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Join us for AHMC's Annual Beach Cleanup Event - Beaches Be Crazy!!

by Erin Marchesano 6. April 2015 10:03

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) & Adopt A Beach Outdoor Media (AAB) are proud to be participating in the Beach Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 11, 2015, sponsored by the Huntington/Seal Beach Surfrider Foundation. This monthly event also happens to coincide with Surfrider’s Annual Ohana Family Day, which will be held this year at Seal Beach Pier.  The time for Beach Clean Up will be 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon, with Ohana Family Day events continuing until 1:00 PM.

“Participating in this event has inspired a new tradition within our company to bring together our employees and their families to collectively volunteer for environmentally conscious events every year.   With Earth Day approaching, (April 22) it’s an exceptional time to participate in both Ohana Days and the Seal Beach clean-up..."

Read the full AHMC/AAB press release here.

More event information from Surfrider Huntington/Seal Beach:

Ohana Day is a great opportunity for everyone to come out for an enjoyable and educational day at the beach. Surfrider will have plenty of volunteers on hand to talk about simple things we can all do in our own homes to improve water quality at our beaches. In addition there will be free surf lessons courtesy of M&M Surf School, free marine biology lessons form Science 2 U, interactive information on ocean and surf related group tables, a bodyboarding clinic courtesy of Alternative Surf, Lifeguard Try-Outs, Surfrider programs and a beach cleanup. All this in addition to music and a raffle featuring merchandise from a variety of supporting local businesses. Friends and families are encouraged to bring their boards, beach chairs and a picnic lunch to enjoy a fun day at the beach!

Surfrider is looking forward to sharing their environmental programs the chapter has developed. These programs include beach cleanups, water quality testing, creating Ocean-Friendly Gardens, Education and Rise Above Plastic to reduce litter on our streets and beaches. All of these programs will be featured at Ohana Day – a great opportunity to get involved. The event will be held on the sand at the Seal Beach Pier/ 8th street beach parking lot. (http://hsbsurfrider.org/)

2014 Event Photos Provided by Surfrider Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter (Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/HBSBSurfriderFoundation):

 

Join us as we celebrate the Earth with a fun-filled and educational day at the beach!

 

 

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation’s 2015 Operations Safety Forum

by Erin Marchesano 5. March 2015 13:46

What many people do not realize is that the core component of our business is actually litter removal.

Litter clean-up costs in the U.S. are an estimated $11.5 BILLION each year (Source: Keep America Beautiful). The Sponsor A Highway® Program has become a way for businesses and contractors to help each state offset some of the costs associated with litter removal across the country. Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) has partnered with state DOTs for over 25 years. Our work together has contributed to the removal of over 4.5 MILLION pounds of trash across the 22 states we do business in.

For each sign sponsored, a portion of the proceeds pay for AHMC crew members to clean up trash and debris along the 1-2 mile sponsored areas. In addition, all trash collected by AHMC crews is sorted at local recycling plants where it is then recycled, reduced, and reused, or properly disposed of if it cannot be recycled.

The program helps the environment, it helps the communities, and it helps the state. Sponsors of the program are looked highly upon by DOT partners for their monthly contributions and the Sponsor A Highway® Program continues to grow due to this partnered success. However,

NONE OF THIS

 would be possible if it weren’t for AHMC’s truly dedicated crew members and supervisors.

 

In fact, this has been a very special week for AHMC because we're hosting our annual “Operations Safety Forum”, one of the many required safety and training programs that AHMC conducts throughout the year. This event in particular is special because all 15 of our national supervisors have been joined together for two days of extensive safety training and development of fundamental safety skills set to prepare them and their crew members for the job ahead.

SAFETY, is something that cannot be neglected, ignored, mistreated, or conducted carelessly. This goes for supervisors, crew members, and even traveling motorists.

OUR Sponsor A Highway® crew members are the front of the line for the business. Not only are they the face of the company, but every single day they put their lives at risk to keep our roadways clean so that others can travel safely without the danger of trash or debris.

“Safety does not happen by accident.”

Our supervisors are trained carefully and comprehensively to administer strict safety routines and thorough program training that will keep their crew members SAFE. Nothing is more important than a human life, and that’s a belief that everyone at Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation stands by.

