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Executive Leadership Roundtable

Each year, NWRA hosts an Executive Leadership Roundtable.  This is the premiere annual event where leaders and innovators in the waste and recycling industry gather for briefings on best practices, emerging trends and issues of critical importance to our industry.


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October 31

This year’s event is being held at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California  from October 31 – November 2, 2016.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Tel: 1-800-241-3333

The Executive Leadership Roundtable brings together a wide variety of the current and future leaders of our industry. Members of NWRA’s Board of Trustees, and the Boards of Governors for Servicers and Suppliers, Future Industry Leaders Alliance, Women’s Council and Hall of Fame discuss leadership, create networking opportunities and are briefed on timely topics of importance to the industry. 


This year’s program includes informative sessions on:

  • Fleet Management
  • Customer Discussion of Waste Management
  • Building a Safety Culture
  • Managing Acquisitions
  • Industry Insurance Needs

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Education Panels

Exploring Fleet Management: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Ahead in the Industry

Fleet management can be complex.  What are the best practices that address all of the complexities of managing one of your company’s most expensive assets? Do you lease or purchase? If you purchase, should it be remanufactured or new? How do I manage and maintain reasonable maintenance costs? What are the operational and financial implications of introducing CNG vehicles into my fleet?

This session will provide you with best practices, tools and technologies and emerging trends valuable insights as you consider how you manage your fleet into the future.

Curtis Dorwart, Refuse Product Manager - Mack Trucks, Inc.
Christopher Logan,
Director, National Accounts, Solid Waste - Clean Energy
Michael O'Connor, Environmental Services Professional- Premier Waste Services
Mike Payne, President - Paine's Inc.
Doug Whittington, Director, Commercial Tire Systems, North America - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Moderator: Scott Lukach, Vice President, Environmental - Rehrig Pacific Company

Working with Customers to Build A Sustainable Future

Customers are often setting their own goals for recycling and sustainability, but what pieces of puzzle are your customers looking for you to fill? How do they view sustainability, and how do you adapt to meet their needs? How do you partner with customers to ensure their goals are reasonable and attainable?

Learn from national companies about their sustainability plans and how they are executed.  The panel will also look at life cycle considerations in sustainability and the impact of recycling processes as we move to a sustainable future.

Colleen Foster, Senior Management Analyst, Solid Waste and Recycling, Water Utilities - City of Oceanside, CA

Driving Your Safety Culture – Are You Walking the Talk?

NWRA and its member companies have undertaken comprehensive action to promote strong safety performance in our industry. In order to move the needle, companies must embrace a culture of safety.  Learn best safety practices from companies that have developed strong safety cultures in our industry and hear from leading experts about how to improve safety performance.

Dan Callahan, ‎Regional Safety Manager - Coca-Cola Refreshments
Jeff Martin, Vice-President of Waste Management Safety Services - Waste Management
Moderator: Tony Hargis, National Safety Director - National Waste & Recycling Association

Preparing for an Acquisition

When companies become interested or are approached about a buy-out, they don’t always know how to best position their firm for a takeover. Learn from an industry leader who knows what corporations look for in potential acquisitions. Waste Connections CEO Ron Mittelstaedt will lead a conversation on the key considerations, operational efficiencies and other factors major companies look at in evaluating a merger or acquisition. You will gain valuable insights as you review your operations in advance of potential transactions.

Ron Mittelstaedt, CEO - Waste Connections

Making Wise Decisions in Insurance Coverage and Planning

The right insurance coverage protects your business from unnecessary and potentially catastrophic risks.  In this session, leading insurance experts will bring you up to speed on challenges facing the industry and the criteria they look at when helping you decide what the right coverage is for you. Are you familiar with captive insurance? Do you know the latest cost trends in liability, fleet and other lines of insurance coverage? Learn from experts who specialize in the unique needs of the waste, recycling and manufacturing industries.

Marc Bergman, Vice President - Alliant Specialty Services
Nathan Brainard
, Vice President - Insurance Office of America
Will Andrews, Commercial Producer - Scott Insurance
Moderator: Art Colley, Surety Bond Specialist - Nielson, Colley & Associates



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National Waste & Recycling Association
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20008
T: 800-424-2869 T: 202-244-4700
F: 202-966-4824