2016 Speaker Bios
Stephanie Baker strives to live in a world where we don’t have to talk about who, what, where, or how to recycle plastic. In the meantime, she gets to talk a lot. As the Director of Market Development for KW Plastics Recycling Division, Stephanie speaks to the economic advantages and opportunities for plastics recycling. A hometown girl from KW Plastics’ headquarter operations in Troy, Alabama, Stephanie represents the world’s largest plastics recycler of HDPE and PP in projects surrounding sustainability, packaging design and increasing quality supply throughout North America. Stephanie’s experience includes establishing closed loop recycling programs, beyond bottle expansion initiatives, policy, communications, economic development, strategic planning and community affairs. Professionally, Stephanie serves as an active member of the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers (APR) Rigids Committee and Communications Committee. Previously, she has served as Chairman of the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) Board of Directors and SERDC 120: a voluntary initiative to explore public-private partnerships and strategic investments to boost recovery in the Southeast, which resulted in the Recycling Partnership. Stephanie is recognized as an emerging leader in the recycling industry, travels frequently as a spokesperson for sustainable plastics recycling, and in 2013 was recognized as a Resource Recycling’s “Four under 40: The Voices of the Future”. Stephanie enjoys both adventures and movie nights at home with her husband, Matt, and their two charming daughters. When she’s not on the road for recycling, Stephanie offers her communications and creative skills to her local church, civic and cultural arts interests. Elisabeth Comere serves as Director Environment at Tetra Pak US & Canada. Tetra Pak is the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. She joined the company in 2006 as Environment Manager for Europe where she helped define and drive Tetra Pak's environment strategy and contributed shaping recycling for cartons in Europe. Since 2010, she is based in the US, focusing on advancing the Tetra Pak's commitment to sustainability and recycling in the US and Canada. She is a founding member and board member of AMERIPEN and a member of The Sustainability Consortium, US business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) and PAC. She is also contributing in the roll-out of the recycling strategy developed by the Carton Council in the US and Canada serving as Vice-President Government Affairs. Prior to this, she served as a political adviser to a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, and headed the environment department of Food & Drink Europe, a European trade industry organization in Brussels, Belgium. She was educated in France, the UK and Belgium. She graduated as lawyer from Law School of Bordeaux University in France and Cardiff Law School in the UK (LLM) and earned an Environmental Sciences Master from Brussels University (Belgium). She currently resides in the Dallas area. Adam Gendell is Associate Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition at GreenBlue. Adam‘s work with the packaging value chain touches on goal-setting, design considerations, and stakeholder engagement. Adam has developed and delivered training seminars for hundreds of packaging professionals, and he orchestrates the Coalition’s Fall conference SPC Advance. Since joining GreenBlue in 2010 he has brought together stakeholder groups to lead work on topics ranging from life-cycle-oriented design to substantiation data for FTC-compliant recyclability claims. Most recently, Adam spearheaded a collaboration between packaging trade associations, recycling-focused NGOs, and government agencies to conduct a robust nationwide study on consumer access to recycling systems. He coordinates several of the SPC's Industry Leadership Committees and is a frequent speaker and writer on sustainability topics.
Harvey Gershman is President of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., a national solid waste management consulting firm. He has been active in the solid waste management field as an adviser to government and industry for more than 40 years, specializing in strategic guidance and assistance for infrastructure and services development to solid waste service and system managers and owners. He has managed the preparation of long-term plans, market studies, cost and independent feasibility analyses, technology reviews, contractor procurements, contracts development and negotiations, and project financing activities for a broad range of solid waste management, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy, and district energy projects. These projects have resulted in sustainable, efficient integrated waste management systems accepted by their communities and leadership. As a thought leader, Mr. Gershman is a sought-after presenter at national and regional industry conferences, and he regularly contributes articles to leading industry publications.
Nina Goodrich joined the sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue in 2012 as executive director and director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Prior to GreenBlue she held leadership positions in research and development with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods. She has a background in R&D management, innovation and sustainability strategy. She has also done graduate work in technology management and sustainability strategy. Regarded as a thought leader in the field, she speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation and technology.
