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.
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.
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.
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.
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."