Ann Adams, 27
Adams has teamed with company leadership to help Waste Management organize its spend better, recover federal and state fuel surcharges for regen usage and purchase more CNG trucks.
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Marisa Adler, 34
Adler was selected for her work as a senior advisor of strategic planning for the New York City Department of Sanitation. After her selection, Adler moved on to take a position as a senior consultant with Resource Recycling Systems.
NYC Department of Sanitation
Senior Advisor, Strategic Planning
For the past seven years, Adler has implemented waste prevention, reuse and recycling initiatives for the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, with a focus on organic waste, hazardous waste and end-of-life product management.
Read more about Adler here.
Jessica Aldridge, 36
During her four years with Athens, Aldridge has worked with communities, businesses and municipalities in the Los Angeles area to develop and implement strategies, programs and educational tools to support closed-loop solutions.
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Josh Allen, 36
Global Disposal Reduction Services
Founder & CEO
Allen began Global Disposal with a vision to increase community waste diversion by creating economic incentives as well as convenient environmental solutions for communities, schools, cities and commercial properties.
Read more about Allen here.
J. Stephan Banchero III, 33
Cedar Grove Organics Recycling
Banchero created Cedar Grove Organics Recycling, a division that is responsible for hauling food waste and organic material from some of biggest companies in King County, Wash.
Read more about Banchero here.
Jonathan Bell, 34
Casella Waste Systems
Bell started his own company and built it to become one of the largest players in its market prior to selling to Casella. Since joining Casella, he’s spearheaded an effort to dramatically boost safety at the company.
Read more about Bell here.
Christian Benitez, 36
City of El Paso Environmental Services
Solid Waste Operations Manager
Benitez started in the solid waste industry as a college intern and today oversees all landfill operations for the City of El Paso, Texas.
Read more about Benitez here.
Brad Berryman, 40
Senior Director, Fleet Management
Berryman is responsible for directing fleets for the second largest waste hauler in the country. He helps create robust and innovative strategies to keep Republic's fleets both safe and reliable.
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Ryan Brandsma, 33
Groot Recycling & Waste
Executive Vice President
Three years into his tenure as a vice president at the company, Brandsma has led an aggressive growth initiative, including spearheading strategic acquisitions.
Read more about Brandsma here.
Julie Bryant, 36
San Francisco Department of the Environment
Senior Zero Waste Coordinator
Bryant is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating zero waste programs and outreach for all 25,000 San Francisco government employees at 1,000 facilities. This includes administering the city’s refuse contract, developing local zero waste legislation and managing various aspects of green procurement.
Beth Burns, 35
Pinellas County Solid Waste
Solid Waste Program Manager
Burns is responsible for the environmental monitoring and permit compliance of the county’s waste-to-energy facility. She has researched tools to collect and manage data more effectively, identify issues or trends and optimize operations.
Read more about Burns here.
Carey Calabrese, 31
Director of Business Management
Calabrese has played an instrumental role as a financial analyst for every acquisition WCA Waste Corp. has completed in the last three years.
Read more about Calabrese here.
Liza Casella, 26
Casella Waste Systems
Director, Solutions, Development & Coordination
Casella is responsible for growing the municipal, institutional, commercial and industrial lines of business throughout the company’s northeastern footprint. She’s also played a leading role in enhancing the firm’s lobbying and legislative initiatives.
Read more about Casella here.
Candy Castellanos, 39
Washington Department of Ecology
Statewide Resources Section Manager
Since 2009, Castellanos has dedicated herself to the materials management industry and helping educate the public on the benefits of recycling and zero waste practices.
Read more about Castellanos here.
Taylor Chunn, 28
Medical Waste Management
Chunn started his own company in 2012 and has helped grow it into a significant player in the medical waste space.
Read more about Chunn here.
Chaya Cooperberg, 39
Progressive Waste Solutions
Vice President Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Cooperberg has played key roles at Progressive and with the National Waste & Recycling Association. She’s helped strengthen the understanding of the waste and recycling industry within the investment community.
Ashley Davis, 30
Director of Sales & Marketing
Davis singlehandedly revamped the company’s brand and reimagined its marketing efforts. She also manages the entire inside and outside sales team and leads all of CP Group in driving sales.
Read more about Davis here.
Josh Dranoff, 25
City of Rochester, N.Y.
After starting as intern, and helping with the city’s transition to a wheeled cart-based, single-stream recycling collection model, he’s worked himself up to the position of recycling coordinator.
Read more about Dranoff here.
Ann Fordock, 38
Onondaga County (N.Y.) Resource Recovery Agency
Over the last seven years, Fordock has promoted waste reduction and improved recycling in the community. Among other efforts, she developed a local year-round household hazardous waste drop-off program.
Read more about Fordock here.
Juri Freeman, 39
Resource Recycling Systems
Freeman has worked for both the private and public sectors during his career in the industry. In that capacity, he’s played a big role in increasing Denver’s diversion rate and growing its residential compost program.
Read more about Freeman here.
Jack Fridge, 24
Livingston Waste / Express Waste Solutions
Fridge started his own company at the age of 17 and has carved a niche winning local contracts in Livingston and St. Tammany Parishes in Louisiana.
