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Driver of the Year

This program honors those drivers who operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, maintain outstanding performance records, and whose contributions have enhanced the overall image of the solid waste industry. This competition is a great way to recognize your best and safest drivers.

2014 Driver Nominations

Nominations closed on December 2, 2013. The 2014 honorees will be recognized at WasteExpo in April 2014.

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Janice Bradley
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2014 Driver Spotlight

DOTY Award Recipient Archive (1995-2013)

2013

Large Commercial

Ruben Alcantara

Waste Management, Inc. (Baldwin Park, Calif.)

Large Industrial

Daniel Parker

Republic Services, Inc. (Birmingham, Ala.)

Large Residential

Terrance Johnson

Republic Services, Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.)

Medium Company

Mike George

Central Jersey Waste & Recycling, Inc. (Ewing, N.J.)

Public Sector

Paul Jones

City of Stillwater (Oklahoma)

Regional Commercial

Tim Taber

Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Greenville, Ohio)

Regional Industrial

Randy King

Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Louisville, Ky.)

Regional Residential

Darrell Davis

Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Columbus, Ohio)

Small Company

Cesar Cevallos

Mr. T Carting Corporation (Glendale, N.Y.)

2012

Small Company Commercial

Jamie Montague

Rogue Disposal and Recycling, Inc. (Central Point, Ore.)

Small Company Industrial

Tony Milner

Rogue Disposal and Recycling, Inc. (Central Point, Ore.)

Small Company Residential

Ralph Smith

Forest Green Waste Services (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Large Company Commercial

Jesus Pena

Republic Services, Inc. (North Las Vegas, Nev.)

Large Company Industrial

Brett Popke

Allied Waste/Republic Services, Inc. (Sandusky, Ohio)

Large Company Residential

Mike Buczkowski

Republic Services, Inc. (Sylvania, Ohio)

Public Sector

Saul Lopez

Salt Lake County Sanitation (Utah)

2011

Small Company Commercial

Brian LaRotonda

Mr. T Carting Corp. (Glendale, N.Y.)

Small Company Industrial

Edward Aubin, Sr.

Arena Trucking Co., Inc. (Rice, Va.)

Small Company Residential

Tony Louzon

ACE Solid Waste, Inc. (Ramsey, Minn.)

Large Company Commercial

Danny McIntyre

Republic Services, Inc. (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Large Company Industrial

Eugene Schmidtke

Veolia Environmental Services (Ocala, Fla.)

Large Company Residential

Keith Pilot

Republic Services, Inc. (Henderson, Nev.)

Public Sector

John Whittaker

Salt Lake County (Midvale, Utah)

2010

Small Company Residential

David Merrill

Rogue Disposal and Recycling (White City, OR)

Small Company Commercial

Phillip Rogers

Windsor Sanitation (Windsor, CT)

Large Company Industrial

Rodney Poe

Republic Services (Indianapolis, IN)

Large Company Residential

Anthony Lucious

Republic Services (Las Vegas, NV)

Large Company Commercial

Kenneth Aldrich

Republic Services (Aurora, IL)

Public Sector

Coury Greear

Town of Gilbert (AZ)

2009

Small Company Industrial

Richard DeFelice

East Coast Resources (Richmond, VA)

Small Company Residential

Larry Upshaw

Cardinal Sanitation (Tyrone, GA)

Small Company Commercial

Sean Jollon

Mr. T Carting Corp. (Glendale, NY)

Large Company Industrial

John Thomas

Republic Services (Las Vegas, NV)

Large Company Residential

Jean Alexandre

Veolia E.S. (West Palm Beach, FL)

Large Company Commercial

Donald Lederer

Republic Services (Lake Havasu, AZ)

Public Sector

Kenneth Hunnicutt

City of Fresno (CA)

2008

Small Company Industrial

James E. Metzger

Peoria Disposal Company (Peoria, IL)

Small Company Residential

Delmar G. Decker

Manitowoc Disposal, Inc. (Manitowoc, WI)

Small Company Commercial

Jaime Diaz

Mr. T Carting Corp. (Glendale, NY)

Large Company Industrial

John H. Morrow

Waste Management, Inc. (Reno, NV)

Large Company Residential

Richard E. Lial

Republic Services (Henderson, NV)

Large Company Commercial

Jerome Overton

Republic Services (Henderson, NV)

Public Sector

Robert Overton

City of Fresno (CA)

2007

Small Company Industrial

Pat Sheahan

Marengo Disposal Co.

Small Company Residential

James Hickson

Arena Trucking Co.

Small Company Commercial

Kenneth Hewson

Northern Sanitation, Inc.

Large Company Industrial

Billy Hurst

Waste Management, Inc.

Large Company Residential

Lawrence Green

IESI Corp.

Large Company Commercial

Cleotha Williams

Republic Services, Inc.

Public Sector

Ronald Lilly

Town of Gilbert, Arizona

2006

Small Company Industrial

Salvatore Lemorta

Allied Waste Services of Albany

Small Company Residential

Ralph Dick

Allied Waste Services of Hagerstown

Small Company Commercial

Richard Lemley

Allied Waste Services of Albany

Large Company Industrial

Ronald Settle

Republic Services, Inc.

Large Company Residential

Michael Thomas

Duncan Disposal/Republic Services, Inc.

Large Company Commercial

Robert Jordan

Allied Waste Industries, Inc.

Public Sector

Junius Hawkins

City of San Diego/Environmental Services

2005

Small Company Industrial

David Alderman

Florida Refuse Service, Inc.

Small Company Residential

Paul Muth

Raritan Valley Disposal

Small Company Commercial

Tom Roeder

American Disposal Services of the Ozarks

Large Company Industrial

Jerry Wright

BFI Waste Services

Large Company Residential

Zacarias Pelayo

Taormina Industries

Large Company Commercial

Bobbie Gipson

Waste Management, Inc.

Public Sector

Darrell Merkel

City of Seattle - Solid Waste

2004

Small Company Industrial

Michael Tate

American Disposal Services

Small Company Residential

James Gradney

BFI Lake Charles

Small Company Commercial

Keith Bohac

Republic Waste Services

Large Company Industrial

Felipe Villegas

Consolidated Disposal Service, Inc.

Large Company Residential

William Taggert

BFI Waste Services

Large Company Commercial

Edward Wright

BFI Waste Services

Public Sector

Jack Manning

City of Prattville, Alabama

2003

Small Company Industrial

Charles Van Dyke

Onyx Waste Services

Small Company Residential

Michael J. Gerwolds

Rick Rhein Disposal

Small Company Commercial

David R. Coon

Prairie Waste Service

Large Company Industrial

Ed Pfrenger

Chardon Hauling/Waste Management, Inc.

Large Company Residential

Fred Hall

Waste Corporation of Joplin

Large Company Commercial

Randy J. Vandyken

Sunset Waste Services

Public Sector

Sanders Roberts, Jr.

City of Venice, Florida

2002

Small Company Industrial

Johnny Sledge

BFI Waste Systems

Small Company Residential

Brian Fortune

BFI - Elyria

Small Company Commercial

Kent Cousino

BFI

Large Company Industrial

Douglas Slinkman

National Waste Services

Large Company Residential

Anthony Ceasar

BFI Waste Services

Large Company Commercial

Charles Wright

Waste Management of Dade County

Public Sector

Enrique Rojas

City of San Diego, California

2001

Small Company

Gene R. Rehbein

Walters Recycling and Refuse

Large Company Industrial

John T. Updike, Sr.

BFI Waste Systems

Large Company Residential

Alan R. Beschler

York Waste Disposal, Inc.

Large Company Commercial

Alberto V. Aguilar

BFI Waste Systems

Public Sector

Michael J. Maloney

City of San Diego, California

2000

Small Company Industrial

Charles A. Elsaesser

Rumpke Transportation

Small Company Commercial

Robert L. Schneider

Lloyd Brothers Trucking Co.

Large Company Industrial

Dennis Potter

BFI Idaho

Large Company Residential

Johnie Lee Roberson

All Service Refuse

Large Company Commercial

Edward Lee Wright

BFI

Public Sector

Ernest E. Dennis

City of Iowa City, Iowa

1999

Small Company Industrial

Michael Hashem

E L Harvey & Sons

Small Company Residential

Darrell Tesch

Lloyd Brothers Trucking Co. Inc

Small Company Commercial

Harold L. Caskey

Rumpke Transportation Co.

Large Company Industrial

Colin Myron

Waste Management, Inc.

Large Company Residential

Stephen Carrington

Waste Management, Inc.

Large Company Commercial

L.C. Tycson

All Service Refuse

Public Sector

Johnny Rushing

City of San Diego

1998

Small Company Industrial

Manuel Darosa

Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling, Inc.

Small Company Residential

Jackson Kile

Wester Refuse Co

Small Company Commercial

Lester Kesy

L B Trucking

Large Company Industrial

Peter Myron

Waste Management, Inc.

Large Company Residential

Bobby Brown

Southern Sanitation

Large Company Commercial

Robert Allen

Waste Management, Inc.

Public Sector

Otis Braddy

City of Orlando (FL)

1997

Small Company Industrial

Ernest Tarca III

Paines Inc

Small Company Commercial

William Fankhauser

R.C. Miller Refuse Service, Inc.

Large Company Industrial

Aubrey Mannasseh

Southern Sanitation

Large Company Residential

Robert Flores

Waste Management of South Jersey

Large Company Commercial

Alexander Little

Waste Management of Delaware

1996

Small Company Industrial

Roger Foley

Rumpke Container Service

Small Company Residential

Kenneth Davies

R.C. Miller Refuse

Small Company Commercial

Kenneth Hier

Casella Waste Management

Large Company Industrial

Dennis Zehrung

Waste Management Northeast

Large Company Residential

Gary Robinson

Waste Management of Pittsburgh

Large Company Commercial

Kevin Sontag

Waste Management of Ohio

1995

Industrial Finalists

Thomas Lillis

Waste Management of Connecticut

 

Richard Majtyka

Waste Management of New York

 

Boyd Pearson

Waste Management of Ohio

 

Lyle Planty

Waste Management of New York

 

Steven Wright

Waste Management of Colorado

Residential Finalists

Jimmie Glover

Nichols Sanitation

 

Earl Graves

Waste Management of St. Louis

 

Tom Holibaugh

Waste Management of Michigan

 

Steve Jenkins

Waste Management of SC

 

James Mullinax

Waste Management of Ohio

Commercial Finalists

John Alley

Waste Management of South Carolina

 

Fausto Guiterrez

Waste Management of San Diego

 

John Moore

Waste Management of Ohio

 

Roger Pike

Waste Management of Ohio

 

Ralph Steckley

Big Bear Services (WMI)

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame recognizes leaders in the waste and recycling industry who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the industry and their community and have been actively engaged in the business for at least 25 years.

They have made significant contributions to the industry through:

  • Developing innovations in manufacturing or equipment/product design;
  • Designing and implementing novel methods of marketing or conducting business;
  • Building better employer-employee and community relations;
  • Ensuring safer operations;
  • Developing industry standards;
  • Protecting the environment;
  • Engaging in the legislative and regulatory processes;
  • Contributing to civic and philanthropic activities; and/or
  • Participating in the National Waste & Recycling Association or its predecessors.

Nominees are selected on the basis of four criteria:

  • Engagement in the industry
  • Impact of their contribution to the industry
  • Leadership in the industry
  • Promotion of the industry

2014 Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations closed on January 3, 2014. The 2014 honoree will be recognized at WasteExpo in April 2014.