The cleanliness of our roadways will always be a cause that our Sponsors and DOT partners take very seriously, but none take it more seriously than the Sponsor A Highway® supervisors and crew members. Their dedication and hard work is what keeps this program alive.

“As dedicated supervisors we thank you with our deepest gratitude and appreciation for your commitment to keeping the lives of our crew members and the public we serve, safe.

You are truly a magnificent part of our company foundation and you deserve true recognition for all that you do! Thank you from all of us.”

– Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation

 

Memorable Safety Quotes by Some of Our Heroes:

Speaking with news anchor Katie Couric after the plane crash, Sullenberger said: “One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I've been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training. And on January 15, the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.” - Captain Chesley Sullenberger

“The way I describe this whole experience—and I haven’t had time to reflect on it sufficiently—is that everything I had done in my career had in some way been a preparation for that moment. There were probably some things that were more important than others or that applied more directly. But I felt like everything I’d done in some way contributed to the outcome” - Captain Chesley Sullenberger

"No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people." - Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

“It’s better to lose one minute in life…than to lose life in a minute.”- Author Unknown

“Accidents, and particularly street and highway accidents, do not happen – they are caused.” -Ernest Greenwood US Representative NY 1951-1953

 

**Sponsor Spotlight** - JetBlue Airways

by Erin Marchesano 20. January 2015 15:45

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® would like to welcome JetBlue Airways to the New York Sponsor A Highway® Program! One of 2015’s newest sponsors, JetBlue Airways currently has two signs in and around the New York City area.

In a previous post from July of last year, AHMC highlighted a new partnership between JetBlue and the Surfrider Foundation where JetBlue would provide the Foundation with air travel to help support cleanups and conservation work throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America.

To read the full article click here.

Partnerships like this are the reason we have a cleaner and safer environment around us and everyone here at AHMC is extremely excited and proud to have JetBlue on board and supporting the Sponsor A Highway® Program in New York City.

A huge advocate of environmental programs and corporate social responsibility, JetBlue is always looking for ways to better the lives of its customers, crewmembers, and communities while inspiring others to do that same.

Their new partnership with the Sponsor A Highway® Program is sure to bring awareness to the many benefits it has for sponsors and communities alike.

 For more information about JetBlue and their worldwide impact through Corporate Social Responsibility click the link below:

www.jetblue.com/corporate-social-responsibility

Top 10 Reasons to Sponsor A Highway! (INFOGRAPHIC)

by Erin Marchesano 8. January 2015 14:30

We're kicking off the New Year with the Top 10 Reasons to Sponsor A Highway!

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For more information about the Sponsor A Highway® Program call or email us today!

800-200-0003

info@adoptahighway.com

2011 - 2014 Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® Environmental Impact (INFOGRAPHIC)

by Erin Marchesano 31. December 2014 11:02

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Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® Wishes You A Happy & Prosperous New Year!

by Erin Marchesano 31. December 2014 08:54

As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 is in our sights, everyone at AHMC would like to thank our Sponsors, our crew members and supervisors, and all of our partnering DOTs for contributing to the success of the Sponsor A Highway® Program.

On behalf of our Sponsors, AHMC crews have made a monumental impact over the years, removing millions of pounds of trash and cleaning hundreds of thousands of miles of roadway. From 2011 – 2014, AHMC crew members filled more than 540,000 bags of litter, cleaned over 159,000 miles of roadway, and collected over 4.8 MILLION pounds of trash from some of America’s busiest roadways.

Year

Miles Cleaned

Bags Removed

Lbs. Removed

2011

36,152

131,251

1,181,259

2012

39,985

147,434

1,326,906

2013

41,340

131,827

1,186,443

2014

41,841

130,247

1,172,223

Total

159,317

540,759

4,866,831

The environmental impact made by AHMC crews, AHMC Sponsors, & state DOTs is unparalleled, and the effectiveness of the program over the years has truly set the tone for the many years to come.

2015 is looking very bright for the Sponsor A Highway® Program thanks to the many people who have been involved.

THANK YOU & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We look forward to another year working with you!

