Who is ACE Recycling and What do we Stand for?
ACE Recycling was founded in 2012 under the name OCM Recycle West by Patty Hannon and Kate Hopeman. Under their management, the business grew deep community relationships. These relationships grew from charity work, scholarship programs, and the resale of technology at affordable prices, ensuring access to all. OCM became a mainstay in the community as a reseller of affordable technology and a reliable patron to valuable community services.
In 2019 John and Shelby Maguire bought the business. Though the name was changed to Arizona Complete Electronic (ACE) Recycling, it remains a small, locally owned business. As an ultra-small business, the ACE Recycling team has become family. Because ACE is so small, teamwork is an essential part of ACE Recycling. The team is integral in decision-making and problem-solving.
John & Shelby Maguire
John has 20+ years of experience in the computer field. Computers have been a hobby most of his life. When he was 12 years old, he got his first computer for Christmas. From there, he learned DOS and how to work on hardware components. Professionally he was the Technical Director at a Point-of-Sale (POS) company for 15 years. In this position, he installed, supported, troubleshot, and configured POS systems. This included running wires, network configuration, hardware, and software installation. His expertise allows ACE Recycling to reduce waste even further by salvaging and refurbishing even more.
Shelby was a high school science teacher in Arizona for 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Education. With her science and education background, she is equipped to understand and share the environmental 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.
John and Shelby were born and raised in Mentor, Ohio. They moved to Arizona in 2008. With them, they brought Midwestern values which guide the operation of ACE Recycling. Together they have three children. It is not uncommon to have one or two of them at ACE Recycling.
Our Commitment to You
We are also consumers with hard drives at home and work. We understand that sensitive data is on those devices. As a result, ACE Recycling has made your privacy a top priority. ACE Recycling utilizes the most up-to-date data wiping software to destroy data, without ever booting up your system.
It is a goal to educate about the impacts of electronic waste, here and abroad. Most people are unaware that electronic recycling even exists, let alone the impacts of improper disposal. As a former teacher, Shelby is a life-long learner who is constantly researching and sharing information through the ACE Blog and social media.
Ultimately, the goal is to keep as much out of landfills as possible through the refurbishment and reuse of electronics. Consequently, this has lead to the formation of partnerships with local businesses to minimize waste further. Landfilled electronics end up in our local landfill. This directly effects our land, water and air. This approach also allows us to provide our community with affordable technology.
John and Shelby are fully committed to continuing the community service tradition established by Patty and Kate. Patty and Kate forged a partnership with The Homeless Youth Connection. A local non-profit dedicated to helping Arizona homeless school-aged youth graduate from high school. John and Shelby have maintained this relationship. As a former educator, Shelby understands the importance of receiving an education and the barriers that some face to achieve this. Over the past several years, ACE Recycling has had the pleasure of working with many other non-profits. These include the non-profit Drink Local, Drink Tap. This organization is lead by Erin Huber Rosen, a high school classmate of John’s and headquartered in their home state of Ohio. Drink Local, Drink Tap works in Africa digging wells for clean drinking water. Additionally, ACE Recycling has forged a relationship with Steps of Love and several local schools.