For more information, please contact:

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2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

EllenHarvey
EllenHarvey 

When Ellen Harvey joined E.L. Harvey & Sons in 1989, she already had a long history of designing and developing corporate educational programs starting with a B.A. degree in Education and a M.A. degree in Education Administration. At E.L. Harvey, she became the Executive Vice President of Public Relations, working with local, regional, and national media to favorably promote her company and the waste management industry. As an NSWMA member, she designed and implemented the “Waste 101 Program” gaining national recognition for building the industry’s image. Ellen received a Special Governor’s Award in 1994 for this program. In 2006, she received a Distinguished Service Award for founding and organizing the EIA Women’s Council, serving for two terms as Chair, and helping to build a place for women in the industry.   

GaryHater
Gary Hater 

A recurring theme in Gary Hater’s career is a unique ability to acquire knowledge from a wide variety of fields, bring that knowledge into the waste industry, and create full-scale applications that protect the environment, are innovative, and make good business sense. He has ten patents ranging from biodegradation systems, treatment methods for contaminated soil, gas collection operations at bioreactors, and unique anaerobic composters. As a Senior Director at Waste Management, he has partnered with university solid waste management researchers and served on a variety of government research and development committees at the state and federal levels. Gary was a critical player in questioning U.S. EPA test methods for determining methane emissions from solid waste facilities.

ArtKazarian
Art Kazarian 

In the 1940s, at the age of six, Art Kazarian entered the family recycling business rolling over-issue newsprint for sale to flower shops. By the 1960s, he was collecting and selling fiber to paper mills and by the 1980s, he had built wastepaper recycling operations in California, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Georgia. Art developed the first privately-owned transfer station in Orange County, California in 1982 and later, on a handshake and cocktail napkin, developed a transfer station in Downtown Los Angeles with Waste Management, Inc. He formed a joint venture, Mottra Corp., with Tom Blackman, Jr. in the early 1990s and expanded ownership to waste collection, disposal, and recycling facilities, including organics recycling facilities, C & D diversion operation, electronics recycling business, and medical waste management company.

BillWilkerson
Bill Wilkerson 

Bill Wilkerson has made significant contributions toward the development of the solid waste industry’s first solar compactor and is a leading expert in the application and calculation of return on investment of compactors and balers. His experience as a high school football coach for 10 years before working for Marathon Equipment Co. provided him with unique sales and management skills. He quickly moved from a Regional Sales Manager to his current position as Vice President of Sales for Marathon Equipment Co. and Bayne Premium Lifters, part of the Environmental Solutions Group. Bill served two terms as Chair of WASTEC from 2007 to 2012 and was named Member of the Year in 2009. He has been instrumental as a participant on WASTEC’s Z245 Subcommittees on Balers, Mobile Equipment, Compactors, and Facilities.

DonWilliamson
Don Williamson 

Don Williamson started his waste industry career in 1979 helping a friend collect waste on Saturdays while in college. Soon after, he became President of the company building it from 50 customers to more than 40,000 customers and 50 trucks. He has been a leader in the waste industry showing small hauling companies how to survive. As a regular presenter at WasteExpo, he has shared his knowledge. In 1995, when a large national company came to Minnesota and eliminated seven out of eight small companies, Don managed to survive and the large company moved out. In the process, he nearly doubled the size of his company. Don has served on the NSWMA Board of Governor’s since the 1980s, including serving as the Minnesota Chapter Representative and Chair of the Board. At the end of 2012, he stepped down from the EIA Board of Trustees after five years of service.

Archive of Hall of Fame Inductees

Inductees into the leadership ranks of the EIA Hall of Fame include former and current presidents, chief operating officers, and senior executives of hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal operations, trade associations, consulting firms, and manufacturing facilities.

2012

LeeBrandsma
Lee Brandsma

In 1973, Lee Brandsma entered the waste industry as a residential and commercial route driver for his father-in-law at Groot Industries and became the Chief Operating Officer in 1980 at the age of 26. Brandsma and his partner, Larry Groot, built the company from 20 trucks and 35 employees to more than 400 trucks and 650 employees, from 2 to 5 operating locations, 4 transfer stations, and a single-stream materials recovery facility (MRF). They also own a materials transport business and a mobile document destruction operation. Groot Industries started the first curbside recycling program in northern Illinois in 1986, the first single-stream MRF in the Midwest in 1997, and was the first to run its entire fleet on biodiesel in 2007. In 2009, working with Mack Trucks, the first 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles came off the production line and Groot Industries built and operated a CNG fueling station open to the public that same year. In the last 3 years, the company has received awards from the Illinois Recycling Association, Clean Cities Coalition, and the Energy Solutions Center. Brandsma served as the NSWMA Illinois Chapter chair from 1985 to 1987, chair of NSWMA's Waste Haulers Council from 1987 to 1989, vice-chair of NSWMA from 1992 to 1993, and chair of EIA from 1994 to 1996. He was a board member of the NSWMA Foundation now the independent Environmental Research and Education Foundation from 1994 to 2000.

SusanEppes
Susan Eppes

In 1991, Susan Eppes joined Browning-Ferris Industries as a Manager for Safety and Loss Control Services designing and developing award-winning safety and health training videos, modifying facility design elements to reduce accidents and injuries, and managing technical loss control support at landfills, medical waste processing facilities, and recycling operations. By 1997, she had moved up to become the Director of Safety and Health for 400 solid waste locations, 100 landfills, 30 medical waste facilities, and 98 recycling plants across the U.S. She held the same position for Recycle America at Waste Management, Inc. from 2000 to 2002 establishing health and safety program goals, evaluating program implementation, serving as the principal corporate resource for federal and state legislative and regulatory safety issues, and representing the company on safety matters before official government proceedings. In 2002, Eppes founded her own health and safety consulting firm, EST Solutions, providing services in ergonomics, OSHA and DOT compliance, fleet safety, processing equipment review, and start-up safety. Eppes is currently chair of WASTEC’s full ANSI Z245 Committee and also chair of the subcommittees on MRFs and transfer stations. She helped develop NSWMA’s “Be Safe, Be Proud” safety videos and is updating NSWMA’s Safety Manual. She regularly presents at WasteExpo and other conferences and has written numerous articles on safety. 

GeorgeFennell
George Fennell

George Fennell founded Fennell Container Company in 1973 and built the business from a barn on a dirt lot with one employee to become the largest privately-owned, solid waste company in South Carolina. The company operated the first, privately-held transfer station. Over the years, Fennell created several other companies, including Fenn-Vac, Inc. in 1983 to manage industrial and hazardous waste; Fennell Waste Systems, Inc. in 1991 providing collection services in upstate South Carolina; and, with industry partners, ECO Services of Memphis in 1991 and ECO Services of South Carolina in 1993. In 1995, Fennell merged his companies with Republic Industries and then helped merge and acquire many other companies. In 2002, he re-entered ownership in the waste industry with his son, Scott, and started Carolina Waste & Recycling LLC, now the largest commercial collection firm in the Charleston market. In 2008, he opened a landfill under the company name Carolina Landfill LLC for industrial waste and, in 2009, built a new transfer and recycling station, Carolina Processing & Recycling LLC. In 2011, Fennell was named Lowcountry Philanthropist of the Year and has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Detachable Container Association, South Carolina Trucking Association, NSWMA, Charleston County Solid Waste Advisory Commission, and Executive Association of Greater Charleston.

DwightSchaubach
Dwight Schaubach 

Dwight Schaubach, Chairman and CEO of Bay Disposal & Recycling, Inc., started Feather-n-Fin, a chicken and seafood restaurant, in 1969. Having experienced difficulty in getting the restaurant trash collected, he launched Bay Disposal in 1975, which grew into one of the largest private hauling companies in Virginia before it was sold in 1989. Schaubach started the first medical waste treatment company in Virginia in 1985, helping to write the initial medical waste regulations for the state. Incendere, with one incinerator, ultimately grew to collecting medical waste from Florida to New York while tripling its incinerator capacity. Schaubach got back into the solid waste business with Area Container. He was also a partner of ECO Services of South Carolina. Early in 1996, Area Container, ECO, and Incendere were merged into Republic Industries. In 2000, Schaubach took advantage of the name Bay Disposal, which now includes two MRFs and a soon-to-be-opened recycling facility. Bay Disposal & Recycling is, once again, one of the largest, independently-owned, waste companies in Virginia. He also owns a significant portion of a 64-acre construction and demolition landfill in Virginia Beach. Schaubach has served as president of both the Detachable Container Association and NSWMA's Virginia Waste Industries Association. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011 by Old Dominion University. In addition, he has generously supported, with both his time and resources, numerous civic and charitable organizations over the years.

BruceParker
Bruce J. Parker

Over the years, Bruce J. Parker has held a number of positions at the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), starting as in-house counsel in 1981 and becoming General Counsel in 1985. In 1992, Parker's position expanded to include Deputy for Policy Development and Implementation and, in 1994, Executive Vice-President for Federal Legislative and External Affairs. In 1997, EIA's Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Parker to President and Chief Executive Officer of EIA and Executive Vice-President of NSWMA. After a 30-year career, he will retire at the end of 2012. During his tenure as CEO, Parker worked with members to develop a strategic plan to create a more stable financial organization, increase the association's presence at the national and state levels, and enhance the industry's image with the media, all of which were successfully accomplished. Parker has testified on behalf of the association before Congressional committees and state legislatures. He has written many articles on key issues ranging from unfair competition to global warming, recycling, and sustainability. Parker fostered a culture of member service among staff, better integrated the relationship between NSWMA and WASTEC, and was instrumental in the success of the "Environmentalists. Every Day." education program. He also served on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor Committee.

StephenSmith
Stephen Smith 

In 1974, Stephen Smith became an equipment operator at his father's sludge management firm and, after graduating from college in Agricultural Engineering in 1978, became a staff engineer at Black & Veatch, where he designed beneficial reuse facilities for sewage sludge. In 1983, with a masters in Engineering, he designed and constructed his first landfill and transfer facility in Salt Lake City and, in 1984, founded ET Technologies, Inc., operating Salt Lake's industrial and special waste facility that he helped design and build. In 1986, Smith founded another solid waste company developing a municipal waste landfill later sold to Browning-Ferris Industries. He also founded an asbestos landfill, 2 hazardous waste transfer and treatment facilities, and an 80-acre composting facility in the late 1980s. In 1990, he started Franconia Technologies, operating an 845-acre rail-haul facility, which he sold to Waste Management, Inc. in 1992, staying on as a Division President until 1995 when he joined SCS Engineers quickly advancing to Vice-President. Today, he works as the Vice-President, Construction and Operations for Clean Energy Renewable Fuels. Smith is an NSWMA representative on the EIA Board of Trustees and a member of NSWMA's Executive Committee. He also served on an NSWMA special committee to develop the "Environmentalists. Every Day." education program. He received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2007 from President George Bush.

2011

VictorBerg
Victor ‘Skip’ Berg

Victor ‘Skip’ Berg, director of business development at Hanover Park, Illinois-based Sonrai Systems, began his career in the solid waste industry after college, when he joined in the family’s equipment business.  In 1992, Berg served as the general manager for Refuse Equipment in New Jersey, and later, as the U.S. national sales manager for Labrie Equipment.  In 2008, Berg started his own consulting company, Environmental Strategies.  Berg joined Sonrai Systems in 2011. Berg is also a founding member of WASTEC, the Waste Equipment Technology Association, and has served as the WASTEC representative on the EIA Board of Trustees.  He is also a former trustee and member of the Detachable Container Association.

PeggyGaston
Peggy Gaston 

Peggy Gaston, director for government affairs for Waste Management’s southern group, began her career as a founding employee of Browning Ferris Industries in the late 1960s and by the 1980s, she had become the first woman district manager for the company. In 1994, Gaston became the first collection district manager for a newly formed company, Sanifill, located in Houston.  After Sanifill merged with USA Waste in 1996, Gaston was made responsible for auditing operations and building synergies with new acquisitions.  When USA Waste merged with Waste Management, Gaston returned to the position of district manager in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Gaston has served as a representative on NSWMA’s Board of Governors since 1999.

