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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 USA. His father, Michael Jennings, was an Irish immigrant who worked as a garbage man in Long Island, New York and taught his son the importance of a diligent work ethic. The lessons he learned from his father translated into what is now Waste Pro’s mission: to create more sustainable, cost-effective waste and recycling solutions.
Jennings attended Holy Cross High School in Queens, New York, and was elected into the school’s Hall of Fame for his business accomplishments and philanthropy in supporting the school. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and M.B.A. degree in Finance from St. John's University and a Chartered Investment Analysis degree from New York Institute of Finance.
After moving to Florida, started in the industry at the bottom and worked his way up. In the beginning, he went out early in the morning on the trucks with the drivers to see things firsthand. Eventually, he improved the business and transformed the company into Jennings Environmental Services, which became 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 Florida and the Caribbean. USA acquired what is today Waste Management. When Jennings left the firm many of the company’s leaders said, “what are we going to do next” and Waste Pro was created in 2001.
As Waste Pro Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Jennings has transformed the firm to become one of the fastest-growing solid waste companies in the United States. In the first month of business Waste Pro earned just $800 in revenue. In 2019, Waste Pro’s revenue exceeded $733 million. Today Waste Pro operates in 11 Southeastern states with a team of more than 3,800.
Throughout his time as CEO, Jennings made safety a top priority. All trucks are equipped with technology to assist drivers and increase their productivity, and approximately $5 million has been rewarded since 2004 to drivers who practice safe habits.
Going ‘green’ has been another key part of Jennings’ leadership. In 2011, Waste Pro invested $100 million in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered trucks and have since opened nine CNG fueling stations.
In 2020, John Jennings passed the torch to his son, Sean, to become President & CEO. He remains Executive Board Chairman with Waste Pro.
Jennings has been recognized as one of Florida Trend’s 500 most influential business leaders in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Also in 2020, Jennings was honored with a Legacy Award by MSW Management, the official journal of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and was a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the annual Marquis “Who’s Who”. In 2011, he was unanimously elected to the National Solid Waste Management Association Hall of Fame and was the honorary keynote speaker of the 2011 Executive Roundtable for America’s Solid Waste Leaders.
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.
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.
As a Graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Keith Banasiak has more than 30 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 facilities that covered four counties in South Florida. These municipal contracts consisted of 85,000 residential units and 7500 commercial accounts.
Banasiak, who was named Senior Vice President in 2019, has more than 30 years of experience in the waste industry. Prior to his promotion last year, he served as Regional Vice President of Waste Pro’s Florida West Coast operations, one of the company’s largest regions with more than 275,000 residential customers and more than 10,000 commercial customers across Florida’s West Coast from Taylor County south through Collier County.
A resident of Southwest Florida, Banasiak is involved in many local and regional community organizations, including serving as Chairman Emeritus of both Keep Lee County Beautiful and Keep Manatee Beautiful. He also serves as Chairman for the Community Cooperative and board member for The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.
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.
Florida native Ralph Mills, who joined Waste Pro in 2006, has more than 35 years of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, Mills has been involved in all aspects of the industry, ranging from collection, recycling, and disposal of solid waste to landfill operations and management.
As Senior Vice President, Mills continues his leadership as Regional Vice President of the Coastal Region, which stretches from Tallahassee, FL throughout southern Alabama. He is also responsible for negotiations of all waste disposal agreements within the company.
Mills is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Finance.
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.
A graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Management, Shannon Early has more than twenty years of Human Resources experience. In addition, she is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Early 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 that role, Early held HR responsibilities that covered a variety of assignments, including recruitment, employee relations/engagement, management training, EEO/AA, and policy development.
Early joined Waste Pro in 2011 as Manager of Training and Human Resources. In August 2013, she assumed the responsibilities of Director of Human Resources. In that role, she led Waste Pro’s HR team in efforts including recruitment, employee relations/engagement, management training, EEO/AA, policy development, and more.
Early was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources in 2019.
David Kutschinski, a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, has nearly 30 years of fleet management experience and six years of technician experience in the waste industry. In addition, he has obtained Canadian interprovincial certification in heavy duty mechanics and earned a Florida landfill operator certification from the University of Florida in 2011.
David has worked for multiple national waste and recycling collection providers in various roles throughout his career, including market area fleet manager and maintenance manager.
David joined Waste Pro in 2016 as Regional Maintenance Manager in Florida’s West Coast Region. In this role, he supervised all aspects of maintenance staff and functions, including hiring, providing hands-on maintenance assistance, educating drivers, and more. Throughout his career, he has grown to become a recognized industry leader in fleet operations and maintenance.
In 2019, David was promoted to Vice President of Fleet and Maintenance, a role in which he will helm maintenance functions and operations for Waste Pro’s entire fleet of 2,900 trucks across the company’s ten-state footprint.
