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  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.