BenHarvey
Ben Harvey 

Ben Harvey, executive vice president and an owner of E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc., began his career in the waste industry in 1971 after graduation from Delaware Valley College.  Working for his family’s company, Harvey was involved in all aspects of the business, from driving trucks and operating heavy equipment, to negotiating sales of recyclables and managing contracts for the safe transfer of waste materials. A major focus of Harvey’s career was the development the recycling infrastructure in Massachusetts and promoting recycling throughout the state. Harvey takes active leadership roles in many trade organizations and associations. He currently is president of the Paper Stock Industry, a chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling, and he is a past president of the Eastern Paper Mills Association. He currently holds leadership roles on the Board of Directors of MassRecycle and WasteCap of Massachusetts. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the National Solid Wastes Management Association, on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and on the Board of Directors of the Detachable Container Association.

JohnJennings
John J. Jennings 

John J. Jennings, founder, CEO and Chairman of Waste Pro USA of Longwood, Fla., began his career in the 1960’s as a helper on his father's garbage truck.  In the 1970's,  he took a turn on Wall Street after receiving his MBA, but later returned to the solid waste industry, becoming the owner of three garbage trucks in Florida and starting a small waste company called Industrial Waste Services.  After merging that company with Attwoods, he founded Jennings Environmental Services in 1992, which he expanded until merger with USA Waste Services and, later, Waste Management, Inc. In 2001, he founded Waste Pro USA and, as the CEO and COO, built the company to 2400 employees, 67 operating locations, and more than $300 million in revenue.  The company is known for its environmental leadership and innovation, building recycling centers, purchasing alternative fuel vehicles and using solar panels in company buildings.

JimOConnor
Jim O’Conner 

Jim O'Connor, former CEO and chairman of the board of Republic Services, Inc., began his career in the solid waste industry at Waste Management, from in 1972 after graduating from college.  Starting as an accountant, he became a district controller and later a management trainee.  In 1978, he formed his own company, Waste Collection, Inc., rejoining WMI in 1982 as a senior vice president in the Southeast.  In 1998, O'Connor was named CEO of Republic Services, Inc. and, two years later, chairman of the board.  He retired in 2010 after growing the company from $800 million in annual revenue to more than $8 billion, making Republic Services the second largest waste and recycling company in the United States. O'Connor continues to serve the industry on the EIA Board of Trustees and EIA Investment Committee, has helped raise funds for the Environmental Research and Education Foundation, and is the current president of the Detachable Container Association.

Robert Pioch

Robert Pioch, the founder and former CEO of Anchor Machine & Tool in Jackson, Mich., developed and patented the first waste collection compactor, the Anchorpac Refuse Compaction System.  He later opened a second plant and began selling to European companies. In the early 1960s, he expanded the business further, engineering a number of innovative waste management systems and machines, including recycling handling equipment. Altogether, he was awarded over 30 patents before his death in 1975.

2010

AnthonyCiofalo
Anthony Ciofalo

Tony Ciofalo began his career in the waste industry in 1972 at White Motor Co.  Three years later, he accepted a management position with Mack Trucks, Inc. and, in 1981, started his own collection company, Solid Waste Services.  In 1991, he was named vice president of corporate and government affairs for Allied Waste Industries and became the company’s first West region vice president, working on landfill projects in the southwestern United States.  He accepted his current position as senior business development manager at Clean Energy in 2009.  Clean Energy is the largest natural-gas transportation provider in North America, with a large customer base in the refuse, transit, ports, shuttle, taxi, regional trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets. Ciofalo served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of EIA from 1997 to 1998.  He also served as chairman of NWSMA from 1994 to 1996.  Ciofalo was also a founding member and the first chairman of NSWMA’s Iowa Chapter, and later served as chairman of the Arizona chapter.  Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of WASTEC.

MichaelCordesman
Michael Cordesman 

Mike Corsdesman spent 30 years in the solid waste industry before his retirement as President and Chief Operating Officer for Phoenix-based Republic Services, Inc., in 2008.  His 30-year career in solid waste began in 1980, when he answered a blind advertisement for a manager at a trucking company that led him to a management trainee program at Waste Management, Inc.  One year later, he moved up to general manager in Fort Worth, Texas and later, general manager in Austin.  In 1988, the company moved him out of Texas, first to Florida as a district manager and then, in 1992, to Virginia as a regional manager.  Within a year, he became manager for the entire Mid-Atlantic region. Following the merger of USA Waste and Waste Management in 1998, Cordesman joined Superior Waste Services, Inc. In 2001, he joined Republic as regional vice president of the Eastern region.  He was named president and COO of the company in 2002. Under Cordesman’s leadership, Republic Services experienced unprecedented growth and innovation, especially in critical areas such as safety, routing efficiency and return on capital investment.  Cordesman maintained a hands-on management style and fostered a decentralized organizational structure, which placed decision-making at the local level with operational employees who could be the most responsive to customers.  He played a major role in transitioning the merger between Republic Services and Allied Industries. Cordesman’s involvement with EIA is also lengthy.  He served for seven years on the EIA Board of Trustees as the Republic Services representative and was a key advocate for the development of EIA’s Safety Program.  He also has participated in many state chapters, in particular, Virginia, the Carolinas and Florida.

BobGregrory
Bob Gregory 

Bob Gregory is CEO and Principal Owner of Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) of Austin, Tex. TDS is the largest independently-owned solid waste collection and disposal company in Austin and central Texas, and one of the largest in the nation.  Gregory was born into the scrap metal and recycling business, working for his father’s company in the 1960s.  In 1971, he started his own scrap metal business, Texas Alloys (later Txalloy, Inc.), focusing on recovery of metals from electronic waste.  In 1977, Gregory with his brother, Jim, entered the solid waste and recycling collection business, founding TDS. The company expanded in the late 1980s, adding a landfill.  In 1991, TDS opened Texas’ first fully integrated landfill, composting and recycling facility.  Today, the company employs over 500 people and serves more than 100,000 customers.  Gregory is the former president of the Texas Solid Waste Management Resource Recovery Advisory Council and the former chairman of the Subtitle D Advisory Panel under the Texas Water Commission.  He was appointed to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission by Gov. Rick Perry in 2009. Gregory has been a member of NSWMA since 1978, and served as chairman of Texas chapter from 1991 to 2003 and as Board of Governors representative from 1998 to 2001.  He received an NSWMA Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and the Member of the Year award in 2000.

RonaldMcCracken
Ronald McCracken 

Ronald McCracken is president of Easley-based RJM Associates, a marketing, strategy, business and relationship-development firm focused on the waste industry. McCracken founded RJM Associates in 2007.  Previously, he was president of RJM Waste Equipment Company, which operated facilities in North and South Carolina, Arizona and Connecticut.  From 1982 to 1988, McCracken was the chief recycling officer and president of Linwood Manufacturing Co., where he implemented a program that turned discarded wood into a source of renewable fuel.  In 1988, he was named president of Bes-Pac, Inc., where he grew the business into a regional waste equipment manufacturer.  As an attorney, McCracken was in private practice in the late 1970s.  He also served as assistant to the president of the University of Toledo, and as associate professor of law at the University Of Toledo College Of Law.  McCracken was the first equipment manufacturer elected to the Board of Trustees of EIA, serving from 1994 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2002.  McCracken also served as chairman of WASTEC from 2004 to 2006.   He was the first recipient of the WASTEC Member of the Year Award in 1992, and was again selected Member of the Year in 2007.  He is the only two-time recipient of this award.

GarwinMcNeilus
Garwin McNeilus 

Garwin McNeilus is the former president of McNeilus Companies, which manufactures packer bodies for the solid waste industry.  McNeilus began his career in 1964 as a bookkeeper and batcher for a small manual-loading, ready-mix concrete plant in Minnesota.  Later, he became a dealer for T. L. Smith Concrete Mixers, building a small shop that allowed him to mount the mixers onto a customer’s chassis.  By 1975, he was manufacturing his own line of mixers.  McNeilus opened his second line of manufacturing under McNeilus Companies in the early 1990s to ensure steady employment to his workers, who were vulnerable to the seasonal nature of the cement business. The company quickly achieved a solid reputation for a durable product and top-notch customer service.  It was sold to Oshkosh Corp. in 1998, retaining the McNeilus name.

2009

RichardGagnon
Richard “Red” Gagnon

In 1958, Richard Gagnon accepted his first job in the waste industry as a helper on a truck for B. Ledger & Son, a company his father purchased in 1968. Three years later, he was a 10 percent owner and soon the operations manager. In 1972, when the company was sold to Waste Management, Inc., he continued to work as a manager. He bought back a part of the company in 1977 forming Commercial Disposal Co., which he sold in 1996. In 2002, he purchased The Master Garbologist and Full Cycle Composting, companies he still operates. He was one of the first haulers in Western Massachusetts to use a front loader and helped NSWMA pass legislation to build the first paper recycling plant in the state. He served as NSWMA’s Massachusetts Chapter chair and representative on the Board of Governors. In 1987, he founded a golf tournament to raise funds for special needs children and continues to run the tournament today. He is on the board of directors of Child and Family Services. In 2008, he received an award from the Center for Human Development for generosity and time helping disadvantaged children.

MikeKnaub
Mike Knaub 

Mike Knaub began his career in the waste industry as a helper at the family business his grandfather started in 1915. In 1979, he joined Rubbermaid Applied Products as the midwest regional manager for roll-off refuse/recycling containers. When Schaefer Systems International formed a new regional team in 1991, he became the company’s midwest regional sales manager for waste for the Waste Technology Division. After three weeks, he was invited to join the management team and was advanced to general sales manager. He is now the senior vice president - managing director, WTC. In 1998, he joined WASTEC, participating on the WasteExpo Exhibitor Advisory Committee. He serves on the ANSI Z245 full committee and cart systems subcommittee. In 2001, he was named WASTEC Member of the Year. From 2006 to 2008, he was WASTEC’s Board of Governors chair. He also is active with the Solid Waste Association of North America, American Public Works Association, and the Detachable Container Association. He is a member of the East Charlotte Rotary and a strong supporter of Toys for Tots.

JohnMcLaughlin
John McLaughlin 

John McLaughlin did not plan a career in the waste industry. He started working on the family farm as a child and was the first in his family to graduate from college becoming a radio and television broadcaster. During his broadcasting career at the University of Nebraska, he was innovative in using the TV network to teach farmers the latest agriculture technology. He returned to the farm in 1971, when he co-founded Scranton Manufacturing, Inc. making livestock feeding and handling equipment. In the 1980s, he diversified the product line by acquiring the New Way line of refuse trucks and then built a network of dealers throughout the U.S. Today, the company manufactures front, rear, and automated side loaders, satellite and recycling bodies, and has expanded its facilities by over 50 percent. Recently, he acquired K-PAC compactors. He serves on the boards of Men for Missions International and OMS International, where he has helped build churches in South America and teach business ethics in Russia. To increase missionary work, he led a team of people and built a radio broadcast center near Cap-Haitian, Haiti.

ThomasRumpke
Thomas Rumpke 

WilliamRumpke
William Rumpke, Sr. 

