November 2020 Keeping You Dri
WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURS’ DAY
BY BEING DIFFERENT TO BE BETTER
sense of regimented duty behind it, like something you might have been taught if you were in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. There’s a deliberate morality carried behind every action. To me, that’s old-school. But part of being an entrepreneur today (that the old-school generation didn’t have to do) involves leveraging growing technology at every turn. I often stop and ask myself, “Am I becoming better by embracing technology and effectively becoming different? Or am I losing that valuable old-school mentality that has made this company successful for so long?” The fact is, the commercial roofing industry has never been known to particularly “wow” people with innovative technology. I’ve admittedly always been a little disappointed in how far we’ve seemed to lag behind other industries. So, when I remind myself that part of being old-school is striving to maintain the level of work provided to the customer, I feel good about utilizing ideas that are often used outside of my industry. It makes us different by making us better. Technology has fast become our friend. For example, let’s say you have a leak, so you contact us and we dispatch someone to stop the leak. Our “Roof Safe” software program alerts you from the time our Technician is on the way, until he stops the leaks. You no longer have to wait or call to get an update. We bring all that information to you delivering Peace of Mind through the
process. Upon completion, they’ve created a comprehensive report full of detailed findings, actions taken, photos, and numbers that are all made accessible at the touch of a button for the client within an hour of completion. So, instead of the client having to worry about what they owe or waiting to learn where our interaction goes from here, they have every piece of information they need to act upon when they’re ready. This might seem like a rudimentary necessity to some, but in my industry, it’s something others don’t provide. Many other roofing companies are far from the age of automation, but it’s something I knew I wanted to give to my clients, and it’s made us different, which has made us better. That’s what entrepreneurial spirit is all about. Dri Tech Corp’s latest exciting project was the Royal Crest Hotel. We embodied our entrepreneurial spirit and fully utilized the technological systems we’ve developed for so long to get the job done right. Successful projects like the Royal Crest Hotel are what tell us that our mix of old-school thinking and new-school technology is the very best way we can serve our clients. Celebrating National Entrepreneurs’ Day helps me realize how thankful I am for the job I get to do. And thanks to that job, I get to support a family I love who is always there to support me in return. We have our continued health, and I couldn’t ask for more. Turns out there’s plenty to be thankful for this season if we choose to recognize it.
t’s been a tough year for everyone, and with Thanksgiving coming up, it might
be hard to muster feelings of thankfulness. That’s why I want to focus on a different holiday that I recently discovered. Nov. 19 is National Entrepreneurs’ Day . It is one of those made-up holidays that someone, somewhere, not too long ago decided to invent to commemorate something important to them. This one naturally caught my attention and made me think on why it’s so important to embrace and appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit. The most valuable thing to me while growing up in a family business and having my dad as my mentor was that I really understood the value of old-school ways. Define “old-school” however you’d like, but for me, it’s more of a feeling. You can watch your grandparents do something admirable and immediately recognize that it’s “old-school.” There’s a
The change was made in order to recognize all veterans who had honorably served their country. By 1954, the U.S. had fought in more wars — specifically World War II and the Korean War — and hundreds of thousands more Americans had served. Unsurprisingly, there was some political drama surrounding the day. In 1968, Congress made Veterans Day a federal holiday under the Uniform Holiday Bill. The idea was to increase the number of three- day weekends in the year. Veterans Day became a holiday that would fall on the fourth Monday of October, a far cry from Nov. 11. THE 11TH HOUR OF THE 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH Why Veterans Day and the Number 11 Go Hand in Hand
Veterans Day comes every Nov. 11. It’s a national holiday that recognizes veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces and honors those both living and deceased. Historically, the day marks Armistice Day and the end of the great war: World War I. But what is the significance of the number 11? The armistice was signed at 5:45 a.m. in France, but it took effect at 11 a.m. that same morning — which happened to be Nov. 11, 1918. The armistice originally lasted 36 days but was extended month after month. This led to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, when peace was officially declared. Later that year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that Nov. 11 would be known as Armistice Day to honor those who fought in the great war. This lasted until 1954, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation turning Armistice Day into Veterans Day.
However, in 1978, Veterans Day was restored to its original Nov. 11 date. But why?
The answer is simple. It’s a number that sticks with you. When the clock strikes 11:11, you always take notice. By that same notion, we all remember the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Because of this, we’ll never forget the end of the great war, nor will we forget those who served.
