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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.
Ron Pecora has more than 40 years of professional experience in marketing and brand management, relationship marketing, public relations, advertising, and community engagement for public and private clients. At Waste Pro, he manages corporate-wide internal and external communications, advertising, sponsorships, web and social platforms and collateral literature development.
Prior to joining Waste Pro, Ron owned a strategic brand communications (public relations/advertising/community engagement) company for twenty years. Early in his career, he was the marketing director of a consulting engineering firm with 50 offices throughout the Southeast.
Ron 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 received the Public Relations Professional of the Year award in Central Florida and Chaired the Florida Statewide Marketing for Professional Services organization. While chairing the Coalition For the Homeless of Central Florida board, he accepted the Walt Disney World Board Management Award, which included a $50,000 check to the organization. Ron also led the community engagement for the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and the City of Winter Park referendum for internalizing the electrical utility service. The referendum passed with 70 percent approval.
Ron is a 1968 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Journalism. He served as Journalist and Department of Defense spokesperson during the Apollo Moon Landing program while stationed at Cape Kennedy while serving in the United States Air Force.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.