Tim Dolan is the Vice President of Municipal Marketing for Waste Pro. A graduate of North Carolina State with a bachelor’s degree in History, Tim oversees the municipal marketing process companywide. He works closely with the Regional Vice Presidents and the municipal marketing team who build relationships with city and county leaders across Waste Pro’s ten-state footprint to secure new and renewed business.
Tim began his career in the waste industry working summers at just 15 years old. He has been with Waste Pro for nearly 20 years, first as a Division Manager in Orlando, one of the region’s largest divisions. He was promoted to Central Florida Regional Vice President in 2006 and in his time in that role, led one of Waste Pro’s most successful regions by building meaningful and lasting relationships with local city, county, and municipal governments. Major contracts led by Dolan include Daytona Beach, Lake Mary, Longwood, Cape Canaveral, Sanford, Seminole County, Winter Park, Maitland, and most recently, Oviedo.
In addition to his participation in numerous community organizations and events, Tim serves on the board of Community Leaders and Elected Officials as well as Florida Citrus Sports.
Erik Sankey has more than two decades of experience in the waste industry, previously holding managerial roles with two major national haulers. In addition, he has experience as an owner/operator for smaller regional waste haulers.
Sankey joined Waste Pro in 2019 as Regional Operations Manager for Central Florida and was promoted to Regional Vice President in 2020. As Regional Vice President for the company’s Central Florida region, Sankey oversees operations in Orlando, Sanford, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Ocala, and Lake County.
The Central Florida region is one of Waste Pro’s most successful with service to many major Florida cities and counties, including Winter Park, Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach, Lake Mary, Ocala, Lake County, Seminole County, Maitland, and most recently, Oviedo.
In addition to managing the region’s six divisions, Sankey oversees a recycling facility in Ocala, a landfill in Daytona Beach, and compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Sanford and Daytona.
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.
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.
Chip Gingles has more than 20 years of experience in the waste industry. A graduate of Hampton University with a degree in marine and environmental science, Chip began his career working for Republic Services in 1998, fulfilling various positions over 16 years throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, including General Manager. Chip also served as a Territory Manager for Sara Lee, where he further developed his sales and management skills.
In addition, Chip has served as a consultant to several companies looking to improve technology and operational efficiency. Chip’s work has earned him several performance awards for exceeding both financial and operational metrics.
Chip joined Waste Pro in 2015 as Division Manager of the Asheville facility. In 2017, Chip assumed the role of Solid Waste Director for Buncombe County, where he gained valuable experience in the public sector and developed an understanding of the government perspective and process regarding waste and recycling services. He returned to Waste Pro in 2018 as Divisional Vice President of North Carolina in Charlotte.
As Regional Vice President of North Carolina, Chip continues to oversee Waste Pro operations across the state. He supervises 250 employees who operate 160 trucks, servicing more than 160,000 residential customers and approximately 7,500 commercial customers across the state.
Mike McGann oversees the Waste Pro divisions in Athens, Atlanta (Doraville), Atlanta West, and Jasper, as well as a C&D Landfill in Ball Ground and the recycling facility/transfer station in Atlanta.
With more than 20 years of accounting and financial experience, Mike joined Waste Pro in 2013 as Regional Controller for Georgia, the Carolinas, and Central Alabama. Prior to joining Waste Pro, he served as a regional controller for a recycling company in New York and the Midwest, a role in which he developed a strong understanding of the opportunities and challenges of operating a recycling facility and transfer station.
As Regional Vice President of Georgia, Mike leads the company’s operations in the state with more than 230 employees and 140 trucks, servicing more than 90,000 residential customers and more than 5,000 commercial customers.
Mike earned both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
Rodney Street is a waste industry veteran, with nearly 30 years of experience in both private and public solid waste collection and disposal. He began his career in 1990 with Chambers Development in several roles, including Operations Manager. The company joined USA Waste, which later became Waste Management, in 1995, at which time Street assumed the role of Site Manager.
In 2005 Street signed on as the Solid Waste Director of Scott County, MS, a position which he held for over five years. In this role, he developed strategy and municipal management skills and gained perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by elected officials when selecting waste collection services for their residents.
Street joined Waste Pro in 2011 as the Division Manager of the Meridian, MS Division. While in that role, he supervised the daily operations of the facility and it’s more than 50 employees operating dozens of trucks, servicing thousands of customers in the Meridian area.
In 2019, Street was promoted to Divisional Vice President of Waste Pro’s Central Mississippi locations, including Meridian, Jackson, Columbus, and Greenwood.
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bob ten Haaf currently serves as Divisional Vice President in Southwest Florida. After completing business management courses at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, he began his career in the waste industry more than 30 years ago as owner and COO of his own disposal company, Van Dyken Disposal, for five years. He sold the company to BFI Waste Systems, which was later acquired by Republic Services.
Throughout his career, Bob has been responsible for impressive sales and revenue growth with several solid waste and recycling companies. During his time as General Manager 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.