At Dri Tech Corp, we know that we won’t be able to retire off any single job we do. This business isn’t a one-and-done deal. That’s why we put so much time and care into building a trusting relationship with our clients, and we achieve that by always being honest and consistent. If we had to choose two things that we always want to make sure we feature as the biggest part of every job we do, honesty and consistency come out on top every time. Those two words are the fuel behind everything we do because they’re how we build successful relationships. We use them as the water that makes our trees grow. Building these kinds of relationships has always been one of the major cultural things about our business that has allowed us to keep serving the communities we love for over 53 years. We’re Built on Honesty and Consistency VIC’S CORNER
We’ll always be honest with our clients and consistent with the work we provide. You can count on that.
DO YOU REALLY KNOW THIS CITY?
Wild Facts About Las Vegas
Whether you’ve been a resident of Southern Nevada your whole life or might be newer to the area, the rich history and crazy facts behind Las Vegas never cease to astound. If you’ve never delved into some of the crazier stories that make this notorious city what it is, then you’re in for a treat. The famous Las Vegas sign isn’t actually in Las Vegas. One of the first things people picture when thinking of Las Vegas is the iconic glittering white sign at the beginning of the strip that reads “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!” But that sign (and most of the Las Vegas strip itself) isn’t actually located within the city limits of Las Vegas. It sits in the neighboring city of Paradise, Nevada. FedEx exists today thanks to gambling in Las Vegas. Frederick W. Smith, the founder and CEO of FedEx, saved his company by gambling. The business wasn’t able to procure the funds needed to support a $24,000 fuel bill for its airplanes to make cross-country deliveries, so Smith took FedEx’s last $5,000 to Vegas and won $27,000 gambling on blackjack (which he used to pay bills). Over 1,000 people live underneath the strip. A network of drainage tunnels running underneath the Las Vegas strip are home to thousands of people. They’ve taken up residence in concrete pits meant to draw rainwater away from the city, which is a big risk if and when Las Vegas ever sees enough rainfall. One monsoon could wash their camps away. The biggest jackpot ever won from slots was $39.7 million. The largest-ever recorded lucky pull went to a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles. He put $100 into a Megabucks slot machine in the Excalibur Hotel in 2003 and won $39.7 million, defeating the one in 16.7 million odds. The money is currently being paid out in 25 annual installments of $1.5 million.
What’s your favorite wild Las Vegas fact? We’d love to know!
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At the Round Table
TEAMING UP WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
To honor those impacted by the Oct. 1 tragedy in 2017, the Golden Knights teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at the T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 1 this year. “Three years ago, Vegas faced an unimaginable tragedy. Our community stepped up in every way, including waiting in long lines to donate blood to those in need,” Vegas Golden Knights’ President, Kerry Bubolz, said. The VGK and the American Red Cross continually work together to encourage Southern Nevadans to donate blood for trauma patients, just as people did for those who were in need due to the events of that night.
All donors made appointments ahead of time, and everyone in attendance wore masks and followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended safety procedures to make the event a success. Everyone who donated also received a commemorative “Vegas Stronger” hockey puck. We want to thank the Golden Knights for continuing to actively show their support for our Southern Las Vegas community.
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3 Memorable Thanksgiving Day Football Plays
3 MEMORABLE THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL PLAYS
Thanksgiving is all about good food, family, and football. Each year, football fans look forward to sitting down and watching the game with their family, regardless of whether or not their team is playing. While many games have been played over the years, some stand out more than others because of some major players and their quick actions. Here are three individuals who made their Thanksgiving Day games ones to remember. Lawrence Taylor New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was said to have “single- handedly” beat the Detroit Lions in this memorable 1982 Thanksgiving Day matchup. The game was only the fourth of the season for Taylor, who had just recovered from a sprained knee injury suffered in a previous game. With the score tied at 6-6 in the fourth quarter, Taylor intercepted the ball from the Lions quarterback, Gary Danielson, and ran it 97 yards for a touchdown. Leon Lett The Miami Dolphins were up against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day in 1993. This game was marked by its strange
weather: Snow covered the field in Dallas, and temperatures reached only 26 degrees F. But that wasn’t what made the game memorable. In the last 15 seconds of the game, the Cowboys blocked the Dolphins’ last 40-yard field goal attempt. As the ball was rolling on the ground, Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett dove for it but slipped and missed. The Dolphins recovered the ball and were given the chance to kick another field goal at the 1-yard line. The attempt was successful, and they won the game. Phil Luckett One of the most memorable moments during a Thanksgiving game took place in 1998, when the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions entered overtime in a 16-16 tie. Referee Phil Luckett oversaw the coin toss, and that’s when things became tense. Steelers running back Jerome Bettis appeared to call tails, but Luckett said, “Heads is the call.” Upon review later, officials discovered that Bettis changed his mind mid-toss and had indeed called heads first. The Lions got first possession and scored a field goal to win the game.
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