Meet Kim: Your Go-To Resource for Special Event Reservations

Meet Kim Brawn, our Special Events Sales Manager

At Don’s Johns we always say, “Our People Make the Difference.”  Kim Brawn, Special Events Sales Manager, makes a difference for our customers and her colleagues. We recently spoke with Kim to get her take on portable restroom reservations and working at Don’s Johns.

 

 

What is your role at Don’s Johns and how long have you worked here?

I have been the Special Events Sales Manager at Don’s Johns for two years, although in total I’ve worked here for six years. I’m responsible for handling our high-end clients such as the Redskins, Preakness and Quicken Loans National. I’m mostly involved with the larger events that need hundreds of restroom units, rather than smaller scale events.

Can you walk us through the reservation process?

First there is initial contact with the customer – either they reach out to us or we reach out to them. The goal is to make their event successful so we try to obtain important information such as length of the event, how many units are required, where units can be set up, etc. right from the beginning.   We try to give some guidance based on our experience when needed and will use that experience to make sure that all of the details are covered. For example, with larger events, the suggestion of a VIP area with high end products may be something the planner would like to offer the customer and that is a detail that may not have occurred to the planner.

Once we have all the event information and finalize the number of restroom units, a contract is prepared and sent to the customer. After the sale has been processed, a project manager (something that is unique to Don’s Johns) will coordinate the event and plan exactly what the customer needs. This includes conducting walk throughs, supervising load ins and being on site to staff the event. Large special events are usually staffed by at least 2 employees, the project manager and myself.

How early before an event should portable restrooms be reserved?

It depends on the size of the event. For large special events, customers should reach out 3-6 months beforehand.  For events requiring less than 25 units, a couple of weeks before the event is okay. However, reservations that take place during our busy season should happen as soon as possible! We are extremely busy from April 1 to October 31, so customers need to take that into consideration when planning their event to ensure that the specialty products they desire are available.

What are some common frequently asked questions?

We get a lot of questions about timing of delivery. For example, some events only have a one-day permit, so the units need to be delivered and picked up on the same day. While we can accommodate these short delivery/pickup windows, we would prefer to have a larger window. I think most people don’t realize there’s a lot of team work between us and the customers, so giving us as all the information about the event is very important!

What’s the deal with getting a permit?

A lot of people also call and ask about permits. We do not handle any type of permitting, so customers need to get the permits from the specific venues, county, etc. The reason we stay out of the permit discussion is because there are a variety of permits required by different counties, so we ask that the customer determine what permits are required by their county. Sometimes the contract between Don’s Johns and the customer is required to get the permit, so in that case we help them by providing that.

Are there questions customers ask too late?

Customers make last minute changes all the time and assume we can accommodate them. We do our best to work with the customer to make sure they are satisfied, but it is better for both parties to be prepared ahead of time.   For example, unit placement at venues is a huge issue that needs to be addressed beforehand because it’s something that isn’t easy to change. Determining unit location beforehand makes the delivery process much smoother and will cause less stress for the event planner who normally has multiple vendors to work with on load in day.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Don’s Johns?

It’s twofold — working with customers is enjoyable and it’s very satisfying to see events, especially brand new events, pulled off from start to finish. Also, the Dons’ Johns’ team is a great team and I appreciate working with them every day. From operations to every aspect of the process, we all have to work together and everyone is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

Can we give you a call if we have any additional questions?

For more information about special event reservations or to personally ask Kim a question, email her at kbrawn@donsjohns.com.

Jumpstart Your Job Search with a Career Fair at Don’s Johns on June 15

 

Have you been looking for a job without much luck? Maybe thinking about trying something new, but not sure what path to take? We have an answer for you!

Job Fair Flyer2.jpgIt’s an exciting time at Don’s Johns! Due to the success of our first job fair earlier this year and the numerous new available positions, we will be hosting another job fair on Wednesday, June 15 at the Don’s Johns Headquarters.

Come learn about our hardworking and dedicated team, including how we deliver quality service and make valuable connections for our customers. Need another reason? Retention bonuses of up to $1,500 are available for select positions, including:

  • CDL & Non-CDL Drivers (VA & MD)
  • Driver Helpers (Seasonal Positions)
  • Yard Crew Members

Not sure if you’d be a good fit? That’s okay! We encourage you to come by, network and learn more about our company, as well as the various open positions.

Have questions? Our career page is a great resource, or we can be reached at 703-273-7101 x302 with any questions about the job fair and available positions (Psst, you can apply in advance at www.donsjohns.com/careers). Please bring your resume and if you’re applying for a driving position, don’t forget your current MVR.

 

We hope to see you there!

