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.

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!

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!

 

Is Your Job Site Prepared for the Summer Heat?

3 Tips to Ensure Your Construction Site Stays Fresh this Summer 

Working on a construction site can be especially tough in the hot summer months. With temperatures pushing towards 100 degrees not only is it hard to stay cool, it is also hard for construction managers to keep job sites fresh and odor free. While each site might be different, there are a few tips and tricks you must know to help keep your construction site fresh this summer!

Here are three easy ways to keep your site fresh during the dog days of summer:

    1. Additional Weekly Servicing – At Don’s Johns, we take pride in our once a week restocking, waste removal and unit sanitization that comes with each standard unit. However, in the summer heat, it is necessary for additional servicing to reduce odor and keep the job site clean. If our uniformed technicians come out at least once more per week, job sites are essentially odor free during the hottest months of the year.
    2. High-End Holding Tank Deodorizers – There is the standard, blue solution deodorizer that is seen in most porta potties, which get’s the job done in the cooler months of the year. In the summer though, we recommend going with the higher end deodorizer chemical paks by Walex. We have found that this deodorizer pak has performed the best in the extreme heat and is the most powerful in our industry.
    3. Air Freshener – Our last suggestion is a simple but effective solution. By placing air fresheners in your porta potty units you will be able to not only minimize odors but also keep them smelling great! Air fresheners will keep the port-a-potties bearable in between servicing during the hot summer months.  If you use us, that is a standard part of our service, every week! 

Learn more about how to keep your porta potties clean, including other tips and tricks for weathering these hot summer days.

Complement This Year’s Summer Events with Portable Restroom Rentals

Portable Restrooms for Summer Events

The warm weather is coming shortly, and now is the perfect time to start planning those summer events. Many events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other family events are held outdoors. To keep your celebrations going all night, you’ll need plenty of portable restrooms.

Don’s Johns is the premier provider of porta potties and portable restroom trailers in VA, MD, and DC. There are many uniquely designed portable restrooms available for your use. With the help of our associates, you’ll have the best portable restrooms and amenities delivered to your event.

Mother’s Day Events

Throw a party in honor of your mom or your wife in a lovely outdoor setting. Picture a feminine setting in a park with luscious flowers. You can’t expect mom and her guests to use just any standard porta potty at the park. No, she must use an elegant portable restroom that blends in well with the parks décor.

Don’s Johns has trailer wraps such as this elegant rose restroom wrap. Inside, of our Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer, she’ll step into a hardwood floor covered restroom and gaze upon the marbled walls. As summers can get hot, this is the perfect getaway spot with its climate controlled air conditioned unit, large enough to have a small bench to sit back and rest. There is a time released air freshener inside. She’ll have plenty of hot and cold running water over the beautiful vanity area. Don’s Johns was honored with the 4th Place Award for Cintas America’s Best Restroom 2011, so your guests can feel special at your Mother’s Day event.

Father’s Day Events

Father’s Day is a bit different when it comes to park celebrations. Everyone can partake in this special day with plenty of beer, cocktails, and, of course, BBQ. Dad may take the stage and cook up dinner himself, using the new grill you’ve purchased as his gift. You may schedule a few baseball games and other family friendly events. Of course, the children will all run around playing and need an area to clean themselves up at after playing. And, Dad, of course, needs to clean up after BBQ’n.

With everyone drinking and eating, you want enough restroom trailers, so everyone can use the facilities when necessary. You should even rent an additional portable sink so everyone can keep clean hands before handling the food.

Fourth of July Festivities

The Fourth of July brings about many festivities. And, best of all, everyone loves to sit around and watch the fireworks come nightfall. To get the best seat in the house, you must come to the park early and dare not move or else risk losing your spot. Families all around use the park to come together and enjoy the festivities with food, drink, and play. You can set the stage with Don’s Johns portable potties and have decorative restroom wraps to show off this patriotic day.

Family Picnic and Affairs

There are many family affairs you want to celebrate in style this summer. Everything from weddings, baby showers, and engagement parties requires the VIP setup. Your guests should be in a restroom that many five-star hotels could only wish for. The Luxury Restroom Trailer w/Family Room has a gorgeous interior with Corian counters, white wainscoting and trim, wood panel doors, and hardwood designed floor. It has a family suite perfect for relaxing or changing children’s clothes.

Contact Don’s Johns today to beat the rush of restroom reservations. You want to have not only the right restroom, but enough of them for your event. 888-331-6323

6 Tips to Maximize Productivity on Your Construction Site

The statement ‘time is money’ definitely applies to the construction industry. Whether it’s a loss of equipment or an inefficient use of your employees, your project’s deadline could be missed by weeks to a month. To ensure you are maximizing your productivity, follow these six tips.

Plan for Everything

The most expensive part of most construction projects is improper planning. There are too many predictable things that can happen that can cost your project a fortune. Before bringing anyone on site, plan for those minor details to avoid a major catastrophe. This keeps your project on schedule by ensuring you will have the proper manpower, supplies, and equipment every step of the way.