Thomas Rumpke was an owner, co-president, and chief executive officer of Rumpke Consolidated Companies until his death in 2004. William Rumpke Sr., Tom’s cousin, is the president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of the company, which Bill’s father started in 1932. In 1932, the company was a hog farm where the young cousins helped collect garbage to feed the hogs. In 1965, they partnered to create Rumpke Container Service. About 15 years later, they formed the corporation’s Environmental Affairs and Compliance Department, recognizing the need to further point their business toward long-term environmental sustainability. In the 1970s, the company expanded to include service markets in Indiana and Kentucky and, in the late 1980s, they developed their own hydraulic systems (Rumpke Hydraulics & Machining), container shop (Rumpke Industrial Equipment Service Center), and then purchased a recycling company, Pickaway County Community Action Recycling. Following more than 200 acquisitions, the company’s revenue exceeded $270 million annually. Today, revenue is at $376 million and the firm is one of the largest privately-owned waste and recycling hauling companies in the U.S. with 2,300 employees, 1,700 trucks, 8 landfills, 7 recycling centers, and 20 transfer stations. In addition, in 1984, they partnered with Getty’s Synthetic Fuel (now Montauk Energy Capital) to collect methane gas, a clean renewable source of alternative energy, from the company’s largest landfill in Ohio. Thirty-three thousand homes are heated every day with this renewable fuel, and the company also is investigating technology to fuel their collection fleets with methane if feasible. At the same time the company was expanding its waste collection and disposal services, the cousins formed Rumpke Amusements and built a ballpark in Cincinnati, called Rumpke Park, which today still serves the local community for softball and youth baseball. They have funded the local boy scouts, built a new weight room for a Cincinnati high school, and regularly made donations to schools, hospitals, and other local events, a practice that continues at the company.

2008

NormanAardema
Norman Aardema 

Norman Aardema and his brother bought their first garbage company in 1981, running four trucks. They sold the company, then called Chicago Disposal in 1998 with 100 trucks. In 1999, he merged two medical waste disposal companies to form Midwest Waste Services. He joined NSWMA in the early 1980's, serving as Illinois Chapter Chair, Legislative Committee Chair and representative on the Board of Governors. Aardema was elected to be the EIA Board of Trustees Chair in 2000 during the time when EIA sold WasteExpo and Waste Age magazine. When he left the Board, he continued to serve on the EIA Financial Committee. He received an NSWMA Distinguished Service Award in 1997.

JimCosma
Jim Cosman 

Jim Cosman started his professional life as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. He became a garbage truck driver for BFI in 1972. Within three years, he was a District Manager for BFI. Later he became Regional Vice President for BFI. In 1997, he becamethe President adn COO for Republic Services, helping to grow the company from $611 million to $2.1 billion in annual revenues. He was responsible for BFI becoming the first publicly held sold waste company to enter the New York City market and for implementing a very strict environmental compliance program at BFI. He retired in 2000 to open a consulting company, Doing Things Better, LLC, and helped revamp Pittsburgh's waste management program.

MickeyFlood
Mickey Flood 

From 1976 to 1984, Mickey Flood was employed with SCA Services, leaving company as a Regional Vice President. In 1986, he became the President of Laidlaw's U.S. Operations, and in 1989, he became a Regional Vice President and later Group President of Waste Management, Inc. His greatest accomplishment was putting the right people together to build IESI Corp. in 1995. The company started with two trucks. Today, after selling the organization to BFI Canada Income Fund, IESI Corp. is the sixth largest solid waste company in North America. Flood served on EIA's Board of Trustees Chair from 2003 to 2006 and currently serves as the Flow Control Task Force Chair.

StevenKrause
Steven Krause 

Steven Krause is the Chairman and CEO of Krause Corp., a company his grandfather founded in the 1960's. He began working for the company as a teenager and then served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1970 in the 1st Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War. When Krause returned, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and rejoined the company as a Production Manager. During his time at the company, he developed a roll-off hoist, a container carrier and compaction equiopment, some of which they patented. In 1996, they entered the hook lift business by acquiring American Hook Lift. He was the first Chair of WASTEC's Statistics Committee more than ten years ago.

JerrySchwartz
Jerry Schwartz

Jerry Schwartz began his waste industry career in 1968 as Publisher of Solid Waste Management magazine. in 1980, he joined NSWMA as the Publisher of Waste Age magazine. Within 18 months, he had captured 75 percent of the advertising targeting the waste industry and created the dominant trade magazine for the waste industry. When he passed away in 2003, he still was serving in an ameritus capacity. Jerry conceived the idea for the Driver of the Year award program and the EIA Hall of Fame. He also was active in pushing for industry safety standards to be officially recognized by ANSI. His business card read, "Schwartz is my name, garbage is my game."

2007

DeanBuntrock
Dean Buntrock

Dean Buntrock began his waste industry career in 1956 at Ace Scavenger Service, his family’s business. In 1968, he combined his company to form Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) with annual revenues of $5 million. In 1971, with Buntrock as the Chairman and CEO, WMI went public with revenue at $10 million. By the 1980s, WMI’s revenue was $800 million and by the mid-1990s, revenue was over $10 billion and the company was operating in 21 countries. He was named Outstanding CEO in the Pollution Control Industry by Financial World Magazine and Wall Street Transcript. Buntrock retired in 1997. He is a founder of the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), serving as its first President in the mid-1960s and remaining its Secretary/Treasurer and Director for nearly 20 years. Buntrock’s community service includes support of the arts on the Boards of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Terra Foundation, education serving as Chairman and a director for 20 years on the Board of St. Olaf College, and the environment through wetlands sponsorship at Ducks Unlimited and as a Director of the National Wildlife Association. Buntrock said, “I love business and found an industry where I couldn’t wait to go to work in the morning. Work is hard so you need to find a career where you can always enjoy your job and make best use of your talents. To be included in the Hall of Fame is very special and gratifying.”

RobertRasmussen
Robert Rasmussen 

In 1959, Robert Rasmussen became a draftsman for an incinerator business. He began manufacturing containers and compactors 10 years later and in 1973 started his own company, Accurate Industries, which he sold to Wastequip in 1992. In 2001, Rasmussen became the President and CEO of Wastequip, which manufactures a wide variety of waste industry products. Since then, he has tripled sales, expanded operations to the West Coast, and increased company productivity by 50 percent. During his career, he was instrumental in developing intermodal containers to transport sludge and solid waste by rail. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC) where he helped establish compactor ratings and safety standards. He was twice named CEO of the Year by Wastequip’s parent companies -- in 2003 by the CIVC Investment Group and in 2006 by the DLJ Private Equity Group. Rasmussen is a volunteer youth coach and supporter of safety films for children. Rasmussen said, “Developing people is the most important aspect of business success and, ultimately, personal success. You have to be humble because the whole team is what makes the difference.”

FredVanArsdale
Fred Van Arsdale 

Fred Van Arsdale began working for Heil Environmental Industries in 1979 first as the Transfer Station Production Manager, then as the National Accounts Manager. In 1998, he moved on to work for McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. as the Republic Services, Inc. National Accounts Representative, a job he held until his death in June 2006. At Heil, Van Arsdale expanded the sales focus from municipal customers to rapidly growing private companies -- USA Waste, Waste Management, and Allied Waste Industries. He helped develop the half-pack front- loader and engineer and bring to market a turnkey system for transfer stations. He was an innovator of safety features on trucks, a mentor to young colleagues just learning the ropes, always followed through with commitments, and was well-respected and widely recognized in the industry. Van Arsdale was a supporter of youth sports and a center serving disabled adults. Jim Johnson, President, Autocar, LLC, said, “Fred Van Arsdale sold his products the old fashioned way. While others were worried about building a book of business, Fred focused on building relations. He understood that a relationship built on honesty and trust was just as important as the quality of the equipment he sold.” Jerry Wickett, Vice President, Purchasing and Maintenance, Republic Services, Inc., noted, “One of Fred’s strongest attributes as a salesman was that he represented the customer well back at his company.” “My husband was loyal to a fault,” said Marilyn Van Arsdale. “He treated people in the same way that he wanted them to treat him. He never expected people to do more than they were capable, but he expected high things from everyone, including himself.”

2006

FelixCrawford
Felix A. Crawford 

Felix Crawford entered the waste industry in 1971 when Industrial America asked him to straighten out a troubled waste company in Orlando, Florida.  When that company was sold, he worked for the new company, Waste Resources, for a while and then bought a small waste hauler with 6 trucks.  Nineteen years later, his company, Southland Waste Systems, was worth about $38 million.  In 1995, Mr. Crawford became one of the first to merge his company into Republic Services.  After his non-compete ended in 2000, he founded his current company, Advanced Disposal Services. Mr. Crawford and his wife started a foundation to help build an early literacy program for pre-K children. He is an active member of NSWMA.  He served on the Board of Governors and the EIA Board of Trustees. Mr. Crawford now serves on EIA’s Investment Committee.

 

Paul F. Hardiman

Paul Hardiman began his career at FleetBoston in the commercial lending, specialized finance area in 1965 and retired in 2002 as a Managing Director.  He became quite interested in the potential of the solid waste business in the early to mid-'70s because complying with all the emerging regulations required capital.  Mr. Hardiman was the first to start a banking area to finance companies remediating hazardous waste clean-up sites and to fund the many consolidations that took place in the solid waste business.  Today, he still serves the industry as an outside director of Waste Industries. Mr. Hardiman helped find funding to consolidate two specialty hospitals in Massachusetts, served on the U.S. EPA District 1 Advisory Board, and worked with the Clinton Administration to discuss how to raise capital for emerging environmental technologies.

RalphMastrangelo
Ralph G. Mastrangelo, Sr. 

Ralph Mastrangelo started his career in the early 1950s working for United Carting Co., which his grandfather founded.  From 1954 to 1973, he was President of the company, expanding it by using new types of equipment.  He was one of the first to use roll-off trucks and stationary compactors.  Later, he sold the company to SCA Services and then bought it back in 1983.  In 1995, he sold the company to BFI and passed away in 2003. Mr. Mastrangelo loved working with NSWMA serving as the New Jersey Chapter Vice-Chair and on the Board of Governors.  He was the first to fight flow control in New Jersey.  As a Eucharistic Minister and supporter of education for the blind, he was a strong man with a soft heart.

DennisPool
Dennis C. Pool 

Dennis Pool's uncle had a garbage company and asked him to go for a ride one day.  He went out in the truck and began hooking chains and then continued to work for his uncle on weekends, in the summers, and then after high school full time.  Several purchases later, he found himself on the manufacturing side of the business making recycling and waste handling equipment.  After a short stint with his brother’s car dealership, he joined SP Industries and moved up the line to become President in 2002. Mr. Pool became involved in WASTEC in 1986.  He was frustrated with industry safety so he got involved in the ANSI Z245 committees chairing the committee on compactors.  When not at work, he spends time with his kids.  He's coached softball and baseball.  Mr. Pool also helped build a middle school in the district where he lives.

RobertRiethmiller
Robert J. Riethmiller 

Robert Riethmiller became President and CEO of Philadelphia Tramrail, now PTR Baler and Compactor Co., in 1968. His family started the company in 1907.  Shortly after he started, the market for his company’s main product dried out so he began making balers and compactors, now sold worldwide.  His company received the Family Business Award in 2002 from the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Riethmiller was a charter member of WASTEC and continues to serve as the Membership Committee Chair and Representative on the Board of Governors.  He is also the current Scholarship Chairman at the Environmental Research and Education Foundation.  He is an active supporter of Mercy Vo Tech trade school and a board member of the Abington Memorial Hospital Foundation.

GordonShaw
Gordon C. Shaw 

Gordon Shaw became President of Marathon Equipment Co. in 2003 after moving up the line from his first position as a sales person in 1981.  He's been behind buildings all his life packer poking.  Him and his college roommate decided to go into the garbage business when they graduated in 1972. Mr. Shaw stated that his WASTEC experience has been absolutely one of the most enjoyable experiences he's had in the industry.  He served as chairman for 2 terms and helped to develop ANSI standards.  He is currently on the EIA Board of Trustees. Mr Shaw is on the Executive Committee of the Mark Mitchell Shelter for battered women and sponsors the Catch a Dream Foundation for children with life threatening diseases who want to catch a fish or go hunting.  He also supports the Boy Scouts.

