MBA Candidate Deitz Lands Post-Graduate Job with Republic Services
Jacob Deitz, a graduate student currently in the MBA Program, cannot wait to hit the ground running after he graduates in May 2017. He has taken a General Manager Accelerated Trainee position at Republic Services, the second largest waste company in the United States.
“They get rid of trash,” Deitz affectionately put it.
He connected with Republic Services through one of the Career Exploration Days held at the FCB. Based on that first impression, Republic Services sent Deitz an invitation to visit their headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, all expenses paid. Deitz landed the job and will be heading to Philadelphia for his training once he graduates.
The General Managing job for Republic Services will be very different from his blue-collar background. Deitz grew up on a farm in Visalia, California. He was in charge of about 200 acres during the summers when he wasn’t at school. When asked what they grew on the farm, Deitz replied, “Man, what didn’t we grow? We had eight acres of oranges. We grew garlic, almonds, walnuts, wheat, pumpkin, squash, cherries, apples…”
Deitz doesn't know anyone in Philly, but feels his undergraduate experience will help him with that. Before Deitz made it to Flagstaff, he went to Xavier University in New Orleans for his undergraduate degree in history with an English minor. Xavier University is an historically African-American and Catholic university, so as a white Protestant, Deitz had to adjust from his upbringing in rural California. He knew that keeping an open mind is key when traveling to new places, so he dove right into the culture, studying things that he wouldn’t have been able to anywhere else, such as the history of Haitian voodoo.
Deitz never forgets his humble beginnings. “My grandparents raised cattle, my dad is a farmer, and my mom does permanent makeup helping breast cancer survivors with their recoveries. Growing up we didn’t have a lot of money. My dad used to get us really excited about ‘Bean Taco Sunday,’ about getting home from church and eating fried tortillas with refried beans and some cheese on the top. It’s the little things in life, and it was a family thing. Even though we didn’t have a lot of money, it’s who you have the money with, and I’m looking forward to be able to help [my parents] out with this new job.”