Dain Vogel: A Clean Opportunity
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN FRANCISCO — Any employee likes having a good boss, but Dain Vogel really lucked out when he got a chance to work for his longtime mentor. “After six years working as an elementary school teacher, I was looking for a career change,” he recounts. “About that time, I came upon a job opportunity with No More Dirt. I’ve known the owner, Nick Mettler, for a long time. Nick has always been a bit of a mentor to me—I’ve often gone to him for advice and he has helped guide me along my path. So, naturally, when I got a chance to work for him, I jumped at it.”
Today, as an account manager with No More Dirt, Inc., Dain says his favorite part of his job is the challenge of solving his clients’ janitorial problems. “Often, when we get a new client, they’re expecting us to solve certain issues for them. I enjoy taking on that challenge and working with clients to find solutions for their janitorial needs.”
A resident of San Francisco (where he lives with his wife, Casey), Dain spends his time outside of work on a variety of active pastimes. “I like going on walks with my wife, playing basketball, hanging out with friends and watching sports,” he lists. “Living in San Francisco, there are plenty of opportunities for fun as well, with great restaurants, music, sports venues, and other places to discover and explore.”
In regard to his professional career, Dain espouses the importance of ongoing improvement. “One thing I really appreciate about working at No More Dirt is we’re constantly looking to improve and build on our success,” he explains. “It’s easy for a company to maintain a certain status quo, but if you’re not growing and staying inspired, you’re going to get stagnant. That’s why we’re always thinking of new ways to improve our service. I think that’s a big reason our clients are so loyal—they can see how much we care about quality and how hard we work to keep them satisfied.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Dain gives a two-fold answer. “For one, I’d do some traveling and spend time abroad with my family. Secondly, I’d do some volunteering, whether helping disadvantaged kids in schools or working with the homeless.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “The Wire.”
Q: Have you ever met anyone famous?
A: Steve Young.
Q: If you could pick up a new skill immediately, what would it be?
A: Playing the guitar.
Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: All sorts, but mainly ’80s music.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: I collect newspaper clippings when local sports teams have big victories and other milestones.