Runyon Roots: Jayme Valdez’s Story

The next Runyon Roots story is all about Jayme Valdez – an instrumental person in our Customer Service department. Jayme was born on February 11, 1981, in Jackson, Michigan. She is the second born, with two sisters and one brother. In her early elementary days, her dad coached her in tee-ball and baseball. In 5th grade, Jayme fondly remembers traveling to France for three weeks as a foreign exchange student. She continued at Jackson High School, where she was a good student. At 16, her first job was working at the local McDonalds. Jayme originally thought she wanted to be a nurse, so she worked in the healthcare industry as a nurse’s aid for 8 years. However, she realized that was not for her.

Jayme Valdez

Jayme moved on to managing and being a waitress at the local Michigan Big Boy restaurant for 8 years. Then it was time to start a family. Jayme has two boys; Johnny (11) and Jordan (9). In 2013, after having her boys, she moved to Indianapolis where she was a waitress and managed the restaurants at MacKenzie River and Bubs Cafe.

That is where Wendy met Jayme. People who know Wendy, know that Bubs Cafe is one of her favorite local restaurants. Jayme was one of Wendy’s favorite waitresses, so we were lucky when Jayme wanted a career change. She started at Runyon two and a half years ago in our customer service department. She quickly moved to assisting our entire sales staff. Jayme processes all of the orders for our internal and external sales team. She plays a huge role and makes sure all of our customers receive their orders.

In Jayme’s spare time she enjoys playing in pool tournaments, hanging out with her family and friends, and most importantly, spending time with her children.

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Runyon Roots: Kristen Fox’s Story

The next installation in Runyon Roots is Kristen Fox. Kristen is one of our outside sales reps covering the Midwest and East Coast; her home base is in Illinois. She was born August 5, 1987. Kristen is the youngest of four. Her older brother, Nick, works at Metzger/McGuire. Kristen went to Ottawa High School where she played tennis and basketball. She was a state qualifier in tennis and starting varsity basketball player all four years!

Kristen continued her education at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She graduated with a double major in Business Finance and Economics and a minor in International Business. She was also a proud Vikings basketball starter for all four years.

The summer before graduating from college, Kristen talked to the Jones Family to discuss her future career plans. The Jones’ offered Kristen an internship that she completed during her senior year at school. Kristen traveled to Morris, Illinois 2-3 times a week during her senior year. She learned the ins and outs of the Surface Prep business during this time. She continued working at STI for seven years where she managed all of the domestic US accounts and took control of the European market.

Kristen joined our team in May of 2016 to further her career in this industry. We are lucky that she likes to be a part of a family business and that she enjoys the freedom to interact directly with our contractors.

In Kristen’s free time she likes hiking with her dogs, Bran and Winston, and spending time with her fiancé, Leslie. Kristen also trains for 5K’s and half marathons and being with her family.

Kristen is extremely energetic and motivated. Her energy is contagious. We love having Kristen as a part of our Runyon team!

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Runyon Roots: Zach Allen’s Story

We are springing forward to Zach Allen this week. He plays a pivotal role at Runyon. He manages our shipping department. He was born July 26, 1991 and grew up in Kentland, Indiana. Zach was a 10-year 4-H member and was part of the National Soil and Land Judging Team with the FFA. He also enjoyed playing football and basketball in high school. After high school, he worked at the Rose Acre Egg Farm working with the animal houses and was quickly promoted to the shipping department. He then found his way to Mikes Crew Carwash where he became assistant manager. In September of 2015, Zach started to work for Runyon, thanks to Heidi Barker. Zach’s wife Jill was Heidi’s roommate in college. Heidi recommended Zach for an opening we had at Runyon.

Zach Allen's family

Zach Allen and crew at the new shopOutside of Runyon, Zach enjoys spending time with his wife Jill and son Christopher. Christopher will soon have a brother or sister. We are excited to see the Allen family grow. In his spare time, Zach plays golf, listens to Ramsey Solution podcasts, and likes reading books.

Zach is instrumental in making sure that all shipments make it to your job site in a timely manner.

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Efficient Slurry Management on Large Power Trowel Polishing Job

With the rising trends of wet polishing, due to not only preference but also the new OSHA Silica Standard, and trowel machine polishing, which must be run wet, the need for a streamlined slurry management process is key. While there is no “one answer” for how to most efficiently and economically dispose of slurry, our manufacturers and our own outside sales reps strive to help provide solutions for concrete polishing contractors facing this dilemma. Here’s an example of one customer who teamed up with our rep Mark Critchfield from Slurry Solutions to achieve just that. Read on to see how…

This project involved a 30,000 square-foot warehouse utilizing Runyon’s new MPS Magnetic Preload System, ride-on trowel polishing technology, with very high production rates. Slurry was collected with a floor scrubber and deposited into a low profile slurry containment tray for easy unloading. 1 cup of SlurrySep was then added and mixed with a trash pump until the flocculant is activated. After the particle size was ready, it was then pumped into the big dog slurry bin with a dewatering filter bag mounted inside. As the clean water passed through the filter, it was pumped from the outside of the bag back onto the floor for reuse. This significantly reduced the overall water usage on the project. 6000 square-feet used only 300 gallons of water. If preferred, the slurry can also go directly to solidification and disposal.

Slurry Solutions provides sustainable solutions for job site pollution. Slurry Solutions works hard to bring the concrete industry new ideas, solutions and technology to the age old problem of wastewater treatment and concrete silt management. Slurry Solutions is the market leader for decades in wastewater treatment chemistry; it’s designed to protect the environment and contractors from EPA fines.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.