Robert Slagel Attends Taping of NBC Nightly News Segment at Ashland Community and Technical College

Posted on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 @ 14:08 PM

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President and CEO of Portable Solutions Group, Robert Slagel, has two goals. The first one is to grow jobs in Appalachia. The second is to restore a level of hope to the people of Appalachia through direct or indirect job creation. Over the years, Slagel has been a leader in bringing economic prosperity back to Appalachia and specifically the Tri State area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. As a result, he was invited to attend the taping of an upcoming NBC Nightly News segment with White House Correspondent, Geoff Bennett, at Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) in Ashland, Kentucky. "There was a lot of hope for Appalachia on campus today at ACTC," stated Slagel.

Slagel was also given the opportunity to learn more about a new program that will be offered to ACTC students beginning this fall from Craig Bouchard, President and CEO of Braidy Industries, and the rest of the Braidy team. 

During his visit to ACTC, Bouchard talked to numerous students about Braidy Industries and the Braidy degree program. The program will consist of three four-week internship opportunities at Brady Aluminum Mill where students will have hands-on training with pieces of the company’s equipment. The goal of this degree is to provide students with a set of skills that will allow them to work in technically advanced industrial settings. These skills include manufacturing principles, robotics, PLC programming, drive configuration, advanced electric motor control, critical thinking, communication skills, problem solving strategies, and troubleshooting techniques for the high tech equipment in the manufacturing industry. Braidy Industries will even consider hiring graduating students as full-time employees if they have completed the program and additional coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher and meet other employment application requirements.

We here at DropBox Inc. are very excited to watch Applachia and the Tri State area continue to grow, and we look forward to the future!

Would you, or someone else you know, be interested in participating in the Braidy degree program? If so, click here to learn more and request additional information. And for more information on DropBox Inc. and its products, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822.

 

 

 

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The Man Behind The Box: An Interview with DropBox Inc.'s President & CEO, Robert Slagel

Posted on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

DropBox Inc, Robert Slagel, ReinventingTheBoxAlmost 20 years ago, Robert Slagel founded DropBox Inc. He is still the President and CEO today. As he and his career continue to move forward, Mr. Slagel has been seen as an inspiration by the people of the Tri State area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Through his hard work and dedication, he is striving to bring people back to the Tri-State in order to not only sustain it, but to give it the opportunity to flourish into the place that it once was.

Mr. Slagel served on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence County Ohio Port Authority. This includes his work as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Port Authority in the city of Ironton, Ohio which he helped found. He also works closely with the Tri State Construction and Building Trades Council in the area of industrial economic development. Because of his involvement within the community, Mr. Slagel was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, and he was awarded the 20 Under 40 title in 2004 which cited 20 people in the Huntington Area that had achieved significant accomplishments prior to turning 40 years old.

But who is the President and CEO of DropBox? What makes him the man that he is today? We sat down with Mr. Slagel for an interview where we were given the chance to learn more about what makes him tick!


Describe what your journey was like to get you to where you are today. 

"When I first went into business for myself, I had to wear "every hat" in the organization. I was the delivery boy, janitor, accountant, bookkeeper, HR Director, and CEO. As the company has grown, it has been nice to hand off many of those responsibilities by hiring additional staff."

What are your current goals?

"I currently have two goals that I wish to accomplish, and those two goals are very much synergistic. The first one is to grow jobs in Appalachia. The second is to restore a level of hope to the people of Appalachia through direct or indirect job creation."

Who is your biggest role model?

"My father, John Slagel. He is one of the most conservative people that I know. During the recessions of the 1980s and beyond, my father was able to keep our small, portable toilet company, Johnny on the Spot, alive for many years just by being frugal. He is the main reason that my business exists today. He is my hero."

What are you three biggest accomplishments?

"My three biggest accomplishments are talking my wife into marrying me, having my children, and developing a relationship with God."

How do you approach change?

"The only thing in this life that is a 'constant' is the fact that nothing ever stays the same. In business, I welcome change. I love change. If you are changing, then that means you are growing. A business that is not growing is dying. The only way for a business to ensure that it will have a long life is for it to continue to grow. I think of the quote from the racecar movie, Talladega Nights: 'If you are not first, then you are last.' In business, 'If you are not growing, then you are dying.'"

Why was DropBox created?

"DropBox was created to invent unique, turnkey tools for industry, in part, to convert and repurpose shipping containers. In the world that I lived in, I saw a need for contractors and industrial plants to have a turnkey solution for addressing needs on their projects. Portable restrooms, portable access control for manpower, portable showers, etc. I was fortunate enough to be able to repurpose shipping containers into some of these types of facilities. As our tagline says, we are 'REINVENTING the Box.'"

