Jason Gibson knows a thing or two about the phrase "It's who you know." His connections not only got him started In the portable sanitation business, they also helped him land a highly visible role for his company, 64 Portables.
At his son's school about four years ago, Gibson met a woman whose husband was a local builder in need of a restroom supplier. At the time, Gibson - then very new to the business - only owned three units and they were all rented.
Seizing the chance to grow his business, Gibson purchased 10 additional units to supply the builder's demands. Flash forward to 2009, that same builder - Jason Hedrick of Hedrick Creative Builders in Lexington, N.C. - was selected as the contractor for an episode of ABC's reality show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Hedrick recalled the service Gibson provided and asked if he'd donate his services for the taping in November 2009. Gibson supplied 22 restrooms for the crew. The crew built a new house for a family whose mother had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.
Gibson says employee Darian Cranford was a huge help in setting up, pumping and cleaning the units, as well as servicing several RVs on site, everyday during the one week build.
64 Portables is mentioned on ABC's Web site and gained a bit more visibility in February when the episode aired, but Gibson says, "I didn't do that job to gain business. I've always tried to help the community. When I started out, people had to help me out. This community has put me where I'm at."