Our next Runyon Roots is the story of Jackie Vertrees. Jackie was born February 27, 1990 in Wauseon, OH. She has one brother Joe, who also works at Runyon. Jackie attended Liberty Benton High School. One fond memory in high school was when she participated in the Oceanaus program, which is a program to learn about marine biology and marine ecology.
Jackie joined the Navy in 2009 with her best friend. She was an Aviation Ordinanceman, stationed in Bremerton, WA. Her job was to assemble and disassemble bombs and missiles. She also worked with gunners mates in the armory. In addition, she was trained in security to keep pirates off their ships. Jackie was deployed for nine months in the Persian Gulf traveling to Malaysia, Dubai, Bahrain and Singapore. Her ranking was a Petty Officer third class E4.
After the Navy, she moved back to Ohio, where her best friend convinced her to move to Indy. When in Indy, Jackie worked at Bub’s Cafe. She worked there for 2 1/2 years after, and that’s where we found her. She started working for Runyon Surface Prep in July 2017.
Jackie is instrumental in making sure that we maintain high customer service at Runyon. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her cats, playing video games, and hanging out with her friends. Jackie has been a great addition to our team at Runyon!
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Next in the Runyon Roots story is Vasco Tchakarov. Vasco was born 32 years ago today in Sofia, Bulgaria. Vasco moved to the US, when he was three years old, to Monroe, MI. He spent his school years in Michigan and traveled back to Bulgaria for the summers to spend with his mom, sister and grandparents.
In high school, he began a co-op at his family’s business, Diamond Tool Supply, a diamond tool manufacturing business for the marble, terrazzo, granite and concrete grinding and polishing industry. Vasco graduated from Monroe High School in 2004 and then attended Monroe Community College for Mechanical Engineering from 2006-2008. Vasco gained an immense amount of knowledge of the concrete polishing industry working with his family business. In 2009, he decided to leave the family business and get out in the field to put his family’s tools to use. Vasco continued working in the industry from 2009-2016. He did everything from pushing squeegees, running grinders, doing edges, estimating and project management. In 2014 he started his own concrete polishing company. All of Vasco’s experience has resulted in over 8,000,000+ sq ft of successful floor resurfacing.
In December of 2016, Vasco found his way to Runyon Surface Prep where he has made tremendous strides in the industry. At Runyon, Vasco is our Technical/Sales Rep and his home base is in Houston, TX. He has brought an immense amount of experience and knowledge to Runyon’s and he has been instrumental in helping to develop our new tooling line. We are blessed that he is part of our team! Outside of work, Vasco has a beautiful Christian family – a wife and two sons. Vasco practices lifelong sobriety and assists people struggling with substance abuse to find a meaningful life through a non-profit business called, Hope For Recovery.
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Our next roots story branches out from our California office. Sierra Palos is a key component of our Rancho Cordova satellite branch. She is young, but has the tenacity and drive to succeed. She was born Feb. 1st, 1995 in Roseville, California. Sierra is the oldest of two children. Growing up, Sierra enjoyed playing soccer and riding horses. After high school she moved to San Diego and pursued a degree in Psychology at Mesa City College. After two years, she moved back to Folsom and changed her major to Business.
Sierra started with Runyon in January 2015. When she started she was answering phones and fulfilling orders part-time. Currently, Sierra carries a lot more weight on her shoulders. She oversees all aspects of operations for our Cali office. This entails keeping up with our inventory, maintaining her own customer base, and all other aspects of the California operation. She simply put it, “I grew to find the concrete industry interesting and enjoyed helping people in a way that created beautiful masterpieces on surfaces.”
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and painting. She takes advantage of her surroundings by hiking, biking and any other outdoor activity. Sierra also loves her adopted puppy Coco, which she calls her adventure partner. We can’t wait to see how Sierra and Runyon grow together.