Runyon Roots: Susana & Leo’s Story

This week we bring you an internal love story. Leo and Susana are the only married couple working at Runyon. They were married May 22, 1993 in Venezuela. They met at university and dated for only one year before they knew they wanted to spend their lives together. Leo was born September 28, 1965 and Susana on July 18, 1968. After meeting at university, Leo said it was love at first sight. In their country, they owned a 400-acre ranch. Their main source of income was with agriculture and veterinary products. They left their country due to political persecutions. To this day, Susana still loves and misses her hometown. However, now we’re her home away from home!

At Runyon, Leo and Susana both play an important role. Susana is our mother hen; she makes sure everyone in our office is happy, and if not, she figures out the reason why and finds ways to turn frowns upside-down. She also makes our showroom and warehouse sparkle every day. Leo is our jack-of-all-trades. He repairs and maintains our rental equipment, makes deliveries, restocks our shelves and helps with shipping. He ultimately can help anywhere he is needed.

Outside of work, they are all about family. They have three children: Alfredo (23), Luis David (18) and Paola (16). We are extremely blessed to have these two as part of the Runyon Team! Their love story is an inspiration for all of us.


Mixing Station Best Practices for Your Next Polishable Overlay Project

Adding portable Hippo mixers and Pelican carts to your TRU concrete mixing station makes quick and easy work of your overlay application.

CTS TRU Mixing Station

Do you want to improve your productivity? Achieving the right configuration of mixing equipment and supplies is not always easy. Without the appropriate equipment in your arsenal, work slows down and it costs you money. Arranging the perfect mix station set-up eliminates the need for a large crew. It reduces your team’s extreme physical exertion and boosts productivity. Employees can mix, pour and polish concrete overlays in record time. Learn more about the most user-friendly and efficient system you need (in our expert opinion). Click here for the PDF Guide.

The Ideal Overlay Mixing Station Set-up (capable of producing 3,000 sqft/hr):

  • (4) CS Unitec Portamix Hippo mixers*
  • (3) CS Unitec Portamix Pelican carts*
  • (4) 1,000 lbs. capacity hydraulic carts
  • (2) 5 buckets*
  • (1) Midwest Rake gauge rake & cams*
  • (1) Pair of shoe-in blunt spiked shoes*
  • (2) Porcupine rollers* (1 for TRU and TRU Gray; 1 for TRU PC1)
  • (3) Bucket strainers* (for Pelican carts)
  • (1) 55 gal. drum or wheeled trash can
  • (4) Digital timers
  • Weatherstripping
  • Gorilla tape

(*Available through Runyon Surface Prep)

The Mighty Mega Hippo Mixer

With only one operator, a single CS Unitec Portamix® Mega Hippo mixer handles up to six bags of CTS RapidSet® TRU self-leveling cement per load. It can manage 50-60 bags/hr and produces 750-900 sqft of overlayment. The easy-rolling, easy-tilt cradle can pour and spread at the same time, eliminating the need for multi-stage applications to achieve a thicker screed.

CS Unitec Portamix® Mega Hippo Mixer

  • Ideal for polymer self-leveling products and engineered concrete
  • High torque, 15 amp 2-geared motor
  • Full brim capacity of 23 gallons/ 350 lbs of mix
  • Specially shaped bowl eliminates unmixed product
  • 9-inch diameter paddles produce consistent and thorough mixing
  • Liners are available to prevent cross-contamination and for easy clean-up
  • Use splatter lid and dust extraction port to create a cleaner, safer work environment
  • OSHA and personal PPE compliant
  • Accessories and different sized paddles are also available

Keep Mixing While the Pelicans Pour

Create an uninterrupted workflow by using your Mega Hippo mixers with a series of CS Unitec Portamix® Pelican Carts. While the Hippos mix, the Pelicans can transport and pour, eliminating the need for work stoppage. These welded-frame carts have heavy-duty casters capable of 360-degree maneuverability. Their large handle design allows for easy steering and accurate, controlled dispensing.

Little Downtime Keeps Customers Coming Back

Reduce your customer’s downtime by using a quick curing overlay material like CTS RapidSet® TRU. With a variety of self-leveling overlayments, RapidSet is designed to cure and set in 6-12 hours. Wait 24 hours before polishing. To assist with this process, check which CTS epoxy primer is needed for the overlay product, as well as the concrete application accessories (e.g. spiked shoes and porcupine rollers) needed for the job.

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.

Runyon Roots: Curt Majors’ Story

Our next root branches off to our visionary. Curt Majors is responsible for making our warehouse an organized masterpiece. And here is his story…Curt was born May 14, 1968 in Great Lakes, Illinois. His large family grew up in Cicero, Indiana where he went to Hamilton Heights High School. In high school Curt spent most of his time on the football field or on a wrestling mat. As a middle linebacker, he ended his high school athletic career as an All-Conference, All-County, All-State football player.

At the age of 13, Curt’s work ethic started. His first summer job was corn detasseling, where he worked for three summers. After high school, Curt worked for Delta Faucet for ten years. He started as a courier and continued to work his way up the ladder to a lead project manager. He wanted a different challenge and found his way to KeHE Foods, where he used his organizational skills to arrange and display food products. After seven years, he headed down a different path to Standard Locknut & Horton where he ran a CNC machine and their laser machines. I’m super happy he decided to make a change in September of 2016 to become a Runyon Team member. He quickly grew into our warehouse manager. Our current warehouse looks incredible thanks to Curt!

Curt’s spare time is spent with his fiancée Rebecca, and three sons, Blake, Luke and Jake. They enjoy playing pool, swimming, cooking, grilling out, watching sporting events and remodeling their new home. Curt is a huge asset and we are lucky to have him on the Runyon Team.

Curt Majors

Runyon Roots: Jackie Vertrees’ Story

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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Runyon Roots: Vasco Tchakarov’s Story

Vasco TchakarovNext 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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Runyon Roots: Sierra Palos’ Story

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.

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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