2018 Speakers and Moderators

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Joe Abernathy is the vice president of facility planning and engineering for the St. Louis Cardinals. Abernathy is responsible for all day-to-day facility operations and game-day event management activities at Busch Stadium. He is also responsible for managing the collective bargaining agreements with the labor unions employed by the Cardinals and manages capital improvement projects at Busch Stadium. He serves on the board of directors of the Green Sports Alliance as well as the stadium operations advisory committee for Major League Baseball. In his role as co-chairman of the sustainable operations subcommittee, Abernathy is spearheading the benchmarking of sustainable operations metrics for all MLB facilities. 

Keynote: From the Diamond to the Curb
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Stephen Bantillo is the executive director of the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI). Prior to RCI, Bantillo created the City of San José’s award-winning construction and demolition program, the nation’s first program to document and certify C&D material recycling facilities’ performance. In 2007, he was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to oversee California’s beverage container recycling program, which included oversight of the system’s $1.2 billion annual budget and over 2,700 recyclers. Bantillo has been a member of the National Recycling Coalition since 1990 and serves as executive vice president. 

Concurrent Session A: Planning for Disaster Debris Recycling and Composting
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Scott Byrne serves as the environmental specialist for Tetra Pak’s U.S. and Canada division. With his extensive background in all aspects of environmental management and sustainability, Byrne helps ensure that Tetra Pak is on the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives. Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Byrne was a sustainability specialist at Cass Information Systems, where he was responsible for growing the environmental services offered by the firm’s solid waste management division. In this role, he helped forward-looking communities and property groups not only comply with environmental regulations, but also to increase waste diversion. In addition, Byrne led the design of property group-level recycling programs, sustainability strategies, and spearheaded education and outreach for multifamily and commercial properties. 

Plenary Session III: Feeling the Paper Cut
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Chris Coady is the technical assistance specialist for The Recycling Partnership. With a decade of experience overseeing business development, community relations and contracting for materials recovery facility operator ReCommunity, Coady is the Partnership’s resident MRF expert, but he also brings a unique community perspective to the table. Prior to working in the recycling industry, he learned the local government ropes in the New York City’s Mayor’s Office and Department of Transportation.

Concurrent Session H: Hacking Recycling, Part Deux
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Jenn DeRose is program manager of the Green Dining Alliance (GDA), a program of St. Louis Earth Day. The Green Dining Alliance is a certification program for restaurants to assess and improve sustainable practices, which includes reducing waste, water, and carbon footprint, while encouraging the sourcing of local, responsibly raised foods. The GDA also works to educated the public about waste reduction, energy and water consumption, and the importance of fostering a healthy, resilient food system. 

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Dylan de Thomas is vice president of industry collaboration for The Recycling Partnership, working with the team there to increase the quantity and quality of the curbside collected recyclables across the U.S. as well as working to boost the economic health of the recycling industry as a whole. Previous to joining the Partnership, he worked for Resource Recycling, Inc. for a decade, directing and producing editorial content for three publications and three conferences covering various aspects of the recycling industry.

Concurrent Session H: Hacking Recycling, Part Deux
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Betsy Dorn is the director of RSE USA. She has over 32 years of professional experience managing, designing and implementing recycling and solid waste management projects. For 27 years, Dorn has been a consultant assisting public and private-sector clients in developing solid waste and materials management plans, evaluating operations, launching new programs and training solid waste and recycling professionals. 

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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MaryEllen Etienne is the founder and president of Reuse International. She has been in the world of reuse for nearly two decades, working to increase awareness and strengthen the industry. She has extensive experience finding new markets for reusable materials, has conducted groundbreaking research on the reuse industry, is highly knowledgeable in reuse operations, and provides ongoing input into the industry’s growth and development. Recently, she contributed to the development of two pioneering initiatives in the field of sustainable resource management. She also serves as a member of the National Recycling Coalition’s National Standards Certification Board. 

Concurrent Session G: The Far Reach of Reuse
Organized by the National Recycling Coalition
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom D


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Patrick Geraty is the founder of St. Louis Composting, Inc. With over 25 years of experience in the recycling and composting industry, he has grown his company into the largest composting business in the St. Louis region which process more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of organics each year. Geraty uses his background in the composting industry to work with other businesses and municipalities to provide assistance in planning, designing and implementing compost operations and various green projects. His extensive industry connections throughout Missouri culminated in the formation of the Composting and Organics Association of Missouri (COAM) in 2010. 

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Dale Gubbels is the CEO for Firstar Fiber and has over 40 years of experience in recycling and environmental issues. Previously, Gubbels worked as a public information officer for Nebraska’s environmental protection agency. There, he was hired as the first executive director for the Nebraska State Recycling Association and fulfilled many roles for the National Recycling Coalition. In 1999, he started running Firstar Fiber, the largest material recycling facility in Nebraska. 

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Bob Henkel is the St. Louis Earth Day program director for the Recycling On the Go event greening program. The program provides seasonal jobs to about 30 staff, offers recycling and composting services to over 100 events annually and diverts over 60 tons of materials from the landfill each year. Henkel has a passion for sustainability, recycling, land stewardship, and developing human potential.He has been with St. Louis Earth Day for over 4 years using his program development experience gained from working with many service-oriented non-profits.

