in Dallas someday.
MEET OUR MECHANICS
Dennis is in his 11th year with WDS and also just received his ten year jacket at this years Christmas party. Dennis is a self taught mechanic but has learned a great deal since coming on with the company. Dennis has a welding certificate from Indian Capitol VoTech and plans to pursue electrical training. Dennis is also a swing driver and pinch hits for us whenever things get busy around here. Dennis has two sons, loves motorcycles, traveling, foosball, and talking about spiritual things. We appreciate Dennis’ easy going personality and willingness to help out in any way he can. Dennis wishes he had a dollar for every time someone has commented about his beard. His response, “I grew it myself.”
Daphne Spencer joined the WDS team as our new Office Manager in December 2017, and her easy going and pleasant personality have been a wonderful asset to our company. Daphne not only overcame several obstacles to receive her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies from Oklahoma University in 2010, but she did it with honors as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She feels that if you want something bad enough, you can achieve it! Daphne has been married for 24 years and has four children (including a set of twins) and one grandchild. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, fishing, and spending time with her family.
MEET OUR OFFICE STAFF
Don Goad has driven a WDS truck for almost 24 years and is our “senior” employee in that respect. We really cannot believe that we haven't scared him off in all that time, especially considering that he has been the "innocent" victim of many pranks concocted by the mechanics. Don was born and raised in Muskogee and as he says, “I have never gotten out of the pond.” He is married to Bertha and they have four daughters and five grandchildren. Don enjoys square dancing, looking at old architecture, and DIY projects. He loves cars from the 50’s and 60’s especially old Chevys. Even though Don is mild mannered at work, in his off hours, believe it or not, he is an Elvis impersonator.
Jake Jewson was born and raised a Hoosier in Indiana, but in December he moved to Muskogee to become one of our newest staff members. Jake is an assistant to John and helps oversee the yard at WDS. In addition to working for WDS, Jake is also a member of the Brushy Mountain Volunteer fire department. Jake recently married his wife Corynne, and their only child right now is their English Bulldog. Jake has a terrific tenor voice, can juggle, dance, and act. We are thinking about renting him out for birthday parties if business gets slow. In his spare time, Jake likes to fish and play hockey.
Bev is the face and voice of WDS and her friendly manner has kept customers coming back for years. Bev has worked as office manager and dispatcher since 1999, but has decided to slowly retire. She really means it this time! Although she is friendly to our customers, she is affectionately known as “Nagger in Chief” to the drivers and mechanics. Bev has been married to Bob for 36 years and has two daughters and two granddaughters. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading, shopping, and square dancing. If you see her wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby looking for another craft to do; please redirect her back to her desk at WDS.
Stoney Shamblin has been a mechanic with WDS for nearly 23 years, but he also does excavating and all kinds of groundwork for the company. Stoney is an integral part of the new WDS Demolition business as well. Before working for us, he built highways and worked in a rock quarry. Seems like he has always been driving or repairing a piece of heavy equipment. Stoney was named after the TV star Stoney Burke. He is married to Sheila and together they have three children, seven grandchildren, and two more on the way. His hobbies involve anything having to do with John Deere tractors and his diesel shop is his man cave. His wife keeps him busy with DIY projects every time she watches Fixer Upper. Stoney can’t swim, but if you threw a Snickers bar into a pond, he just might try.
MEET OUR DRIVERS
GUADALUPE "TITO" ARMENTA
Tito Armenta has worked for WDS for almost 14 years and we are blessed to have him. He is currently over our recycling department and does a wonderful job keeping things running smoothly. Before coming to WDS, Tito toured for 12 years with a popular band in Mexico. He is quite the talented musician playing many instruments including the guitar, accordion, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, bass guitar, and piano - he also has a beautiful voice and serenades us in Spanish. Tito is married to his sweetheart Marisela, and in his spare time he enjoys playing with his two dogs.
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