Cadet President Hutch Johnson, left, and Vice President of Sales Greg Klose pick up litter.
Cadet President Hutch Johnson, left, and Vice President of Sales Greg Klose pick up litter.

Cadet recently held an “executive retreat” of sorts on the side of the highway. Eight members of our leadership team, including the company President, Vice President of Sales and Directors from Sales and Operations, recently spent two hours cleaning up roadside trash in our hometown of Vancouver, Washington.

It’s not the first time Cadet held a roadside cleanup. Two years ago we adopted a two-mile stretch of Interstate 205 through the Washington State Department of Transportation Adopt-a-Highway program. We send a team of employees out to pick up litter a handful of times each year.

In his first time volunteering for the event, Cadet President Hutch Johnson was entertained by several pages from a novel he found along the way. He read bits and pieces as he picked them up and said he might have to buy a copy to see how it ends.

We found many of the usual suspects out there like cigarette butts, fast food wrappers and bottles. There is just about anything you could imagine to see on the side of the road.

Frank Twardoch, Director of Operations, found a folding tactical knife and a broken Kindle with a cracked screen. He’s been on the clean-up crew before and said he enjoys the work.

“It’s a good thing for Cadet. It’s a good thing for our people,” he said of the adopt-a-highway program.

The crew also found a small catch of undersized Dungeness crab dumped under a bridge. (We found a few other unusual things but we’d rather not mention them in this post.) In the past we’ve also found drivers licenses, credit cards and even full wallets.

Cadet employees clean part of Interstate 205 in Vancouver, Washington.
Cadet Sales and Operations Directors come together to clean up Interstate 205 in Vancouver, Washington.

Greg Klose, VP of Sales, said it was good to get out of the office to focus on the community with other directors.

“It was pretty cool that the President of the company was on the side of the highway picking up garbage,” he said. “It’s amazing how much garbage there is after we just picked it up three months earlier.”

The group picked up about 25 bags of trash.

As a company we believe in giving back some of our time to support the local community. In fact, our employees logged 924 volunteer hours in 2013, exceeding our goal of 750. This event is just one example of the types of things we do.

Greg added, “It’s just part of what we do.”