We are so excited to welcome our newest Franchise Partner: Jamie Kostelac!
Jamie’s franchise is open for business in Oklahoma City, OK, making his customers’ lives easier one junk truck at a time. His hard-working crew have hit the ground running and are ready to serve new customers today.
We had a chance to chat with Jamie to find out why he wanted to join the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? family.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO JOIN 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
I had just finished my EMT schooling and was waiting to get a job with the fire department in Kansas City. I had a friend who was the operations manager for the local 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise, so I asked if I could work there in the meantime.
The moment I started working there, I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed my job for the first time in my life. I started as a crew member at the busiest time of year and quickly got promoted to crew leader. The franchise owners said they saw a lot of potential in me and told me I had a real future here if I wanted it.
Just a few months after I joined the team, the owners asked if I was interested in running their new Oklahoma City franchise. Around the same time, I also got an offer for my dream job as a firefighter in my hometown. But I was so passionate about my future with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? that I turned it down. I have family in Oklahoma City and lived there for a brief time in high school. I loved the city and I loved the company, so I went for it.
WHAT WAS YOUR BACKGROUND PRIOR TO 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
I had a lifelong dream to become a firefighter and I’d planned my whole life toward that goal. I studied exercise physiology in college and used it to help me get my EMT certification. At 26 years old, I had finished all my schooling and was waiting for the call. When I finally got the offer, my priorities had changed and I chose to pursue a different path.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT BEING A BUSINESS OWNER?
The number one thing I’m looking forward to is providing opportunities to my employees that they wouldn’t have elsewhere. This isn’t the kind of place where you need to put in 10 years to get a promotion; you can have a real future with this company in a short time. Just look at me: I only worked here for a couple of months and now I own a franchise. I want to use my story to motivate my team and give them the same opportunity that I had.
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I’ve lived far away from my family for eight years. Now that we’re closer, I’m looking forward to spending more time with them. I’m also excited to have more time to spend with my wife, who has been incredibly supportive throughout this entire process. I also enjoy fitness and I like to exercise every day. Other than that, being a business owner is pretty much my life right now!
HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
At our franchise, we make weekly runs to local charities like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill. We have a huge section of donatable items at our shop. We also give our customers the option to request a specific charity to donate to, and we provide them with a tax receipt. This has helped us make strong connections with our customers and local donation centers. They really appreciate the work we do.
WHAT MAKES OKLAHOMA CITY UNIQUE?
There’s so much going on Oklahoma City right now. I live downtown and it’s expanding every day. It’s a vibrant city with a lot of growth to look forward to. It also reminds me of my hometown, Kansas City, because everyone is friendly and lives by strong midwest values.
We’re so excited to welcome Jamie to the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? family! Connect with him on his local 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Oklahoma City page here.