Optimize Your Crew

It’s understandable that you have particular crew members trained for specifics on the job. To remain up to code, they should do what they are trained for. However, there are a few non-certified activities that anyone can perform during their downtime. Be sure to speak to your entire crew about remaining productive, be it training another individual or cleanup at the construction site.

Use Storage Containers

Storage containers are not just meant to keep outdated items out of the way. You can rent temporary storage containers for each construction project you work on to keep a clean and organized site. Rent storage containers to keep any waste at bay.  Order your materials ahead of time and store away in case your project is ahead of its timeline. Your items will be there ready to implement into the next phase.

Implement New Technology

Every organization should embrace new technology. It improves workplace performance, saves time, and reduces costs. It is scary for some employees that have been on the job for a number of years to embrace any change. However, with proper training they can see how technology is not there to replace them but make their jobs easier at your construction site.

Track All Your Equipment

Can you recall how many times your employees have lost equipment or unfortunately borrowed equipment? It’s easy to keep track of all your equipment, tools, and other materials by adding an inexpensive GPS tracker on them. Mistakes do happen, and it should not slow down your construction project.

Keep Sanitation Units On Site

As your employees work long hours, they are bound to need frequent restroom breaks. Disturbing neighboring businesses may bring more problems than collaboration. It’s not very productive for these restroom breaks either as they need to spend the time walking or driving off site. Instead, provide clean restroom facilities and portable sink options for employees to access easily in seconds.

Don’s Johns has many sanitary options available for your construction site. The above tips combined with portable restroom options are a sure way to increase production for your next project.

5 Questions to Ask When Renting a Portable Toilet or Restroom Trailer

Are you hosting an event and just not sure what type of portable restroom option to choose? First, do realize that the main difference between the two is that a portable toilet is a standard restrooms with a toilet and possibly lighted sink area. A restroom trailer is much larger, offering recessed lighting, temperature control, and vanity areas. Let’s review a few questions you should ask yourself before renting.

Are Other Restrooms Nearby?

If there are public restrooms available near your event, you may still consider a portable restroom to ensure your guests don’t travel too far. So your option for portable restrooms will be due to placement. If you have many guests attending, you don’t want them all wandering the park area looking for a restroom. If the grounds have a nice restroom facility already, consider just a few portable toilets in the area. If not, you’ll want to have a toilet trailer for their comfort.

Are There Other Events at the Same Facility?

As stated above, if there are restroom facilities on site, it may just be an issue of how long it will take the guests to get to the restroom. However, another question to ask yourself is if there will be other events going on at the facility as well. If you are expecting many guests, your guests could have a long wait if another event has many patrons as well.

For larger events, a portable toilet trailer is best to have to reduce long lines. This is especially helpful and cost effective if your event revolves around product sales. You want your guests at your events, not waiting to use the restroom.

Will Children be in Attendance?

However, if your event is lengthy and children are in attendance, consider the parent’s needs. They may need to change infants, and that’s possible with a baby changing station in a portable trailer unit. For family events, families need the space and amenities to get their children tidied up. Children get into all sorts of accidents such as muddy shoes and chocolate covered shirts.

What type of Portable Toilet will fit my Event?

The type of event that you will host makes a big difference. Impressions are everything, and portable restroom options are no different. If you’re hosting a sporting event, portable toilets are a perfect option and are cost effective. Adults can use the restroom fairly quickly. If it’s a short event, that may be all they are doing. Nobody is going to linger in a restroom and miss the big pitch!

However, for more formal black tie events, you need to have a more comfortable environment, such as Don’s Johns Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer. Black tie events such as award ceremonies and art gals, your guests need to groom themselves before walking on stage or freshen up before networking. Give them the amenities they are going to need to do so. These types of events usually request a handsome amount for the tickets. A five-star restroom is well deserved.

How long will the event last?

If you are hosting an event for a long period, portable toilet trailers have the lighting and space you will need. A portable toilet is dimly lit. Your guests want to be able to freshen themselves up. This helps everyone feel comfortable and stay longer.

Contact Don’s Johns friendly representatives today. They are knowledgeable regarding each type portable toilet or restroom trailer and can help you decide on the best for your event.

How to Choose the Best Porta Potties for Your Outdoor Event

Event Rental: Porta Potties in DC, VA, & MD

Outdoor events are very popular in the DC, VA & MD areas. No matter what season, there is always a reason to have a celebration outdoors. Having porta potties for your guests is important, especially for events where participants are drinking, eating, and socializing. You need to make sure you plan accordingly, so all your guests are comfortable.

Event Rental: Determine How Many Guests Will Attend

After planning your invitation count, you can reserve the proper amount of porta potties for your guests. As the week of the event nears, and you have your final RSVP count, you can make adjustments from there. Don’s Johns has an excellent planning guide for your use. You can also give us a call and you’ll have an event planning specialist working closely with you. Our specialists are available to assist you in planning how many porta potties you should have for your outdoor event.

