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|2003 HOF Inductees|
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.
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.
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.
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.