As the chairman and CEO of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Advanced Disposal and the chairman-elect of the Environmental Industry Associations' Board of Trustees, Charles Appleby is one of the solid waste industry's most prominent and accomplished members. A certified public accountant who served in the United States Armed Forces for 31 years, Appleby was the recipient of a 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Regional Award. Curious about the interests and personality of this successful industry figure, we recently subjected him to our light-hearted Commingled Conversation Q&A.
Waste Age (WA): What is your pet peeve?
Charles Appleby: When people are late for an appointment.
WA: What is your idea of the perfect day?
Appleby: Calm water, great fishing.
WA: What is the best advice you've ever received?
Appleby: If people can't trust what you say, you have nothing (from my father).
WA: What was the last book you read?
Appleby: "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown.
WA: What is your favorite movie?
Appleby: "Captain Ron."
WA: What is your favorite TV show?
Appleby: "The Amazing Race."
WA: Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Appleby: Rolling Stones.
WA: What is the strangest piece of trash you've ever come across?
Appleby: A piece of a foot in a net 50 miles offshore.
WA: Do you prefer the beach or mountains?
Appleby: Used to be the beach (see answer to last question below) but now the mountains. Prefer blue water fishing over either choice.
WA: What is the one thing you couldn't live without?
WA: If you could invite three people — living or dead — to a dinner party, who would they be?
Appleby: Mom, Dad, Sister.
WA: If you weren't the CEO of Advanced Disposal, what would you like to be?
WA: What is your favorite sports team?
Appleby: Jacksonville Jaguars.
WA: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Appleby: Fly (not in an airplane).
WA: What's the most adventurous thing you've done?
Appleby: I was an Army Ranger/Paratrooper/Pathfinder.
WA: What's the one talent you have that not many people know about?
Appleby: Surfed professionally (a very long time ago).
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