2017 Speakers Included

Speakers for the 2018 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference will be added as they are confirmed.

James Armstrong

Armstrong Investment Research

James Armstrong is the CEO of Armstrong Investment Research (AIR) and has more than 10 years of experience covering the global paper and packaging and building materials industry. Prior to starting AIR, he worked at Vertical Research Partners, Credit Suisse and Citigroup. James began his career in finance as a retail analyst at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio where he managed a $150 million retail portfolio. He has earned his Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Cincinnati, his master’s degree in physics studying fusion and nonlinear dynamics at Auburn University and his Masters of Business Administration from the Ohio State University.

Mick Barry

Mid-America Recycling

Michael “Mick” Barry received his Bachelor of Science in forestry from Iowa State University and his MBA from Henderson State University of Arkansas. He spent 19 years with Weyerhaeuser Co. His career then took him into manufacturing where he served in managerial roles. In 1989 he and his family moved to Iowa where he co-founded CC and C Recycling, a business that evolved into the Mid America Recycling Co., which became the largest privately held recycling company in the U.S. After later being acquired by Greenstar Recycling, Mick and his partners purchased back the Mid America Recycling facility in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015. In 2014, they reacquired the Lincoln, Nebraska, facility, where Mick currently serves as president of Mid America Recycling. He has served on numerous industry boards.

Nina Bellucci Butler

More Recycling

Nina Bellucci Butler is the CEO of More Recycling, the next generation of Moore Recycling Associates; its name is an intentional nod to its predecessor. More Recycling is a research and technology firm with a deep understanding of the recycling ecosystem, especially for plastics. Nina has more than 17 years of experience in plastic recycling and has designed and implemented numerous programs and resources. She has been a visionary, leading industry, building collaboration, and shedding light on the information necessary to overcome barriers to the recycling of plastics in the United States. Nina is the chief technical advisor for the Wrap Recycling Action Program, a national plastic film recycling initiative. She has a master’s in environmental management from Duke University

Mario Bruendel

Jerich Global

Mario Bruendel was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. He started working for FMS Logistics in 2001 as an export coordinator in the company’s Hamburg office. Mario was promoted to operations manager three years later and relocated to the FMS North American office in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Three years after that move, he opened a new office in Newport Beach, California, as general manager in 2007.

Bob Carpenter

General Manager

After serving four years in the U.S. Marines as an aviation electrician, Bob Carpenter began his paper career as a summer intern at the Champion paper mill in St. Paul, Minnesota, while he attended the University of Minnesota pulp and paper program. After graduation, Bob joined Champion full time and has held several positions through his tenure at the mill over three ownership changes, now under WestRock. He is currently the general manager for St. Paul, a position he has held since 2012, and is in charge of the coated recycled board and corrugating medium mills.

Myles Cohen

Pratt Recycling

Myles Cohen is currently president of Pratt Recycling. As the chief executive of this business, Myles is responsible for Pratt’s network of recycling plants, its material recovery facilities (MRFs) throughout the USA, as well as directing the sourcing for Pratt’s 100-percent-recycled paper mills. Myles’s team manages a variety of recycling activities, including collection and processing of paper, plastics, metals and other materials; operation of MRFs; and more. Additionally, he leads Pratt Industries’ “close-the-loop” initiative, which assists Pratt’s customers in their environmental sustainability initiatives, enabling them to achieve their zero-landfill goals through improved recycling and waste-to-energy solutions.

Xavier Cronin

Senior Editor
Weekly Plastics Recycling Report at PetroChem Wire

Xavier Cronin is senior editor of Weekly Plastics Recycling Report at PetroChem Wire. He has covered commodity markets for 18 years, starting out on metals with McGraw-Hill. He is the author of four non-fiction books. The last being “The Asphalt Ribbon of Afghanistan” He holds a BA in English from The University of New Hampshire.