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Happy Memorial Day!

militarytruckHow much do you know about the history of Memorial Day? Did you know it was originally called Decoration Day, or that it started as a holiday to remember soldiers lost during the Civil War? Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971, but long before the official date was set, Americans celebrated and honored military members who died while serving in the U.S. military.

 

 

Don’s Johns is a proud supporter of many local military events

At Don’s Johns, we love supporting our military through local events and volunteer groups. We have supplied portable restrooms for past races like the Marine Corps Marathon and the Army Ten-Miler. We’re also proud supporters of the Wounded Warrior Games hosted by Willing Warriors, and we’ve been on site for the Air Show at Joint Base Andrew’s. Recently, we provided emergency services for Arlington National Cemetery so they could keep the cemetery operating, and in December we helped them with Wreaths Across America.

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This year, Don’s Johns will be providing portable restrooms for Rolling Thunder, an annual motorcycle rally held in D.C. Their mission is to educate, facilitate and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members who were abandoned after the Vietnam War. Over 100,000 people come out to show their support, and we’re proud to be a part of that crowd again this year.

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Rolling Thunder

Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer. So while many people spend the weekend participating in parades or visiting memorial sites, other popular activities for the weekend include barbeques, pool parties or heading to the beach. For those hosting parties at home, we offer a variety of portable restroom units to ensure maximum guest satisfaction and eliminate time spent waiting in line for a restroom.

How do you plan on spending your Memorial Day?

We’d love to hear about any special traditions or new plans you’ve made for this year! Our team will be enjoying the day off, but we’ll be doing deliveries before the weekend to help the Washington, D.C. metro area celebrate. How ever you decide to celebrate, keep an eye out for our portable restroom units.

Thank you to all who have served in the U.S. military! We are grateful for your service and honor your dedication to our country. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

What do you do when you’re on a run and need to go? Don’s Johns to the rescue!

We give you some of the most popular running sites in DC, Maryland and Virginia 

 

At Don’s Johns, we love the running community in DC, Maryland and Virginia. That’s why we always service races like the Army 10-Miler, Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and shorter races hosted by Pacers Running and Potomac River Running. But what about the runners who are training for those races and need scenic trails, or who run just for the joy of it? We’ve got you covered too!

With more than 800 miles of trails in the DC region, runners are guaranteed to see Don’s Johns along their route. Some of the most popular running trails in the area include:

 
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National Mall: The National Mall is an incredibly popular trail for both natives and tourists. It offers historical views in the heart of DC such as the Capitol Building, the Memorial Bridge and the Lincoln Memorial.

 

 

 

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C&O Canal: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail runs along the Potomac River from DC to MD. With a surface of clay and crushed stone, it’s a popular spot for hikers and bikers as well. Although it occasionally gets crowded, it’s a great trail for beginners.

 

 

 

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Capital Crescent Trail: Built on an abandoned railroad track and partially paved, this trail also connects DC and Maryland. Runners often see deer, foxes and other wildlife along this 11-mile trail.

 

 

 

 

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Rock Creek Trail: A winding path that flows toward the Potomac River, Rock Creek Trail is popular with joggers looking for a quiet run. With paths that are not always well marked and include unexpected side paths, this trail keeps things interesting.

 

 

 

These are just a few of the many trails runners can enjoy in the DMV area. For more paths in DC, check out these five routes not to miss. You can also get a breakdown of the best trails based on length and views, and TrailLink gives you access to all the running trails in Maryland.

 

Did we miss your favorite trail? Have you seen a Don’s Johns along your run in the area? Let us know and we’ll be sure to update our list because at Don’s Johns, our main goal is to keep you happy while on the go.

 

Happy trails!

Don’s Johns Selected as 2016 Family-Owned Business Award Honoree from the Washington Business Journal

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.54.30 AMFamily businesses like Don’s Johns are an often overlooked form of ownership, yet they are all around us and provide invaluable support to local economies like ours. That is why the Washington Business Journal is spotlighting the region’s best at the Family-Owned Business Awards this month. We are proud to announce we have been selected as an honoree for this award, which honors the top multi-generational, family-owned business in our region for overall excellence, innovation, ethics and philanthropy!

