2022 Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELRT)

Please join us for the 2022 National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) Executive Leadership Roundtable (ELRT), our flagship leadership event that will bring together leaders in the waste and recycling industry to address best practices, emerging trends and critical issues in the industry through business meetings, networking opportunities and educational sessions. The event will be held October 11-13 at The Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania.


Tuesday, October 11

10:00 a.m. Registration (Garden Terrace Lounge)

Lanyards sponsored by Concorde, Inc.

11:00 a.m. Women’s Council Business Meeting (Garden Terrace East)

1:30 p.m. NWRA Services Board of Governors Meeting (Garden Terrace East)

3:30 p.m. NWRA Suppliers Board of Governors Meeting (Garden Terrace East)

6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (Castilian Room)

Opening remarks, Darrell Smith, President and CEO, NWRA

Sponsored by Vermeer and NWRA Women’s Council

Dinner on your own following the Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 12

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (Garden Terrace West)

Sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment North America

9:00 a.m. Board of Trustees (BOT) Meeting

BOT Members’ Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (Tea House Room)

BOT Breakfast sponsorship is available

9:00 a.m. Education Session (Garden Terrace West)

2022 Elections Preview: What the Results May Mean for the Waste and Recycling Industry

  • Jim Riley, Chief Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, NWRA

  • Kirk Sander, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Safety and Standards, NWRA

10:30 a.m. Education Session (Garden Terrace West)

Operating Challenges in the High Population Density of the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast

  • Moderator: Michael E. Hoffman, Managing Director and Group Head of Diversified Industrials Research, Stifel
  • Mark Pergolese, District Manager, Waste Connections
  • Tom Farinaro, Executive VP of Operations, Interstate Waste Services, Inc.
  • Marieke Curley, Senior VP, WIN Waste Innovations
  • Ben Habets, Area VP, GFL Environmental

12:00 p.m. Lunch with Keynote Address (Garden Terrace East)

Recession/No Recession: What to Do and Critical Issues Facing Solid Waste

  • Michael E. Hoffman, Managing Director and Group Head of Diversified Industrials Research, Stifel

Annual Lunch sponsorship is available

1:30 p.m. Education Session (Garden Terrace West)

Strategy and Vision from Top Regional Service Company CEOs

  • Moderator: Don Ross, Chairman of the NWRA Board of Trustees (McLaughlin Family Companies and New Way Trucks)
  • Sal Coniglio, CEO, Recology
  • William Rumpke Jr., CEO, Rumpke Waste & Recycling
  • John W. Casella, CEO, Casella Waste Systems

3:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association Steering Committee Meeting (Blue Mountain III)

3:00 p.m. Recycling Committee Meeting (Tea House Room)

4:00 p.m. Membership Committee Meeting (Starlight Terrace East)

4:30 p.m. PAC Board of Directors Meeting (Starlight Terrace East)

5:00 p.m. PAC Reception (Fountain Lobby)

PAC Reception sponsored by WM

6:00 p.m. Recycling and Member Awards Dinner (Garden Terrace East)

  • Hosted by Don Ross, Chairman of the NWRA Board of Trustees, and Darrell Smith, President and CEO, NWRA

Awards Dinner sponsored by New Way Trucks and Petersen Industries, Inc.

Dinner Bar sponsored by Sierra Container and Big Truck Rental

Recycling and Chapter Awards Sponsored by Republic Services, Inc.

Live Band sponsored by Cram-A-Lot

Thursday, October 13

8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (Garden Terrace West)

Breakfast sponsorship available

8:00 a.m. Education Session (Garden Terrace West)

Legislative Trends in Your Region: EPR, Emissions & PFAS

  • Moderator: Anne Germain, COO & SVP of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NWRA
  • Laura Ferrante, Principal of Waste Alternatives & Lobbyist for Resource Recovery Coalition California
  • Sean McGinnis, Partner, COEFFICIENT
  • Shelley E. Sayward, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

11:00 a.m. Tee-time, Annual Golf Outing (Hotel Hershey, East Course)

Golf Reception Sponsored by Rehrig Pacific Co.


Member: $550

Non-member: $650

Spouse/Guest: $450

Awards Reception & Dinner Only: $200

One-day Attendee: $350

First-time Attendee: Member – $400; Non-member – $500

Onsite Registration: Member – $650: Non-member – $750

Golf Outing: $275 (includes golf, lunch and reception)


Rooms at The Hotel Hershey are sold out. Conference hotel overflow is at the Hershey Lodge, located 7 minutes from the conference hotel. Reservations can be completed by clicking here or by calling 855-729-3108 and asking for the room block for the National Waste & Recycling Association. Please make room reservations by September 30. Please note that our room block could fill before that date.


Register for the event here.

Separate registration is required for golf. To register, click here.


ELRT has numerous opportunities for sponsorships. Sponsorships are a great way to support ELRT, as well as to get your company name in front of potential customers. If you have any questions, or wish to secure a sponsorship, please contact Abby Blocker at Ablocker@wasterecycling.org.