Help Set the Tone for Your Event

Don’s Johns have many different styles of porta potties available for your use. If you are hosting an elite event, the Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer has marble and granite interiors, is a climate-controlled environment, features beautiful well-lit mirrors, 4 private stalls for women, 2 private stalls for men, and contains a dual audio system that plays soft elegant music.

For a more casual atmosphere, you may want to consider our DJ3000 Restroom Trailer. It is comfortable, well lit, and has plenty of accessories stored for an eventful day.

Make Sure Your Event Accommodates the Disabled

Many of your outdoor events would probably have the need for ADA compliant porta potties. This could be for those who need wheelchair accessibility, seniors who would want to grip the handrails to walk up, or just the spacing needed for families to access. The Luxury Restroom Trailer w/ADA Room is perfect. It’s beautiful and features stunning Corian counters and hardwood flooring design. Its climate controlled and fully stocked as well. The ADA Compliant Suite is 8’ x 6’so families needing to take a break can do so.

Event Rental: You Want To Have All the Luxurious Amenities

Finally, make sure you have all the luxurious amenities needed. Upscale events will definitely need valet service to keep the porta potties well stocked with tissue, soap, and paper towels. They can ensure it stays fresh in there as well. If you are promoting a cause, ask our specialists about the custom restroom wraps available.

With Don’s Johns and over 50 years of experience, we are here to help you every step of the way. You can also visit Don’s Johns today to find the perfect porta potty that’s fits your needs. Contact us today for a free quote or call us today at 888-331-6323.

Do I Really Need More than One Porta Potty?

Planning Porta Potty Rentals At Your Event

If you have an upcoming event, it’s imperative to start planning early on. Knowing exactly the food you want to serve, the quantities needed, music selection, location, and seating requirements are all necessary early on. If you’ve already made the decision to have a porta potty rental on site, it’s a pretty wise decision as your guests will surely appreciate it and use the facility. However, just how many porta potty rentals do you need? Is it really necessary to have more than one? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to find out.

How Many Patrons Will Attend the Event?

First, consider how many attendants will be present. As you can naturally assume guests sitting down at a dinner function will sip on their drinks often, you’d still be amazed at how much a person can drink at a social gathering. Consuming so many drinks means frequent trips to the porta potty. You don’t want your guests waiting for a long time in lengthy lines. They want to relieve themselves as soon as possible.

How Long Is the Event?

For events lasting longer than two hours, it’s definitely important to have numerous porta potty rentals on site. Having a few quality restrooms makes guests feel comfortable compared to using a standard blue porta potty.

Will There Be a Lot of Women Present?

If you are expecting many women, having numerous porta potty rentals is essential. Women use the restroom often, they also want to fix their hair and makeup while inside. Don’s Jon’s has luxury porta potty rentals complemented with gorgeously designed vanities.

Are Kids Attending The Event?

Having children at the event also dictates the number of porta potty rentals you need. For one, family restrooms are a popular choice since they have spacious seating areas for children to rest up. They also come with baby changing stations, making it easy for parents to change their children. The entire family can stay together in a family restroom.

You do want to have a separate porta potty rental from your family suite as well. Not everyone wants to use the restroom facility with an uncomfortable child just next door. Also, some conversations may not be appropriate for little ears to hear.

Don’s Johns staff are great at helping you plan and organize for your event needs. Contact us today at 888-331-6323, so we can walk you through arranging the correct number of porta potty rentals.

Portable Toilet Rental on the Moon?

While reading our daily news, we found out that there is in fact, a portable toilet sitting on the moon.

YES… REALLY! 😉

NASA recently released new images of the Moon, clearly showing a porta potty left by the famous astronauts, Buzz Aldroun and Neil Armstrong during their historic mission in 1969.  The recent picture from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), can be seen below:

We wonder if NASA made their own porta potty, or whether they bought a porta john for sale? If it were a portable toilet rental, that would be one expensive bill!  Now we’re sure that they didn’t have a luxury restroom trailer rental available back then, but If they did we’re sure they would have went with one of America’s Best Restroom Trailer rentals around and they may have even rented Restroom trailers in DC!

An Urban Legend is circulating around that a 5 year old company named Don’s Johns may or may not have played a hand in this special outdoor event when it came to the use of portable johns on the moon.  Rumor also has it that Don’s Johns wanted to service the area shortly after the astronauts left, but decided to leave it as a piece of human history.

Did Don’s Johns really provide the portable toilet that went to the moon?  I suppose that secret lies within the spirit of our founders, Thelma and Don Rainwater…

We may not have been on the moon, but if you’re looking for a portable toilet rental, restroom trailer rental, porta john for sale to be at your outdoor event, Don’s Johns is here to serve you where and when you need it. With the right selection and all the portable restroom rentals you could ever want, you can’t go wrong when it comes to one of Don’s Johns.  Call us today at 888-331-6323 or email sales@donsjohns.com for your portable toilet rental needs.

*This article is intended for entertainment purposes only.