So what makes us one of the top family-owned businesses in the area? Here are just a few of the many reasons why:

  • Our History: Don’s Johns, Inc. was established in 1964 by Thelma and Don Rainwater as a small septic company. Their business was one of the first portable toilet companies in the nation and in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. The first toilets were built of wood and constructed as quickly as the orders came in. Over the past 50 years, Don’s Johns has come a long way from the original wooden outhouse.
  • Present Day: Don’s Johns is still 100% family owned and has been passed down for three generations. Kristie Harrell, Chief Executive Officer, joined Don’s Johns full time in 1992. She is the granddaughter of founders Don and Thelma Rainwater and started helping at Don’s Johns from the age of 10 stuffing envelopes for billing.
  • Who We Serve: We are a proud supplier of sanitation services to the biggest names in sports, government and private industry in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC area.  Each year, we service hundreds of construction sites including the MGM site at National Harbor to emergency services throughout the region.
  • Philanthropic Involvement: Don’s Johns is a proud supporter and supplier of the Marine Corps Marathon, local volunteer fire departments, Willing Warriors and dozens of charity runs and events.

We are proud to have been one of the first temporary restroom companies on the East Coast. For more than 50 years, being family-owned has helped us live by our motto “Our People Make a Difference” because it means treating employees the same way we would treat family. We strive to be a leader in our industry with how employees are compensated, and look forward to many more years of regional success as the “go to” company for sanitation services!

Why work for Don’s Johns? Come to our Job Fair to find out!

SocialMedia 1Are you looking for a new job? Don’s Johns is a local, family-owned business that has been an industry leader for over 50 years. Our team is comprised of long-term employees who are dedicated to creating and maintaining solid business relationships through superior service. Plus, we have fun while we work and love serving the area together as a team.

At Don’s Johns, the motto is “Our people make the difference.” Our customer testimonials speak to the quality of our service. To continue this standard of excellence, we are hosting a job fair on Wednesday, February 24, to find qualified candidates to help grow our team. Potential candidates can apply for:

  • Professional positions in Sales, Accounting and Operations. Immediate interviews will be offered, so applicants should bring an updated resume.
  • Driver positions for CDL and non-CDL drivers. Applicants should bring their current driving record to be considered for an immediate interview. The driver positions offer a $1,500 sign-on bonus for all new drivers.

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Give us a call 703-273-7101 x405 or visit our career page http://bit.ly/1WZZcaN for help with questions. We look forward to meeting you!

When: Wednesday, February 24

Time: 10am-6pm

Where: The Hampton Inn

7300 Atlas Walk Way

Gainesville, VA 20155

Planning a wedding this summer? Consider these do’s and don’ts before you say “I Do”…

With all of the snow the area has gotten recently, it’s hard to think about warmer weather and sunny days. As anyone planning a wedding will tell you, though, those days will be here sooner than you think. So while you’re getting ready to say “I do,” keep in mind these wedding planning do’s and don’ts.

  • Do start planning now: Often times it’s easy to focus on the “fun” planning activities such as buying a wedding dress and ordering invitations, but don’t forget about the logistics of planning for guests, including their restroom needs. By calling us early in your planning process, you will get one major to-do out of the way that is hugely important. Haven’t started planning yet? The SCTimes has some great tips to help you start planning your wedding, including prioritizing and being realistic.
  • Don’t settle for standard restrooms: Don’s Johns offers quality portable restroom resources that aren’t your typical porta potty experience. Our award-winning luxury trailers are just what you need to impress guests and give your outdoor summer or fall wedding a touch of elegance.
  • Do provide us with as many details as possible: Have you found the perfect outdoor venue but there’s one drawback—no outdoor restrooms? The Washington, D.C. metro area is full of beautiful outdoor wedding spaces that will benefit from extra restroom units. This is especially true if you have a large number of guests or alcohol will be served. Our event planning guide will help you estimate how many units will be needed based on attendance, event duration, alcohol served and more.
  • Don’t ignore these common wedding mistakes: Planning a wedding is so much fun but often couples jump in too quickly and become overwhelmed. Little items like photographers and favors are just as important as budget and venue. We like Glamour’s wedding section to help with planning, especially their tips on avoiding major planning mistakes.
  • Do have fun while planning: This is a great time for you and your significant other! You’re getting ready to start a new journey together, so it takes both of you to plan your wedding. Even if there are snags along the way, just keep thinking like these men who secretly love wedding planning and you’re guaranteed to have the perfect wedding day.

Our main goal is to help make your wedding planning not only easy, but enjoyable. If you’re looking to bring luxury and comfort to your outdoor wedding, call Don’s Johns and start planning with us today!

Planning for Excellence in 2016

As we begin 2016, many people are focused on upholding their New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions are a way to start the year on a note of self-improvement and accomplishments. Here at Don’s Johns, our New Year’s resolution is to provide quality service to our many committed customers through reliability, flexibility and superior selection of portable restroom units. To maintain this resolution, we’ll need a little help from you.

