3 Beautiful Waterfall Hikes in NJ to Trek This Fall

All of us at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) love to stay active — so we can’t help but get excited that #falliscoming, and with it, new reasons to play outside.

Even for long-time New Jersey residents, there are a lot of lesser-known waterfall wonders just waiting to be discovered. Hiking is a wonderful way to exercise, breathe some fresh air, and get away from the bustle of everyday life to feel some clarity and experience some exposure to nature. Here are 3 glorious waterfalls that you can hike to right here in New Jersey!

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  1. Schooley’s Mountain 

Schooley’s Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop is an awesome hike which is just about 1 hour from Atlantic Solutions. It is approximately 2.3 miles and provides you with a beautiful waterfall view, as well as gorgeous wildflowers and a tremendous forest. It is a great place for a Saturday hike this fall, guaranteeing splendid views and a day worth of fun!

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2. Coppermine’s Trail

March along the old copper mines in Hardwick for some green and lively trails, views of rural New Jersey, and plenty of streams and cascades this fall! As you make it to the top of the hike, you will be colliding with the Appalachian Trail! Most of the path follows a stream and the hike provides a lot of spots for breaks with excellent views.

There are 10.2, 4.8, and 1.5-mile options for varying degrees of hikers, which makes Coppermine’s Trail a convenient spot for all levels of adventurers! This hike is about 1.5 hours from South Plainfield, which is still close enough for a day trip!

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3. Chikahoki Falls

This alluring hike can either be done in 7.7 or 2.6 miles. Chikahoki Falls is 45 minutes or so from Atlantic Solutions and it provides some pretty stunning views. At the top, which is formerly referred to as Wyanokie High Point, you can see an impressive 360-degree view of the area below. Also, on a clear fall day, you will be able to see substantial foliage paired with an awe-inspiring view of New York City!

In addition to the views that await you atop Chikahoki Falls and the rest of Norvin Green State Forest, there are plenty of waterfalls to stare and be amazed by on your journey. This spot is the closest of the three and definitely deserves a Saturday or Sunday to fully appreciate!

So the next time you go for a hike, consider one of these 3 spots, and be sure to let all of us at Atlantic Solutions know how it went!

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Our Prized HR Manager, Chavely Mendez, Gives an Inside Look at Her Job

Chavely Mendez is the Human Resources Manager here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) which is a position that holds a lot of responsibility. She handles all of the recruiting for the company, including all of the logistics and paperwork for new hires. Chavely also regularly analyzes and documents best practices for recruitment, while speaking to over 100 people per day. It’s safe to say that her position requires a certain degree of diligence, patience, organization, and an arsenal of people skills.

After college, Chavely worked in retail. However, she didn’t feel a passion towards the industry and was soon on the hunt for a position that would fill her needs.

“I had another company that wanted to hire me for a human resources position, but after Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.16 AMmy first interview at Atlantic Solutions, I knew where I needed to be. The people were just so welcoming and friendly here and it actually made me feel really comfortable. My nerves were calmed and the environment just felt right. I was asked to come in for another interview at the first company I mentioned; but, instead, I interviewed again with Atlantic Solutions which was the best decision I’ve made.”

When she did come back for that second interview, Chavely felt the familiar comfort and ease that she did before. I bet you’re wondering if that same feeling held up once she was hired and started her career in Human Resources – well this is what she had to say about her job:

“What I love the most is performing behind the scenes and having a real, tangible sense of responsibility. I love helping DK help build his company. I love being able to talk to everyone before they are hired and that I get to show them around the office. I really love my job.”

She sure does have a strong passion for what she does. Another part of the Human Resources role is fostering relationships with coworkers in the workplace to maintain a positive morale and a teamwork mentality.

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.54 AM“We do something called “Team Night” where we bond with DK, the leaders, new employees, and the rest of the team. For instance, last night we went bowling. It’s a fun and engaging way to get to know each other on a more personal level outside of the workplace. Team night provides a stress-free environment where I can learn more about our employees’ goals and what they want to accomplish, which I think is important when trying to stimulate success.”

She speaks highly of her coworkers, stating that it’s easy to maintain both professional relationships as well as friendships outside of the office.

It is no question that Chavely is a brilliant Human Resources Manager and we’re so lucky to have her on the Atlantic Solutions team!

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Get to Know James Schnell [PART 3]

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We’ve been speaking with one of our best and brightest leaders here at Atlantic Solutions. To read the part 1 of our interview with James Schnell, click here. For part 2, click here. Otherwise, keep reading to find out about what James has learned in his six months working with us and the legacy that he wants to leave behind.

What personal and professional lessons have you learned from working at Atlantic Solutions?

