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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 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.

Sean Jennings
Sean JenningsPresident

Sean Jennings

Sean Jennings, son of Waste Pro Founder/Chairman/CEO 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.   Sean is a third-generation garbage man and native Floridian from Longwood. Prior to being named President, he previously served as the Division Manager of Waste Pro’s Sarasota-Bradenton Regional Operations and Recycling Facility. In addition, he is as a Corporate Officer of Waste Pro USA, Inc.   Following graduation from the University of Alabama, where he majored in economics and finance, Sean spent a year working in collection and landfill disposal in Costa Rica. Upon his return to the States, he spent a year in operations and landfill construction in Georgia and Mississippi. In 2014, Sean became the Division Manager for the Tampa-Clearwater area and then assumed management of the Bradenton-Sarasota Division in 2016, building CNG and recycling facilities to meet the needs of Manatee County’s seven-year contract extension.   In addition to his role as President, 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.
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 an Advisory Board Member of the fiCFO (Florida Institute of CFO’s) and an Advisory Board Member for Blackstone Global Insurance.

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.

SHARON TOLOPKAChief Accounting Officer


Chief Accounting Officer
Originally from Kentucky, Sharon obtained her BS in Accounting and MBA from Western Kentucky University. Sharon has 40 years of diversified accounting experience, including public, private and governmental in the areas of general accounting, cost accounting, payroll and budgeting and has held key roles in system implementations, upgrades and process improvements. Sharon joined Waste Pro in 2007 as a Staff Accountant and Director of Corporate Accounting prior to being promoted to the role of Chief Accounting Officer. Prior joining Waste Pro, Sharon held positons in Kentucky with Sorensen Industries (Gulf & Western Company), James R Meany an Associates CPA firm, Western Kentucky University and American Automobile Association (AAA) where she served as Accounts Payable manager and Business Systems Analyst for the Accounting Systems. Sharon and her husband Ken reside in Central Florida.
Ryan LeBeau
Ryan LeBeauVice President of Finance

Ryan LeBeau

Vice President of Finance
A Central Florida native, Ryan has more than eleven years of finance and accounting experience. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. While at Waste Pro, he’s served as Financial Analyst, Senior Financial Analyst, prior to being promoted to Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Waste Pro in 2009, his experience began as a Cost Analyst with an asphalt plant manufacturer, Gencor Industries in Orlando, FL. Ryan is a member of the Rollins College Financial Leadership Network (FLN) and is an alumnus of the McCracken Alliance Leadership Finance program. Ryan resides in Oviedo, 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 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
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.

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.

Brian Wintjen
Brian WintjenRegional Vice President, North Florida

Brian Wintjen

Regional Vice President, North Florida
Alabama native Brian Wintjen has nearly 40 years of experience in the waste industry. He began his career in Birmingham as a temporary driver for BFI after graduating from high school and has gone on to hold supervisor/manager positions with several major waste companies. Brian spent nearly 20 years working for BFI as a district manager in Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. Throughout his time with the company, he managed offices with annual revenues ranging from $4.8 million to $50 million. He also managed new lines of business, including medical waste collection and incineration; broke district revenue and profit records; and received a ‘Crystal Can Award’ for Best Results in the Southern Region. Additionally, Brian held the role of General Manager of Nature’s Calling Inc. in South Carolina, where he managed services including portable restrooms/restroom trailer rental service, residential and commercial hauling, and more. Prior to joining Waste Pro, Brian was General Manager of Watson C&D in Archer, Florida, where he managed all operations for the hauling division, yard waste compost processing center, and construction and demolition landfill. Brian joined Waste Pro in 2019 as the Regional Vice President of the North Florida region, which is comprised of five divisions across 14 counties, in addition to a transfer stations, a recycling facility, a C&D landfill, and two CNG stations. He supervises the work of 280 employees who operate nearly 200 trucks each day, servicing more than 181,000 residential customers and more than 5,500 commercial customers.
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.

Chris Lockwood
Chris LockwoodRegional Vice President, Southern Mississippi

Chris Lockwood

Regional Vice President, Southern Mississippi

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
Chip GinglesDivisional Vice President, North Carolina

Chip Gingles

Divisional Vice President, North Carolina
Chip Gingles has nearly 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 including General Manager. In addition, he was 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 Manager for Buncombe County, and returned to Waste Pro in 2018 as Divisional Vice President. He supervises 195 employees who operate 150 trucks, servicing more than 105,000 residential customers and approximately 5,000 commercial customers across the state.
Josh Vickery
Josh VickeryDivisional Vice President, West Tennessee & North Mississippi

Josh Vickery

Divisional Vice President, West Tennessee & North Mississippi
A Southaven, MS native, Josh Vickery has more than a decade of managerial experience. Throughout his career, he has been recognized on multiple occasions for his achievements on the job. Prior to joining Waste Pro, Josh served as Store Manager for two chain grocery stores. During his time in the food industry, he won the Black Pearl Award for Food Safety. In addition, Josh owned and operated a classic car restoration and maintenance shop and a fabrication center. He received several awards for his car builds as well as a Small Business Owner of the Year Award in Southaven. Josh joined Waste Pro in 2015 as the Division Manager of the Southaven location, where he supervised the work of more than two dozen employees who serviced more than 23,000 customers. In 2018, he was promoted to Divisional Vice President, managing the Southaven and Memphis divisions. He oversees a team of more than 150 employees who operate more than 100 trucks, servicing more than 85,000 residential customers and more than 2,100 commercial customers in eight counties across Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Jesse Murphy
Jesse MurphyDivisional Vice President, Louisiana

Jesse Murphy

Divisional Vice President, Louisiana

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
Rodney StreetDivisional Vice President, Central Mississippi

Rodney Street

Divisional Vice President, Central Mississippi

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.

Harland Chadbourne
Harland ChadbournePurchasing Director

Harland Chadbourne

Purchasing Director

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.

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.

Rob Grimm
Rob GrimmDirector of Information Systems

Rob Grimm

Director of Information Systems
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.
Romeo Vellutini
Romeo VellutiniCorporate Director of Safety

Romeo Vellutini

Corporate Director of Safety
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Romeo spent much of his life in Las Vegas. He joined the Waste Pro team in 2017 and has more than 20 years of experience in the Waste Industry. Prior to joining Waste Pro, he was an Area Safety Manager for a national waste service provider. He was instrumental in developing process improvements, claims and risk reduction, OSHA/DOT compliance, team building and cultural change. One of his greatest accomplishments was when he and his team were recognized and awarded for finishing first in Safety Compliance companywide. He’s a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and resides in DeBary, FL.