Vice President, Customer Success
Alemzadeh’s determination and passion for the waste and recycling industry has helped her move up the ranks at AMCS Group. From working in various departments to helping launch a customer success organization, Alemzadeh is focused on improving the future of the industry through technology, mentorship and the environment.
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Policy and Research Director
As a leading authority on zero waste, Bailey helps create national reports, websites, webinars and tools to empower citizens, government staff and elected officials to adopt effective and efficient zero waste solutions.
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CEO and Founder
Bakaya pioneered a new technology for converting non-recycled plastic streams into new products, such as fuel, through a proprietary chemical recycling process. In addition, she began the Waste Zero Challenge to promote better waste recovery in schools and companies.
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Director of Sales, National Accounts
Under Banks’ leadership, a team of 13 far exceeded its budgeted goals and expectations by finding solutions for customers, minimizing lost business, minimizing price rollbacks and bringing on new business whenever possible.
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Director of Commercial Waste Zoning
New York City Department of Sanitation
Bland is currently overseeing a commercial waste zoning project in NYC, which aims to maximize customer service, improve recycling rates, reduce truck travel, cut associated greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions and boost industry safety initiatives through the implementation of a safer, more sustainable and more efficient waste management system.
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Waste Communications Specialist
ReCollect Systems Inc.
Working as a waste communications expert for hundreds of municipalities, Buhay has helped thousands of families in Canada reduce waste and recycle more. He also helped design and implement an education center for Loraas Recycle to help people better understand the process of recycling.
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Vice President, Operations Manager
Carolina Recycles, Inc.
Contreras began working in the industry at a young age and eventually moved his way up through the ranks at his family’s business. Since becoming vice president and operations manager, he has more than tripled the size of the business and has helped give back to the community in many ways, including donating to hurricane relief efforts.
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With a focus on organic waste and growth, Dannan has increased the pipeline of available waste investments to more than $2 billion in just over a year, making organic waste one of the firm’s largest investment categories.
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Recycling Market Development
South Carolina Department of Commerce
Driven by the pursuit of creating a better world, DeLage is working with the South Carolina Department of Commerce to lead a series of press conferences and stakeholder meetings across the state to bring the food waste supply chain together to advance organics recovery.
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University of California, Los Angeles
Escobar developed a zero waste pilot that led to UCLA’s first zero waste building, transitioned UCLA’s campus to only two waste streams and is continuously collecting and analyzing data to make administrative and operational changes that directly affect how waste is managed on campus.
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Erin Renée Fanning
Bridgeton Landfill, LLC
Fanning is working to properly manage complex landfill sites, such as the Bridgeton Landfill, by assisting with remedial efforts, ensuring the site remains in a managed and sustainable state and using her vast experience and insight to develop innovative ideas.
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Mike J. Fernandez
Miami Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management
Fernandez managed and coordinated the county’s emergency solid waste collection and disposal services of a municipality in the county after the city’s hauler abruptly terminated its agreement. In a single weekend, 3,000 waste and recycling carts were distributed to municipal residents, allowing the county to begin collection Monday morning.
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Krista Marie Fernando
Florida Sales Manager
WCA Waste Corp. of America
At WCA, Fernando leads complex projects that are creating unique customer experiences and changing the way the company does business. In addition, she serves as a change agent in developing a culture of identifying customer pain points with opportunities to improve customer experiences with WCA.
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Universal Waste Systems, Inc.
Finn helped the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) grow its diversion rate from 8 percent to 30 percent, implement its first organics program and increase its recycling containers by 112 percent while decreasing its waste containers by 15 percent. Now, he’s taking the skills he developed from the LAUSD program to create new processes and procedures for L.A.’s RecycLA program.
Read more about Finn here.
Environmental Design Project Leader
Rehrig Pacific Company
Foster has been instrumental in supporting Rehrig Pacific’s category growth in the waste and recycling industry, specifically with the company’s EnviroGuard line of roll-out carts. He is intensely focused on designing new and innovative solutions that will improve productivity, drive safer collection practices and enhance customer experience.
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Senior Category Manager, Fuel
Republic Services, Inc.
Franklin has helped ensure that employees are not only considered but included in the decision-making process of items that impact their daily routines at work. He’s also been involved in financial proforma development for many projects, which has been critical in supporting the development of CNG stations.
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Ripple Glass, LLC
Goth has more than doubled the amount of glass recycled from the region surrounding Kansas City, Mo., expanding Ripple Glass’ collection network to more than 80 communities in eight states. She also helped grow the amount of bars and restaurants recycling glass in Kansas City by almost 50 percent in a two-year period.
Read more about Goth here.
Rochester Iron & Metal, Inc.
In seven years, Grube has helped transform Rochester Iron & Metal from a small, local metal scrapyard with 10 employees to a large metal recycling facility with more than 70 employees. Additionally, he has helped the company grow to recycle seven times more metal than it did in 2011.
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Benjamin J. Harvey
During his 12 years at EL Harvey, Harvey has been instrumental in tripling the size of the more than 100-year-old, family-owned company. He oversees operations, sales and marketing, finance, contract negotiations and safety and uses data to make decisions for the betterment of the company, its employees and the environment.
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Vice President of Operations
Resource Recycling Systems, Inc. (RRS)
Haven uses her knowledge of waste and recycling industry operations to make the RRS consultancy operate like a well-oiled machine. By keeping her eye on data, she challenges assumptions and identifies opportunities for continuous improvement.
Read more about Haven here.
Travis Lee Hitchcock
Regional Vice President
Despite managing more than 200 employees, Hitchcock runs one of the safest branches in the company. He also encourages dialogue and teamwork, which has helped him unify teams that were previously at odds and increase the success of all operations beneath his leadership.
