Jeffery Sims among 93 finalists competing
TAYLOR — Jeffery Sims of Taylor will be heading to Phoenix this week to compete at Republic Services’ ROAD-EO National Championship.
The ROAD-EO Feb. 21 is a competition for employees to demonstrate their expert skills and is the company’s largest employee engagement event. The first ROAD-EO took place in 2017 and Republic Services is the only company in the environmental services and waste management industry to host an event of this kind for employees.
Drivers and operators navigate timed courses with challenges featuring obstacles they face in the field every day. Technicians complete a timed assessment to identify specific maintenance issues. This year’s finalists represent the top 0.4 percent of Republic Services drivers, operators and technicians.
Sims is one of the 93 competitors squaring off in the championship. He works as a collection technician and has been with Republic Services for 13 years.
In order to qualify, Sims competed on a local and regional level before moving on to the National Championship. At the ROAD-EO, each technician will be given 10 minutes to identify 10 different problems. Each problem is worth 1 point each, 10 points total.
“I can check going to the ROAD-EO off my bucket list,” Sims said. “In my free time, I enjoy restoring old cars and tractors. I’m a classic rock kind of guy.”
Championship finalists receive an expense-paid trip for two to Phoenix, pay for their time away, luxury accommodations, hosted dinners and activities, a day competing at the ROAD-EO, an awards celebration, gifts from Republic Services and more.
Additionally, first, second and third place winners of the ROAD-EO receive cash prizes and paid time off.