What I Live For


In preparation for National Safety Month, employees at ACT were asked, what do you live for and what do you do safely at work so that you can pursue your passion. Gina Bailey, our dedicated Office Manager in Escondido, had an important message that we would like to share.

22 Titanium screws and rods, am I the ‘Bionic Woman’? No, but since my spinal fusion two years ago, life from this perspective looks great! Before surgery, I couldn’t remember what it felt like to be pain free. I knew I needed surgery, but I had heard all the horror stories about spinal fusions, and visions would pop into my head of my doctor like a cartoon character wearing a headlight in a small dark operating room, bearing down on my back like a mad man with screws and a screwdriver!


I finally realized the quality of my life was suffering, and this surgery was needed – I had too much living to do. My daughter was having my first grandbaby and I wanted to be able to hold this child, play with this child, and share everything I could pain-free. I decided surgery had to be my answer. And it was.

Now, three grandbabies later (yes, that was fast, right?), you wouldn’t even know I had surgery – I play with, carry and run after these babies – and I love that surgery has made it possible for me to have my life back again.


I feel like this is my second chance with my ‘new’ back, and I want to maintain this healthy back any way I can. Since my day requires deskwork, it was important I have my workspace as ergonomically correct as possible. I had an assessment done, and now I use a footrest and lower lumbar spinal support on my chair. If needed, I take a stretch break – or walk around the yard. I have made my work environment, as safe as possible, and this will enable me to maintain my healthy lifestyle through my safe work environment.

And full circle – this allows me to enjoy my life with my family and grandbabies. This is what it’s all about. This IS what I live for!

10 Years of Commitment & Dedication!


ACT is ecstatic to announce the 10-year anniversaries of Doug Cameron, Scott Andrews, and Marta Prada. When employees start with the company and are still with you a decade later, it’s a testament to everyone involved, the employees, the company, and the company leadership. Each of these ACT family members have helped make the company shine, provide our renowned customer service, and created business that has helped everyone-customers and company alike-to prosper. Everyone at ACT gives a hearty shout out to Marta, Scott, and Doug & extend our deepest thanks for your years of hard work, commitment, and dedication.

Warmest Regards,

Walter Singer | President
Advanced Chemical Transport


ACT’s Annual Sales Meeting!

On April 21, 2015, during ACT’s Company Wide Sales meeting held in Seal Beach CA:

The following Account Managers were recognized for their achievements during 2014:

Largest New Account Winner Danny Carpentier


Greatest Percentage over Budget Annette Peck

New Business Contest Winner Bruce Wescott

Account Manager of the Year Mariana Sabich

Congratulation to all of you!!

Surprise, Arizona Annual HHW Days!

On Saturday, April 11, the city of Surprise Arizona, held their bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days! Advanced Chemical Transports Phoenix branch handled oversight & technical support for this years event. This years collection event drew almost 1000 vehicles, a record for this program! ACT would like to thank everyone who participated and utilized this years collection.



University of Southern California Viterbi 2015 Awards

usc-viterbi-2015-awardsACT was pleased to be a 2015 sponsor the University of Southern California Viterbi awards. During this wonderful evening at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles; Master of Ceremonies Dean Yannis Yortos presented awards to: Andrew Liveris: CEO of Dow chemical, Dr. Sultan Amed Al Jaber: UAE Minister of State, and Feng Deng Co-Founder of Northern Light Ventures for their vast contributions to society as engineers. The leadership, entrepreneurship, and vision of these men has not only been shining examples for USC engineering, their accomplishments have made our world a better place for many. These types of advances in engineering are at the forefront as the worlds population rises and resources are diminished. ACT is proud to support all the great USC engineers and entrepreneurs that are meeting this challenge.

ACT Merced responding to an Emergency response of a rolled over big rig!

act_mercedOur Merced office responding to an Emergency response of a rolled over big rig. The truck leaked diesel into a storm drain and released to a creek leading to the Delta. As always our staff did a great job as you can see below in the email from our customer (also vendor).

-Brian Trefault

“‘…Containers Unlimited would like to sincerely thank you for the exceptional customer service you and your team exemplified in our time of emergency and need yesterday. We were thoroughly impressed and very grateful for your follow thru, servicing you guys for some years now on your container needs; act_merced3response time and communication throughout the process. As your vendor that has been the role was reversed and we quickly became the customer and felt the high level of act_merced2service that ACT provided. It was truly awesome. We appreciate your hard work and professionalism and it will stay with us for some time as we reflect back on the incident that occurred yesterday.’

Can’t thank you enough!

Andrea Ocanas & Mike McGuire
And the entire Containers Unlimited Team!

