Employee Spotlight: Victor Rivera

By Sue Minichiello

Victor_RiveraYou’d be hard pressed to find a person more easygoing, friendly, and warm than Victor Rivera. When you add professional qualities like dedicated, enthusiastic, and dependable, you get a model employee. And that’s exactly what Victor Rivera is.

“I have nothing but good things to say about working with Victor. He is a responsible, dedicated employee that is always willing to help and go the extra mile to make sure he accomplishes all his work,” said PMI Area Manager Juan Ramirez. “He is always walking with a smile and with a great attitude.”

Rivera came to the US from Puerto Rico in 1990. For 21 years he worked in New York City as head custodian for a limousine service where he performed multiple roles from maintenance mechanic and limo cleaner to garage supervisor and staff manager.

Living in NYC became more and more cost-prohibitive, a fact Rivera shared with his (now ex-) brother-in-law, who lived in Connecticut and worked for AffinEco. After being introduced to PMI VP and Branch Manager Sandino Cifuentes, Rivera decided he’d like to make a move and work for AffinEco. Unfortunately, there weren’t any appropriate openings at the time but, impressed by Rivera’s background and demeanor, Cifuentes promised to keep him apprised new opportunities. In 2014, the right position opened up, an offer was made, and Rivera accepted.

“From day one, Victor has been a solid performer. He possesses a great work ethic and always goes above and beyond while performing his duties,” Cifuentes said.

For more than four years, Rivera has served as head custodian at the Montessori Magnet School in Hartford, a state-of-the-art facility that serves students ages 3-12. It is located on the Learning Corridor urban campus, which sits across the street from collaborating partner Trinity College and also features the Hartford Magnet Middle School, Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Sciences, and Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Rivera loves working there.

“It is like my second home. The people from the school are nice, and I am so happy to work with the kids. They are a lot of fun and I am impressed to see the things they do,” said Rivera. “Every morning, they say, ‘Hi, Mr. Victor,’ and we smile and laugh.”

In addition to his daily custodial duties, Rivera often chips in on special school events and afterschool programs, including working in other buildings on the campus. He’s quick to volunteer to fill in for co-workers whenever there’s a need.

“I want the school to know I am there for them, whatever they need,” he said.

The school administrators and teachers greatly appreciate that. In fact, they have twice presented Rivera with trophies in recognition of the level of service he provides, including a “Best Worker of the Year” award in his first year.

“That was so nice,” said Rivera. “I was really excited, and it meant a lot to me.”

Rivera lives in Hartford. He is divorced and has a 7-year-old daughter who lives in NJ. He gets to see her at least once a month, more often when his schedule allows, and the two go on vacations together in the summertime.

As for AffinEco, Rivera said, “I am really happy with the whole company and like working for them. Mr. Sandino and Mr. Juan are great people. I have no problems and no complaints.”

With a positive attitude like that, and a flawless work record, it’s no wonder Rivera’s supervisors wanted him highlighted in the company newsletter.