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Alek M. Orloff, chief financial officer of Alpine Waste & Recycling, has accepted an appointment to a state committee that oversees grants for recycling programs.

The 13 member committee is appointed by the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, which works within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Orloff will fill one of the six positions on the Assistance Committee allocated to representatives of nonprofit and for-profit entities.

Established in 1992, the board provides overall policy guidance, coordination and advice to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on pollution prevention activities.
In 2007, the Colorado Legislature established the Recycling Resources Opportunity Act, with a fund to award grants for appropriate projects.

Orloff previously served six years on the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission. He was selected in 2009 as one of the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” a list honoring 40 Denver business leaders under the age of 40. In 2008, he was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s “Outstanding CFOs.”

Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Wastequip has added an executive leadership position at its corporate headquarters. Industrial manufacturing veteran, Chris Kete, has joined the company’s plastics division, where he’ll lead business and brand strategy for the Toter brand.

In this role, Kete will oversee sales, marketing, manufacturing, operations, supply chain and customer service for one of Wastequip’s largest divisions. He will be responsible for achieving Toter’s long-range growth plans, setting business strategy and building strategies that grow revenue, expand the customer base and take market share.

Kete brings almost two decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, previously serving in executive leadership positions with The Horsburgh & Scott Company, Industrial Service Solutions, Meritor and Cummins, Inc.

Kete earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and then served in the U.S. Navy from 1994 to 1999 as a submarine warfare officer. After his stint in the armed forces, he earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Advanced Disposal has completed the acquisition of Little Hoppers based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The acquisition includes municipal, residential and commercial customers throughout Door and Kewaunee Counties, a municipal solid waste, construction and demolition and metals transfer station along with equipment. Ten Little Hoppers’ employees are joining the Advanced Disposal team including the previous owner of Little Hoppers, Steve Estes, who is now serving as Advanced Disposal’s general manager for the hauling company and transfer station.

Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

David Serls, chief executive officer of Colonial Metals Company’s board of directors disclosed that Michael Mann, after a total of 45 years of service, will officially step down in June 2015. He will stay on as an advisor and a member of Colonial’s board of directors.

Serls has named Craig Friedman as Mann’s successor. Friedman has been with Colonial since 1989 and has served for the last 12 years in the capacity as executive vice president. Friedman is serving as president and chief operating officer as of early March 2015.

Friedman will also remain as a director of Colonial’s board and direct all phases of sales, purchasing and manufacturing in his capacity as executive vice president.

Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) has promoted Christopher A. Lund, PE, PSS, to the position of senior vice president.

Lund joined GBB in April 2008 as a senior project engineer. In March 2013, along with John Carlton, PE, BCEE, he joined GBB co-founders Harvey Gershman and Bob Brickner as part of the firm’s ownership group.

Since joining the firm, Lund has been the key project team leader for GBB, which is the appointed receiver for the Guam Solid Waste Authority since a March 2008 Court Order issued by the U.S. District Court of Guam, providing overall engineering and project management. As part of the receivership team, Lund is performing the planning, and management of the day to day project engineering, quality assurance review and analysis, and environmental management for a consortium of engineering and environmental firms conducting design, permitting and compliance reporting and construction management. Additionally, Lund executes design, environmental and construction procurements for the new landfill construction, operations, permitting, environmental compliance and dump closure projects.

Prior to joining GBB, he consulted 13 years with Dames & Moore/URS and Bowman Consulting Group; chief engineer/water division director for the Guam Environmental Protection Agency for 6 years; and Engineer Tech at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Engineering, for 3 years.

Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Quest Resource Holding Corporation has appointed Russell J. Knittel to the Quest board of directors.

Knittel has more than 35 years of experience with hi-tech companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has held various senior management positions and is experienced in general management, venture capital, bank and lease financing, public and private debt financing, initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Knittel’s experience includes serving on the board of directors for public and private companies.

Knittel currently serves on the board of directors of Synaptics Inc., a publicly traded developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface solutions, and Source Photonics, a privately held, equity-backed provider of optical communication products.

Knittel served as interim president and chief executive officer of Synaptics from October 2010 to September 2011; as executive vice president from July 2007 to October 2010; as chief financial officer, chief administrative officer, secretary, and treasurer from November 2001 to October 2009; as senior vice president from November 2001 to July 2007; and as vice president of administration and finance, chief financial officer, and secretary from April 2000 to November 2001. Prior to Synaptics, he served in a variety of finance and administration roles with senior management duties at Probe Technology Corporation, Starlight Networks, Crystallume and Valid Logic Systems Inc.

Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News