Tom Crowley

Vice President, Sales & Marketing
North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC)

Tom Crowley is a 25-year veteran of the pulp and paper industry. For the last three years, he has served as vice president of sales and marketing for North Pacific Paper Co. (NORPAC) in Longview, Washington, which is owned by One Rock Capital Partners. Prior to joining NORPAC, Tom was senior vice president of sales and marketing for Catalyst Paper Co. He also worked as vice president of international sales for Abitibi Consolidated before moving to Catalyst. Tom holds two bachelor degrees from SMU and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He resides in Seattle.

Pieter Eenkema van Dijk

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions

Pieter Eenkema van Dijk grew up in the Netherlands where he received a master’s degree in economics at Groningen University in the Netherlands and an MBA from Insead Business School at Fontainebleau in France. In 1984, he founded Van Dyk Baler Corp. in North America and is the company’s current president. Now Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, the company has the exclusive distribution rights in the U.S. and Canada for Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions, Lubo Systems and TOMRA sorting solutions. He is located at the Van Dyk headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, with regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Toronto and Tampa, Florida.

Mat Everhart

Stadler America LLC

Mat Everhart is a veteran of the recycling industry who has been involved in many cutting-edge waste and recycling projects with American and European systems integrators. The company for which he is the chief operating officer, Stadler America, is part of a seventh generation manufacturing company and arguably the largest plant builder in Europe. In addition to being known for developing the original ballistic separator, Stadler has a longstanding reputation for installing more than 200 of the world’s most advanced mixed waste processing, waste to energy and source-separated recyclables plants, including the first completely automated MRF at RoAF in Oslo, Norway. Mat works out of the North American headquarters for Stadler located in Colfax, North Carolina.

Steve Frank

Pioneer Recycling Services

Steve Frank has served as the president of Pioneer Recycling Service LLC since December 2014. The company owns and operates two MRFs, one in Oregon and another in Washington. Steve is a seasoned leader with more than 30 years’ experience at Weyerhaeuser Co. He has an extensive background in the recycling, pulp, containerboard packaging and engineered wood products industries. Steve has led teams in manufacturing, supply chain optimization, global sales and marketing, new business development, business turnaround and acquisition/integration/divestiture of businesses. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering from the University of Washington.

Jim Frey


Jim Frey co-founded RRS in 1986 and has served as the CEO since its inception. He brings nearly 35 years of expertise in recycling and waste management program development, as public services and private enterprises. Jim began his career growing recycling programs from nonprofit startups to full-scale municipal collection services and material recovery facility operations. Over RRS’s history, Jim has developed and managed projects of all sizes, including material recovery and solid waste management systems; recycling-based manufacturing projects; market development initiatives; corporate sustainability; and business industrial environmental management programs. Jim is most frequently involved in project negotiations, bringing together key stakeholders from public and private sectors to build long-term partnerships essential for program success.

Seth Goodman

Northstar Recycling

Seth Goodman is the CEO and co-owner of Northstar Recycling, a national recycling company he founded with his brother, Noah Goodman, in 2011. Seth and Noah founded Northstar on the core idea that waste has value, and businesses have financial and ethical incentives for recycling their waste streams. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Lehigh University, Seth combines his background in business with more than five generations of family recycling knowledge to build recycling solutions for byproducts from manufacturing, distribution and other business facilities across North America.

John Green

President & CEO
Green Machine

John F. Green has 31 years of experience in designing, installing and manufacturing recycling and solid waste processing systems. John has been in the forefront of the evolution of the recycling industry beginning in 1985 as a sales and design engineer for BSE Corp. in New York, deploying some the country’s earliest processing plants. In 1991 John and his wife Janice began BSE Recycling Works representing Mayfran sorting systems and Harris baling products in New England. In 2005, Taylor Machine, a conveyor company John helped to start in 1995, was purchased and incorporated as Green Machine Sales LLC. Green Machine offers a full line of processing components where John personally holds multiple patents in optical sorting, screen and ballistic separation technologies.