2005

LarryStone
Larry Stone

In the more than 30 years that Larry Stone has worked in the garbage collection industry, he has sold equipment, owned a hauling company, and been chair of an NSWMA state chapter.  Today, he is responsible for all of Heil Environmental’s New York City market, trade show commitments, and sales in the Northeast.  During his time at Heil, he played an instrumental role in building a dual compartment rear loading collection truck.  Larry began his career in 1975 when he bought a carting company managing two drivers, two trucks, and 230 accounts.  Two years later through acquisitions, his company quadrupled in size.  He has been an active member of NSWMA and now WASTEC.  As the Massachusetts Chapter Chair in 1983, he organized an industry protest by circling the state capital with a convoy of garbage trucks.  His effort led to new landfill sitings in the state.  Larry volunteers at his daughters’ school fixing soccer fields and participates on the Auction Committee of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation.

TomVanWeelden
Tom Van Weelden 

Tom Van Weelden started working for his father’s garbage company in 1968 at the age of 14, washing trucks and collecting trash.  He was a college student when the company was sold to Waste Management, Inc., which then hired him to help during summers and breaks.  As a junior in college, in 1975, he founded Vermillion Waste Systems in Southern, Illinois, and over the course of several years expanded the two-truck collection company to include four landfills.  In 1989, after forming the Environmental Development Corp., he merged the company with several other companies to form Allied Waste Industries.  In 1995, under his leadership, Allied acquired the waste portion of Laidlaw Transportation and in 1999, acquired BFI, taking the company’s worth from 3 to about 9 billion dollars and significantly increasing the number of employees.  He recently stepped down as Allied’s President and CEO after making the company the second largest, publicly-traded, waste operation in the U.S.  He is currently on the Board of Visitors at Pepperdine University.

LouisWagner
Louis E. Wagner

Lou Wagner helped design and develop the first professional hazardous waste treatment and disposal facility in the U.S. in the 1970s.  His patented concept of the secure landfill system using a synthetic membrane liner for safe disposal of hazardous waste is now used throughout the world.  Looking for alternative uses for hazardous waste, Lou converted waste into supplementary fuels for cement kilns and aggregate drying systems.  The effort was later expanded to include use as an alternative raw material in the production of Portland Type 1 Cement.  He helped develop the manifest system for tracking hazardous waste, designed and operated the first Toxic Substances Control Act PCB incinerator in the U.S., and has written many publications on the recycling of chemicals.  Over the years, he has published many articles on proper waste disposal.  Today, he remains active as the CEO of Earthwatch Waste Systems, Inc.  Lou is a firm believer in community service raising funds for Catholic Charities, the local police association, and more recently for the Tsunami Relief Fund.

ChrisWeiser
Chris G. Weiser

Chris Weiser worked as a mechanical engineer at Freeport-McMoRan before joining his step father’s baler company.  In 1992, he was promoted to President and in 1996 became the owner of the company.  Today, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing has over 200 employees and two manufacturing plants and still retains its relationship with its first customer, Wal-Mart.  Chris' management philosophy is very community and family-oriented, encouraging employees to actively engage in their children's lives.  He served on the WASTEC Board of Governors from 1992 to 1997 and was elected Chairman for the 1997 term.  He has helped develop ANSI Z245 standards, was chairman of the Membership Committee, and recipient of two association awards.  He also served on EIA’s Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2003, including Secretary-Treasurer for three years.  He is very active in his community, currently serving on the board of the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation and Chairman of the Water and Sewer Commission.

EugeneWingerter
Eugene J. Wingerter 

Gene Wingerter began his career in the waste business in 1970 as NSWMA’s first Technical Consultant.  In 1973, he became the association’s Executive Director.  Under his leadership, NSWMA grew from just a few to 30 state chapters and many institutes and councils.  In 1980, he purchased WasteAge and helped turn it into an award-winning magazine.  He was instrumental in organizing the industry to shape the legislation that created the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and added an insurance program at NSWMA to help members keep costs down.  In 1992, he launched the Environmental Research and Education Foundation to provide non-advocacy driven research on waste issues.  Today, he is the owner of his own consulting company, helping waste companies grow.  He is also the President of Threat Response Technologies, focusing on intelligence data acquisition related to homeland security, and a partner at W and F Advisors, Inc., serving a waste service company entering the U.S. market and a manufacturer of waste transportation equipment.

2004

RoyalCoulter
Royal Coulter

After a decade of truck driving, dispatching, and sales, in 1979, after his father’s death and at the age of 31, Royal Coulter became CEO and President of Peoria Disposal Co.  During his tenure, he built the company from 50 employees, 35 trucks, and one landfill to an award winning company of over 500 employees, 225 trucks, five landfills, an analytical laboratory, and commercial wastewater treatment facility.  Coulter has been active in NSWMA and in his community helping the Salvation Army, church groups, and today’s youth.

TomFatjo
Tom Fatjo, Jr. 

In 1998, Tom Fatjo founded his fourth waste company, Waste Corp. of America, where he is currently Chairman and CEO.  He started his first company, Browning Ferris Industries, in 1966, with one truck and $500 and turned it into the first publicly-traded garbage company.  In 1990, he founded Republic Waste Services and in 1992 TransAmerican Waste Industries.  During his career, he created 30,000 jobs and raised an excess of $500 million in capital.  He also founded a fitness and preventative medicine facility in Houston.

DonaldGalbreath
Donald Galbreath 

Donald Galbreath is known for his inventions – the Galbreath Roll-Off Hoist, casted swivel eye and HH receivers for roll-off containers, automatic container locks for roll-off hoists, and the controlled gasketed rear door on self-contained compactors.  In 1964, he became President and CEO of Galbreath, Inc. and since 1992, the President and CEO of Galfab, Inc.  In 1978, he started a high school scholarship fund in Winamac, Indiana, and in 1993, he received the highest award for community service from Pulaski County.

EdwardVogel
Edward Vogel

Edward Vogel began his waste industry career in 1958 as a driver, thrower, mechanic, equipment operator, and salesman for his own company, Vogel Disposal Service.  Today, Vogel Holding, Inc. includes nearly 400 employees, 200 trucks, two hauling companies, two landfills, and one recycling facility.  He was a founding member of NSWMA and served on its board from 1987 to 1993.  Vogel currently serves as the Adams Township Supervisor and is a strong supporter of the local fire department and Boy Scouts of America.

2003

HWayneHuizenga
H. Wayne Huizenga 

Wayne Huizenga co-founded Waste Management, Inc. in 1971 and served as its president, chief operating officer, and director before retiring from the company in 1984.  He also founded Republic Services, Inc., served as its chairman, and now sits on the company’s board.  Today, he is the owner and chairman of Huizenga Holdings, Inc., a private money management firm, owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and sits on boards of several publicly-traded companies.  Huizenga has received numerous awards for his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropy, and dedication to the community.

HarryKletter
Harry Kletter 

Harry Kletter entered the waste business as a child working in his family’s one-truck junk business collecting recyclables.  By 1952, he was the co-owner of a small junkyard in southern Indiana; 1961, a maker of stationary compactors; and a waste hauler by 1962.  In 1969, his two-year-old company, Industrial Services of America, became the first public company in the waste industry.  Kletter is known for innovation and holds several patents for improving technology and methods in waste handling.  He is the sponsor of a scholarship at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

FrederickLeach
Frederick E. Leach 

Fred Leach began his career with the Leach Company in 1976 and worked his way up to become the president in 1992.  During his tenure, Leach moved his company into the computer age and became known as the “King of the Rear Loaders.”  He served for three years as chairman of the Waste Equipment Technology Association’s (WASTEC) Board of Governors and as chairman of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation.  Leach currently represents WASTEC on the Environmental Industry Association’s Board of Trustees.

RobertStearns
Robert P. Stearns 

Bob Stearns worked as a sanitary engineer for the City of Los Angeles in 1960 and ten years later co-founded SCS Engineers.  He is widely recognized over his 43-year career for applying engineering principles to support and improve waste industry business practices and has authored numerous technical articles and received major awards from various professional organizations.  Stearns currently serves on the board of the Environmental Research and Educational Foundation and is a contributor to various educational and cultural foundations in Southern California.

2002

RobertBanfield
Robert G. Banfield 

Robert Banfield has been a part of the solid waste industry for 45 years owning successful hauling operations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, two landfills, and several transfer stations.  He currently serves as vice president of the Detachable Container Association.  Banfield was recognized by the City of Boston for providing “service above and beyond the call of duty” when he collected both waste and snow during the blizzard of 1978.  During his career, he was active with NSWMA on safety issues including development of national safety standards.  Banfield played a key role in founding NSWMA’s first chapter in Massachusetts in the 1970s.

WilliamDavidson
William J. Davidson 

William Davidson bought one, used, chain-driven, side-loader, residential truck in July of 1963 and never looked back.  He was a driver by day and a repairman by night, but by the early 1970s when the company was sold to Waste Management, Inc., Wm. Davidson Trash Removal was a valuable business.  Following employ with Waste Management and a brief respite helping his son-in-law open a body shop, Davidson purchased All-Rite Rubbish Removal, Inc.  During the next 17 years he was an active member of NSWMA, including receiving a distinguished service award in 1990 and serving as the Maryland-Delaware chapter chair for several terms.

EdwardFurnari
Edward A. Furnari 

Edward Furnari began his career in the waste business in 1977 by becoming the controller of Marathon Equipment Company, Inc.  Working his way up, in 1995, Furnari became president of the company.  He played a critical role in the development of large transfer packers and helped build the company from $3 million to $100 million in sales.  He is a strong leader within his company, the industry, and the community.  Furnari is the director of the Mark Mitchell Home for Abused Children and was named employer of the year by the local Chamber of Commerce.  He has been active with WASTEC for many years.

HarrisHudson
Harris W. Hudson 

Harris Hudson entered the waste business in 1964 as a helper on the back of a truck for Southern Sanitation.  When Southern Sanitation merged into the original Waste Management, Inc. in 1972, Hudson became instrumental in acquisitions and operations.  Today, he is the vice-chairman of Republic Services, Inc. and chairman of Hudson Capital Management.  He was honored with the Safety Leadership Award by Hartford Insurance Co. for implementing a safety and accident prevention program in Southern Florida in the 1980s.  He has played a significant role in building the Wayne Huizenga Graduate School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

2001

DarleneJeter
Darlene Jeter 

Darlene Jeter co-founded Jet-A-Way, Inc. in 1969 where she handled the financial and administrative aspects of the business for over 20 years.  When her husband, Eddie Jeter, passed away in 1991, Ms. Jeter assumed the role of president and chief operating officer.  In a struggling Boston market, she focused her company on a “back to basics” approach with an aggressive cost reduction and control program such that by 1996 the Boston Chamber of Commerce named the company as the Small Business of the Year.  In addition, Ms. Jeter has testified on behalf of the waste industry before government entities on many occasions.  She is a strong supporter of the Orchard Park children’s summer camp program.

KeithFoster
Keith Foster 

Keith Foster was the co-inventor and major marketing force behind the Keith Walking Floor unloader that revolutionized the handling and conveying of refuse in mass burners, material processing and recovery facilities, and transfer stations.  He began inventing and applying the use of self-unloading trucks in the 1950s and began applying the use of these trucks in the waste industry in the 1970s, when he founded Keith Manufacturing Co.  Under his leadership, the Keith Walking Floor technology was retrofitted for use in trailers and self-unloading bins.  Mr. Foster has dozens of patents and many more innovations relating to hydraulics, trucking, conveying, and unloading of refuse.