Arizona’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

On Saturday March 7, The City of Apache Junction, Arizona held their annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Oversight and support was provided by Advanced Chemical Transport’s Phoenix branch. This year’s event attracted the largest number of residents in the program’s 8-year history.

We want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s event.

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New Sales Program Development Team (SPDT)

On Feb. 17, 2015 ACT’s SPDT held a Challenge Meeting designed to express ways to strengthen ACT’s presence in the market place in a proactive and strategic manner.

For more than 7 hours, the team exchanged ideas and opinions centered around:

Strategic Selling & Growth Roles and Responsibilities

  • Professional Development
  • Process Improvements
  • Consistent Branding
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service Excellence

Many of these ideas will be introduced to the full sales force at ACT’s Annual Sales Meeting in April 2015.

ACT wants to thank all of the team members for their open and honest input and on a job well done!!


Team Members (Left to Right)
First row: Andrea Contreras, Bryan Hoadley, John Bige, Brian Trefault, Vince Cavaliere, Adam Brandin, Jeanna Wilhelm
Back row: Zane Gentzler, Pasquale Paduano, Bruce Wescott, Danny Carpentier, Spencer Pfaff, John Smrdeli, Annette Peck
Missing Walter Singer, Jason Catalano, Mariana Sabich

Four Vistage members named to Los Angeles Business Journal 2014 Best Places to Work

San Diego, February 5, 2015— Four Vistage members were recently named to the Lost Angeles Business Journal’s list of Best Places to Work in 2014. Best Places to Work in Los Angeles is a survey competition to determine which participants are the best employers. The process is managed by Best Companies Group (BCG) and winners are published in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

To be eligible for consideration, companies must be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity, be a publicly or privately held business, have a facility in Los Angeles County, and have a minimum of 15 employees working in Los Angeles County. They must also have been in business a minimum of one year.

The following Vistage members were recognized on the list:

  • Advanced Chemical Transport, Inc. – Walter Singer, President, Vistage member since 2012; and Pasquale Paduano, Director of Operations, Vistage member since 2013
  • Aerotek – Ayman Hamid, Executive Director of Human Capital Solutions, Vistage member since 2012; Jeff Colvin, Director of Business Operations, Vistage member since 2010; Kim Sneeder, Director of Business Operations, Vistage member since 2013; and Brian Quinn, Director of Operations, Vistage member since 2014
  • BNY Mellon Wealth Management – Larry Miles, President, Vistage member since 2010
  • Bryan Cave LLP – Steve Sunshine, Partner In Charge, Vistage members since 1992; and Jennifer Jackson, Managing Partner, Vistage member since 2010
  • Cassidy Turley BT Commercial – Greg Findley, Partner, Vistage member since 2011
  • CBIZ MHM, LLC – Steven Nicokiris, Managing Director, Vistage member since 2014
  • Cresa Chicago – Mark Montana, Managing Principal, Vistage member since 2014
  • Financial Finesse Inc. – Liz Davidson, CEO, Vistage member since 2014
  • Giroux Glass, Inc. – Nataline Lomedico, CEO/President, Vistage member since 2015
  • Guidance Solutions – Jon Provisor, Owner/CTO, Vistage member since 2008
  • Insperity – Business Performance Advisors: Dewayne Sode, Vistage member since 2006; Kay Oder, Vistage member since 2008; Nick Rodites, Vistage member since 2013; Rebecca Stewart, Vistage member since 2013; and Ron Dallas, Vistage member since 2014
  • Moss Adams LLP – Kerry Gordon, Managing Partner, Vistage member since 1988
  • Pango Group – Jeff Russell, President, Vistage member since 2005
  • Pariveda Solutions – Bruce Ballengee, CEO, Vistage member since 2008
  • Prosum – Ken Aster, President, Vistage member since 2009
  • Sky Zone – Stella Downie, CEO, Vistage member since 2015
  • Solver – Nils Rasmussen, CEO, Vistage member since 2013
  • Taskus – Jaspar Weir, President, Vistage member since 2013
  • The1stMovement – Ming Chan, CEO, Vistage member since 2011
  • TrueCar – Bernie Brenner, Co-founder and EVP of Business Development, Vistage member since 2011
  • Wong Doody Advertising – Ben Wiener, CEO, Vistage member since 2008


The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles program is a countywide program managed by BCG. The process includes two surveys to gather detailed data about each participating company. BCG conducts the surveys, analyzes the data and determines the winners and rankings. Best Companies Group is an independent research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work. BCG manages programs worldwide, including in the US, Canada and the UK.

about Vistage International
Founded in 1957 and headquartered in San Diego, California, Vistage assembles and facilitates private advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives and business owners. Vistage members participate in monthly, Chair-led private advisory board meetings. More than 19,000 members in 16 countries also have access to one-to-one executive coaching, expert speakers, and our global network of business leaders.

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