Felix Hottenstein received his Masters Degree in Material Science Engineering from the Federal Polytechnical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ). Between 1994 and 1998 he worked as a project leader and department head at two licensed materials testing institutes in Switzerland. Since 1999, Felix has been Sales Director for MSS Inc (division of the CP Group), a manufacturer or materials handling and sorting equipment for the recycling and waste management industry. He specializes in all projects that include optical sorting technologies.
Mitch Kessler, President of Kessler Consulting, Inc., located in Tampa, FL, has more than 31 years in the solid waste industry and has been responsible for hundreds of projects for municipalities, institutions, and private corporations pertaining to comprehensive waste management plans. He has extensive experience in procurements and contract negotiations, having successfully completed over 55 in just the last 5 years. Mitch currently serves on the SWANA International Board and is immediate Past President of SWANA Florida Sunshine Chapter. He is previous Chair for Recycle Florida Today and has served multiple terms on their Board. Mitch holds a Juris Doctor degree in Environmental Law, a Master’s degree in American Studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Management and an Associate’s degree in Horticulture.
Managing Director, Multi-Material BC (MMBC) Allen Langdon As the Managing Director for MMBC, Allen oversees the first 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in North America where industry has assumed full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system. Allen has extensive experience in sustainability and extended producer responsibility, and previously served as the VP of Sustainability for the Retail Council of Canada and the VP of Environment for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, advancing those industries’ responses to a range of complex sustainability issues including climate change, sustainable packaging, EPR programs, and animal welfare. Allen has sat as a Director for several stewardship agencies in Canada including Encorp Pacific, the Electronic Products Recycling Association, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association. Allen is also the Managing Director for the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) Program in Saskatchewan that launched on January 1st, 2016.
Amity Lumper is a Co-President of Cascadia Consulting Group and oversees the firm’s Recycling and Materials Management practice. With nearly 20 years of experience in the waste management industry, she has managed a university campus collection program, led local and state waste characterization studies across the US, and more recently has focused on developing innovative public outreach and diversion programs with hauler, municipal, and corporate clients. Selected clients include Waste Management, Republic Services, Alameda County, VF Corporation, UC Berkeley, and Sea-Tac Airport. Amity specializes in delivering research, behavior change, and innovative technology solutions that drive toward zero waste. She holds an M.S. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.
Cody Marshall has been in the recycling industry for 35 years. He is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is the Technical Assistance Director for The Recycling Partnership and is currently working with local governments around the country to incorporate best management practices into their recycling systems. Cody’s background includes working as a Senior Consultant for RRS and managing Orange County, North Carolina’s recycling programs where he oversaw daily operations such as curbside, multi-family, electronics, drop-off, commercial, and foodwaste collection.
Scott Mouw directs the state of North Carolina’s recycling program, which works to expand material collection, strengthen recycling markets, improve public recycling participation, and implement the state’s recycling policies. Scott has participated in a wide range of regional and national initiatives to advance recycling and materials management, working with groups such as the Southeast Recycling Development Council, the Product Stewardship Institute, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Association of Plastics Recyclers, AMERIPEN, and the Recycling Partnership.
Susan Robinson is Public Affairs Director for Waste Management. She has worked in the environmental industry for 30 years in roles that span the public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector. Her experience includes global commodity marketing, research and analysis of industry trends, and twenty years managing municipal solid waste and recycling contracts. Susan has worked for Waste Management since 1999, with much of her time interfacing with local governments and implementing new municipal programs. She currently works with Waste Management’s recycling, organics, innovative technology and fleet teams and is responsible for the company’s public policy efforts around these programs. Susan is on the Board of Directors of Ameripen and the American Biogas Council, served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association.
David Steiner is president and chief executive officer for Waste Management. Prior to being elected president and CEO in March 2004, Mr. Steiner was Waste Management’s chief financial officer. Steiner joined Waste Management in November 2000 as vice president and deputy general counsel and was appointed senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in July 2001. In April 2003, he was elected CFO. He joined Waste Management from Phelps Dunbar, a law firm in New Orleans, La. Prior to that, he was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Jose, California.