I’ve learned a lot. Professionally, I’ve really learned about becoming a leader and taking on a management role. All of the other jobs I’ve had, I was always an employee. I hated my boss and I never liked having a boss. This job has shown me that there are opportunities out there where you don’t have to be a boss. I always thought about opening my own business, and watching someone like DK has shown me that as long as you’re a good mentor, people are going to respect you. You don’t have to demand that leadership. People respect you for being who you are. Personally, I’ve learned to be a very positive person and to look on the bright side of things. The past couple of years, my family has been through a lot. I’ve always looked on the bright side of things, but I never thought that I could be more positive. I was around negative people in my life. But being around positive, happy people have made me even more positive. I thought I was positive already! That really helped me out. Nothing really gets me down anymore.

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered as a guy who was always there for others. A guy who was always happy and always helping others and could always be relied on. I love when people say “I can count on James, I’m going to go to him.” Whether it’s my family or people that I work with here or friends, I love when people know that they can count on me. I love being there for people. That’s definitely one thing I want to be remembered for.

We’re lucky to have you on our team, James!

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Get to Know James Schnell [PART 2]

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In case you missed it, we’ve been chatting with one of our top performing team leaders here at Atlantic Solutions. If you need to get caught up, you can find part 1 here. In this next part of our interview with James Schnell, he shares his thoughts on leadership, building professional relationships, and what he thinks of his boss. Check it out!

Being in a position of leadership, how do you balance professionalism and friendliness with your team?

I used to watch my brothers and sisters when my parents were working, and my relationship with my team kind of reminds me of that. I have personal relationships with the guys on my team, however, I respect them and they respect me and trust me enough to follow me as a leader. Anytime I get close with one of the guys on my team, I make sure that they know that this is a professional business first. We’re here to grow together in a professional business environment.

What other qualities do you think make you a strong leader?

I always make sure that I’m at work early. I’m here much earlier than everyone else is every morning. I’m very professional with my image and in my actions as well. I make sure that I stay professional both inside and outside of the office of course. I always make sure that I’m reliable. I respect my guys and they respect me. They know that they can always rely on me for anything job-related or otherwise. I’m very responsible too.

Can you describe DK, the president of Atlantic Solutions? What do you admire about him as a leader?

Even in that first interview with him, he was so so energetic and positive. We had a great connection immediately. He’s such a great mentor. A lot of people respect him. At every conference we go to, everybody loves DK.

He actually reminds me of my dad. My dad actually worked for the buses with the MTA for 32 years. Everywhere he went, people loved him. I still have people that tell me “Oh, I love your dad!” DK reminds me so much of my dad because he’s so loved and respected, you can’t help but really like someone like that. He’s such a good guy, and you know he always has your back. That’s such a cool thing. If somebody does something wrong he doesn’t yell at them, he just takes them to the side and has a good, critical conversation with them. He always makes you feel good. I’ve had a couple bad days. Of course, everyone has bad days. Just one little two-second conversation with him will perk me right back up. He’s the man.

Read the finale to this interview series by clicking here!

 

Get to Know James Schnell [PART 1]

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At Atlantic Solutions, we believe in training our employees to be excellent and effective leaders. In just six months since starting here, James Schnell has become an exemplary member of our team. We caught up with him to learn a little more about what he’s learned, what he does, and why he loves it.

How long have you worked at Atlantic Solutions? How did you end up working there?

I’ve been here for about six months. Before this, I was actually managing a FedEx warehouse. I had graduated the previous year from King University with a degree in Psychology. I was kind of stuck and didn’t know where I wanted to go in my life after school. I had put my resume on a recruiter website and I got contacted by Atlantic Solutions. And I thought “Oh, this could be something interesting.” So then I came in for the interview and it all happened from there. I met with DK. It was more like a conversation than an interview, it was awesome. I was really excited about the growth opportunity in this job; starting at one level and then grow to one day running my own branch office.

What’s your favorite part about working at Atlantic Solutions besides the growth opportunity?

My favorite part is definitely the work environment. We have a lot of fun. I’m a big family guy, I’m actually one of seven kids. Since the day I started, I’ve seen everybody working hard but also being themselves at the same time. Nobody is robotic. They don’t need to be told what to do. Everyone is very professional and we’re one big family. I’m closer with the people at this job than I am with my childhood friends. We’ve spent so much time together and we’ve become really close. That’s definitely my favorite part.

Want to read more of our interview with James? You can find part 2 right here!

 

3 Techniques That Will Help Free You From Your Procrastination [LIST]

In celebration of Independence Day, the day that the United States gained independence from the British Empire, us here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) would like to provide some tips on how you can free yourself from procrastination.

