Finalist Spotlight: Lannon Quintana
Holland Partner Group, Apartment Association of Metro Denver, Region 8
Years in the Industry: I started in 1996. I had about three years of college from 1998-2001, and during that time I actually did maintenance at the dorms. It was an easy way to pay for room and board. So in all, about 18 years!
What inspired you to get involved with Maintenance Mania? About five years ago a friend of mine, Ron Milano, and I were encouraging others from our company to do the events. Then we got called out by our boss, Todd Bowen, who encouraged us to do them. The next thing you know, I got a letter saying I qualified. I was sold ever since!
What’s your favorite competition? I’d say the key control. It seems like the one I mess up the least often!
Do you have anything you’d like to say to the other competitors? Good luck and glad to see so many familiar faces! All the new guys—don’t let the nerves get to you!
How often do you practice? Honestly this year I wasn’t able to practice much. I have a ton of things in my personal life consuming me.
What do you wish they would add to the competition? The one redo that we are allowed to do locally. Even we can mess up on one. Last year if it wasn’t for one event I would have done a lot better and that happens every year. Last year Jason Frotten dominated a bunch of events but the blinds cost him winning the whole thing. It happens every year to someone and I just think we should have the same rules as the local events.
As a veteran, how do you stay motivated? Well I’ve taken fourth a couple years in a row, by one second and four one-hundredths of a second. And that was when I messed up on an event! Pretty good motivation, if I do say so myself.
Do you have any pre-competition rituals? No, but during the event I have listened to the same music for three years now—Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything Tonight” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” I know, weird huh?
What’s the most prized item in your toolbox? Oh, my tools grow their own feet and walk away all the time. I try not to grow too attached to any tool!
When you’re on the job and not in competition mode, what is your secret/tip to being the best maintenance technician you can be? Lead by example, don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t be afraid to fail! And my father told me, “Don’t let the dollar bill define who you are. In the end it’s not about the money you make, but the people you meet and the reputation you earn!"
What are your thoughts on competing in front of a home crowd? Well there’s obvious pressure, but it’ll just be nice knowing people at the event. Last year was great because many people from Denver made the trip to San Diego. This year I hope we pack the house and take home the spirit award. Maintenance Mania started here, let’s bring it home!