Thomas K. Blackman
Tom Blackman began his career in 1966 throwing cans for his father’s company in Santa Ana, California. After the family business eventually became part of Waste Management, Inc., Tom rose through the ranks and led Waste Management’s operations in eight Western states. Tom’s heart was always in California, where he eventually returned to start Metropolitan Waste Disposal, now CalMet, with his partner and fellow Hall of Fame enshrinee, Art Kazarian. Tom’s visionary leadership led to advances in e-Waste recycling, green waste processing and the deployment of wide-scale CNG trucks. In 2014, after a valiant battle, we lost Tom to cancer. However, his legacy lives on by the example he set as a family man, as a leader in his industry and community, as a partner and as a friend.
George Fink retired in 2014 after 41 years with Volvo Construction Equipment of North America. George started in the business at the age of 14 picking up trash at the local drive-in movie theater. With that early job, the seeds were planted for George’s career interest in waste management, and, of course, having the proper equipment. Under George’s visionary leadership, Volvo has become a major supplier to the waste industry. George is legendary for his focus on customers and colleagues and his private motto: "It is what it is, do what’s right." Throughout his career as a valued partner to the waste industry, his focus has not only been on delivering productive and cost-effective solutions, George has also been a tireless advocate for safety.
Garry E. Mosier
For decades, Garry Mosier has pioneered and advanced safety in our industry. Whether he is serving on national standards and steering committees in his work at continuous improvement of safety systems and technologies, or building world-class safety programs and cultures at leading waste companies, his focus on continuous improvement is legendary. Many may know Garry for the “Garbage Gus” campaign targeting child safety. As Garry says, if one child was kept safe thanks to Garbage Gus, all the effort was worth it. For 24 years, Garry was a regional group safety director for Waste Management, Inc., until he took on the challenge of building the safety program at Republic Services, Inc. for 12 years. He is now Vice President of Operations for Alliance Wireless Technologies, a leader in vehicle electronic safety technology. His commitment to innovation and advancement of our industry is reflected not only by his career accomplishments, but also in his ongoing work in developing the patented technologies for Alliance Wireless’ 3rd Eye Cam driver enhancement technology.
The history of the waste and recycling industry over the past 40-plus years could have been much different without Bruce Ranck’s vision and leadership. He started in the business in college, and over a career that has spanned more than 45 years and ultimately led to being Chief Executive Officer of BFI. Bruce is truly an industry icon, and three words are often used to describe Bruce’s career: “Integrity” “Pioneer” and “People.” Early on, he made safety a priority, championing frequent training, ongoing education and advancement, especially for front-line employees. He pioneered many areas that are hallmarks of our industry today: recycling, landfill-gas-to-energy technologies and modern medical waste systems. His pioneering of standardizations for safety were credited with substantial reductions in injuries and accidents during his tenure set the pace for the entire industry and are standard practices today.