Read more about Fridge here.
Justen Garrity, 33
President & Founder
Garrity began Veteran Compost in July 2010 with two goals: hiring veterans and making compost. He has built his business from a single compost pile to one that includes facilities in both Maryland and Virginia.
Read more about Garrity here.
Travon Grant, 36
Municipal Relationship Manager
Grant oversees the Los Angeles Unified School District waste and recycling contract. Within the first year, he implemented and created a comprehensive program that improved recycling district wide by 112 percent.
Read more about Grant here.
Jonathan Groot, 31
Groot Recycling and Waste
Executive Vice President
Groot is a third generation hauler now making a mark at the company founded by his grandfather. He joined the firm as a waste helper and has worked his way up. Most recently, he’s helped the company tap into the Milwaukee market.
Read more about Groot here.
Renee Hansen, 35
Spinfish Events Solutions / Hipcycle.com
Hansen’s firm is finding ways to reduce trash generated by events and discovering ways to recycle, reuse or upcycle. The firm’s mission is to reduce event waste by 90 percent through distribution of unwanted materials to local organizations and individuals.
Read more about Hansen here.
Keefe Harrison, 39
The Recycling Partnership
Harrison oversees an organization that, through public/private partnerships, helps bring curbside recycling infrastructure to communities across the country. In 2015 alone, it triggered $11 million in new recycling infrastructure investment across the U.S.
Read more about Harrison here.
Russell Hightower, 36
Community & Municipal Relations Manager
Hightower started curbside recycling programs for nine municipalities in South Carolina and Georgia within the last five years. He’s also been nominated twice for Waste Management’s highest award, the Circle of Excellence, winning it in 2011.
Read more about Hightower here.
David Hostetter, 30
Senior Project Professional
Hostetter has participated in a multitude of landfill gas and leachate system designs. With a background in HVAC, he’s brought a plethora of expertise and fresh ideas to the industry.
Read more about Hostetter here.
Lynsey Kocenko, 33
Delaware Solid Waste Authority
Facility Manager, Central Solid Waste Management Center
Kocenko has been entrusted with some of the largest construction projects by the authority. She now oversees the management and operations of several facilities, including a landfill, a transfer station and multiple recycling facilities.
Read more about Kocenko here.
Erin Levine, 31
Waste Management of Alameda County
WM EarthCare Specialist
Levine joined the industry straight out of college by joining a startup company collecting e-waste. She joined WM in 2012 to grow the fledgling WM EarthCare product line, which creates compost, mulch and hardscapes from 100 percent recycled materials sourced locally in the Bay Area.
Read more about Levine here.
Brion Maguire, 40
Trucks & Parts of Pennsylvania
Owner & Managing Partner
Maguire has spent 17 years in the industry, rising through the ranks at McNeilus before branching out to form Trucks & Parts of Pennsylvania in 2014.
Read more about Maguire here.
Trevor Mance, 38
TAM Waste Management
Mance started in the waste business while he was in high school and has built a company that is a major player and innovator in Vermont’s solid waste industry.
Read more about Mance here.
Gena McKinley, 34
City of Austin, Texas
Zero Waste Program Manager
McKinley manages the Zero Waste Programs team, which leads the city’s efforts to create and implement ordinances and programs to help it achieve its zero waste goals.
Read more about McKinley here.
Tracy Meehan, 34
Waste Pro USA
West Coast Region Marketing Manager
Meehan has been active in helping the company secure multiple municipal contracts and extensions. She’s also played a role in giving back locally by being actively involved in community organizations.
Read more about Meehan here.
Nate Morris, 35
Co-founder & CEO
With clients ranging from the Fortune 100 to small town mom-and-pop businesses, Rubicon’s innovative technology platform is saving businesses money while creating jobs for small independent haulers.
Read more about Morris here.
Kathy Richardson, 38
City of Lawrence, Kansas
Solid Waste Manager
Under Richardson’s supervision, Lawrence has implemented a city-wide standard cart system. She’s also implemented residential curbside recycling.
Brent Shows, 38
Advanced Disposal Services
Corporate Operations Manager, Recycling & Transfer Stations
Shows graduated from Auburn University and has spent most of his career working in the waste industry. He’s met and exceeded budget every year he has served as a manager for the company.
Read more about Shows here.
Josh Thompson, 34
Thompson heads all of the purchasing requirements for Waste Industries. He has held various roles throughout his 10-year career, including work with CNG fueling station development and data analytics.
Read more about Thompson here.
Robert Alan Wilson, 32
Precision Waste Services
Founder & President
Under Wilson’s leadership, Precision Waste has grown 500 percent in five years. The locally owned and family-operated company serves over 25,000 residential customers throughout the Augusta, Ga., region.
Read more about Wilson here.
Ashley Zanolli, 33
Oregon DEQ Materials Management Program, U.S. EPA, Region 10
Senior Policy & Program Advisor
Zanolli leads development of a household food waste reduction toolkit, Food: Too Good to Waste, that has been implemented by dozens of local jurisdictions and nonprofits across the country.
Read more about Zanolli here.