Tatiana Acevedo

Tatiana Acevedo: A Clean Transition

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO — Tatiana Acevedo already had plenty of management experience when she came to California from her home country of Puerto Rico, so when she landed a management job with a janitorial service, it was a clean transition. “Prior to moving to California, I worked for a paint and construction product manufacturing company, where I managed accounts with major retailers like Home Depot and Walmart,” she explains. “A few years ago, my husband got a job offer in California, so we uprooted from our home in Puerto Rico and came to the Bay Area. After transitioning to my new life, I stared looking for a job and found an opportunity with No More Dirt. Besides having experience with managing client relationships, I’ve always been a clean and organized person, so it seemed like a good fit.”

Today as an account manager with No More Dirt, Inc., Tatiana says her favorite part of her job is the problem-solving aspect. “I like brainstorming and providing solutions for our clients’ janitorial needs. A lot of our clients have tight budgets for janitorial, so I enjoy the challenge of providing what’s needed while making sure everything stays within budget constraints.”

A resident of Vallejo (where she lives with her husband, Francisco, and their dog, Hazy), Tatiana expresses her appreciation for life in the Bay Area. “One of the things I love most about the Bay Area is the diversity. There’s such an amazing variety of styles and cultures, and every town has a unique feel. In my job, I get to meet different people all the time, so that’s something I’ve really embraced since moving here.”

Outside of work, Tatiana spends her free time on a variety of active pastimes. “I love to dance, especially glowstringing, which is a dance form that incorporates glow sticks,” she details. “I also like spending time with friends and family, including my nieces and nephews here in the Bay Area. Additionally, I enjoy camping and doing small projects like furniture restoration.”

In her life and career, Tatiana gleans inspiration from a favorite quotation. “One of my favorite quotes is, ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’ When I’m working with clients, I always strive to show them that I genuinely care and am committed to finding solutions for them. Not to just patch things up and move along, but to make sure everything is resolved for the long term. I think when you’re able to show a client you really care, it goes a long way toward solidifying that relationship.”

When asked what she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Tatiana says she would move back home. “Francisco and I still have a house in Puerto Rico. It sustained some damage in the [2017] hurricane and is waiting to be fixed up and made beautiful again, so we’re just waiting for an opportunity to do that. Plus, I love the island life!”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: House of Soul in Vallejo.

Q: What was the last concert you attended?
A: Steel Pulse in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2015.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Thailand. My husband spent three months there before we met and I’ve always wanted to go there.

Q: What’s your favorite animal?
A: Elephants. I’m a little obsessed with them—I even have an elephant tattoo! I love that elephants are path-makers. They travel throughout the jungle, and if there’s not a path, they just make their own. They’re also extremely smart and loyal, so I really admire all those qualities.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Apples and almond butter.