Star City Six – Jason Kubik
Southwick Liquid Waste (www.southwickliquidwaste.com) is a septic installation and liquid waste pumping company that services Lincoln, NE and the surrounding areas. The locally owned and operated company serves residential and commercial clients, and is also certified to perform septic, lagoon, and well inspections for property transfers in Lancaster and neighboring counties. Jason Kubik is the owner of Southwick Liquid Waste.
How did you get started in the business?
Brad Southwick gave me an opportunity in December of 2005 to come work for him with the idea that I would someday buy the company. My family and Brad Southwick’s family had been friends for years. My two older sisters babysat his daughters when they were in high school. In 2013 I bought the company and in 2014 my wife quit teaching to help me.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I would say the biggest challenge we face is the fact that we are always up against Mother Nature. Mother Nature determines if we can work whether it be what season of the year we are experiencing or the amount of rain she wants to unload on our area. Mother Nature also determines the soil types we work with as we figure out if the ground is suitable enough for a septic system. Mother Nature can wreak havoc with rain storms causing lots of problems for people who live on septic. And since no one has figured out how to control the weather, it is something we just have to work around, but it does make our schedules a nightmare and can cause our customers problems.
Tell us a little about your family.
My wife, Jaime, and I have been married 14 years and we have two boys, Kaden (13) and Kahle (10).
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spend time with the family. We are big baseball fans so playing in the yard with the boys or going to a Royals game – if the season and weather allow!
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I am a twin, so if you meet someone who looks like me but doesn’t seem to recognize you….it probably isn’t me! My brother and I are identical twins so this tends to happen quite a bit.
What are you the most proud of?
It may sound cliché, but my family. We are fortunate to be able to work and live together. Raising a family while owning your own business creates a tight-knit home where everyone really needs the other family members to make things work smoothly on a daily basis.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
You never really know what’s going on in a person’s life, so when you work with others, keep in mind the way they respond to you may have more to do with what they are dealing with in private and not you personally.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
Phone: (402) 475-2462; Website: www.southwickliquidwaste.com.