Published on January 23rd, 2019 | by Brandon H


Lowell Fleming of Northwest Biofuel

Lowell Fleming was born back East, grew up in Hawaii and attended high school in Eugene, Oregon.

After graduating high school, he went to Berkeley where he received a degree in Rhetoric in 2008. This degree taught him how to be persuasive in any given situation.

Originally, he planned to use his degree to become a lawyer. He took the LSAT, but before applying to law school, he changed his mind. Instead, he worked two years as a health care recruiter.

After that, he started working in the grease trap cleaning field, where he quickly was promoted to management. These skills are what gave him to launch his own business at Northwest Biofuel, where he offers the best and most affordable grease trap cleaning services in Portland and surrounding suburbs.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to ski, kite surf, run and hike. I also enjoy biking.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

To never give up no matter what. If you can develop grit and perseverance, you don’t really need anything else.

What are your aspirations in life?

I want to live a fulfilling life and to build a lasting business. I want to have a family and have kids.

What’s your favorite thing about working in your industry?

You get out of it what you put into it. What I didn’t like about working as a healthcare recruiter was that it didn’t matter how hard I worked. If I wasn’t going to play politics, I wasn’t going to reach the top.

Now, when I get up at the crack of dawn and work 12 hours a day, it translates into success.

What did you learn from your biggest failure?

Always be willing to adapt.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Actually, nothing really gets under my skin. I’m pretty relaxed and take things in stride. I think this attitude helps me meet any challenges with work and allows me to succeed.

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