- Posted May 30, 2008 by
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Young People Who Rock
18 year old dyslexic guy with GED has Alternative Fuel's shop. Vegetable Oil Powered H1 Hummer.
Hi young people who rock. A buddy of myne suggested I write a quick note to you guys about what I do and who I am. My name is Sam Masa. I'm 18 years old and I live in Clifton Virginia.
For a long time I've thought that the Hummer was a neat vehicle, but I could never justify buying one. It was way to expensive up front and the fuel was going to kill me.
I ran a stage productions company for a couple years (www.massaproductions.com) and actually paid for my truck with the money I made doing that.
I've always been different that the other people I hang out with. I'm not a traditional student- I'm dislexic and have a hard time with a lot of pretty "normal" school type things. After leaving the public school and going through a couple years of private alternative school. this past year I got my GED and started an alternative fuels business (www.gomge.com). We convert vehicles to burn Recycled Waste Vegetable Oil.
I do a bit of speaking in the public school's about having learning disabilities and still being able to reach for your dreams. I talk about overcoming difficulties and adapting to make things work in the "real world" (i have my computer read an email aloud so the kids can hear what tools I use every day in the workplace). I start by writing on the board in mirror image and saying who i am and a little bit about myself. I talk about the different kinds of learners and I talk about how its okay to be different. I talk about how I wanted to drive a big yellow hummer around and I didn't really have any idea how I could pay for it, and tell the story about how I did it.
I did a lot of research into alternative's for diesel fuel and for various reasons settled on Waste Vegetable Oil. I could see a real need for it in the current market as well as a good avenue for me to offset some of the fuel cost for my truck.
I got together with a company, Golden Fuel Systems and scrounged the money to buy some product and open a dealership on Sterling Virginia. We're now doing 3 vehicles a week in our shop and are expanding our operations throughout new england.
I drive the hummer t trade show saround the country filling up at Fast Food restaurants and other eating establishments that fry things. I literally pull up, get permission to take their oil, and suck it right into my gas tank. I love talking to the restaurant owners and patrons about how the whole oil thing works. People really light up when I jump in my stereotypically earth-notfriendly hummer and drive away burning a cleaner fuel than a Pruis :)
We're set up to convert any diesel vehicle- form a small Volkswagen to a Fleet of Dump trucks. I've been on the R&D side of things, and also on the practical installation side and Im very happy doing what I do today.
Im scheduled to be on the road for a fair amount of time opening new dealerships/shops along the east coast. We're growing rapidly and I figure'd I'd share my story to see if you guys wanted to do anything with it. There are a bunch of angles you could tank, but i cant type them all on the computer very effectively. If you guys would like to chat on the phone that'd be great. My office number is 240-404-7725x3.
Thanks and have a good one!