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Jennifer Mackey is the senior industry and sustainability specialist at Spartech. Mackey is a marketing professional in the plastic packaging industry and leverages her extensive experience to spearhead sustainable solutions by developing and implementing key strategies, processes and systems in Spartech's packaging business. She interacts with players in the packaging value chain from raw material suppliers to Fortune 100 food, consumer and health care customers to guide sustainable packaging development. In addition to her role with Spartech, Mackey is a board member for the Missouri Recycling Association. 

Concurrent Session C: Creating Success on Your Own Terms
Organized by the Missouri Recycling Association (MORA)
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Cody Marshall is the vice president of technical assistance with The Recycling Partnership, a role in which he focuses on recycling data and local program improvement. With over a decade of industry experience, Marshall has managed daily recycling operations in Orange County, N.C. and worked as a senior consultant for RRS, where he helped build The Recycling Partnership model. 

Plenary Session II: Kicking Out Contamination
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Ellen Martin is vice president of impact and reporting with Closed Loop Partners (CLP). Prior to CLP, she spent six years as a strategy consultant with FSG, the social impact consulting firm co-founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. Her clients included Fortune 500 companies, philanthropic foundations, governments and national nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she directed learning and knowledge exchange for members and partners of FSG’s Shared Value Initiative, including Walmart, Nestlé, Intel, Coca-Cola, Yara and Novo Nordisk. 

Concurrent Session F: In the Stream … and on the Rise?
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Jeff Meyers is the chief community officer at The Recycling Partnership. In this role, he oversees the development and implementation of the community project portfolio which includes infrastructure, education, operations, and research. Previously, Meyers managed sustainable packaging for Coca-Cola North America, where he helped establish The Partnership as a founding corporate member. Meyers brings both an engineering background and business experience to the organization, with past-experience spanning manufacturing, finance, strategy, and business development.

Concurrent Session I: Reformulating Recycling Funding
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Bill Moore is president of Moore & Associates, an international consulting firm providing a range of strategic services and research to the paper recycling industry. Prior, Moore held a series of positions in the solid waste, paper and recycling industries. These include founder and vice president of Paper Recycling International and the first director of recycling for Waste Management, Inc. Moore’s knowledge base includes all aspects of the worldwide supply and demand of recovered paper.

Plenary Session III: Feeling the Paper Cut
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


Scott Mouw is the senior director of technical assistance with The Recycling Partnership. Passionate about taking a systems approach, Mouw enjoys putting recycling data to work to help community programs thrive. Prior to joining the Partnership, he spent a career directing North Carolina’s highly regarded recycling program. He has participated in a wide range of regional and national initiatives to advance recycling, including overseeing the development of The Recycling Partnership while serving on the board of the Southeast Recycling Development Council and working with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Association of Plastic Recyclers, the Glass Recycling Coalition and AMERIPEN. 

Plenary Session II: Kicking Out Contamination
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | Grand Ballroom DE


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Jim Nordmeyer is the vice president of global sustainability with Owens-Illinois (O-I). In this role, Nordmeyer is responsible for the development and execution of O-I’s global sustainability strategy, which aligns with O-I’s customers growing interest on sustainability, enhances business performance and supports the long-term growth of the organization. He works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders defining the priorities and resource requirements needed to drive sustainability throughout the organization. Additionally, he serves as the internal leader and go-to expert for sustainability, monitoring emerging trends, programs and issues, and communicating and educating others on sustainability topics. 

Concurrent Session F: In the Stream … and on the Rise?
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom F


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Rick Penner is the founder of Re-TRAC Connect, a web-based software system designed to help organizations cost-effectively collect, organize, and analyze information about their materials management programs. In 1991, he started his career as the founding general manager of the first Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. He then became a partner in a consulting business designing recycling programs, conducting waste audits, and contributing to the implementation of a provincial product stewardship program. Penner has over 27 years of experience in the materials management industry.

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


Rob Taylor is the technical assistance specialist with The Recycling Partnership, where he works to implement recycling best management practices in communities across the country. Previously, he helped oversee recycling programs for the state of North Carolina.

Concurrent Session E: Connecting Communities, MRFs and Haulers
Organized by The Recycling Partnership
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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Colin Staub is a staff writer at Resource Recycling, Inc, the company that produces Resource Recycling Magazine and the Resource Recycling Conference as well as other publications and events for the recycling industry. Staub has been with Resource Recycling since early 2017.

Concurrent Session B: Driven by Data
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Grand Ballroom E


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DJ VanDeusen is the senior vice president of the recycling division of WestRock. He has been with WestRock since 2011. Prior to his current role, he served as director of finance and vice president of commercial operations  He is responsible for the largest integrated recycler in North America, recovering 8 million tons of recycled fiber annually and employing over 600 people across 22 recycling facilities and a centralized, global brokerage fulfillment center. VanDeusen is an active member of the American Forest & Paper Association's Recovered Fiber Sector, serving on the group's sustainable material management committee and the materials recovery facilities technical working group.

Plenary Session III: Feeling the Paper Cut
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | Grand Ballroom DE