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.
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.
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.
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.