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Have you ever encountered someone who made you feel like royalty?  I’m talking about someone who made you feel like you would offend him if you refused his help. Sanchez Lee fits that description perfectly and this explains why he is our employee of the week!

Sanchez is one of the most helpful employees at MAX.  Affectionately known as “Chez,” there is no task too big or small for him to tackle.

Sanchez began working for the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) in 2011 as a member of the janitorial staff. While performing job duties, colleagues always saw him singing with a smile on his face. He is observant and attentive to his coworkers and the needs of customers. He is quick to ask if someone needs help or a cool drink on a scorching day.  “Chez” is dependable and dedicated. He quickly gained the attention of BJCTA board members and staff because of his strong work ethic and positive attitude.

The most important thing that motivates Sanchez is knowing he is a living testimony of God’s saving grace. Because he understands that fact, he is appreciative and takes pride in whatever task he is assigned to do. “I know that I am blessed and I desire to be a blessing to others,” he says.

One of his many talents is singing, which he says he has been doing all of his life. 

He is a lover of words and loves to play Scrabble, as well as read and watch sports.


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MAX Transit has some dedicated employees and Peter Walcott is one of them.  As fixed route operations manager at the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA), he oversees all fixed route operations which means he manages a team of 132 operators and 15 supervisors.

Peter has worked for the BJCTA for 29 years. He began his career with the organization in May of 1988.  When asked what has kept him at the company so long? He smiles and simply says, “I enjoy what I do. I love the transportation industry and I have a passion for people. That’s why I stay.” He stresses the importance of service to customers. “I want everyone to be treated fairly,” he states. 

Peter recalls a time when he was a bus operator and one of his trainers would give him a rough time. He remembers feeling really low, defeated, and having intentions of quitting at the end of his shift. Just as he stopped the bus to allow a passenger to exit, a little elderly lady slowly made her way to him. She used her cane to help her balance as she leaned in to tell him, “Don’t quit.”  He says that she must have observed the look of defeat in his face, but he will always remember that lady. The lesson learned from that experience is that there will be obstacles in life, but never give up.  “I want people to know that if you don’t show concern (empathy), have love and patience for people, then this is not the job for you,” he states.

Prior to joining the MAX team, Peter worked for an airline company where he was responsible for directing airplanes to the correct gate, fueling the planes, and loading baggage. He adds, “The most important thing about that job was loading the baggage on the plane. There are weight limits and you have to be careful with that, otherwise you could cause serious issues.”

His motivation is his love for Christ, family, and the desire to be a better person overall. He is a minister of music for his church and he does not miss a Sunday. He spends his down time playing music at church. “I just want to lift His (Jesus) Name and praise God with whomever wants to join me”, he says.

Peter’s favorite quote is “Don’t beg anyone to get on the ark, just keep building, and let the people know the rain is coming.” – Charlamagne tha god

Peter Walcott is truly a breath of fresh air! His energy will light up any room and his warm personality, along with the willingness to teach others is a gift.

You can catch Peter at the 8th Avenue Maintenance facility during the work week.