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Editorial Advisory Board

Will Flower

Will Flower
President, Green Stream Recycling (Brookhaven, NY)

Will Flower has 30 years of experience working in the field of solid waste management and environmental protection.  His career started in 1983 when he began working for the Director’s Office of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Springfield, IL.  He served as a Public Information Officer working in the Bureau of Air Pollution Control and the Emergency Response Unit.  He also worked on solid waste issues including the launch of the State’s superfund program and numerous household hazardous waste collection programs. In 1990, Will began working for Waste Management, Inc. in the Midwest Region covering 13 states.  In 1996, he was named Vice President of Communications and Community Relations for Waste Management and moved to New York City to work on a variety of projects including acquisitions, business development, community relations, municipal marketing and regulatory relations.  Will also has extensive operational experience serving as a division president of Waste Management of Long Island where he was responsible for two transfer stations, a C&D processing facility and two composting operations.

In 1999, Will was hired by Republic Services as a manager of business development in New York City.  Eventually, he managed operations in the Bronx which included hauling operations and a large, 3,000 ton per day transfer station with significant long haul logistics including trucking and rail. In 2000, he moved to Republic’s corporate office in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he served as the Vice President of Communications. At the time, Republic was a rapidly growing firm with operations in about 20 states. As the chief communications officer, Will was responsible for internal and external communications, public affairs, crisis management and community relations.  Following Republic’s acquisition of Allied Waste Industries, Inc. in 2008, he was named Executive Vice President of Communications and in 2011 he was named the Senior Vice President of Communications.  He retired from Republic Services in May 2012 after 13 years of service. Will frequently gives presentations at training and educational seminars discussing a variety of environmental and communication topics. Philanthropically, he is active with the American Red Cross and Keep America Beautiful.  He is also an active member of the Solid Waste Association of North America where he serves on the International Board of Directors. He is currently President of Green Stream Recycling in Brookhaven, NY, specializing in the processing of recyclable materials and the creation of high quality recyclable materials for manufacturers.

Will can be reached at [email protected].


 Larry Wyluda

Larry Wyluda
CEO, Newport Environmental Technologies (Newport Beach, CA)

Larry Wyluda is currently the CEO of Newport Environmental Technologies. Newport is the Master Distributor for SuperNova’s “green” technologies and is responsible for all sales, branding and distribution in North America. Larry has spent 33 years in the commercial finance industry focused primarily in the transportation and environmental markets. His experience ranges from sales and marketing to operations with P&L responsibilities. He managed the Southern California Branch of Associates Commercial Corp. and grew their net receivable portfolio from $250 million to nearly $500 million in less than 5 years. The Branch, through a network of direct sales representatives, sourced volume from end users, dealers and OEMs. Subsequent to Associates, Larry opened an office for Financial Federal Credit to service the West Coast transportation and environmental industries. He also developed the West Coast markets for the Equipment Finance Group of ORIX out of Kennesaw, GA. Since 2004, Larry has owned and operated The Stephens Company (TSC). TSC provides a range of financial services to end-users nationally. Financial products include: equipment financing, project financing, M&A, lines of credit, private label financing and real estate financing. Deal size ranges from $50,000 to $100 million.

Larry can be reached at (949) 258-7340 or e-mail [email protected].


 David Biderman

David Biderman
Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

David joined SWANA in April 2015 after 18 years with the National Waste & Recycling Association, where he was their General Counsel, Vice President for Government Affairs, and Safety Director.  He has litigated cases before the Supreme Court; testified before federal agencies, state legislatures and city councils; and provided safety and compliance training to thousands of workers throughout the U.S. Prior to entering the waste industry, David was an attorney at the Washington, DC law firm Steptoe & Johnson, where he specialized in environmental and transportation law.

 


Marc J. Rogoff

Marc J. Rogoff, PhD
Senior Consultant, Geosyntec Consultants

Marc J. Rogoff, PhD, is a Senior Consultant with Geosyntec Consultants in their Solid Waste Advisory Practice.  He is active professionally with the Solid Waste Association of North America and the American Public Works Association.  Dr Rogoff is a noted author of 200 plus technical articles in the solid waste and environmental trade press and eight solid waste textbooks.  His updated Waste-to-Energy Technologies and Project Implementation, Third Edition, will be published in June 2019. He has a  PhD from Michigan State University; an MBA in Finance from the University of Tampa, and master and undergraduate degrees from Cornell University. He can be reached at [email protected].


