Like most red-blooded Americans, Bill Rumpke Jr., chief operating officer of Cincinnati-based Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc., loves his family, baseball and of course his iPhone. But do not be caught off guard and challenge him to a round of ping-pong, lest he use his uncanny ability to intuit your next shot and slam in your face.
To learn more about the inner workings of Rumpke’s Midwest empire, be sure to read our cover story beginning on pg. 34.
Waste Age: What is your pet peeve?
Rumpke: When people don’t take accountability for their actions.
Waste Age: What is your idea of the perfect day?
Rumpke: Spending a summer day with family.
Waste Age: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Rumpke: “Surround yourself with good people and get out of their way.”
Waste Age: What was the last book you read?
Rumpke: “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis.
Waste Age: What is your favorite movie?
Rumpke: “Remember the Titans.”
Waste Age: What is your favorite TV show?
Rumpke: “The Big Bang Theory.”
Waste Age: Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Waste Age: What is the strangest piece of trash you’ve ever come across?
Rumpke: While collecting a residential route in complete darkness, we came across a deer carcass lying on top of the cans.
Waste Age: What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Rumpke: My iPhone.
Waste Age: If you could invite three people — living or dead — to a dinner party, who would they be?
Rumpke: William F. Rumpke (my grandfather), Abraham Lincoln and Babe Ruth.
Waste Age: If you weren’t serving in your current role, what would you like to be?
Rumpke: General manager of a professional baseball team.
Waste Age: What is your favorite sports team?
Rumpke: The Cincinnati Reds.
Waste Age: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Rumpke: The power to read people’s minds.
Waste Age: What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
Rumpke: Visited the Mayan Ruins in Belize.
Waste Age: What’s the one talent you have that not many people know about?