Do you have a new construction site opening soon? Know of a major sporting event or road race right around the corner? Let us know as soon as possible so that we can provide you with the proper equipment you need to run your site or event smoothly. As you start your 2016 event and project planning, keep in mind these three tips:

  1. Plan early: Although it’s been getting colder recently, warm weather is not as far away as we think! It’s time to start planning those spring and summer events now to ensure every detail is thought of, including restrooms for guests and attendees. Check out our special events trailers to give guests the ultimate VIP experience. We also offer a variety of products for construction sites that will keep crews satisfied no matter the project.
  1. Provide as many details as possible in advance: Our account managers are dedicated to providing you with the best restroom options for your event. By giving us the details of your construction site, road race, wedding or whatever event you are planning as early as possible, you are preparing our teams to help you. Check out our event-planning guide if you need help. Additionally, we often run out of resources for summer events so planning early will guarantee you quality portable restrooms for your special occasion or project.
  1. Communicate frequently with us: Once your event is planned and the order is placed, please feel free to regularly check in with us regarding the status of your event. Are there last minute changes in the location or amount of people? Let us know and we will work with you to make this part of your planning less stressful.

The Don’s Johns team is excited to be starting a new year and looks forward to working with all new and current customers. We’ll be working hard during 2016 to keep our resolution and wish the best for anyone else on a journey on self-improvement and success!

Happy 2016!

Get in the Spirit with #JollyJohns Holiday Competition!

During December we are hosting a portable restroom holiday competition for construction crews in the DMV area! We want to see how your crew gets in the holiday spirit by decorating our units and sharing your pictures with us. It’s time to bring a little holiday cheer to your construction site with #JollyJohns. Here’s how to participate:

  • Decorate: Decorate the Don’s Johns portable restroom unit(s) at your construction site. Suggested items include tinsel, ribbon, lights and more.
  • Show Us Your Design: Submit a picture of your decorated units and job site location to @Dons_Johns on Twitter or Don’s Johns on Facebook. Be sure to include #JollyJohns in your submission. The more the merrier! 
  • What You Could Win: The winner of this competition will win a pizza lunch for your job site and recognition on Don’s Johns’ social media channels. We want to reward your crew for a job well done!
  • Deadline: The deadline for submission is December 31. The top five submissions will be selected for voting via social media. Voting will commence January 1 and a winner will be selected by Friday, January 8.

How will you choose to make your portable restrooms more festive?

Good luck to all of our participants! We look forward to seeing our portable restroom units looking festive for the holidays!

Questions? Email us at aheflin@donsjohns.com.

 

 

 

Don’s Johns Makes Hosting a Super Bowl Party Easy and Comfortable

It’s time to gear up, football fans! With football season well underway, we are not far away from playoff season and the Super Bowl. Hosting a Super Bowl party is a great way to rally before the big game. There’s music, good food and fellow fans ready to cheer on an exciting game. An often forgotten aspect of Super Bowl parties, though, is the importance of accessible restrooms.

Supporting private events is nothing new for Don’s Johns. We’ve been providing portable restrooms for weddings, special events and sports parties for 50 Years. Consider these insider tips when you throw your Super Bowl party. Don’s Johns can help you provide adequate restroom facilities and sanitation stations to ensure your guest stay longer and cheer harder.

  1. Assessing your facility needs in advance

Planning a Super Bowl party is harder than most people expect. By ordering Don’s Johns units about two weeks before the party, you can ensure a crucial aspect of your party is handled so you can focus on everything else when the day comes!

Don’s Johns offers standard and deluxe portable restrooms, as well as hand-washing stations with which to pair them. If you plan on providing alcohol at your party, the number of units should be increased by 20%. Use our planning guide or contact us directly to make sure that you are ordering the right number of units before the party. On game day you’ll be worry free and focused on the important tasks like making food and entertaining guests.

  1. Right before the party…

At a Super Bowl party, preparation matters almost as much as the food and drinks. Starting the day early leaves plenty of time to set up and make sure your Don’s Johns units are delivered and ready. Our luxury trailers have climate-controlled heat and a dual audio system with three flat screen televisions so guests never have to miss a moment of Super Bowl action. After waiting all season for this day, your guest will appreciate not missing a moment of the game or those great Super Bowl commercials!

  1. Make cleaning up easy

After a long day of cooking and cheering, nobody wants to stay up late to deal with cleaning up. Of course, cleaning up food, plates and decorations is to be expected but what do you do with your Don’s Johns restrooms? All units will be picked up within two business days of receiving a request for a pick-up call or can be scheduled in advance so everyone can relax and enjoy the game.

Let Don’s Johns help you be the envy of other Super Bowl parties on game day. With high-quality units and plenty of portable restroom accessories, this is one item to easily check off the to-do list. Make your Super Bowl party a touchdown with Don’s Johns!