FloydTuominen
Floyd Tuominen

Floyd Tuominen has dedicated over 28 years of service to the waste industry.  He began his career as a sales engineer for a machine tool company and then, in 1972, advanced to a sales manager of Mid Equipment of Grundy Center, Iowa, a manufacturer of solid waste compaction equipment.  While there, he introduced the Wide Mouth Dock Pack, the Super Dock Pack, and Eze On-Off Hoist.  In 1976, Mr. Tuominen joined Harris Waste Management Group as the manager of distributor sales.  He was promoted to sales manager in 1979 and became president in 1986.  Following a two-year stint as the president of the Marathon Equipment company’s overseas division, in 1994, Mr. Tuominen became president of Excel Manufacturing, Inc. where he was responsible for business, product, and market development.  Now retired, he has served on the NSWMA Board of Directors and been a key player in developing the ANSI standard for balers.

1986-2000

2000

John Barry

Roger Ramsey

Bernard Rumpke

William Rumpke

Marc Stragier

1999

Bob Hickman

George Lohman

1998

Denny Gill

William P. Hulligan

Donald F. Moorehead, Jr.

Stan W. Worthington

1997

Ramsey Di Libero

Lewis Goodman

Jim Perry

Joseph Smith

Jerry Zanzig

1996

Edward Burr

David Cameron

Ted C. Flood

Jim Harvey

Joseph MacDonald

Josie I. Razore

1995

Bill Gallio

David Hyman

Gerald Van Beek

1994

Patrick J. Banfield

Lonnie C. Poole, Jr.

Wayne D. Trewhitt

1993

David C. Leach

Thomas R. Walters

1992

Lawrence Beck

Richard F. Brentano

Charles Carite

Alfred Isola

Eddie Jeter, Jr.

Harold Radandt

Charles Walbridge

1991

Ben Caramella

Gerald E. Connolly, Sr.

Robert C. Duncan

Gordon H. Fenner

John ("Jack") E. Hoff

Harold LeMay

George B. O'Connell

Christian J. Ruoff

Donald R. Zykan

1990

Doug Bell

Richard R. Bloom, Sr.

Peter Borghero

Victor Brown

James J. Cowhey, Sr.

Elmo J. Harrison

Edgar T. Harvey, Jr.

Joseph F. Heil, Jr.

G. Harry Huizenga

Durward W. Jackson II

Raymond F. Lawrence

Rip Nichols

Glenn S. Park

Richard M. Vining

1989

Thomas M. Ahearn

Armondo J. Annigoni

Rosco Casgrande

James G. DeBoer

Michael G. DeGroote

John Groot

John P. Moscone

1988

David J. Brask

Charles Cattaneo

Joseph E. Jack

Angus MacPhee

Stanley Rose

James V. Thurmond, Jr.

1987

Ralph J. Black

Gerard E. Connolly, Jr.

George R. Dempster

John William Estes

Trever E. Evans

Richard D. Stitt

1986

Edwin Paul Allgeier

William J. Banfield

Joseph M. Betit

L. W. "Wally" Clark

Harold L. Cole, Sr.

George C. Dodge

Thomas J. Dooley, Sr.

Edward Drury

Charles H. Dunlap

Ernest Fassbender

Henry French

Giovanni Ghiorso

Theodore Richard Hartmann

Joseph F. Heil, Sr.

Max Hyman

Ezra Koch

Elmer "Onnie" Leach

William Makrdichian

William Ohanesian

Robert Pedone

Eugene L. Pollock

Marshall Rabins

Rinaldo M. "Al" Rossi

Stan Ruminski

John J. Sexton

Albert Shayne

Kosti Shirvanian

Nathaniel Smith

Cosmo V. Taormina

Tom Tibstra

Rudolph L. Vaccarezza

George E. Weibush, Jr.

Women’s Council Scholarships

The Women’s Council established an educational scholarship program to assist qualified individuals in their pursuit of an education that will lead to productive careers in the environmental industry. All Association member employees and their dependents are eligible to apply.

The Women's Council fosters the professional development of women in the waste and recycling industry while striving to increase their business, financial and leadership skills through education, workshops, mentoring, and networking. The Women’s Council has established an educational scholarship program to assist qualified individuals in their pursuit of an education that will lead to productive careers in the environmental industry. Three scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Scholarship Application

The application period has ended. The deadline for the 2014-2015 cycle was March 15, 2014.

Requirements

  • All Applicants must be either employed by, or be the dependents of persons employed by, members of the National Waste & Recycling Association (formerly Environmental Industry Associations: the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) or Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC)).
  • All Applicants must be United States citizens and have permanent residence in the United States.
  • Applicants may be either male or female.
  • Applicants must be seeking undergraduate or graduate education.
  • Applicants must have an intention to pursue studies that will promote a career in the environmental industry. The review committee places a high preference on studies related to environmental careers.
  • Prior to disbursement of scholarship awards, all Applicants must be accepted or enrolled for either full or part-time studies at an accredited U.S. college or university with the intent of pursuing a course of either graduate or undergraduate studies related to the environmental industry.
  • Applicants must use scholarship funds only for tuition and fees. Scholarship awards will be paid directly by EIA to the educational institution.

Selection Criteria

The selection of scholarship recipients will be made by the designated Scholarship Committee of the Women’s Council taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • The Applicant’s indication of interest in pursuing a career in the environmental industry;
  • The Applicant’s record of scholastic achievement;
  • The Applicant’s record of community service; and
  • The Applicant’s recommendations by instructors, employers, or other personal references.

Directions

Here are some directions for completing the application. Applicants must submit a complete application by the deadline, including their most recent transcript and a letter of recommendation.

  • Most of the application should be self-explanatory, just fill out the requisite boxes, make radio button selections or use pull down menus.
  • Items marked with red asterisk are mandatory and application cannot be submitted until they all are complete.
  • Users can save partially completed applications and upon re-logging into system they can start work where they left off.
  • Follow the directions to upload transcripts and references.

For more information about the Women’s Council Scholarship, contact:

Peggy Macenas
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2013 Scholarship Recipients

In 2013, the Women's Council awarded three scholarships to children of waste company employees and two Founders Scholarships to full-time waste company employees in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Council.

RyanLewis
Ryan Lewis
Piedmont, CA 

Ryan Lewis, 18, is from Piedmont, CA, and is a full-time student at the University of California-Davis studying biochemical engineering. He has been surrounded by engineering and science his entire life with a mother and father who are both civil engineers in the solid waste industry. “Mom still chuckles when she tells people she would read the specifications for construction equipment to me from the Caterpillar Performance Handbook rather than bedtime stories,” he wrote in his application. During his summers in high school he has worked on several science- and engineering-related projects, including creating mobile environmental apps and improving street networks.

LacyRutledge
Lacy Rutledge
Baytown, TX

Lacy Rutledge, 18, from Baytown, TX, has been accepted to Texas A&M University and plans to study chemical engineering. She was introduced to the solid waste industry and its challenges by her father, a heavy equipment mechanic for Republic Services in Anahuac. “Listening to my dad discuss his day at the landfill at dinner encouraged me to pursue a degree in the environmental field to find more productive ways to harvest waste and oils, fuel, and other chemicals,” she wrote in her application. To do that, Rutledge wants to study chemical engineering and develop efficient, clean, and useful methods for processing materials – and make life better for people as a result. In addition to her career interests, she is active in the Future Farmers of America, a member of the National Honor Society, and a volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

KaitlynTrent2
Kaitlyn Trent
Fayetteville, OH 

Kaitlyn Trent, 20, of Fayetteville, OH, is a full-time student at Bowling Green State University, where she studies environmental policy and analysis with a specialization in environmental law. Trent was introduced to the solid waste industry and its challenges by her mother, who works for Waste Management. “I wish to continue the family legacy with the company by pursuing a career as an environmental protection specialist, or frankly anything regarding the policy side of the environmental industry,” she wrote in her application. “I maintain the opinion that the most effective way to protect and better the environment universally is accomplished by the creation of environmental laws regulating correlating fields.” Trent is active in several of Bowling Green State’s environmental organizations, most recently helping plan its Earth Day celebration. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and works as a lab assistant in the biology department studying the effects of pollution on wildlife.

DawnMcMahan
Dawn McMahan
Eyota, MN

Dawn McMahan, 32, of Eyota, MN, has three full-time occupations: office manager for Advanced Disposal, student at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and mother to two school-aged children. “It's very important to be a role model for my children by showing them no matter what age you begin or continue your education, it’s important to finish and strive for excellence in higher learning,” she wrote in her application. “I want my children to know the importance of going to college and what opportunities of a having a degree can do for a career.” When her degree is in hand, McMahan hopes to move ahead in Advanced Disposal. Its mission is one she embraces. “I'm passionate about creating a culture that is conscious about the environment we live in and wanting to protect, clean and enhance the environment,” she wrote.

LauraMorris
Laura Morris
Midwest City, OK

Laura Morris, 41, is a full-time employee of Sea Coast Disposal in Midwest City, OK, where she works as an office manager. She plans to study environmental science at Rose State College.  Two relatives – a sister and a brother-in-law – work in the solid waste business and served as inspirations. “I felt that refuse was bred in me and that two very important people in my life had been in this business for a big part of my life,” Morris wrote in her application. “I changed my degree to environmental science and am proceeding with my new career. I look forward to many years in this industry and have several mentors to help me along my way.”

Previous Scholarship Winners

2012

The Council awarded three scholarships in 2012 to the following students for the next academic year:

ZacharyKuerschner
Zachary Aaron Kuerschner
Woodridge, Illinois 

Zachary Aaron Kuerschner is a high school student and son of Waste Management employee in Woodridge, Illinois. Zac has been accepted to multiple schools to study business. In addition to high academic promise, he played football throughout high school, was a member of the National Honors Society and worked at a local food pantry. Inspired by his father and uncle, both WM employees, Zac has chosen to study Operations/Logistics Management to improve environmental sustainability.

VirginiaLarimore
Virginia Lee Larimore
Newfane, New York 

Virginia Lee Larimore is a high school student and daughter of a Republic Services employee in Newfane, New York. As a top-ranked high school student, Ginny has been accepted to multiple schools for the study of civil engineering. She is active in several extracurricular activities including FIRST Robotics, the National Honors Society, class officer the Girls Scouts. She also was JV volleyball co-captain for her school. While attending seminars as part of the CATALYST Academy at Cornell University, she was inspired to follow in her father's footsteps and enter the field of environmental management.

MariaMenchaca
Maria Isabel Menchaca
Las Vegas, Nevada 

Maria Isabel Menchaca is District Controller of Republic Services, working at Republic's Apex Regional Landfill in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has just completed her first semester of law school at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she is studying environmental and tax law. As a first generation college graduate, Maria gives back to her community in many activities, including teach financial literacy to Spanish-speaking residents. She also is a play for Inter Las Vegas, an adult female soccer team, which has taken championships in each of the last 4 years.

2011

The Council awarded three scholarships in 2011 to the following students for the next academic year:

NathanGledner
Nathan Geldner
Nashville, Tennessee 

Nathan Geldner, a 36-year old father of three girls, attends night school in business management at Argosy University, Nashville.  After discharging from an 8-year stint in the US Air Force in 2006, Nathan now works as a welder/mechanic for Republic Services in Tennessee.

CourtneyLang
Courtney Lang
Parkland, Florida 

Courtney Lang is a high school senior from Parkland, Florida, where she is known as the “Orchid Lady” for her care of plants at a 24-acre nature preserve. In addition to high academic achievement, Courtney impressed the selection committee with her well-expressed interest in environmental studies.  Her first choice of schools is the University of Southern California where she would like to concentrate in sustainability. Her father is employed by Republic Services in Phoenix, Arizona.