Procrastination is a hard habit to shake, but adding these techniques into your daily routine will undoubtedly help you get on track!

  1. Make your bed in the morning

It sounds silly, right? But making your bed in the morning is a wonderful way to boost your brain into productivity mode. You are being productive starting from the second that you wake up, which will make you immediately feel accomplished. This nice psychological boost in the morning will set your mind in the right place, creating a desire for more accomplishments and productivity!

 

2. Make an organized to-do list.

To-do lists are an obvious technique for productivity. Whether it’s daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly goals, setting out your tasks in a checklist format is a great way to visualize what you need to do. However, these can get bogged up and unorganized. A great way to arrange your to-do list is to group the goals into different categories based off of difficulty and time. After that, it is best to start small – just like making your bed. It will feel great to accomplish a goal, little or small.

3. Treat it like an exercise

When somebody rolls off of the couch and decides to start working out, they don’t immediately go for the 100lb dumbells. Similarly, kicking procrastination and heightening your focus takes time and patience. There are things that you can do right away which will aid you in this process, like putting your phone away during the time that you want to be productive and eliminating all external distractions, but it does not happen overnight. Like any skill, it takes time and effort to be able to focus and be productive without procrastination, especially if it has been happening for awhile. We certainly appreciate the learning process here at Atlantic Solutions.

4. Learn to ignore things

When you have a lot on your plate, or in this case on your to-do list, it is important to learn to ignore some of it. It can be extremely overwhelming to look at a packed to-do list, organized or not because you tend to lump all of the tasks in together as one great big pile of stress. Focus on one task to get started and ignore the rest to avoid distraction and procrastination. Sometimes when we see this inordinate list, we semi-panic and turn to entertainment on the internet, which only delays our problem.

5. Overestimate the amount of time needed for tasks

If you have a task that you need to accomplish and you only think it will take 30 minutes, set aside 45 or 50 minutes to do it. This way, you won’t be distracted and unfocused due to the fact that you are rushing for a deadline. If you plan your day right and accomplish your goals under the allotted, wonderful! Now you have more time for more productivity!

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Getting To Know You: Atlantic Solutions College Edition [Q+A]

The rapid growth of Atlantic Solutions would not be possible without the dedication of our incredible team members. As we kick off the month of July, we thought we would take a moment to tell you more about some of the valuable team members who help to make Atlantic Solutions the company that it is today!

First, we spoke with Nick, who attended the University of Rhode Island.

We asked him, “What were some of the activities or organizations that shaped your college experience?”

Here’s what he told us:

I was in a fraternity at URI, most of my free time was spent fishing or hiking and when the weather was nice I was at the beach as much as possible.

Next, we talked to James, who attended Kean University, located in Union, New Jersey.

James shared, “My favorite activity to participate in was a tradition that my friends and I had. We used to have group study sessions before each important test. It not only helped us on the tests but also helped us socialize and meet new people!”

Another employee, Brian attended Rider University, right in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Brian told us that one of the biggest changes for him was living alone for the first time.

“I was lucky to be able to enjoy the freedom and the lifestyle of the real world, without having to pay all the bills.”

Next, Hassan, a graduate of Brooklyn College, the City University of New York told us all about his time as president of the Stock Trading Club.

He was also on Brooklyn College’s Varsity Soccer Team.

“Playing soccer against other colleges was the most exciting experience because I used to promote the games in the clubs and increase our fans number that watched the game.”

And lastly, we spoke to Francis, an alum of Stony Brook University located, who told us about how much his suitemates shaped his college experience.

He shared, Whether it was playing video games, watching sports, playing sports, or just finding fun things to do. I always enjoyed that bonding experience.”

Regardless of their different experiences, majors or schools – all four of these individuals are instrumental in the work we are doing at Atlantic Solutions. We are so glad to have them as part of our team and we hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the people we are proud to call a part of our team.

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Atlantic Solutions Team Leaders Attend Prestigious “Top Gun” Seminar [PART 3]

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Welcome back! To learn more about Atlantic Solutions team leader Hassan Wehbeh’s career-shaping weekend in Los Angeles, California at the Top Gun conference, check out the finale of our interview below:

What was your favorite part of the event?

Definitely meeting all of the “Top Gunners,” and just connecting with them. Top Gun picks the top guys from companies in the United States. Depending on the size of the company, they can pick one, two, or three people. We have a pretty big office, so they picked three from our office: Nick, James, and me. People are chosen according to the quality of their work and the production that they bring.

Can you describe the schedules of the days you were there?

