Tony Ciofalo began his career in the waste industry in 1972 at White Motor Co. Three years later, he accepted a management position with Mack Trucks, Inc. and, in 1981, started his own collection company, Solid Waste Services. In 1991, he was named vice president of corporate and government affairs for Allied Waste Industries and became the company’s first West region vice president, working on landfill projects in the southwestern United States. He accepted his current position as senior business development manager at Clean Energy in 2009. Clean Energy is the largest natural-gas transportation provider in North America, with a large customer base in the refuse, transit, ports, shuttle, taxi, regional trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets. Ciofalo served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of EIA from 1997 to 1998. He also served as chairman of NWSMA from 1994 to 1996. Ciofalo was also a founding member and the first chairman of NSWMA’s Iowa Chapter, and later served as chairman of the Arizona chapter. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of WASTEC.
Mike Corsdesman spent 30 years in the solid waste industry before his retirement as President and Chief Operating Officer for Phoenix-based Republic Services, Inc., in 2008. His 30-year career in solid waste began in 1980, when he answered a blind advertisement for a manager at a trucking company that led him to a management trainee program at Waste Management, Inc. One year later, he moved up to general manager in Fort Worth, Texas and later, general manager in Austin. In 1988, the company moved him out of Texas, first to Florida as a district manager and then, in 1992, to Virginia as a regional manager. Within a year, he became manager for the entire Mid-Atlantic region. Following the merger of USA Waste and Waste Management in 1998, Cordesman joined Superior Waste Services, Inc. In 2001, he joined Republic as regional vice president of the Eastern region. He was named president and COO of the company in 2002. Under Cordesman’s leadership, Republic Services experienced unprecedented growth and innovation, especially in critical areas such as safety, routing efficiency and return on capital investment. Cordesman maintained a hands-on management style and fostered a decentralized organizational structure, which placed decision-making at the local level with operational employees who could be the most responsive to customers. He played a major role in transitioning the merger between Republic Services and Allied Industries. Cordesman’s involvement with EIA is also lengthy. He served for seven years on the EIA Board of Trustees as the Republic Services representative and was a key advocate for the development of EIA’s Safety Program. He also has participated in many state chapters, in particular, Virginia, the Carolinas and Florida.
Bob Gregory is CEO and Principal Owner of Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) of Austin, Tex. TDS is the largest independently-owned solid waste collection and disposal company in Austin and central Texas, and one of the largest in the nation. Gregory was born into the scrap metal and recycling business, working for his father’s company in the 1960s. In 1971, he started his own scrap metal business, Texas Alloys (later Txalloy, Inc.), focusing on recovery of metals from electronic waste. In 1977, Gregory with his brother, Jim, entered the solid waste and recycling collection business, founding TDS. The company expanded in the late 1980s, adding a landfill. In 1991, TDS opened Texas’ first fully integrated landfill, composting and recycling facility. Today, the company employs over 500 people and serves more than 100,000 customers. Gregory is the former president of the Texas Solid Waste Management Resource Recovery Advisory Council and the former chairman of the Subtitle D Advisory Panel under the Texas Water Commission. He was appointed to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission by Gov. Rick Perry in 2009. Gregory has been a member of NSWMA since 1978, and served as chairman of Texas chapter from 1991 to 2003 and as Board of Governors representative from 1998 to 2001. He received an NSWMA Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and the Member of the Year award in 2000.
Ronald McCracken is president of Easley-based RJM Associates, a marketing, strategy, business and relationship-development firm focused on the waste industry. McCracken founded RJM Associates in 2007. Previously, he was president of RJM Waste Equipment Company, which operated facilities in North and South Carolina, Arizona and Connecticut. From 1982 to 1988, McCracken was the chief recycling officer and president of Linwood Manufacturing Co., where he implemented a program that turned discarded wood into a source of renewable fuel. In 1988, he was named president of Bes-Pac, Inc., where he grew the business into a regional waste equipment manufacturer. As an attorney, McCracken was in private practice in the late 1970s. He also served as assistant to the president of the University of Toledo, and as associate professor of law at the University Of Toledo College Of Law. McCracken was the first equipment manufacturer elected to the Board of Trustees of EIA, serving from 1994 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2002. McCracken also served as chairman of WASTEC from 2004 to 2006. He was the first recipient of the WASTEC Member of the Year Award in 1992, and was again selected Member of the Year in 2007. He is the only two-time recipient of this award.
Garwin McNeilus is the former president of McNeilus Companies, which manufactures packer bodies for the solid waste industry. McNeilus began his career in 1964 as a bookkeeper and batcher for a small manual-loading, ready-mix concrete plant in Minnesota. Later, he became a dealer for T. L. Smith Concrete Mixers, building a small shop that allowed him to mount the mixers onto a customer’s chassis. By 1975, he was manufacturing his own line of mixers. McNeilus opened his second line of manufacturing under McNeilus Companies in the early 1990s to ensure steady employment to his workers, who were vulnerable to the seasonal nature of the cement business. The company quickly achieved a solid reputation for a durable product and top-notch customer service. It was sold to Oshkosh Corp. in 1998, retaining the McNeilus name.