Bill Hanley

Director of Business Development, Eastern Region

Bill Hanley has been in the waste and recycling business for more than 25 years and serves as director of business development, eastern region, for merQbiz. He started with Waste Management in 1993 as a divisional sales manager and over the next 20 years he went on to become the vice president of sales and marketing for waste industries and Casella Waste Systems. Bill’s background in waste and recycling and an expanding role interacting at the mill and corporate level made it an easy move to become part of the merQbiz team. His experience in both segments has helped in the development of several aspects of the merQbiz platform.

Chris Hawn

Machinex Technologies, Inc.

Chris Hawn joined the Machinex team as North American sales manager and currently resides as the chief executive officer of Machinex Technologies Inc. From the processing and end product development of recyclable commodities to the separation of curbside collected materials, Chris has worked in the waste and recycling industry for more than 23 years. He began his career in the recycling market representing international manufacturers of equipment and selling to domestic customers in the synthetic textile industry. With interest in working directly for a manufacturer, Chris joined ReTech Industries, which later merged with Vecoplan, to sell shredding equipment to the plastics industry, where he worked for more than 10 years. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University in 1992.

Kim Holmes

Vice President, Sustainability
Plastics Industry Association (Plastics)

Kim Holmes is senior director of recycling & diversion for Plastics Industry Association. The group is committed to maximizing the recovery of all plastics, both postindustrial and postconsumer, across all product categories. The Recycling Committee at Plastics is a collaboration of the full plastics supply chain working together to drive recovery solutions. Under her leadership, the Recycling Committee’s portfolio of work includes launching the SPI Zero Net Waste recognition program, sustainability benchmarking for the industry, and executing innovative recovery projects in healthcare and end-of-life vehicles, amongst other efforts. Kim also chairs the North American Plastics Recycling Alliance.

Billy Johnson

Chief Lobbyist

William “Billy” Johnson is the chief lobbyist at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in Washington. Billy works closely with ISRI members to formulate and advance proactive recycling policy strategies for a variety of issues, such as electronics recycling, trade promotion, transportation and recycling equipment tax policies. Billy has been leading efforts in Washington, D.C., to establish to establish a bipartisan Congressional Recycling Caucus with the goal of creating a permanent and long-term approach to educating policymakers, promoting the recycling industry and advancing recycling issues on Capitol Hill. Billy as a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from North Carolina State University and a master’s in public administration from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Glen Johnson

Alsip Minimill

Glen Johnson has worked at the Alsip Minimill since 2015. He also has held positions with FutureMark Paper, Madison Paper, Myllkoski, FSC Paper and Garden State Paper.

Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe

Executive Vice President/Publisher
Recycling Today Media Group

James R. Keefe joined GIE Media, Recycling Today’s parent company, in 1991 in a sales and market research capacity. During his career, he has overseen the continuing development of Recycling Today magazine, which is today the leading business magazine serving the recycling industry. In addition, he has managed the launch of its website, www.RecyclingToday.com, as well as numerous publication launches. Jim currently serves as an executive vice president for GIE Media and is a member of the firm’s executive management team. He is a graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

David Lee

Executive managing Director
Pacific Genesis Resource Enterprises

David Lee is the executive managing director at Pacific Genesis Resources, a role he has held since 2010. David helps to build the company’s plastics and metals trading division as well as its trading office in Mexico, where it is the largest scrap shipper of paper, plastics and metals out of Mexico. He previously served as the vice president of U.S. operations for Guangyi Group USA, where he oversaw the installation of California’s largest PET bottle processing facility. He also managed purchasing and logistics for Ralison International. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in business finance and entrepreneurship.

Linda Leone

Vice President of International Fiber Supply

Linda Leone is vice president of international fiber supply for WestRock Recycling. She is responsible for providing support for U.S. recycled fiber needs for WestRock’s India and Brazil operations, as well as retaining responsibility for its Solvay mill fiber demand. Linda also is responsible for developing the recovered fiber supply plan for the recently announced Grupo Gondi recycled containerboard mill in Mexico. In addition, Linda plays an active role in initiatives to continue to drive down recovered fiber costs for the internal WestRock mills, including inventory optimization and fiber substitution opportunities. She has held various leadership roles at WestRock since 1995. Linda has worked within the paper industry since 1989 and serves on the ISRI board of directors as second vice president for the Paper Division.

