Get to know the ACE Recycling team – all 6 of us!

by | Nov 24, 2021 | About ACE Recycling

ACE Recycling is an ultra-small business, with only four employees, plus husband and wife owners, Shelby and John Maguire. With a company this small, collaboration and teamwork are essential. Because we are so small, the ACE Recycling team is like family. We come together to problem solve, work through projects, and bicker as with any family! Everyone plays an integral part in making ACE Recycling run daily. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts at ACE Recycling. We may be small, but we are mighty as a team.

At ACE Recycling, we stand for protecting our environment and our customers’ data and serving our community through service and education. We believe we must give back by offering affordable electronics and reducing our impact on our local environment. Every employee at ACE Recycling is a part of these missions. We hope our passion shows through the quality of service you receive from ACE and our never-ending quest to find responsible outlets for waste. We are proud of our team at ACE Recycling, and we would like to take the opportunity to brag about them. Please take some time to get to know our staff by reading about them below!

THE ACE RECYCLING TEAM: 

ANDY

Andy Kent is our Warehouse Lead. He leads the team on pick-ups and is the first point of contact when your electronic waste enters our warehouse. He is in charge of sorting materials for third-party recycling and organizing pallets based on pick-up. Andy has been at ACE Recycling since September 2020. Andy is a man of great mystery and intrigue but is a hard worker and gets things done at an astonishing pace without sacrificing quality. Andy is known at ACE for his Podcast and cheese stick breaks. 

JORDON

Jordon began working at ACE Recycling in January 2021. Jordon completes your company’s inventory that is on your customer portal. He turns on every computer and laptop that comes through our door, recording pertinent information about the device in our database. Jordon pulls hard drives that are then passed to Charlie for data erasure. He is meticulous and patient! He is also known for his very cool socks at ACE! 

BRANDON

Brandon Flores joined the ACE Recycling team in November 2021 as an intern with the GateWay Community College Technology Support Specialist Apprenticeship Program. We are honored to work with GateWay to mentor tomorrow’s IT talent. Brandon has quickly become part of the team! The knowledge GateWay has given him has him off and running. Within his first few days at ACE Recycling, he was solving laptop issues without hesitation. We have yet to discover Brandon’s signature characteristic but will update you as soon as we do.

CHARLIE

Charlie Houston is the Office Manager at ACE Recycling. She has many responsibilities at ACE Recycling, but her most important is customer service. She answers the phone and is on the other end of the info email address. Additionally, Charlie coordinates the pick-up schedule. She takes her position very seriously, with her number one priority being the customer. Charlie has been at ACE Recycling longer than the current owners. She started working at OCM Recycle West in May 2018. Charlie manages to keep things light when the pressure hits here at ACE and keeps the positivity at a solid 10.

JOHN

John Maguire, along with his wife, Shelby, own ACE Recycling. He is the master IT technician at ACE with 20+ years of experience in the computer field. Generally mechanically inclined, he was the kid that took everything apart. His expertise allows ACE Recycling to reduce waste even further by salvaging and refurbishing even more.  John is most known at ACE as the guy opening the door 20 times in a row.  

SHELBY

Shelby Maguire, along with her husband, John, own ACE Recycling. She is the “voice” behind ACE Recycling’s social media and blog. With her science and education background, she is equipped to understand and share the ecological aspects of electronic waste. As an educator, she has first-hand knowledge of the community’s needs and finds community service of the utmost importance. Her passion for science and learning is easily seen in ACE Recycling’s blogs. Shelby is known at ACE for the most enlightening lunch conversations.

TEAM BIOS

Learn about the ACE Recycling from the team themselves. Here is a quick look at each team member as told in their own words.

Andy Kent

Warehouse Lead

My name is Andy. I am originally from Dewitt, Iowa, and have been in Arizona for 24 years. I have four daughters with my wife, Michelle. We have a dog, Midnight and a cat named, Psycho. I have done many things for work over the years, including working as a correctional officer and owning a FedEx route. I enjoy boating and other outdoor activities in my spare time, but I especially like driving my Mustang. 

Jordon Robinson

Inventory Specialist

My name is Jordon Robinson. Originally from Oklahoma, I have been in Arizona for one year. I have two younger sisters. I have been interested in computers since I was very young. I took a computer capstone class in high school, was in Robotics Club all four years, and was the president of the Club my senior year. I started working for ACE Recycling to gain more hands-on knowledge about computers and to do my part to help protect our environment. In my free time, I enjoy playing board games, having movie nights, and pretending I am funny with friends (don’t let him fool you, he is hilarious)!    

Brandon Flores

GateWay Community College Intern

My name is Brandon Flores. I am 24 years old and have two older brothers. I spend most of my spare time playing games with friends on Discord. My all-time favorite franchises are Metal Gear Solid and Yakuza. I also love anime and wish to go to Japan once I learn the language. I was born in California and have only been in Arizona for two years. I am currently interning with ACE Recycling through GateWay Community College. I am proud to be a part of the Technology Support Specialist Apprenticeship. I love working here at ACE Recycling and am learning as much as I can while here.

Charlie Houston

Office Manager

Originally from Bethany, Missouri, I have been in Phoenix for 22 years, minus a year and a half in Washington. I have four sisters and two brothers, who have given me ten nieces and nephews. I have two great-nephews and one great-niece. I have over 20 years of experience in customer service. I enjoy making people smile and creating relationships with customers. My experience working in restaurants, receptionist positions, and everything in between has taught me the value of a hassle-free customer experience. I’m the Head of Amazingness here at ACE Recycling! I do everything from answering the phones and scheduling your pick-ups to data destruction and sending out reports. I enjoy learning new things, which comes in handy when you’re working with computers. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and hiking.   

John Maguire

Owner

I was born and raised in the quintessential, little-big Midwestern town, Mentor, Ohio. In 2008, Shelby and I moved to Arizona. Computers have been a hobby most of my life. When I was 12 years old, I got my first computer for Christmas. From there, I learned DOS and how to work on hardware components. Professionally I was the Technical Director at a Point-of-Sale (POS) company for 15 years. Additionally, I do corporate IT and point-of-sale work through AZ Complete PCI. Shelby and I have three children, Johnny, Violet, and Elijah. Between the kids and ACE, I don’t have a lot of free time! When I do, I enjoy kayaking, woodworking and am currently writing an app.     

Shelby Maguire

Owner

I was also born and raised in Mentor, Ohio. I lived in Billericay, Essex, England, and attended school there at the age of 16. I moved to Arizona in 2008 with John. I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH, and a master’s degree in Education from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH. I am genuinely passionate about science and a self-proclaimed science nerd. I was lucky to transfer that passion into inspiration as a science teacher in Arizona for ten years. I began my career as a middle school science teacher in Osborn School District. From there, I taught anatomy and physiology at Sierra Linda High School in Tolleson HS District. The final years of my teaching career were at Liberty High School in Peoria School District, where I taught biology and environmental science. John and I have three beautiful and unique children, Johnny, Violet, and Elijah. Between the kids and ACE, I don’t have a lot of free time! When I do, I enjoy hanging out poolside with the kids, being in nature, learning, and attempting to meditate. I thoroughly enjoy running ACE Recycling and believe I have found my calling in life!  

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