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Waste and Recycling Industry Professionals Honored by EIA at National Awards Ceremony

Recipients Recognized at 45th Annual WasteExpo Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

From left: Sharon Kneiss, Arthur Kazarian, Gary Hater, Don Williamson, Bill Wilkerson, Ellen Harvey, and Charlie Appleby
From left: Sharon Kneiss, Arthur Kazarian, Gary Hater, Don Williamson, Bill Wilkerson, Ellen Harvey, and Charlie Appleby

America’s waste and recycling industry honored 25 men and women for their service to the field at a national awards ceremony on May 21st, at the recent Waste Expo in New Orleans.  

EIA is the trade association representing the waste and recycling services and equipment industry throughout the U.S. through its two sub-associations, the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) and the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC), and was the award sponsor.  

“We are honored and delighted to have the opportunity to recognize such a body of service, above-and-beyond the call of duty, by these amazing individuals,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, President and CEO of EIA, NSWMA and WASTEC. “Their professional accomplishments and personal character ensure the continued advancement of our industry toward environmental and technological innovation while also emphasizing safety and service.”  

The breakfast ceremony was held during the 45th Annual Waste Expo Conference and Exhibition, North America’s largest solid waste and recycling tradeshow. Those honored at the May 21 event included:  

EIA Driver of the Year
• Large Commercial:  Ruben Alcantara, Waste Management, Inc. (Baldwin Park, Calif.)
• Large Industrial:  Daniel Parker, Republic Services, Inc. (Birmingham, Ala.) • Large Residential:  Terrance Johnson, Republic Services, Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.)
Medium Company:  Mike George, Central Jersey Waste & Recycling, Inc. (Ewing, N.J.)
• Public Sector:  Paul Jones, City of Stillwater (Oklahoma)
• Regional Commercial:  Tim Taber, Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Greenville, Ohio)
• Regional Industrial:  Randy King, Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Louisville, Ky.)
• Regional Residential:  Darrell Davis, Rumpke Consolidated Companies (Columbus, Ohio)
• Small Company:  Cesar Cevallos, Mr. T Carting Corporation (Glendale, N.Y.)  

EIA Hall of Fame
• Ellen Harvey, E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. (Westborough, Mass.)
• Gary Hater, Waste Management, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
• Arthur Kazarian, Mottra Corporation (Irvine, Va.)
• Bill Wilkerson, Environmental Solutions Group (Columbus, Miss.)
• Don Williamson, West Central Sanitation (Willmar, Minn.)  

NSWMA Distinguished Service Award
• Selin Hoboy, Stericycle, Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colo.) NSWMA Member of the Year Award
• Randall Essick, Waste Management, Inc. (Morrisville, N.C.) NSWMA Special Governors’ Award
• Tom DeVivo, Willimantic Waste Paper Company (Willimantic, Conn.)
• Terry Guerin, Southside Landfill/Randolph Farms (Knightstown, Ill.)  

WASTEC Distinguished Service Award
• Ed Correale, PTR Baler and Compactor Company (Philadelphia)  

WASTEC Employee of the Year
• For Engineering:  James Davis, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc. (Springdale, Ark.) • For Engineering:  Greg Staggs, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc. (Springdale, Ark.) • For Production:  Joe Fleming, Environmental Solutions Group (Vernon, Ala.) • For Sales and Marketing:  Jay Martens, J.V. Manufacturing, Inc. (Springdale, Ark.)
• For Sales and Marketing:  Bob McHugh, Environmental Solutions Group (Chattanooga, Tenn.)  

WASTEC Member of the Year Award
• Kirsti Nelson, Otto Environmental Systems N.A., Inc. (Charlotte, N.C.)    

For more information, contact Thom Metzger at [email protected]  

The Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) is the trade association that represents the private sector solid waste and recycling services industry through its two sub-associations, the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) and the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC). NSWMA and WASTEC members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that collect and manage garbage, recycling and medical waste; equipment manufacturers and distributors; and a variety of other service providers.

For more information about how innovation in the environmental services industry is helping to solve today’s environmental challenges, visit www.beginwiththebin.org.