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Future Industry Leaders Alliance

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


FILA Activities and Benefits:

  • Professional development opportunities in:
    • Leadership
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Operations
    • Safety
    • Public Policy Advocacy
    • Business Development
  • Network with a nationwide group of industry leaders.
  • Learn about emerging technologies and trends through facility tours and educational sessions.
  • Give back to the industry and other charitable organizations.


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

Certificate Program

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

2018 FILA Annual Leadership Conference

This year’s Leadership Conference will be held in Munich, Germany, May 10-15, 2018. The meeting will be held in conjunction with IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair of environmental technologies.

2018 FILA Leadership

Josh Thompson
(Waste Industries)


Zach Martin
(Big Truck Rental)

Elizabeth Casella
(Casella Waste Systems)

Mike Schmidt
(WCA Waste Corporation)

Nate Davis
(Environmental Solutions Group)

Brett Belda
(SSI Schaefer)