In addition, Bob has earned several awards including the Growing to Greatness Award and multiple Sales Division of the Year awards.
Bob joined Waste Pro in 2011 leading offices in the Georgia/Carolinas region before moving to Florida in 2018 to serve as Division Manager of the Sarasota/Bradenton Division and recycling facility. As Divisional Vice President, he also oversees operations of the Fanning Springs, Clearwater, Citrus, and Pasco County Divisions – totaling more than 171,000 customers.
Bob is very involved in the Southwest Florida community, supporting initiatives such as Holmes Beach Night Out and Manatee County Sheriff’s Night Out. Bob also previously served as Chairman of the Board of Keep Manatee Beautiful and is involved in the organization’s community cleanup events.
A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Bill Jones has been in the waste industry for more than 30 years. He began his career with a national waste hauler as a route auditor before going on to manage Burrtec Waste Industries, a private solid waste company in Southern California.
Bill joined Waste Pro in January 2018 as Division Manager of the Fort Myers Division, where he managed one of Waste Pro’s most successful Divisions with more than 200 employees and nearly 150,000 residential customers and 6,000 commercial customers in Cape Coral and unincorporated Lee County.
As Divisional Vice President, Bill continues to oversee operations in the Fort Myers Division as well as Waste Pro’s facility in Collier County, which opened in 2021 and services 8,000 residential customers and 500 commercial customers in Immokalee and Ava Maria.
Florida native Tracy Meehan has nearly 20 years of experience in marketing and communications. As Communications Director for Waste Pro, she oversees all internal and external corporate communication strategies, including press releases, public/media relations, social media, branding, marketing, and company newsletters.
Tracy is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in multinational business operations with an emphasis in marketing. She began her career in 2004 has Special Projects Director for American Home Health Inc. of St. Petersburg, a role in which she was responsible marketing and advertising.
From 2007-2011, Tracy lived in Den Haag, The Netherlands, and volunteered with ACCESS, a not-for-profit organization specializing in helping English speakers adjust to life in The Netherlands. She served as a member of the Public Relations and Events Team and spent two years as the Marketing and Advertising Coordinator at The British School in The Netherlands.
In 2013, Tracy joined TRACY NEGOSHIAN, INC. (St Petersburg, FL) as the Marketing Manager overseeing marketing strategy, public relations, and content creation for sales initiatives.
Tracy joined Waste Pro in 2014 has Municipal Marketing Manager covering Waste Pro’s West Coast Region of Florida. In that role, she was critical in the rapid expansion in one of Waste Pro’s largest markets through building and maintaining relationships with communities and municipalities, searching for new areas for potential opportunities for growth, interacting with customers, coordinating/attending community events, and more.
In addition to her work at Waste Pro, Tracy has been heavily involved in her community. She serves on numerous organizations and committees, including past Board Member of Keep Citrus County Beautiful and Board President of Keep Pinellas Beautiful. She is also a founding member of St. Petersburg Young Professionals and is a member of Recycle Florida Today and the Solid Waste Association of North America. In 2020, Tracy was re-appointed by the Pinellas County Commission in 2020 to the Pinellas County Solid Waste Technical Management Committee.
In 2016, Tracy was honored as one of Waste360’s 40 Under 40, which recognizes the inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in waste, recycling and organics and have made a significant contribution to the industry. The same year, Waste Pro Founder and Board Chairman John Jennings selected her for the inaugural class of Waste Pro’s Leadership Initiative, a mentorship program designed to develop future Waste Pro leaders.
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.
Jerry Harrison began his career in the waste industry in 1993 at a regional solid waste company in Lawrenceville, GA, where he gained experience operating every type of collection vehicle within the fleet. He worked through the ranks of the division, being promoted to Lead Driver then Supervisor. In 2000, Harrison joined a national solid waste company in Lilburn, GA as a Facility Manager, then transferred to the company’s Doraville, GA facility as Manager.
In 2003, Jerry returned to Lawrenceville as Operations Manager for another solid waste company, where he supervised a staff of 150 employees. He then led the Gainesville, GA branch, until a national recycling & packaging company hired him in 2005 as the General Manager of their Georgia and Alabama divisions. From there, he was promoted to Regional Manager, a role in which he was responsible for the company’s Southeast hauling division, which included 125 employees and 15 facilities. In 2012, he accepted a year-long position as a consultant at a regional recycling company in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Harrison joined Waste Pro in 2014 as Division Manager in Athens, where he managed dozens of employees servicing more than 20,000 residential customers and more than 2,500 commercial customers in the Athens regional market. He has also led many community involvement initiatives, including a donation to the Walton County Sheriff’s Department for ballistic vests for its K9 deputies in August 2019.
In 2019, Harrison was promoted to Divisional Vice President of all Georgia locations. This includes Waste Pro’s divisions in Athens, Doraville, and Atlanta West, co-located with Waste Pro’s Materials Recycling Facility on Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Cherokee Landfill in Ball Ground, GA.