“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” or so the saying goes. However, your trash is still your trash so Collin Wheeler is at your service and ready to help!

When he was a student at Radford University, it never occurred to Collin that a few years later he would own and operate 123Junk.

“I’m the CEO of the company,” Collin says, “Chief Everything Officer. A lot of my time now is spent in networking and managing my team in the field.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” or so the saying goes. However, your trash is still your trash so Collin Wheeler is at your service and ready to help!

When he was a student at Radford University, it never occurred to Collin that a few years later he would own and operate 123Junk.

“I’m the CEO of the company,” Collin says, “Chief Everything Officer. A lot of my time now is spent in networking and managing my team in the field.

“People or businesses hire 123Junk to come in and remove unwanted items. We’re sort of a mix between a moving company, a charity and a trash company.”

After Radford, Collin went to work for a moving company as a residential move consultant. “I was the guy who went into your closets and bedrooms to determine how much it would cost you to move.”

It was there that he realized that most people accumulate a lot of “stuff” and have no way to remove it. He left the moving company and started 123 Junk.

Though he’s only 26 years of age, Collin has already gained a wealth of experience through being a business owner.

“Over the course of the past 6-8 months, I’ve focused a lot of my energy on building a company culture,” he said. “In the first 2 years, it was just a job for my employees. Now they are motivated and, unless they’ve just got me fooled, they really seem to enjoy their work. It makes me proud that they trust my leadership enough to not only stick around, but to continually want to get better.”

Collin has always placed a lot of emphasis on recycling in his company and keeping things out of the landfill. 123Junk has a program for recycling electronic waste, metal, books and other items for donation.

When their trucks arrive at the landfill crews sort out items that can be recycled or donated and place them in a storage unit they have rented on the waste station property. Any money that comes from electronic or metal recycling goes into a cash pool for the employees.

“Each week at our weekly meeting, we discuss how the money is to be spent,” Collin explained. The ideas range from happy hour to a weekend ski trip or a charitable donation. The control is in the hands of my employees.

“This program really motivates them to keep as much out of the landfill as possible. No other junk companies are focused on recycling to this scale.”

Collin was born and raised in Northern Virginia, attending high school in Chantilly. He is still a bachelor. When he’s not building his business, Collin enjoys spending time with his family as well as snowboarding, mountain biking or watching sports.

“In warm weather, I go mountain biking 2-4 times per week to ‘relieve stress.’ I spend many of my weekends boating and barbecuing at Lake Anna.”

When asked why he trusts his car to Tysons Auto Specialties, Collin says, “I was a member of a chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) and it was there I met the ‘networking legend’ himself – Tom Ivey.

“I know that Tom and his team will not take advantage of me by suggesting I need to repair things or purchase things that are not necessary.

“And, I’ve never had an auto shop follow up with a thank you letter. I like Tyson’s Auto because they run their shop like a business is supposed to be run!”

Whether you have trash or someone else’s treasure; when “stuff” accumulates around your house and don’t know what to do with it, call Collin Wheeler at 703-400-7645 or email him at collin@123junk.com. You can also learn a great deal more about 123Junk by visiting their website at www.123junk.com.

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