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2006 HOF Inductees
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2006 Inductees

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.