Were there any challenges that you faced starting out, and how did you overcome them? 

"Yes, there were challenges. As a matter of fact, there are just as many challenges today as there were 20 years ago when I started. Probably even more challenges. As you grow, the challenges become a bit more sophisticated. If you are in business for yourself, you have to be prepared for any challenges by staying focused on achieving your goals."

Where do you see DropBox going in the next two years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?

"I never know where exactly the company is going to go. I'll just listen to the customers and let them help me 'steer the ship.' Good relationships with our customers and paying attention to them have been very valuable throughout the years in helping us grow and morph. We are currently looking at a larger presence in Europe where we have patents in most of the EU countries."

What have been the biggest changes that you have seen from the start of DropBox to now?

"The development of the Internet. Back in the day when I started DropBox, I could hardly find a shipping container by searching in my Netscape browser. Today, I google "shipping container" and literally get hundreds of sites and suppliers!"

What do you enjoy doing during your free time?

"I love traveling with my family. Lately, I've taken some out-of-town trips with my wife and girls. And I must say, that has been very enjoyable. No doubt getting our whole family together in one place for a week or two at a time is a real treat! But on a more regular basis, I like to work around my house, drive the tractor, and play with my Labradors, Russell and Daisy. I also raise honeybees and laying hens. My bees and chickens, unlike my labs, are not all named yet!"

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out in their careers? 

"Working for yourself is very rewarding, but you have to be ready to work and never stop working. After I left my steady, secure job at the Corps of Engineers to focus on starting my business, I ran into an old co-worker. He asked me how I liked working for myself, and I told him that I loved it. I only work half-days now, and it doesn't matter whether it's the first 12 hours or the second 12 hours!"

How do you wish to be remembered?

"As the guy who helped restore pride back into Appalachia and specifically the Tri State area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia."


We would like to thank Robert Slagel for taking the time to answer our questions and allowing us to share his answers with our readers! For more information on DropBox Inc. and our products, CONTACT US HERE or call us now at 740.532.7822.

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DropBox Inc. & Robert Slagel Host Brunch with Congressman Bill Johnson

Posted on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 14:05 PM

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Robert Slagel, Owner/CEO of Portable Solutions Group, parent company to DropBox Inc., recently hosted a brunch for Congressman Bill Johnson and 30 attendees. The event gave Congressman Johnson the opportunity to meet with constituents and address questions regarding everything from health care to the political climate of the United States. He discussed topics including what it’s like working with President Trump, the opioid epidemic, environmental regulations, and job creation.  

Attendees at the event included individuals from several different businesses and industries including but not limited to local hospitals, local government offices, and the construction industry. 

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 For more information on DropBox Inc. CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. Portable Solutions Group Welcomes Congressman Bill Johnson

Posted on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 13:09 PM

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Ironton, OH – Congressman Bill Johnson (Ohio’s 6th Congressional District) made an appearance at a breakfast and spoke before a collection of local businessmen, construction professionals, and building trades representatives in Ironton, Ohio.

 Hosted at the home of Elizabeth and Robert R. Slagel, President/CEO/Owner of Portable Solutions Group, parent company of Johnny on the Spot, Storage on the Spot, DropBox Inc., and Modular Security Systems Inc., the breakfast was attended by about forty local representatives. Among the attendees were individuals with Enerfab Inc., Brand Energy, Fluor – B&W Piketon, the Tri-State Building Trades Council, Ironton Port Authority, and the City of Ironton.

Following his retirement from the military, Johnson turned to building high-technology businesses and served as Chief Information Officer of a global manufacturing company. In 2010, Johnson was elected to his first term to represent the people of Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, which covers much of eastern and southeastern Ohio. He was also successfully re-elected in 2012 and 2014. After first taking office, Johnson fought to create jobs in eastern and southeastern Ohio, improve services to our nations our veterans, and to make our Federal Government more effective, efficient, and accountable to the American people. He currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce 

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Congressman Johnson’s talk focused mainly on the economy and the creation of jobs in Ohio and around the U.S., noting that, “Two things that have to be done are 1) real regulatory reform and 2) real tax reform.” In accomplishing these two admittedly cumbersome goals, the congressman believes real economic change and a substantial amount of jobs may be created for Ohio and the rest of the nation. The congressman noted that the next President of the United States will need to have the backbone to make tough decisions and be willing to live with only one term in the White House if real reformative and progressive change is to take place in the U.S.Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the House Shale Caucus.

After speaking for about an hour, the congressman opened the floor to questions from the crowd. Questions topics ranged from the economy, job creation, presidential prospects for the 2016 elections, to weeding through the field of hopefuls to find candidates that will focus on the needs of the people of the country instead of special interest groups.

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