We were treated like rockstars! An entrepreneur named Julie set up everything: breakfast, lunch, dinner, fun, social, bars and nightlife, everything. It was a blast. Everything waQuote3.pngs paid for! On the first day, we had dinner with Julie and all of the other Top Gun people. So we got to hang out with the top crew of the organization and connect with each other. The next day we had a full day, we woke up at 5:00, left the hotel at 5:45 and we got to the client broker’s office at 7 am, where we had breakfast. After that, we headed to the location and they had a set list for us of what we were going to do, who we were going to talk to, and all of the workshops. The client broker’s team spoke on what they think about us. They knew each one of us and our background! They were very knowledgeable about who we were. They would ask what our names were and we’d tell them and they’d say, “Oh you’re awesome for all these reasons.” They were open to hearing what we think about them, and how we think they can get better because at the end of the day their system is based on us. The more we grow, the faster they grow.

We sat with our client broker’s CEO, I finally got to meet him! He’s a legend in our office, everyone talks about him. After that, we went to dinner and then we went to a rooftop bar. There was even bottle service! Our flight wasn’t until the evening on Saturday so they set up a full day for us. We went to the beach and rode bikes on the boardwalk and then we went on a tour of all of the celebrities’ houses. After that, we had all you can eat sushi which put us in a food coma. Then we went back to the hotel and got ready to head back.

Congratulations to Hassan and the other two Atlantic Solutions team leaders picked, we’ll keep an eye out for all of your future achievements!

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Atlantic Solutions Team Leaders Attend Prestigious “Top Gun” Seminar [PART 2]

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In case you missed it, we’ve been chatting with one of the Atlantic Solutions team leaders who got to attend the exclusive three-day Top Gun retreat. Read more of our interview with Hassan Wehbeh below:

Quote2What kind of jobs did the other attendees have?

All of them work in some kind of leadership position. There were about 500 to 600 people that were considered, but only a few got selected. Those people have proven that they’re top notch at their jobs, above all of the other people. The people selected had all kinds of responsibilities. It’s pretty fascinating what they’ve achieved. Being picked isn’t easy. Every person there had a purpose for wanting to be at Top Gun, they wanted that one step forward. Nothing happens in our business by accident, when we set a goal, we act on it and we reach it. You don’t just lay back and wish for the goal to move a step closer.

What were some common qualities that you noticed among the people selected?

They were all friendly and willing to connect. We were all mostly trained in sales, which has a bad reputation. People don’t want to do sales. But our job is to make the sales process simple and easy to implement. This is something that unites us as leaders.

Who did you receive the one-on-one coaching from?

I scheduled a one-on-one with every single one of the coaches! There was one CEO of a big company that I didn’t get to meet with, but that’s the only one I didn’t have a one-on-one with. We had a group meeting with him, but I basically took control of the conversation and asked all of the questions, it was like me and him back and forth.

What were the workshops like?

They coach you as if you are about to manage a new office. They make sure that you’re well equipped to do that, even though you’re not there yet. You’ve already achieved the first step by reaching your position. They teach you to achieve even more.

To read the final part of Hassan’s interview, click here.

The President of Atlantic Solutions Shares Some of his Keys to Success and Thoughts on Failure

The president here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) works hard and was not afraid to tell us about it. He is keen on organization, work ethic, attitude, and family – all things that ensure his success. We were lucky to interview DK and hear some of his insight on success, failure, and all of the tools he uses to keep the ball rolling!Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.54.13 PM

What does “success” mean to you?

“It means that everybody around me is taken care of and that they are doing well. We are planning on opening a new Atlantic Solutions location on June 19th and it is very important to me that the person that will be running that location will be trained properly and suited with the tools to operate efficiently. In order for me to be successful, I need to help others at the company achieve their goals, or else I’m not doing my job and I’m not succeeding. In terms of personal success, I also need everybody around me to be doing well. My family staying happy, healthy, and taken care of is the most important thing to me.”

Are there any habits that you have that help keep you on track for success?

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.56.25 PM“Whether it’s at home, in the airport, or in a hotel room – I’m always reading. Audio books are also helpful when I’m on the road. I’m always trying to grow and learn because it is imperative to stay sharp and to stay hungry. I also plan and organize everything I need to do from the beginning of every week starting on Sunday. ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail’ is a motto that I live by.”

How do you look at failure?

“It’s all about how you perceive failure. Sure, you can stay deflated and down once you fail. But it’s really an opportunity to get back to the drawing board and improve for next time. It’s really not about the failure itself – it’s about what you do differently afterward that will determine if you succeed in life or not. Fall down nine times; get up ten!”

Why do you think some people fail and never get back up that tenth time?

“I think it mostly has to do with attitude. If you have a bad attitude about failure and do not see it is a necessary learning experience then you will not make it very far. It’s certainly a mindset that I like to promote here at Atlantic Solutions.”

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