KaitlynTrent2
Kaitlyn Trent
Cincinnati, Ohio 

Kaitlyn Trent is one of a pair of twins from Ohio who applied for the scholarship.  While Kaitlyn is a consistently strong student, it was her knowledge of and intense interest in solid waste management that most impressed the selection committee.  It was apparent to the committee that Kaitlyn has caught the “environmental bug” from her mother, a Waste Management governmental affairs employee.  She plans to enroll in an environmental studies program this Fall.

2010

The Council awarded four scholarships in 2010 to the following students for the next academic year:

LindsayFoster-Drago2
Lindsay Foster-Drago
Portland, Oregon 

Lindsay Foster-Drago is the first repeat recipient of an EIA Women’s Council scholarship. She is working full-time for Keith Manufacturing Co. while completing an MBA at Marylhurst University. The granddaughter of the inventor of the Keith Walking Floor System, Lindsay is training to someday take the helm of the family business.

AnnaOlesiewicz
Anna Oleksiewicz
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois 

Anna Oleksiewicz is a high school senior who will be attending the University of Illinois studying electrical engineering in the Fall. The child of a Navistar, Inc. engineer, Anna is fluent in three languages, is a distance runner, auto mechanic, and mountain climber. She has already applied for a provisional patent for a collapsible bicycle carrier that can be used for air travel.

JackStern
Jack Stern
Los Angeles, California 

Jack Stern is a dean’s list student at the University of Southern California where he is studying civil engineering. His mother is a communications manager at Waste Management, Inc. When not in school, Jack fights forest fires and is a certified first responder for Marin County, California’s Fire Department.

KristinVanKampen
Kristin Van Kampen
Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Kristin Van Kampen is the daughter of a Republic Services, Inc. employee. Finishing her second year in biology and environmental studies at Calvin College in Michigan, Kristin is devoted to protecting worldwide ecology. After studying greenhouse management at her college, she travelled to Costa Rica to study biodiversity and apply her skills.

2009

The Council awarded five scholarships in 2009 to the following students for the next academic year:

LindsayFoster-Drago2
Lindsay Foster-Drago
Portland, Oregon 

Lindsay is a systems administrator for Keith Manufacturing, home of the walking-floor trailer. She will be attending an evening MBA-program at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon.

CorinneMagnuson
Corinne Magnuson
New Hampshire 

As a day student at a New Hampshire boarding school, Cori kept up top grades while taking leading roles in public speaking, music, swimming, and the 4-H Club. Cori intends to become an environmental engineer.

EmilyRobbins
Emily Robbins
Worcester, Massachusetts 

Emily is a high school senior from Worcester, Massachusetts. She received top grades while working part-time and taking leading roles in student council, year book and the national honor society. She has applied to the University of Michigan environmental program.

JoshuaSjorgren
Joshua Sjögren
Grafton, Massachusetts

Josh is a high school senior in Grafton, Massachusetts who reached the rank of Eagle Scout at 15. Deeply involved in sports and volunteer work, he will start an environmental science program in the Fall.

AustinSnyder
Austin Snyder 

Austin is going into her junior year in Environmental Resource Management at Penn State University. She interned at Waste Management last summer and has a strong interest in wildlife conservation efforts.

2008

The Council awarded $2,500 scholarships in 2008 to the following four students:

ToniyaDowns
Tonyia Downs
Shelbyville, Indiana 

Tonyia is employed as a salesperson for Republic Services since 2001. In 2006, she was inducted into the "Chairman's Club" as one of the top sales people in the entire company. The mother of one adult son, Tonyia began her straight-A college career in 2005 at Indiana Wesleyan University, after a 30-year hiatus from higher education.

JennaHarbin
Jenna Harbin
New Washington, Indiana 

Jenna is the number-one ranked student in her high school class. She intends to attend college in the fall for a degree in environmental studies. Her mother is a salesperson for Republic Services in Louisville, Kentucky.

DrewLandoll
Drew Landoll
Pierce City, Missouri 

The son of a regional engineer for Waste Corporation of America, Drew will be completing his studies in civil engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

MollyReed
Molly Reed
Mt. Juliet, Tennessee 

Molly is in her second year of pre-engineering at Middle Tennessee State University and will enroll in the civil engineering program at Tennessee Technological University in the fall. Molly’s father is a supervisor for Allied Waste in Nashville, Tennessee.

2007

The Council awarded scholarship of $2,500 to two students during the inaugural year for the program:

DavidReed
David Reed
Owings Mills, Maryland 

David Reed has just completed his senior year at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland. During the summers and holidays he works for his family’s business—Cockey’s Enterprises, Inc. His great grandmother took over the hauling business after the death of her husband and eventually handed the reins over to David’s father. Today 3 of the 4 owners are women, including his aunts and mother. David plans on pursuing a degree in business with a minor in environmental studies.

VictoriaLindsey
Victoria Lindsey
Willimantic, Connecticut 

Victoria Lindsey has been employed by DeVivo Industries’ Willimantic Waste Paper Company, Inc. of Willimantic, Connecticut since 2000. She is currently employed full time as a sales manager and is on the Dean’s list at East Connecticut State University where she is working towards the completion of her degree in Business Administration.

Member of the Year Awards

The Member of the Year is selected based upon extraordinary service to the mission and goals of the Association and the industry over the last 12 months. The award need not be presented each year, but only when a qualified candidate is nominated.

The 2014 nomination cycle has closed.

Member of the Year 2013 Award Recipient

2013

Randall Essick

Waste Management, Inc.

Member of the Year Award Recipient Archive

2012

Tom Brown

IESI Corporation

2011

Phil Carter

Waste Industries USA

2010

Lisa Kardell

Waste Management, Inc.

2009

Mary Margaret Cowhey

Land & Lakes Co.

Dominick Incantalupo

Chelsea Sanitation Service

2005

Larry Stone

Rumpke Consolidated Cos.

2004

Jeff Burrier

Allied Waste Industries, Inc.

2002

Leonard E. Joyce, Jr.

Joyce Engineering, Inc.

2000

Bob Gregory

Texas Disposal Systems

1999

Harold Carter

Republic Services, Inc.

1998

Howard Burns

 

1997

Eddie Dick

 

1996

Tony Ciofalo

 

Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Awards are made to longstanding members of the Association who have rendered service in pursuit of its mission and goals over a period of time, generally spanning a number of years. The award is presented to recognize the highest spirit of volunteerism and involvement, personal integrity, professionalism, and performance in an honorable and ethical manner.

The 2014 nomination cycle has closed.

Distinguished Service Award 2013 Recipient

2013

Selin Hoboy

Stericycle, Inc.

Distinguished Service Award Past Recipients

2012

Ken Binnix

Days Cove Reclamation Co.

Robert Eisenbud

Waste Management, Inc.

B.J. Harvey

E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.

2011

Paul Smith

Recology

Amy Van Kolken Banister

Waste Management, Inc.

2010

Bruce Georgov

Independent Disposal Services

Randall Russell

Kenvirons, Inc.

Patrick Sullivan

SCS Engineers

2009

William Flower

Republic Services, Inc.

Stephen Smith

Hydro Geo Chem, Inc.

2008

Phil Carter

Waste Industries USA, Inc.

Robert Dick

SCS Engineers

Jerry Sjogren

E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.

2007

Ben Hoffman

Waste Management, Inc.

Mike Lambert

Republic Services, Inc.

Thomas Winstead

Waste Industires

2006

Ken Baylor

Republic Services, Inc.

Ellen Harvey

E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.

Mary Ellen Lynch

The E-N-D Group

2005

Dan Magoun

Republic Services of Central Indiana

David Tooley

Waste Management, Inc.

2004

Charles Williams

Waste Management, Inc.

Filomena Troiano

Troiano’s Waste Services, Inc.

Susan Eppes

EST Solutions, Inc.

2003

Richard Van Hattem

Allied Waste Industries

Edmund Skernolis

Waste Management, Inc.

2002

Jim Grogan

G & G Sanitation Systems

Robert J. Hyres

Waste Pro

Jeffery L. Johnson

Going Garbage & Recycling Inc.

Tom McCaughey

Allied Waste Industries, Inc.

2001

Linda Glaus

Sonny's Solid Waste Service, Inc.

Steven Menoff

EMCON/OWT Solid Waste Services

2000

Jane Rubinstein

Biosystems

Don Williamson

West Central Sanitation

1999

Robert Earl

American Waste Industries

Philip McAbee

The Container Company of Carolina

Peter Ruud

Superior Services

Kathy Trent

Waste Management, Inc.

1998

Lisa Disbrow

Waste Management, Inc.

Ed Ensor

Waste Management, Inc.

Randie Lawson

 

1997

Norm Aardema

 

Pat Burke

 

Dan Imig

Allied Waste Industries, Inc.

1996

Charles Bowen

 

Harold Carter

Republic Services, Inc.

Ben Harvey

E.L. Harvey & Sons

Ron Miller

 

Special Governor’s Award

The Special Governor's Award will be presented to members whose contributions to a chapter over the last 12 months, or over a period of time, were particularly meritorious. This award often goes to an individual who is a "go to" person. The award is meant to encourage recipients to remain active in the Association and continue developing leadership skills to serve the association.

The 2014 nomination cycle has closed.

Distinguished Service Award 2013 Recipients

2013

Tom DeVivo

Willimantic Waste Paper Company

Terry Guerin

Southside Landfill/Randolph Farms

Distinguished Service Award Past Recipients

2012

Kenneth Burkett

American Waste Control, Inc.

Jeff Crate

Draper Aden Associates

Robert Lee

Eco-Tech Environmental, LLC

Andy Moss

Progressive Waste Solutions

Fred Radandt

Manitowoc Disposal and Recycling

George Wayne

Waste Connections, Inc.

2011

Ralph Diaz

Corpus Christi Disposal Service

Lisa Disbrow

Waste Management, Inc.

Aaron Gilman

SCS Field Services

Tim O’Donnell

Republic Services, Inc.

Jack Perko

Republic Services, Inc.

2010

Mike Berkopec

ACE Solid Waste, Inc.

Tom Brown

IESI Corp.

George Geletko

Waste Management, Inc.

Dan Gorske

Republic Services, Inc.

Bill Killian

Pima Waste of Tucscon

Mark Miller

Daniel B. Stephens & Associates

2009

James Amick

Republic Services, Inc.

Gino Dugan

Republic Serivces, Inc.

Max Goolsby

Republic Service, Inc.

Julie Ketchum

Waste Management, Inc.

Thomas Toscano

Mr. T Carting Corp.

2008

Pat Caruso

Associated Refuse Haulers

Murray Griffin

Atlantic Coast Consulting, Inc.

Bob Hendrix

Allied Waste of Osage Beach

Charles Wegner

Allied Waste Industries, Inc.

2007

Tom Hilbert

William Charles Waste Companies

Jimmie Jones

Allied Waste Industries, Inc.

Bruce Schmucker

Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC

2006

Clemens Gailliot

Hilltop Landfill

Peggy Gaston

Waste Management of Oklahoma, Inc.

Dominick Incantalupo

Chelsea Sanitation Service/ M & M Sanitation Corp.

Bill Schrum

GDS – Hickory / Republic Services, Inc.

2005

Tom Agema

Homewood Disposal Service, Inc.

Paul Hamberis

Waste Management, Inc.

Thomas Stump

First Piedmont Corp.

Kathy Whitman

Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems

2004

Mike Camara

ABC Disposal Service, Inc.

Mary Margaret Cowhey

Land & Lakes Co.

