In early June, Big Truck Rental LLC, a national refuse truck rental company, named Jeanie Dubinski, former vice president of business development, as its president. Increased revenue, new rent-to-own programs and continued affordable solutions for small haulers are just a few things the Tampa, Fla.-based company’s new president has implemented in her first few months on the job.
Waste360 sat down with Dubinski to discuss these achievements, her background and the role of women in the waste and recycling industry.
Waste360: Tell me about Big Truck Rental.
Jeanie Dubinski: We have the largest single fleet of rental refuse vehicles servicing customers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. In addition, we have a nationwide network of dealers to ensure our customers receive excellent support. Along with our fleet of refuse trucks, Big Truck Rental has become a key partner for many haulers to find creative financing and budgeting solutions for their fleet needs.
Waste360: What changes has Big Truck Rental made in the past six months since you were named president?
Jeanie Dubinski: Big Truck Rental has continued to expand its fleet in North America. With more trucks on the ground, we have opened the door for many opportunities to service our customers. One of my focus areas since joining Big Truck is developing municipal customers. Since taking over as president, we started several programs with cities throughout the U.S.—one specifically is the largest single program in Big Truck Rental’s history. Additionally, we have launched routereadytrucks.com. Route Ready Trucks is an outlet for us to move our off-rent trucks to the market. The website launch has been a huge success.
Waste360: What new initiatives are in the works?
Jeanie Dubinski: We strive to continue to expand our “Rent to Own” programs, municipal opportunities and to be a financial partner with our hauling customers.
Waste360: Has revenue increased changed in that time?
Jeanie Dubinski: Revenue has dramatically increased since June. In fact, we are planning a company celebration of our record breaking third quarter! I am very proud of the Big Truck Rental team and the hard work everyone has put in to get us where we are. But when you have a new record, you now have a new goal.
Waste360: What is your background in the trucking and waste/recycling industries?
Jeanie Dubinski: Prior to Big Truck Rental, I was chief legal officer of Waste Pro USA Inc., where I oversaw all legal matters and assisted with various business lines, including the operational units of the company. I received bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio, a juris doctorate degree from Stetson University, College of Law, in St. Petersburg, Fla., and a mini-executive MBA from Boston University and the Association of Corporate Counsel in Boston, Mass.
Waste360: What groups or boards do you participate in? What is your role?
Jeanie Dubinski: I am a past president of the board of the National Waste & Recycling Association’s Women’s Council. Currently, I serve on the National Waste & Recycling Association’s Future Industry Leaders Alliance (FILA) Board. FILA is comprised of individuals from member companies of the National Waste & Recycling Association who are younger than 45 years of age and have been designated in roles that their company and our association deem to be key leadership roles—essentially, the next generation of leaders in the solid waste industry.
Waste360: What does the work with the women’s council involve?
Jeanie Dubinski: It was officially formed approximately 12 years ago, but earlier versions of the group were in the works for decades. Many pioneering women in our industry, like Ellen Harvey of E.L. Harvey & Sons in Massachusetts saw the need to bring the women together to share educational resources and promote women in the industry.
Throughout the years, the women’s council has provided a platform to elevate women leaders, as well as top notch education to the entire solid waste industry. I joined the women’s council in 2008 shortly after joining Waste Pro. Prior to Waste Pro, I was a trial and business attorney, so I had a lot to learn about the solid waste industry. I found the women’s council and its members to be welcoming and educational. I made lifelong connections to men and women of the waste industry through the council and will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have served and served with the women of our industry.
Waste360: What are you or the group doing to advance women’s role in the waste industry?
Jeanie Dubinski: Luckily, automation has opened an entire new horizon for women in solid waste. No longer does a hauler have to look for the “strong man” to fill a role on a truck. Women are able to fill these roles with great success. As our industry faces a serious shortage of drivers, women can be the solution.
From drivers to CEOs, we are striving to find ways to reach out to women and educate them on the benefits of building a career within the industry. One way this is happening is through the women’s council scholarship program. Over the years, dozens of young women have been awarded educational scholarships to advance their training in an area that would employ them in solid waste and associated industries.