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Employer Spotlight: Gateway Energy Services - We've Found a Few Good Men

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Gateway Energy Services, one of the largest and most highly regarded independent energy suppliers in North America, has found some of the best qualities in its employees from veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Gateway recognizes that these men and women are trained to be honest, responsible and diligent before they ever put on a Gateway shirt and badge. The two men profiled here are perfect examples.

Juan Piseno enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1996, one year after graduating high school. Sadly, Juan’s parents passed away when he was only 12 so he didn’t get the parental support many kids had. To become a man, Juan felt he needed to do something with his life. The service seemed to be his answer. Three years later, which included a ten-month tour in Bosnia on a peacekeeping mission, Juan found the man he was looking for: responsible, respectful, motivated and honorable.  As a soldier in the infantry, Juan feels that the Army helped mold him into the man he is today. He feels honored to have served his country, and applies what he’s learned to everyday life. Juan has been as successful in his civilian professional career as he was while enlisted.

Juan joined Gateway Energy in February 2009. As a sales supervisor, Juan has helped to increase the company’s customer base in the Syracuse area and has been directly responsible for the successful expansion into the Utica/Rome markets. 

Mike Polland joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school in February 1991 and graduated boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., in May 1991. After one month of combat training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and three more months of communications training at 29 Palms, Calif., Mike was sent overseas to Okinawa, Japan for one year. During that time, he went on a three-month float to the Philippines, Korea and Hong Kong. Mike completed his service at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and received an Honorable Discharge in March 1995. Since then, Mike has had a successful sales career.

Mike joined Gateway in November 2008 as a sales supervisor and established one of Gateway’s first all-employee door-to-door sales teams in Rochester, N.Y. An integral member of the Gateway sales force and successful motivator, Mike has hired, trained and mentored team members in and around Rochester.

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