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The knowledge, experience and commitment of our leaders make Waste Pro one of the fastest growing waste management companies in the United States.
John J. Jennings is the founder and visionary behind Waste Pro’s mission to create more sustainable, cost-effective waste and recycling solutions. As Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, he has transformed Waste Pro into one of the fastest growing solid waste companies in the United States, receiving national recognition for his strategic direction and development of innovative initiatives.
Prior to launching Waste Pro USA, Inc. in 2001, Jennings had an established reputation as a prominent leader in the recycling and waste disposal industry. From 1992 to 1995, Jennings served as chief executive officer of Jennings Environmental Services, the largest, privately-owned waste disposal company in central Florida. Upon merging with USA Waste Services, Inc. in 1996, Jennings Environmental Services became a subsidiary and Jennings was named Regional Vice President for the Florida and Caribbean division. Commanding a management team composed of many of Waste Pro’s current leaders, Jennings oversaw more than 160 municipal contracts that served 1.8 million residencies and 20,000 commercial enterprises.
Today, Waste Pro provides unparalleled collection and processing services from more than 75 local and regional operating facilities in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee. By adhering to the Jennings’ Philosophy—a customer-centric approach that maintains the highest level of service and operational capacity—Waste Pro has grown into one of the largest, full-service, vertically integrated waste management companies. In 2015, our revenue exceeded $536 million, our staff consisted of 2,900 highly skilled professionals, and our mobile fleet contained over 2,400 heavy trucks. Yet, our success is not merely reflected in numbers. Under the direction of Jennings, Waste Pro has earned recognition as an environmentally-friendly, industry-leading company dedicated to protecting local, regional, and global ecosystems. Jennings serves on industry regulatory panels, government committees, and has been a featured speaker on environmental issues and policies at both the national and international level. In 2011, he was unanimously elected to the National Solid Waste Management Association Hall of Fame, became a finalist for the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was the honorary keynote speaker of the 2011 Executive Roundtable for America’s Solid Waste Leaders.
Although Jennings’ vision and insight has landed Waste Pro on a national stage, it is his loyalty to his humble beginnings and core values that has made Waste Pro the company of customer-choice. His father, Michael Jennings, was an Irish immigrant who worked as a garbage man in Long Island. Putting in long hours each day, Michael Jennings taught his son the importance of a diligent work ethic, telling him that the quality of work you deliver is the reflection of who you are as a person. Jennings attended Holy Cross High School in Queens, New York, where he was later elected into the school’s Hall of Fame for his Waste Pro accomplishments. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Management and an MBA in Finance from St. Johns University, in addition to the Chartered Investment Analysis degree from New York Institute of Finance. Early in his career, Jennings developed astute business savvy by working as a trader/analyst on the New York Stock Exchange.
Bob Hyres has over thirty years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industry. He is a recognized expert in all aspects of solid waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal. He has been a leader in managing very large multiple operations, complex municipal marketing groups and in government affairs. He is also a Veteran of the United States Army.
He is actively involved in key leadership roles in local, state and national environmental organizations. He is the past Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (a Florida University System Study Center) and the Florida Chapter of the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA). He also currently serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the national arm of the NSWMA. He was recognized for his statewide leadership role in Florida and was awarded the 2002 NSWMA National Distinguished Service Award in Las Vegas.
Bob earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Economics and a Master Degree in Management from Rollins College and the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School in Winter Park, Florida. Bob officially retired from Waste Pro in 2013, but continues to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors and as a Consultant for the firm.
Cort Sabina has 29 years of in-depth accounting and financial management experience. At Waste Pro, he has served as Corporate Controller, Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer and is presently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Cort was elected to the Waste Pro board of directors in March 2015.
Cort's experience began with one of the Nation's largest Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare and Pension Funds, Central States Southeast and Southwest areas Health and Welfare and Pension Funds in Chicago. During his 10 years with Central States, he held a variety of positions including Staff Auditor and Audit Manager. Widening his accounting skills in public accounting, he joined the "big four" firm Ernst & Young in Chicago, IL. He followed that role as Division Controller with Allied Waste in the Chicago market.
In 2000, Cort moved to Florida to join Florida Recycling Services (FRS). Following an acquisition by Waste Services (Progressive Waste), Cort continued with the company as a District/Regional Controller. Cort joined the management team of Waste Pro USA as Corporate Controller in July 2006.
