Martin Arias Follows His American Dream: An Inspiring American Success Story

Sewer Service, Water Main Service
July 22, 2011

by David Balkan

plumbing supervisor

In the NYC house sewer repair and replacement industry, Martin Arias is perhaps the most highly respected Field Supervisor. He is expert at overseeing all types of sub-surface plumbing installations including sewer repair, sewer replacement, manholes, catch basins, and much more.

Martin also provides his personal attention and expertise in training crew members to the exacting standards, policies, and code compliance that this industry requires. To put Martin’s current position in perspective is to understand what it means to have an American Dream, and to fulfill that dream.

Martin Arias Rises Through The Ranks At Balkan

Martin came to work with the Balkan Team in 1987 after immigrating from Patzcuaro, Mexico. He came to the USA with no knowledge of the sub-surface plumbing industry. However, Martin did possess intelligence, drive, and the determination to succeed in pursuit of his American Dream. Martin started out in an entry level position as a laborer to assist a sewer installation crew.

Martin steadily earned the respect of his peers, and likewise gained skills in performing sewer and water main line installations. Not long afterwards he taught himself to become skilled as a backhoe operator. He then quickly advanced to become a Crew Foremen. There came a time when Martin could perform literally any type of sewer and water main installation. Martin’s installations easily met NYC DEP and NYC DOB requirements, and the satisfaction of the Client as well.

Martin’s Skills Grow Along With Balkan’s Growth And Success

The company quickly grew, with the help of Martin’s high quality installations. With that growth came a promotion for Martin Arias to the position of Field Supervisor. In that way his expertise became available on all installations, and to each sewer and water main crew.

It is because of Field Supervisors like Martin Arias that Balkan is “The” trusted name in the New York sewer and water main industry. That is why when it comes to sewer repair, sewer replacement, or any sub-surface installation people say Balkan is ”The Team You Trust”.

Martin Arias Explains His Journey To The American Dream

Martin Arias American Dream
Martin Arias: Dedication and Determination

“My name is Martin Arias, and I want to share my story of how I came to work at Balkan Sewer And Water Main. My journey started back in 1987, when I arrived in the USA from Mexico. I didn’t speak any English back then. Additionally, I knew absolutely nothing about plumbing. Even so Balkan gave me an opportunity to prove myself, and I want to thank Balkan for that.

There are so many jobs I had before I came to work at Balkan. Just before I came to Balkan, I was a dishwasher at a restaurant, and I wasn’t really happy back then. Then one day on my way home, I passed by Balkan’s office. Back then it was located on 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill. So, I walked into the office and I saw David Balkan, and I asked him if he was hiring anyone. Dave actually told me “No, we’re not hiring”, so I left…

But, I came back two weeks later and I asked him again! This time Dave hired me as a regular laborer, even though I had no experience or any skills at all. After a few years I became a foreman, and then a backhoe operator. About 14 years ago I advanced myself to the position of Field Supervisor.  This is the same position that I’m still happily doing to this very day. It really is my “American Dream”, the one I had when I first came here over 30 years ago.

Balkan always does things the right way, that’s why I’ve been here so long. They are very good people, very truthful, and honest. When they promise something that always do it, and that’s why I’m still here. I’m hoping to remain here until the day I retire.”

Some Words Of Appreciation from David Balkan, CEO of Balkan Sewer And Water Main

“I’m Dave Balkan and I’m the CEO of Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service. Martin Arias is a very modest man, so I wanted to add something on behalf of my brother Paul, my wife Mary, and myself. Martin is one of the finest people that not only we’ve ever had work here, but he’s probably one of the finest people that we know in life.

Martin really is the American Dream. He came here with very little, and really through his own attributes, his own determination, and his own vision of what he wanted in life, he has achieved great success professionally and personally. On behalf of the company and my family, it’s truly our honor to have him working here.”

About Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service

The Balkan Team provides expert sewer and water main repairs and replacements. We are experts in all types of NYC underground plumbing. Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service was founded in 1952. Since its inception, the foundation of the company has been based upon integrity and honesty in all of our dealings. That solid foundation has enabled us to thrive in every economic climate.

The year 2022 actually marked our 70th consecutive year in business. As we have grown, we have become increasingly dependent upon a “Team First” approach.

A Team First Approach Ensures High Standards

What helps ensure a continuation of our high standards, overall integrity, and high company morale, is that same team approach. Complete client satisfaction has always been the number one goal at Balkan Sewer And Water Main. That is why we are NYC’s largest and most trusted sewer and water main service in New York City. Simply put, if it’s plumbing, and it’s underground, we do it. For over 70 years, and for over 90,000 New Yorkers to date, Balkan is “The Team You Trust”.

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David Balkan

David Balkan is the CEO of Balkan Sewer And Water Main, the largest and most trusted service in New York City. David is extremely active in various NYC plumber organizations being the Chairman of the Subsurface Committee in the Master Plumbers Council, and Vice President of the Subsurface Plumbers Association. In addition David’s expertise is respected by officials of New York City agencies such as the NYC DEP, NYC DOB, and the NYC DOT. He frequently provides valuable input on a variety of industry related matters.

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