Pat Madison

General Manager
Universal Scrap Metal

Pat Madison, general manager of Universal Scrap Metal, began his career in the metals business, managing different locations at Reynolds Aluminum for 19 years. He specialized in aluminum scrap with a major emphasis on UBCs. For the past 20 years Pat has worked for Universal Scrap Metals where he focuses on developing the company’s UBC business by working with MRFs throughout the country.

Ed Mamou

Vice President
Royal Oak Recycling

Ed Mamou grew up in the recycling business. His father Habib Mamou, an Iraqi immigrant to the United States, founded Royal Oak Recycling, a Michigan-based recycling firm, which Ed joined in 2005. He serves as vice president of Royal Oak Recycling, Royal Oak Retriever and GFL Environmental Recycling Services as well as president of Royal Oak Storage. His business insight and commitment to traditional best practices has grown the company into a diversified, international business.

Ed is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and earned a master’s in applied math from the University of California San Diego. In 2017, Crain’s Detroit Business named him a 40 under 40 honoree

Steve Miller

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)

Steve Miller has more than 30 years of experience in the management of recycling and manufacturing facilities, including a 20-year career as the vice president of a national recycling company. Since taking over as CEO of Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) in 2005, the company has transformed into a global leader in the design, manufacture and installation of material recovery facilities (MRFs). Through the acquisitions of Nihot and NRT and the launch of Zero Waste Energy (ZWE), Steve has united best-in-class technologies to offer the world’s most advanced, integrated recycling solutions. Systems from the BHS Family are closing the loop on recovery, creating high value commodities while digging deeper into the waste stream to create biogas and compost from organics.

Bill Moore

Bill Moore

Moore & Associates

Bill Moore is president of Moore & Associates, an international consulting firm engaged in providing a range of market research and strategic services to the global paper recycling industry. Prior to his many years as a consultant, he held a series of positions in the solid waste, paper and recycling industries. At Moore & Associates, he has served more than 250 clients on more than 450 projects. Bill’s knowledge base includes all aspects of the worldwide supply and demand of recovered paper.

Johnny Newsome

Director Global Mill Supply & Trade Sales
Sonoco Recycling

Johnny Newsome is director, global mill supply and trade sales, for Sonoco Recycling, where he has worked for the last 26 years. His career responsibilities include field procurement, mill supply, national accounts, brokerage and trade sales. Newsome currently manage all Sonoco Recycling grades of recovered paper that are traded both domestically and globally, with recycling business responsibilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Pamela Oksiuta

Senior Director of Global Sustainability
SC Johnson

Pam Oksiuta serves as senior director of global sustainability at SC Johnson. Pam’s role in the corporate office of sustainability is to lead and progress SC Johnson’s integrated global sustainability strategy; set high-level goals and commitments against priority areas; and foster global partnerships. Previously, Pam worked as director of North America business development/M&A. During her time in mergers and acquisitions, SC Johnson completed the acquisition of the Mrs. Meyer's brand and the Kiwi Shoe Care brand. Pam has been with SC Johnson since 1996. She is the holder of numerous patents and has a Master of Arts in mathematical psychology from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and psychology from Valparaiso University.

Joel Perler

Business & Economic Development Specialist
Port of Long Beach

Joel Perler is assistant business development manager at the Port of Long Beach, where his responsibilities include promoting the port’s facilities and services to current and prospective containerized cargo exporters, developing strategic recommendations for business and trade opportunities, encouraging international trade and related economic development activities at trade events and conferences nationwide, as well as developing a variety of export-based learning seminars and training programs. Joel joined the port staff in January 2014 after five years as vice president of business development for the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Pope

Sonoco Recycling

Mike Pope is the president of Sonoco Recycling, which operates recycling facilities primarily in the Southeast, including MRFs for processing residential single stream. He also manages business nationally and supports Sonoco’s network of paper mills. Sonoco Recycling supports a broad range of customers including municipalities, major retailers, manufacturers and Sonoco’s corporate packaging customers. Prior to joining Sonoco, Mike worked for Mars in its purchasing organization and spent more than five years focused on packaging. He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and has been working for Sonoco/Sonoco Recycling since 2003. Mike and his family live in Florence, South Carolina.

