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By Lisa Bailey



January 5, 2018

Lisa Bailey

Gary Collins enjoys talking about his Rejuvenater invention

There is a palpable energy and excitement that 65-year-old entrepreneur Gary Collins exudes. He shows up crisp, well groomed, and his communication is very expressive; his hands and his facial expressions move while his voice emphasizes the important points. He is currently focused on the production and sales of what he calls, "The Rejuvenater," a portable device that refines stored, used oil, into diesel.

Rejuvenation is something that Gary knows something about. It seems to be a common thread throughout his life. Gary moved to this area as a child, with his family, 60 years ago. He went on to graduate from Farmington High School and marry Irene. Gary had an entire career in industry when he experienced a life changing realization. Tired of being dirty, and recognizing potential health risks associated with his profession, he went home and told Irene that he was done, and wanted to go to college.

Irene fully supported Gary in his desire for a better life and went to work outside the home in order for Gary to be able to return to school and earn his business degree. At age 30 Gary began a rigorous academic program at San Juan College that required him to be on campus five days a week. He was on the Dean's List every semester for those two and a half years and during that time he became a member of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). DECA is an international association offering student members enhanced education of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DECA_(organization).

DECA also offers state wide and national competitions. Gary gladly accepted that challenge, which involved creating and submitting a detailed entrepreneurship plan. The first year he competed he won first place in the state of New Mexico and missed the national finals in Florida by only one point. However, the second year he took first place in the nation.

After graduation he put the skills he learned in college to work, and went on to have a successful sales career and develop two viable small businesses. Now, when many envision enjoying hobbies and traveling, Gary is using his retirement to begin his next life adventure. This endeavor seems a consummation of all of Gary's work experience and education. Gary has actually done what he is proposing, that is, turned used oil into diesel, and understands the technology that is required. The unique characteristic of The Rejuvenater is the fact that his unit is portable.

Currently, Gary is able to devote essentially all his time and energy to the promotion and future development of The Rejuvenater. He knows that he cannot do it alone, and does not want to. He believes, "Greed gets you behind the eight ball." Gary feels confident there is potential for many people to benefit. Benefit, by either, seizing the opportunity to be a part of the development and production, jobs created through production and distribution, or by becoming entrepreneurs through purchasing a Rejuvenater and becoming an independent business. This is not a get rich quick scheme. While it is not likely that Gary would be disappointed should his idea turn into cash in his pocket, his dream is to stimulate the local economy and create local jobs, all while helping the global environment. "I'm really looking forward to being able to give back to my community," Gary says.

Gary is always seeking knowledge, contacts & networking opportunities by attending conferences and seminars to glean information. He talks about The Rejuvenater to everyone that will listen. He states that, "Our nation produces eight billion gallons of waste oil each year, and currently less than 15% is ever rejuvenated."

How is all that oil produced? Well, automobile oil changes are just the start. Industrial power plants and the military are other sources. Having lived and worked in this area for many years he recognizes that a lot of used oil is just sitting in storage. Unfortunately, the ecologically friendly way to dispose of that oil is costly. Hypothetically, this could lead to the illegal disposal of oil.

Gary's key phrase is, liability turned into profit. At this point, he is going through all the appropriate channels to get a patent and funding, but shares that the wheels of progress grind slowly. Gary hints that investors could jump start his progress in this journey, and expresses optimism that it is just a matter of time. When asked about whether he expects to face opposition from the big oil moguls, he responds, "Right now I'm just small fry, how could I interfere or jeopardize the sale of billions of dollars of diesel to all these companies?"

Gary and Irene lived in Aztec the first ten years of their marriage, and their children all chose to remain in the San Juan County as adults. Currently, Gary is looking for appropriate locations for a manufacturing plant, and sources of used, stored oil. If you have questions or input for Gary, or want more information he urges you to contact him via e-mail at [email protected]


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