Cort is a member of the Rollins College Financial Leadership Network (FLN) as part of the CFO Council. Cort is also an Advisory Board Member of the fiCFO (Florida Institute of CFO’s) and an Advisory Board Member for Blackstone Global Insurance.
Ron Pecora has more than 35 years of professional experience in marketing and brand management, relationship marketing, public relations, advertising, and community engagement. At Waste Pro, he manages the corporate public sector business development program, corporate-wide internal and external communications, advertising, sponsorships, internet sales and collateral literature development.
Prior to joining Waste Pro, Ron owned a marketing communications (advertising and public relations) company for twenty years and, early in his career was the marketing director for a consulting engineering firm with fifty offices throughout the Southeast. He has been active in the Central Florida community chairing the boards of many social service organizations and served as a Commissioner of the Orlando Housing Authority. He has been a featured speaker at the national Waste Expos in 2012 and 2013.
Ron is a 1968 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Journalism and served as an information spokesperson in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War era.
A Ft. Lauderdale native, Tim Dolan is the Central Florida Regional Vice President for Waste Pro. A graduate of North Carolina State with a Bachelor's degree in History, Tim is responsible for operations in one of Waste Pro's most successful and profitable regions, which includes service in 61 of the 67 counties in the state of Florida.
He originally began his tenure with Waste Pro as Division Manager of Orlando and quickly worked his way through the ranks. A garbage career that started when he was 15, during the summers, has resulted in more than 30 years in the waste industry, including 10 years as part of the Waste Pro Family, assisting the company in its unprecedented growth.
In addition to his participation in numerous community organizations and events, Tim serves on the Seminole State
Foundation Board and is a member of the Private Business Association of Seminole. Tim is a resident of Longwood, FL.
As a Graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Keith Banasiak has 24 years of management experience in the waste industry. In 1987, he started in the non-ferrous scrap processing and reclamation industry. Primarily responsible for processing operations, he managed fleet operations, disposal of residual special waste and the facility environmental requirements of state and local governments.
In 2001, he relocated to Ft. Myers as Regional Manager for a private solid waste and disposal hauling company. He was responsible for managing two (2) facilities in a four (4) county area in South Florida. These municipal contracts consisted of 85,000 residential units and 7500 commercial accounts.
Presently, his area contains facilities in Lee, Manatee and Pinellas counties in Florida with over 200,000 residential units and 10,000 commercial accounts. His area of responsibility covers the west coast of Florida from Pasco County south to Collier County.
Keith serves as the Chairman of Keep Lee County Beautiful and was recently given the honor of serving as Keep Manatee Beautiful’s first ever Chairman Emeritus after having served as both a Board Member and Chairman of the organization. He is a resident of Ft. Myers, FL.
Ralph Mills, a Florida native, is the Regional Vice President of the expansive Southern Region, including South Alabama, South Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle. A veteran in the solid waste industry, he is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Finance. With more than 28 years of industry experience, Ralph has served in virtually every capacity of solid waste hauling and landfill operations and administration. Previously with Waste Management, he served as the Manager of Sales, Operations, then serving as District Manager before becoming Controller for the competitive South Florida market. He later ventured into Managerial and Operations roles, including those on the Regional level in North Florida.
Ralph came to Waste Pro in 2006 to further expand his managerial skills as Regional Vice President and enjoys the challenges that accompany new "start-up" operations. He currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.
Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Russell has served in all capacities from sales and operations to maintenance and management. In the industry for 20 years, his first job was working for a garbage company in junior high school, as a maintenance assistant with Southeast Reclamation. Russell then worked for Delta Recycling, as their Sales and Marketing Director, prior to joining the Waste Pro team. Russell accepted a position with Waste Pro in 2001 at the, then start-up office of Ft. Pierce, with one truck and $6,000 per month in revenue. In 12 years, he became the youngest Regional Vice President in Waste Pro's history and developed the Southeast Florida region to more than $85 million in revenue. The Southeast Florida region includes service to more than 300,000 homes and 3,500 businesses, accounting for in excess of $95 million of revenue. His accomplishments were recognized in 2012 when he was selected as one of Waste & Recycling News' Rising Stars, recognizing him as one of the industry's up-and-coming leaders under the age of 45.
