The Future Industry Leaders Alliance (FILA) provides education, networking with a nationwide group of industry leaders and mentoring to future leaders to prepare them for executive advancement and professional leadership in the waste and recycling industry.

FILA members receive professional development opportunities in leadership, finance, human resources, operations, safety, public policy and advocacy and business development. Through facility tours and educational sessions, FILA members learn about emerging technologies and trends in the industry. FILA also emphasizes giving back to the industry and other charitable organizations by providing its members volunteer opportunities.

Want to learn a little more about FILA? Click here to view this FILA Fact Sheet!

2022 FILA Board

Co-Chair: Liza Casella, Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Co-Chair: Eric Voss, Big Truck Rental

Treasurer: Travis Timmerman, Mack Trucks

Secretary: Jaclyn Carrigan, Breakaway Communications

Member At-Large: Sean Mason, Waste Connections

Member At-Large: Jocelynn Clindaniel, Municipal Equipment, Inc.

Member At-Large: Josh Mann, Waste Management

Member At-Large: John Paglia III, Florida Express Environmental and United American Recycling

NWRA Staff Leads: Jonathan Taylor and Kirk Sander


FILA membership is open to members of NWRA who are 45 years of age or younger. Please complete this application or email Jonathan Taylor at for information on how to join.

FILA Leadership Certificate Program

The FILA Leadership Certificate Program emphasizes the importance of education in key areas including leadership, finance, operations management, human resources and industry advocacy.

The FILA Leadership Certificate is intended for mid-level managers who aspire to executive roles within the waste and recycling industry.

Certificate Program Requirements

  • Must be a current member of FILA.
  • Must complete the program within two years.
  • Must accumulate a minimum of 10 total credits, meeting the requirements of each specified criteria.

Certificate Application Process

  • Submit an email to Jonathan Taylor at stating your intent to start the certificate program. In return, you will receive a tracking document.
  • Complete the tracking document as requirements are completed.
  • Submit the final tracking document and any other supporting materials to Mallory Szczepanski for board approval.

Professional Development (minimum 4 credits)

  • FILA Annual Leadership Conference (required) (2 credits)
  • FILA Education Summit (2 credits)
  • WasteExpo Training Sessions (1 credit each)
  • FILA Education Webinar (1 credit each)

Networking (minimum 3 credits)*

  • Serve on an NWRA committee or board (1 credit)
  • Serve in a leadership capacity of a nonprofit for at least six months (1 credit)
  • Attend another solid waste event outside of NWRA (1 credit)
  • Attend NWRA or EREF events (1 credit)

Mentoring/Management (minimum 3 credits)*

  • Serve on the FILA committee (1 credit)
  • Shadow an industry executive from another company (required) (1 credit)**
  • Recruit a new, qualified FILA applicant (1 credit)
  • Represent and present on behalf of FILA at an NWRA event (1 credit)

*Maximum 1 credit per item is allowed.

**An executive is defined as a business owner or C-level person in the waste and recycling industry. The FILA Board must preapprove your executive; send the information to for approval. A one-page summary of key takeaways and how you spent your day must be submitted with your completed tracking form.

Certificates are awarded annually at WasteExpo. Completed applications must be received by December 31 for an award to be given at the following year’s WasteExpo.