Hi, My Name is Hector Leon, Owner of Dirt Patrol,
I began my involvement with earth moving in 2002 when I obtained my class A commercial license. This opened the opportunity for my first driving job operating a 10 wheel dumptruck and transporting heavy equipment to different job locations for a company called Reliable Contractors. Reliable Contractors specialized in mass grading and finish grade for major homebuilders, land developers and general contractors in the public and private sector.
Being married and blessed with 3 beautiful children to support was more than enough motivation to do the best to excel and work up the ranks aggressively. Without having any type of major education I felt proud of my rapid growth as a leader for this company and In less then 2 years I took on the responsibility of managing a fleet of 15 dumptrucks and 8 low bed equipment movers. My position also included the responsibility to locate dirt, disposal sites and scheduling the transportation for our surplus soil from our rough and finish grading projects to developers and contractors in need of dirt, before I knew it I was quickly becoming a dirt broker. The dirt exchange gig was becoming so profitable for the company that the owner relieved me of all my other duties and wanted me to focus strictly on import and export for ourselves and for other companies in need of this type of service. At this point I started running into the usual dirt brokers - not too friendly of course - who wants a new competitor to worry about specially because theirs only a handful of dirt brokers out their. I did not let their negative comments kill that seed that already had blossomed in me. I was determined to learn all the tricks of the trade and apply myself in order to gain as much knowledge, not only to compete, but to start landing the larger and more complex type of jobs that the high profile brokers were being awarded. Sadly Reliable Contractors was hit hard by this economy and was forced to close their doors in 2006, I was then left jobless. I quickly jumped on board with some of the big dirt brokers in the industry for the next 2 years, observing every operation, every trick to the game, problems and their solutions, after yet another layoff. We prayed and hoped that the economy would turn around for the best, unfortunately things continued to spiral downward, so I have no bad feelings towards my employers for having to lay me off, thus began Dirt Patrol.
Dirt Patrol started patrolling the streets in 2008, after I was forced into starting my own company, after experiencing 3 layoffs in a two year period due to the recession we have all been dealing with. I could not put my family through the stress of having to put our future in hands of another company. I began dropping my business cards, I started contacting customers that knew me through the years, and start putting into to practice all the experience I collected through the years such as dispatching, collecting presentable samples for testing, the proper amount of trucks per job, time studies, the perfect loading machine for the job and processing the proper haul route permits required for city and county ordinances, covering all my basis, dust control, sweepers, shaker plates, and work hours allowed by each agency. I felt ready to compete against these high profile brokers. I was relentless and super aggressive, I new that my overhead was small verses my competitor and I can beat them on their pricing. Loosing time and time again only made me more determined to land the type and amount of work that would put Dirt Patrol on the map.
Along the way I met a good friend and mentor that took me under his wing. He believed and encouraged me that no person was better, smarter and more deserving than me, and that Dirt Patrol would be a forced to be reckoned with. Mr. Rudy Navarrete has been in the earth moving business for over 25 years, during this time Rudy was exposed to a multitude of variables that come with the industry, through trail and error he learned to resolve all situations. Rudy has instilled in me the most important rules in business: integrity, customer satisfaction is key, honesty the best policy, don't promise what you cant deliver and treat people the way you want to be treated. I have applied these simple rules in my business and thank God they have worked. I would also like to thank Ruben and Monica with Garcia Trucking for all their support they have contribute to help Dirt Patrol succeed and of course all the owner operators that waited patiently to get paid when Dirt Patrol got paid back when we first opened our doors.
That said, we hope that we can give your organization an edge during the bidding process with our experience and competitive pricing. Dirt Patrol is very aware that every dollar saved during this economic struggle is vital to the success for contractors, large or small.
Thank you for your time,