 

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10 Great Tips for Small Businesses As They Venture Into the New Year! (Infographic)

by Erin Marchesano 29. December 2014 16:00

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10 Great Tips for Small Businesses As They Venture Into the New Year!

by Erin Marchesano 22. December 2014 15:58

In a recent article published by Huff Post, the author Melinda Emerson goes through 10, very well thought out pieces of advice for small businesses as they venture into the New Year. Being that Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® is also a small business, many of these tips applied to us as well and we wanted to share!

As many business professionals know, planning for the upcoming year begins long before January 1 and these tips are a great way to get started!

1. Revisit Your Business Plan

If it has been a while since you examined this critical document, now's the time to get to it. Review it to ensure it's still aligned with your current company goals. Change what needs changing. And if you never had one, use www.enloop.com to develop one online for free.

2. Set Your Business Resolutions

New Year's resolutions are not all about losing weight. It is beneficial to lay out what you want for your business in the coming 12 months. Be specific, so you can actually measure results and see whether you accomplished them by year's end.

3. Build a Promotions Calendar

Sit down with a calendar and start looking at all the holidays or events you want to build promotions around. This will give you ample time to plan your social media updates, blog posts, advertising campaigns, etc.

4. Consider Your Hiring Needs

If your business is getting increasingly too busy for you to run with a skeleton crew, start planning your hiring strategy for 2015. Consider temps, freelancers, virtual assistants, and part-timers as alternatives to full-time employees if your budget is tight.

5. Invest in Technology

If you've been putting off that computer or software purchase, now's the time to go ahead with it. You'll be more efficient, if you have a computer that doesn't take an hour to load. Also, if you want to reduce your taxable income, you need to spend money before 2014 rolls away.

6. Create a Conference Plan

Attending conferences and industry trade shows can be so beneficial for you as a business owner. Not only can you meet others in your field (or potential customers) but you also learn from leading experts. Do some digging to see what's available to attend in 2015, and put them on your calendar.

7. Reassess Your Online Brand

Google yourself! Is it time for a new headshot or website refresh? What worked for you in terms of marketing this year? This is a great time to tweak your online strategy so that you identify the tools that helped your business grow, and cut back on those that don't.

8. Get Organized

If you're like a lot of business owners, your desk is cluttered, and so is your desktop. Spend a few hours throwing away and shredding things you don't need and organizing your computer files by year, i.e. Contracts 2015. It will make things easier to find. I guarantee you'll feel more together come January.

9. Refresh Your Employees' Skills

If you do have staff, now's a fantastic time to offer supplementary training to refresh their skills or give them new ones. Maybe they're not all using your customer relationship management software. That's the perfect topic for training.

10. Get Smarter

Your employees aren't the only ones who could learn more. If the end of the year is quiet for you, build in reading time. Read industry blogs, books, magazines, and anything else you can get your hands on to be on top of the trends in your industry.

To read the full article, follow the link here.

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation attends AASHTO…

by Erin Marchesano 17. November 2014 15:34

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation, (AASHTO) founded in December 1914, will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 20th – November 24th.  (AASHTO) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments within the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its members include all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water.

We at Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) will be exhibiting at this 100th celebration of transportation and its agencies.

If your agency is looking for creative ways to find additional resources or revenue, we welcome you to stop by our Booth # 407 to learn more about our Sponsorship Programs.  

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**Sponsor Spotlight** - EagleStone Tax & Wealth Management

by Erin Marchesano 14. November 2014 11:55

EagleStone Tax & Wealth Management recently had their second sign installed in Maryland and we want to recognize them for their involvement in the Maryland Sponsor A Highway® Program!

EagleStone’s Mission has always been to provide its clients with peace of mind by helping them to achieve their financial goals through customized strategies while aligning themselves with their client’s best interests.

The company’s core values include Independence, Stewardship, Excellence, and Trust & Integrity. In today’s fast-paced world, we must be flexible enough to adapt with the winds of change. These core values are constant and guide EagleStone in their approach to business, their interactions with others, and in their pursuit to achieve their company mission.

For more information about EagleStone Tax & Wealth Advisors visit their website here.

 

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