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20 Year Spotlight – Edwin Hernandez

20 Year Spotlight Edwin Hernandez Equipment Repair Specialist – Sanford, FL Edwin Hernandez always wanted to be a “garbage guy.” “As a kid, I used to chase the garbage trucks around when they came by.” He turned that excitement into a career that’s spanned over 40 years – 20 of which have been with Waste … Continued

20 Year Spotlight/Women of Waste Pro – Frank & Vanessa Kramer

20 Year Spotlight/Women of Waste Pro Frank and Vanessa Kramer Lake City, FL Couples who work well together at home and in the office are few and far between, but for Frank and Vanessa Kramer, they wouldn’t want it any other way. “We do our best when we’re together,” said Vanessa, Office Manager of Waste … Continued

Women of Waste Pro: Penny Thacker

Women of Waste Pro Penny Thacker Landfill Manager Cherokee C&D Landfill, GA Penny Thacker began her career in the waste industry “completely by accident.” Today, after more than a decade in the industry, Penny is now headed into the next chapter of her life: retirement. Up until 2004, Thacker worked as a receptionist for an … Continued

Industry Legend Ralph Velocci Passes Away

For Immediate Release                                Media Contact: Melissa Catalanotto Corporate Communications Manager media@wasteprousa.com LONGWOOD, FL – July 15, 2021 — It is with great sadness and a heavy heart John Jennings, Waste Pro Founder and Board Chairman, announces the passing of his dear friend Ralph Velocci at age 72. Velocci, a Waste Pro Senior VP and member … Continued

Women of Waste Pro – Heather Badger-Felmet

Women of Waste Pro Heather Badger-Felmet Division Manager Palm Coast, FL Heather Badger-Felmet has just about done it all. Since joining Waste Pro in 2009, she has dipped her toe in nearly all aspects of the waste industry except driving and shop work. She began in accounts receivable, dabbled in accounts payable, did some dispatching, … Continued

Waste Pro Crew Honors Their Own with ‘Franklin Award’

For Immediate Release                                Media Contact: Melissa Catalanotto Corporate Communications Manager media@wasteprousa.com MONROE, NC – July 12, 2021 – A crew of Drivers in Waste Pro’s Charlotte South Division, located in Monroe, NC, came together to nominate one of their own with a Franklin Award of $100. Waste Pro’s Founder, John Jennings, initiated the Franklin Awards … Continued

John Surmon: Future Waste Pro

John Surmon has been obsessed with everything garbage since age three. He and his family live in California but come to visit his grandparents in Little Ole Hoxie, AR every summer. John is 14 years old now, and his passion for trash trucks grows stronger each day! We first met John in 2020 when his … Continued

Women of Waste Pro: Samantha Barreiro

  Women of Waste Pro Samantha Barreiro Regional Human Resources Manager Central Florida Working in waste is all Samantha Barreiro has known. At just 18 years old, Samantha began working for the Fort Myers, FL Division during her freshman year at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she earned a BS in Business Management. “I realized … Continued

Waste Pro Employee Rescues Mother and Baby in Crash

For Immediate Release                                Media Contact: Melissa Catalanotto Corporate Communications Manager media@wasteprousa.com FT. MYERS, FL – June 23, 2021 – Waste Pro Road Tech Chuck Curtis, who works out of the company’s Ft. Myers, FL Division, is being honored for his quick actions after a mother and her baby were involved in a car crash. On … Continued

Waste Pro Now Operates Louisiana-Based Riverside Landfill

For Immediate Release                                Media Contact: Melissa Catalanotto Corporate Communications Manager media@wasteprousa.com BELLE CHASSE, LA – June 23, 2021 –Waste Pro has taken over construction and demolition (C&D) operations at the Riverside Recycling and Disposal, located at 11266 Highway 23 in Belle Chasse, LA. The arrangement, which went into effect in May 2021, allows Waste Pro … Continued

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