Sean Jennings
President & CEO, Waste Pro

Sean Jennings, son of Waste Pro Founder John Jennings, has been exposed to every facet of the waste and recycling business throughout his life and more formally since joining the industry officially in 2012.

Jennings, a third-generation garbage man, joined his father in all aspects of the garbage business throughout his youth. Following graduation from the University of Alabama, where he majored in finance and minored in economics, he spent a year working in collection and landfill disposal in Costa Rica. During this time, late industry veteran and Waste Advantage editorial advisory board member Ralph Velocci mentored Jennings.

When Jennings returned to the United States, he worked in operations and landfill construction in Georgia and Mississippi before joining Waste Pro in 2014 as Division Manager of the Tampa-Clearwater area. He then assumed the management role at the company’s Sarasota/Bradenton Division in 2016. As Division Manager, Jennings led the charge to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) station and recycling facility.

In addition to his role as President & CEO, Sean serves on numerous community boards. In 2018, he was honored with Waste360’s 40 Under 40 Award. Sean was also a member of Waste Pro’s inaugural Leaders Initiative class. Sean currently resides in Sarasota, FL.

Sean can be reached at [email protected].

 


Drew Weil
Account Representative, Sunbelt Hydraulics (Pompano Beach, FL)

Drew Weil has more than 25 years of waste industry experience in the field of fleet maintenance and operation. Starting out washing garbage trucks at the age of 13, he currently performs sales functions for Sunbelt Hydraulics & Equipment, a Pompano, FL-based firm. Sunbelt represents various waste equipment companies and manufacturers, including Heil Environmental. Previously, Drew spent many years as a local fleet maintenance manager for one of the major companies for a fleet of 250+ vehicles and later advanced to a regional fleet maintenance manager covering all of Florida for a fleet of 3,500+ route vehicles and 72 locations. He currently sits on the board of three companies for the waste industry and fleet maintenance field and is a Lieutenant with the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary.

Drew can be reached at [email protected].


Kim Braun

Kim Braun
Environmental Programs & Operations Manager, Culver City

Kim Braun is the new Environmental Programs & Operations Manager for Culver City.  She is responsible for the waste, recycling and organics collections program city wide, the 500 ton per day transfer station and stormwater projects and programs.   Kim more recently served as the Resource Recovery & Recycling Manager for the City of Santa Monica and has served in that capacity since 2009. The City provides waste, recycling and organics waste collection services for approximately 93,000 residents and  3500 commercial accounts, bulky item collection, citywide street sweeping, pressure washing and household hazardous waste curbside collection services.  Kim began her Santa Monica career as the Materials Recovery Superintendent with the Solid Waste Management Division in 1997.  Prior to relocating to Santa Monica, Kim worked for the Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) in Trenton, New Jersey as the Director of Operations. Kim was responsible for the daily operations of a 1200 Ton Per Day transfer station and county wide recycling programs for 100,000 single-family residences.  Kim is an active member in both SWANA and SoCal SWANA serving as the Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Past  Director for SWANA as well as a Public Board Member for SoCal SWANA. Kim received her B.S. Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. Kim resides with her husband and three adult children in Marina Del Rey, California.

She can be reached at [email protected].


Tom Griffith
Solid Waste Operations Consultant III, Blue Ridge Services

Tom Griffith has worked in the waste industry for the past 22 years. Tom started as a heavy equipment operator in 1969 working with Coal companies in central Illinois. Tom continued to work for the coal mine after receiving his teaching degree and teaching school. In 1978, Tom was hired by Caterpillar Inc. as a ‘test operator’ for their Peoria Proving Grounds. During Tom’s tenure with Caterpillar, he was promoted to the Demonstration and Learning Center as a demonstrator/instructor for Cat’s heavy equipment. He was instrumental in helping develop and write Caterpillar’s first Certified Equipment Training program for all machines. Tom was promoted to Caterpillars Waste Group in 1998. Tom’s role was that of an application/product/marketing specialist. Tom developed waste training, helped with product design, worked with marketing groups, and traveled globally working with customer and dealers on product and waste industry best practices. Tom retired from Caterpillar after 41 years of service.

Retirement has taken Tom to South Carolina with his wife and two dogs. He currently works for Blue Ridge Services part-time helping them revise their machine and application training programs. In his off times, Tom enjoys time with his wife, grandkids, flying, photography and bicycle riding.