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2005 HOF Inductees
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2005 Inductees

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.