Michael Iliff Joins Trash and Stash to Bolster Commercial Junk Removal Sales Team
By: Cameron Ungar
I’m like… really excited to make this announcement! The Trash and Stash team is growing. Any time we bring on someone new, we’re pumped. But in this case, the someone new, is an old friend.
Michael Iliff has come on board and will ultimately be responsible for leading our sales efforts. Michael joins us from Genuine Parts Company (Napa Auto Parts) where he was the Territory Sales Manager and Wholesale Manager for the Central Coast of California. A seasoned sales pro, Michael will help us grow our commercial junk removal business.
More important though, Michael has been one of my closest friends since 6th grade. It’s really fun working together for the first time since graduating high school 25 years ago. It means a lot that he trusted me and believed enough in what we’re building to pick up and move cross- country.
Michael joins an amazing team and I’m humbled to be a part of it. I started Trash and Stash because I saw an opportunity. I thought we could take a proven business model and make it better by…
- Creating exceptional customer service experiences.
- Using effective but simple technology to streamline processes.
- Establishing career positions for skilled, long term employees.
- Developing environmentally responsible disposal practices.
- Maintaining a hyper local focus to meaningfully contribute to our local community.
As we approach our 2 year anniversary we’ve succeeded in building a viable business. But we’re not satisfied with viable. With the team we have in place, we’re now looking to reimagine and ultimately redefine junk removal. To live at the front of the bell curve and create a new service category all for ourselves.
There are big things coming and Michael will play a key role in our future.
Our aim is to be the most eco- friendly, most- considerate, most responsive, easiest to use junk removal business in the greater Charlotte area. We make it super simple for people to do the right thing with their stuff.
Many of you have already met Michael… because like everybody who walks through our doors, his Trash and Stash journey starts on the truck (and truthfully… we have a small team, so none of us are ever really “off the truck.”). He’s learning our trade from the ground up.
Here's 5 Questions to get to know Michael Better.
(Q) What’s your professional background? What experiences are you bringing to Trash and Stash?
(Michael) I started my career in the service industry from the bottom. Busboy. Dishwasher. Waiter. Bartender. Manager and ultimately Purchasing Manager for the Marriott San Diego Arterra. After earning my business degree at the University of California, Riverside I spent 17 years with Genuine Parts Company most recently covering the Central Coast of California as a Territory Sales Manager (including a Los Angeles distribution center and 14 stores).
(Q) Why are you excited about Trash and Stash?
(Michael) As a young company, the opportunities are endless. Junk removal is a completely different industry. I’m excited to learn but also eager to bring my outside knowledge and experience to help direct the success and growth of a family business. I’m ready to roll my sleeves up to keep building sweat equity.
(Q) What brought you to Indian Land?
(Michael) After 30 years of knowing someone, you love, trust, respect and value their opinion. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at it.
(Q) What’s your favorite part about being on the Trash and Stash team so far?
(Michael) The crew and the customers by far. Mel, Chase and Cam have welcomed me with open arms and hearts. The customers have been so kind and appreciative and I really enjoy the diversity of the work. Every job is different, unique and challenging.
(Q) What do you hope to accomplish with Trash and Stash?
(Michael) To grow. Expand my scope on life, meet new people and make new friends. I’m confident I can help grow this business to serve more people, reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill and give back to my new community all while making a little money too!