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Sean Michael Jennings
Waste Pro USA, Inc.
As a third-generation industry leader, Jennings helped seal the deal for a contract for residential recycling services, bulk collection and transfer station management for the city of Sarasota, Fla., marking the first contract for the company in Sarasota County. Now, he oversees about 90 employees and the operations of Waste Pro’s material recovery facility in Sarasota.
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Ryan Lawrence Kiscaden
Thermostat Recycling Corporation
Kiscaden has formed a strong relationship between Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) and Covanta Holding Corp., scheduling and running bimonthly phone calls and continuing to pursue ways in which Covanta can leverage the relationship with TRC for outreach activities around its plants.
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NCM Odor Control
Levin has transformed a sales company into a fully integrated odor and dust control company offering odor control products tested for toxicity, turnkey odor control fan systems and an air modeling division that can show reports detailing the migration of odor, gas and dust movement on a site and how weather patterns affect those around the sites.
Read more about Levin here.
Zero Waste Coordinator
City of Phoenix
Mariacher has created a food scraps recycling program at a local Phoenix high school, revitalized all Phoenix City Hall recycling programs and established the Phoenix Green Business Program, which recognizes Phoenix businesses that are recycling and incentivizes businesses to implement new recycling programs.
Read more about Mariacher here.
Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
From the changing waste stream to advancements in technology, Mazari understands the impact and the opportunities that exist in the solid waste and recycling sector. As an analyst, he helps current and potential investors with their investment decisions while also helping private and public companies get access to capital to grow their businesses.
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Tobin McKnight, PE, BCEE
Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
McKnight has served as the engineer of record for several major landfill construction projects that focused on providing lasting value for municipalities in Florida, and he’s worked on various types of projects for local governments throughout the state, including permits, landfill closures and gas collection and control systems.
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Regional Sales Manager
McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing
Over the past 15 years, McLaughlin has sold more than 2,000 pieces of refuse equipment for McNeilus, established many long-lasting industry relationships and covered 13 states and four sales territories, including some of the largest fleet accounts.
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Executive Vice President
Assisting in the development, manufacturing, sales and ongoing customer support for Scranton Manufacturing’s (the parent company of New Way) new collection vehicle design, McLaughlin is leading the company’s efforts in becoming the largest privately held truck body manufacturer in North America.
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Cascadia Consulting Group
In her role, Morrigan develops the four Cs of multifamily recycling (color, capacity, convenience and clarity), grows Cascadia’s portfolio of multifamily recycling work, pushes clients to think rigorously and strategically about program evaluation in their campaigns and manages a comprehensive evaluation of The Recycling Partnership’s residential recycling education campaigns in Denver, Chicago and Atlanta.
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Marketing Program Strategist
Stericycle Environmental Solutions
In addition to improving and growing Stericycle’s medication takeback program, Moynihan was key in establishing Stericycle’s relationship with the National Safety Council in a recent partnership aimed at putting a stop to America’s opioid epidemic.
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Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations
Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.
Nelson has played a key role in Advanced Disposal’s initial public offering, debt refinancing and strategy. He’s also utilized his extensive background in the financial industry to navigate and minimize financial legal and risk aspects.
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Morgan Olsen Bowerman
Resource Recovery and Sustainability Manager
Wasatch Resource Recovery
Olsen Bowerman’s passion to improve the environment led her to start a recycling program in rural Uganda and inspired her to start a career in waste management after leaving Uganda and moving back to the U.S. She is currently helping to develop food waste solutions in Utah, which aim to save tons of space in area landfills annually.
Read more about Olsen Bowerman here.
Owner and Principal
Women in Solid Waste & Recycling (WISR)
With a large network of varied stakeholders, Oster works to connect the dots quickly on solutions, bringing together the best and brightest in the industry. She is focused on empowering women in the industry with networking and skills needed to be innovative and powerful leaders.
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Region Controller Canada
Waste Connections, Inc.
Over the years, Pratt has worked his way up from a private waste company to Waste Connections’ Canadian executive team. As part of the team, Pratt wears many different hats and is viewed as a team player and mentor.
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Construction and Demolition Diversion Manager and Recycling Program Manager
Waste Management, Northern California-Nevada
Solis joined Waste Management as a materials recovery facility supervisor in 2014. In that role, she conducted a review of facilities to determine ways to improve safety, morale and productivity. Now, she oversees the Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex and Transfer Station in San Leandro, Calif., and helps find solutions to increase source sorting and diversion.
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Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Market Planning
Watsford led the re-alignment and restructuring of the business under new ownership, established new functional teams and recruited top talent. She also established the market planning function to manage Wheelabrator’s revenue from the waste industry.
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Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Webb leads Casella’s overall sustainability strategy as it relates to recycling and diversion efforts, carbon emission reduction programs, public policy and myriad technological and market-based innovations across the Northeast. She also helps customers get to the next level from a strategic materials management and sustainability standpoint.
Read more about Webb here.
Director, Public Affairs and Public Sector
Waste Management, Eastern Canada Area
Willett has been tapped by senior leadership and her peers to leverage her visionary skills to advance the company’s business objectives on several occasions. She is serving her second three-year term on the board for the Ontario Waste Management Association, where she has been instrumental in developing the platform for several pieces of legislation comprising Ontario’s circular economy initiative.
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At a young age, Yang attended and graduated from college and helped develop an easy-to-disassemble, single-serve capsule called EcoCup for Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Inc., leading a positive change for the beverage industry. Now, he’s leading the global innovation efforts at Tim Hortons, continuing on his path to inject positive incremental change and redefine what we know today.
Read more about Yang here.