Russell resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
The vast majority of Roland’s career successes have been accomplished in the waste industry. He held managerial positions at national waste companies for more than 20 years, prior to joining Waste Pro.
He joined the Waste Pro team in 2011 as the Division Manager of the Asheville, North Carolina location and in 2014 he was promoted to Regional Vice-President of Waste Pro’s southern region, a role which he currently holds.
Roland manages the Memphis facility on the Tennessee/Mississippi state line as well as operating facilities in Columbus, Meridian, Hattiesburg, Greenwood, Jackson, Kemper Landfill, Sowaco Landfill and Bozeman Landfill in Mississippi. He supervises the work of more than 309 employees across the region, who operate 250 trucks to service more than 145,300 residential customers.
An Orlando native, Chris received a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL in 2011. Prior to joining Waste Pro, he worked as an Electrical Estimator.
Chris joined Waste Pro in 2013 as a Financial Analyst in the corporate office. In 2014, he became a member of the Management Development Program, in which he was further trained in leadership and business management skills. In 2015, he was promoted to Division Manager of Waste Pro’s Hattiesburg, MS operations, where he was responsible for supervising more than three dozen employees who operated approximately 27 trucks and serviced more than 25,000 residential customers, as well as more than 1,500 commercial customers in Forrest, Lamar, Stone, Pearl River and Marion Counties.
In 2018, Chris was promoted to Divisional Vice President, managing Waste Pro’s Natchez, Brookhaven, and Hattiesburg divisions. He led the teams in those offices in overseeing daily operations and expanding across the area.
Chris was promoted to Regional Vice President for Waste Pro’s newly-created Southern Mississippi region in 2019. He is responsible for overseeing operations at the Hattiesburg, Gautier, Gulfport, Brookhaven, and Natchez divisions.
Chris was selected as a member of Waste Pro’s inaugural Leadership Initiative class, a mentorship program designed to develop future Waste Pro leaders, in 2016. In 2019, he was honored with Waste 360’s 40 Under 40 Award.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Jesse Murphy has more than 25 years of experience in the waste industry. He started working as a mechanical helper when he was just 15 years old and studied business management at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana.
Jesse has worked in several areas, including maintenance, sales, operations, and management. Prior to joining Waste Pro, Jesse owned and operated Southern Waste Systems of Louisiana for five years.
Jesse joined Waste Pro in 2015 as Operations Manager in New Orleans and Baton Rouge before quickly being promoted to Site Manager. He then worked his way up to Division Manager of New Orleans, where he was responsible for overseeing 35 employees who handled 28 trucks in the hauling and transfer station that services the New Orleans area.
In 2019, Jesse was appointed to Divisional Vice President of the Louisiana market. He manages all of Waste Pro’s Louisiana locations including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Houma.
Harland Chadbourne has extensive knowledge of strategic sourcing, contracting, and cost reduction strategies. He has made significant impacts to the sourcing strategies at all organizations that he has worked with.
Formerly, Harland was Director of Purchasing with Veolia Environmental Services - Waste to Energy Division, and has held various purchasing management roles with Ryder System, Jacksonville Electric Authority, NiSource, and Bank One.
Harland joined Waste Pro in 2010 as the Director of Purchasing. He is dedicated to driving projects that improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Harland has a professional designation as a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), and a Certified Professional Contracts Management (CPCM). He also has a Six Sigma Green belt and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Florida State University.
Harland is also an active supporter of the Florida First Coast Institute of Supply Management chapter. He has served as their President, First Vice President, Director for National Affairs and Director for Programs.
An Orlando native, Shannon Early has more than twenty years of Human Resources experience. Shannon is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and she is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management.
Shannon began her career with SunTrust Banks, Inc. where she was responsible for recruiting and employee relations within their Operations division. In 1998, she joined the American Automobile Association (AAA) and in 2004, transitioned to the position of Manager of Employee Development and Staffing. In this role, Shannon held HR responsibilities that covered a variety of assignments, including recruitment, employee relations/engagement, management training, EEO/AA, and policy development.
Shannon joined Waste Pro in 2011 as Manager of Training and Human Resources. In August 2013, she assumed the responsibilities of Director of Human Resources. Shannon is a member of the Employers Association Forum board and is a resident of Orlando, FL.