Dean Matts

All American Waste Control, Inc.

2003

James Auten

Waste Industries

David Hood

Pinnacle Waste, Inc.

Thomas McMonigle

Chrin Hauling, Inc.

2002

Don Cassano

Waste Management, Inc.

Randall W. Russell

Kenvirons, Inc.

Mark Stoltman

Randy's Sanitation

George Walter

Walter's Recycling & Refuse Services

2001

Jeff Gaker

Republic Services, Inc.

David Moore

J.C. Duncan Companies

2000

Doug Harvey

E.L. Harvey & Sons

1998

Hunter Carruthers

Jim Rue

1997

Phil Allen

1996

Page Elmore

1995

Don Andres

 

Ellen Harvey

E.L. Harvey & Sons

Gene Herson

 

Supplier Member of the Year Award

Supplier Member of the Year awards demonstrate diligence and ingenuity at a supplier/manufacturing member company in one of the following three areas:

  • Engineering: The candidate does not have to be a degreed engineer, but must be involved in the design of a product or in a manufacturing/industrial engineering position. The employee will be judged on contributions in design, evaluation, and manufacturing.
  • Production: The candidate must be a frontline worker involved in the actual manufacturing/assembling of equipment. The employee will be judged on contributions in the areas of quality, productivity, service, and cost reduction.
  • Sales/Marketing: The candidate must be involved in the sales/marketing of their company’s product or service at the representative level. The employee will be judged on specific successes in the areas of sales, marketing, and customer service.

The 2014 nomination cycle has closed.

WASTEC Member of the Year Award 2013 Recipients

2013

Member of the Year

Kirsti Nelson, Otto Environmental Systems N.A., Inc.

Distinguished Service

Ed Correale, PTR Baler and Compactor Company

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

James Davis, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

 

Greg Staggs, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Jay Martens, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

 

Bob McHugh, Environmental Solutions Group

Employee of the Year (Production)

Joe Fleming, Environmental Solutions Group

WASTEC Member of the Year Award Past Recipients

2012

Member of the Year

George Fink, Volvo Construction Equipment

Distinguished Service

Sean O'Brian, O’Brian Tarping Systems

 

Craig Williams, Labrie Environmental Group

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

James Robbins, Marathon Equipment Co.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

L.T. Beale, Otto Environmental Systems North America, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Mike Goodman, The Curotto Can

2011

Member of the Year

Margie Campbell, New Waste Concepts

Distinguished Service

Mike Rockefeller, Bond Beebe Accountants & Advisors

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Jim Weller, CP Manufacturing

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Karen Seevers, E-Z Pack Manufacturing

Employee of the Year (Production)

Juan Nodal, CP Manufacturing

EIA Hall of Fame

Victor “Skip” Berg, Sonrai Systems

 

Robert Pioch, Anchor Machine & Tool

2010

Member of the Year

Bill Wilkerson, Marathon Equipment Co.

Distinguished Service

Stephen Ginter, Mack Trucks, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Dennis Ding, Clean Energy

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Marv Banowetz, Heil Environmental

Employee of the Year (Production)

Steve Burke, PTR Baler & Compactor Co.

EIA Hall of Fame

Anthony Ciafolo, Clean Energy

 

Ronald McCracken, RJM Associates

2009

Member of the Year

Bill Wilkerson, Marathon Equipment Co.

Distinguished Service

Stephen Ginter, Mack Trucks, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Denis Ding, Clean Energy

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Marv Banowetz, Heil Environmental

 

Sharon Wright, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Steve Burke, PTR Balter & Compacter Co.

EIA Hall of Fame

Anthony Ciofalo, Clean Energy Fuels

 

Ronald McCracken, RJM Associates

 

Garwin McNeilus, McNeilus Companies

2008

Member of the Year

David Malter, Malter Associates, Inc.

Distinguished Service

Tim Foster, Foster Hydraulics, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Morris Marlow, Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Tom Bailey, Marathon Equipment Company

Employee of the Year (Production)

Matt Stepinski, Otto Environmental Systems North America

EIA Hall of Fame

Michael Knaub, Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

 

John McLaughlin, Scranton Manufacturing, Inc.

2007

Member of the Year

Robert Mecchi, Perkins Manufacturung

Distinguished Service

Rita Ugianskis-Fishman, Penton Media, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Edwin Simpson, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Larry Wiegman, Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Danny Barber, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

EIA Hall of Fame

Steven Krause, Krause Corp./K-PAC

2006

Member of the Year

Ron McCracken, RJM Waste Equipment Company

Distinguished Service

Scott Dols, Trucks & Parts of Tampa

 

Susan Eppes, EST Solutions, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Houston Ratledge, Heil Environmental

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

John Stephens, Michelin Tire Corp.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Jeff Givens, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

EIA Hall of Fame

Fred Van Arsdale, McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc.

 

Robert Rasmussen, Wastequip, Inc.

2005

Member of the Year

Scott Dols, Trucks & Parts of Tampa

Distinguished Service

Robert Rasmussen, Wastequip Corp.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

John Wiedel, Accent Wire Products

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Dennis Childers, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Dan Tunnell, RJM Waste Equipment Company

EIA Hall of Fame

Dennis C. Pool, SP Industries, Inc.

 

Robert J. Riethmiller, PTR Baler & Compactor Company

 

Gordon C. Shaw, Marathon Equipment Company

2004

Member of the Year

Robert J. Riethmiller, PTR Baler & Compactor Co.

Distinguished Service

Victor C. "Skip" Berg, Labrie Equipment, Ltd.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Jerry Jackson, Harris Waste Management Group

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Margaret Cauthen, RJM Waste Equipment Cpmpany

Employee of the Year (Production)

Jamie Murrell, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

EIA Hall of Fame

Larry Stone, Heil Environmental

 

Chris G. Weiser, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

2003

Member of the Year

Kevin Weaver, Par-Can Company

Distinguished Service

Shannon Harrop, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc..

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Donald Barnes, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Jason Lind, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Barbara Gehan, Philadelphia Tramrail Co.

EIA Hall of Fame

Donald Galbreath, Galfab, Inc.

2002

Member of the Year

Gordon Shaw, Marathon Equipment Company

Distinguished Service

Chris Weiser, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc..

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Gary Kolbet, Vecoplan LLC

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Margaret Wallace, Marathon Equipment Company

Employee of the Year (Production)

George Chandler, RJM Waste Equipment Company

EIA Hall of Fame

Frederick E. Leach, Leach Company

 

Harry Kletter, Industrial Services of America

Supplier Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Awards will be made to longstanding members of the association who have rendered service in pursuit of its mission and goals, generally spanning a number of years.

The 2014 nomination cycle has closed.

WASTEC Distinguished Service Award 2013 Recipients

2013

Member of the Year

Kirsti Nelson, Otto Environmental Systems N.A., Inc.

Distinguished Service

Ed Correale, PTR Baler and Compactor Company

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

James Davis, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

 

Greg Staggs, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Jay Martens, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

 

Bob McHugh, Environmental Solutions Group

Employee of the Year (Production)

Joe Fleming, Environmental Solutions Group

WASTEC Distinguished Service Award Past Recipients

2012

Member of the Year

George Fink, Volvo Construction Equipment

Distinguished Service

Sean O'Brian, O’Brian Tarping Systems

 

Craig Williams, Labrie Environmental Group

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

James Robbins, Marathon Equipment Co.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

L.T. Beale, Otto Environmental Systems North America, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Mike Goodman, The Curotto Can

2011

Member of the Year

Margie Campbell, New Waste Concepts

Distinguished Service

Mike Rockefeller, Bond Beebe Accountants & Advisors

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Jim Weller, CP Manufacturing

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Karen Seevers, E-Z Pack Manufacturing

Employee of the Year (Production)

Juan Nodal, CP Manufacturing

EIA Hall of Fame

Victor “Skip” Berg, Sonrai Systems

 

Robert Pioch, Anchor Machine & Tool

2010

Member of the Year

Bill Wilkerson, Marathon Equipment Co.

Distinguished Service

Stephen Ginter, Mack Trucks, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Dennis Ding, Clean Energy

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Marv Banowetz, Heil Environmental

Employee of the Year (Production)

Steve Burke, PTR Baler & Compactor Co.

EIA Hall of Fame

Anthony Ciafolo, Clean Energy

 

Ronald McCracken, RJM Associates

2009

Member of the Year

Bill Wilkerson, Marathon Equipment Co.

Distinguished Service

Stephen Ginter, Mack Trucks, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Denis Ding, Clean Energy

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Marv Banowetz, Heil Environmental

 

Sharon Wright, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Steve Burke, PTR Balter & Compacter Co.

EIA Hall of Fame

Anthony Ciofalo, Clean Energy Fuels

 

Ronald McCracken, RJM Associates

 

Garwin McNeilus, McNeilus Companies

2008

Member of the Year

David Malter, Malter Associates, Inc.

Distinguished Service

Tim Foster, Foster Hydraulics, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Morris Marlow, Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Tom Bailey, Marathon Equipment Company

Employee of the Year (Production)

Matt Stepinski, Otto Environmental Systems North America

EIA Hall of Fame

Michael Knaub, Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

 

John McLaughlin, Scranton Manufacturing, Inc.

2007

Member of the Year

Robert Mecchi, Perkins Manufacturung

Distinguished Service

Rita Ugianskis-Fishman, Penton Media, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Edwin Simpson, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Larry Wiegman, Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Danny Barber, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

EIA Hall of Fame

Steven Krause, Krause Corp./K-PAC

2006

Member of the Year

Ron McCracken, RJM Waste Equipment Company

Distinguished Service

Scott Dols, Trucks & Parts of Tampa

 

Susan Eppes, EST Solutions, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Houston Ratledge, Heil Environmental

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

John Stephens, Michelin Tire Corp.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Jeff Givens, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

EIA Hall of Fame

Fred Van Arsdale, McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc.

 

Robert Rasmussen, Wastequip, Inc.

2005

Member of the Year

Scott Dols, Trucks & Parts of Tampa

Distinguished Service

Robert Rasmussen, Wastequip Corp.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

John Wiedel, Accent Wire Products

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Dennis Childers, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Dan Tunnell, RJM Waste Equipment Company

EIA Hall of Fame

Dennis C. Pool, SP Industries, Inc.

 

Robert J. Riethmiller, PTR Baler & Compactor Company

 

Gordon C. Shaw, Marathon Equipment Company

2004

Member of the Year

Robert J. Riethmiller, PTR Baler & Compactor Co.

Distinguished Service

Victor C. "Skip" Berg, Labrie Equipment, Ltd.

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Jerry Jackson, Harris Waste Management Group

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Margaret Cauthen, RJM Waste Equipment Cpmpany

Employee of the Year (Production)

Jamie Murrell, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

EIA Hall of Fame

Larry Stone, Heil Environmental

 

Chris G. Weiser, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

2003

Member of the Year

Kevin Weaver, Par-Can Company

Distinguished Service

Shannon Harrop, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc..

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Donald Barnes, Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Jason Lind, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.

Employee of the Year (Production)

Barbara Gehan, Philadelphia Tramrail Co.

EIA Hall of Fame

Donald Galbreath, Galfab, Inc.

2002

Member of the Year

Gordon Shaw, Marathon Equipment Company

Distinguished Service

Chris Weiser, CRAM-A-LOT/J.V. Manufacturing, Inc..

Employee of the Year (Engineering)

Gary Kolbet, Vecoplan LLC

Employee of the Year (Marketing)

Margaret Wallace, Marathon Equipment Company

Employee of the Year (Production)

George Chandler, RJM Waste Equipment Company

EIA Hall of Fame

Frederick E. Leach, Leach Company

 

Harry Kletter, Industrial Services of America