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John Jennings
John JenningsChairman & CEO

John Jennings

Chairman & CEO

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 Wasters 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’s degree in management and an MBA in finance from St. Johns University. Early in his career, Jennings developed astute business savvy by working as a trader/analyst on the New York Stock Exchange.

Robert Hyres
Robert HyresMember, Board of Directors

Robert Hyres

Member, Board of Directors

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
Cort SabinaChief Financial Officer

Cort Sabina

Chief Financial Officer

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 a member of the fiCFO (Florida Institute of CFO’s) and was appointed as an Advisory Board Member for Blackstone Global Insurance in early 2017.

Ron Pecora
Ron PecoraChief Marketing Officer

Ron Pecora

Chief Marketing Officer

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.

Tim Herman
Tim HermanChief Operating Officer

Tim Herman

Chief Operating Officer
With more than 30 years of experience in the solid waste industry, Tim Herman has served in virtually every facet of the business, starting from the back of a garbage truck to founding Weiswaste and Delta Management Group – two of the nation’s largest waste brokerage firms, which have managed waste programs for Target, Office Depot, Kohl’s, Tractor Supply, Brinker International, Radio Shack, Best Buy and many other leading companies. In 2007, Entrepreneur Magazine listed Delta Management Group as one of the 500 fastest growing privately-held companies in the US (#161). Target Stores named Delta Management Group its Environmental Vendor of the Year and honored the company with their Partner of Excellence Award in 2005. Tim’s core focus is seeking opportunities for Waste Pro’s strategic growth via acquisitions and major accounts. Thinking about selling your business, retiring, transitioning or even growing your business? Give me a call for a private conversation or just some advice.
Shannon Early
Shannon EarlyDirector of Human Resources

Shannon Early

Director of Human Resources

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.

Tim Dolan
Tim DolanRegional Vice President, Central Florida

Tim Dolan

Regional Vice President, Central Florida

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.

Keith Banasiak
Keith BanasiakRegional Vice President, Southwest Florida

Keith Banasiak

Regional Vice President, Southwest Florida

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 current Board Member and past Chairman of Keep Manatee Beautiful. He is a resident of Ft. Myers, FL.

Ralph Mills
Ralph MillsRegional Vice President, Coastal Region

Ralph Mills

Regional Vice President, Coastal Region

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.

Bob ten Haaf
Bob ten HaafRegional Vice President, Georgia & the Carolinas

Bob ten Haaf

Regional Vice President, Georgia & the Carolinas
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bob ten Haaf currently serves as Regional Vice President for Georgia and North and South Carolina. With more than 15 years of experience in the environmental industry Bob has been responsible for impressive sales and revenue growth with several solid waste and recycling companies. Additionally, Bob owned and operated his own disposal company, Van Dyken Disposal, for five years before selling to BFI Waste Systems, which was eventually acquired by Republic Services. During his time with Republic Services, Bob was responsible for contributing $65 million in annual revenue to the Southwest Michigan market through effective leadership and budget management. He managed a $15.3 million operational budget with high performance margins and exceeded sales goals. Bob joined Waste Pro in 2011 and supports 9 locations throughout Georgia and the Carolinas. He currently resides in the Charlotte, NC area.
Russell Mackie
Russell MackieRegional Vice President, Southeast Florida

Russell Mackie

Regional Vice President, Southeast 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.

David Schneider
David SchneiderRegional Vice President, North Florida

David Schneider

Regional Vice President, North Florida

David began his career at a public-owned solid waste company in 1989 immediately after graduating from The Ohio State University. Throughout his 25-year career in the waste industry he has held leadership roles as a Sales Manager, Operations Manager, General Manager and District Manager. Prior to joining the Waste Pro team, David was an Area Manager for a solid waste company in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

David joined the Waste Pro team in 2013 as the Division Manager of Sarasota/Bradenton, where he supervised 90 fulltime employees operating a fleet of 50 trucks, who provide services to more than 76,000 residential customers. In July 2015, he was promoted to Divisional Vice President, expanding his role to also overseeing the Clearwater, Fanning Springs and Citrus divisions of Florida.

In November 2015, David was promoted to Regional Vice President of North Florida, a role in which he became responsible for the operations of the Fanning Springs, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City and Putnam divisions, as well as one transfer station, one landfill and one Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). David oversees the work of more than 225 employees across the region who operate 188 compressed natural gas powered and diesel trucks and service more than 167,400 residential customers. The region’s largest municipal customer is the city of Jacksonville with more than 70,000 households serviced.

Roland Joyner
Roland JoynerRegional Vice President, Southern Region

Roland Joyner

Regional Vice President, Southern Region

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.

Scott Corley
Scott CorleyDivisional Vice President, Central & Northern Alabama

Scott Corley

Divisional Vice President, Central & Northern Alabama
Scott has more than 20 years of managerial experience in the waste industry, getting his start in a family-owned waste company in 1980 in Birmingham, Alabama. After a few years of working for the company, Scott became a co-owner. From 1993 to 2002, he worked for another waste company in Mobile, Alabama serving in positions ranging from Operations Manager to Site Manager, and later to Municipal Marketer and District Manager. In the nine years that followed he worked as a market area manager for an environmental services company in Birmingham. He joined the Waste Pro team in 2013 as the Senior Division Manager of the Birmingham location, and in 2014 he was promoted to Divisional Vice President of Central and Northern Alabama. He manages the Birmingham Hauling Division in which he supervises 63 employees who operate 43 trucks, he also manages Waste Pro’s American Recycling of Alabama facility, in which 10 employees operate one truck as well as the Childersburg Satellite Hauling offices with 10 employees and 11 trucks. Scott’s region services more than 54,000 residential customers across Central and Northern Alabama.
Rob Grimm
Rob GrimmDirector of Information System

Rob Grimm

Director of Information System
Rob has more than 15 years of experience in information technology and business solutions with a wide array of expertise in project management, data center design, life cycle management and business processes. Prior to joining Waste Pro, he held Director positions in information technology and marketing, aligning top-performing teams in the transportation and construction industries. Throughout his career, Rob lead several successful initiatives to pair technology solutions with business needs, one of which being the execution of a technology roadmap designed to meet a construction company’s expansion during the housing boom. He contributed to the development of new sales software to manage product workflow and reduce the time cycle of the company’s home construction process and he also collaborated with key executives to measure performance metrics. He successfully oversaw the implementation of Oracle JD Edwards Enterprise Resource Planning system including manufacturing, service, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), inventory, and finance among other modules. The project resulted in three different legacy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems being merged into a single solution across the enterprise. Additionally, Rob managed the deployment of a complete Cisco environment encompassing wireless, voice, data and security solutions in North America. This allowed the company to scale rapidly while ensuring consistent levels of service to employees and customers. Rob joined the Waste Pro team in 2016 as the Director of Information Systems, a role in which he manages a team of professionals who deliver technology solutions to datacenters, processing facilities and regional offices throughout Waste Pro’s Southeastern footprint. Vendor management is a primary responsibility of Rob’s team, as Waste Pro continually partners with top talent to provide technology resources. Rob obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Logistics from Penn State University. He and his wife have two children.