Craig Robinson

Purchasing Director
CycleLink International

Craig Robinson is a purchasing director with CycleLink International. CycleLink is the wholly-owned purchasing and trading division of the Anhui Shanying Group in China, with offices in United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and China. Craig is based in the U.K. for CycleLink International, where he is responsible for the sourcing and quality of recovered fiber grades, strategy development and leading special projects. Craig has more than 15 years of experience in the paper sector, previously holding positions at UPM-Kymmene. Prior to joining UPM, Craig, a forester by profession, spent 14 years in commercial forestry, primarily in the harvesting and marketing of round timber.

Greg Rudder


Greg Rudder has been the lead editor of RISI’s PPI Pulp & Paper Week (P&PW) since 2001, and has covered the U.S. and global pulp and paper industry for 20 years. A graduate of Seaver College Pepperdine University, he was a daily newspaper reporter for 12 years in California. At P&PW Greg has covered recovered paper pricing for 20 years for the U.S. market, and for exports to China, India and Mexico. Over the years, he also has reported pricing and on markets for containerboard, boxboard, uncoated freesheet paper, tissue, specialty printing and writing papers and newsprint.

Bill Rumpke Jr.

President & CEO
Rumpke Waste & Recycling

William Rumpke Jr. is president and chief executive officer at Rumpke Waste and Recycling, one of the largest waste firms in the country and a national recycling leader. Bill has spent the last 40 years working in the industry. After serving as a laborer, driver and manager, he founded Rumpke’s central Ohio service regions, and was named chief operating officer in 2002.

Focused on expansion, Bill completed more than 30 acquisitions and expanded Rumpke at an unprecedented rate, earning a promotion to president and CEO in 2014.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in general business from Miami University (Ohio). He serves on the board of the National Waste & Recycling Association, and has earned many awards for environmental stewardship, business management, communication, ethics and negotiation

Jason Rumsey

Director of Business Development, Central Region

Jason Rumsey serves as director of business development, central region, for merQbiz. In this role, Jason oversees a team of business development managers who are responsible for driving business within the heartland of America. His team presents clients with the full range of solutions that the merQbiz platform offers. Prior to joining merQbiz, Jason worked in the recycling and solid waste industry for various companies for 25 years, and has consulted on various projects within the industry.

Dan Sandoval

Conference Advisor
Recycling Today Media Group

Dan Sandoval has been reporting on the recycling industry for more than 20 years. His area of experience is on the paper markets, from collection to brokering and consuming. While Dan retired as senior editor of Recycling Today in spring 2017, he still plays an active role in the development and growth of the Recycling Today Media Group’s conference programs.

Terry Schneider

CP Group

Terry Schneider has been with CP Group since 2012 and has been in the waste and recycling industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining CP, Terry was the corporate director of postcollection at Republic Services in Phoenix. As president and CEO of CP Group, Terry works closely with internal teams to coordinate execution and deliver on customer expectations.

Tom Smart

Vice President
Transpacific Trade Management at MOL (America) Inc.

Tom Smart is the vice president of Transpacific Trade Management at MOL (America) Inc. He is responsible for the North American exports for MOL, including the P&L side of the export product, including pricing process, deployment, customer segmentation along with developing and implementing product strategy. Tom has 34 years of industry experience, including 15 years with MOL in various positions. Prior to MOL, Tom worked for E. Boyd & Associates and APL. He started in the industry working for US Lines at the Port of New York and lived in Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta and Raleigh before settling in Chicago in 2002. Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree in business (operations management) from Villanova University.

Ron Stearns

Project Engineer

Ron Stearns is a project engineer who has been employed with ReCommunity for 13 years. Prior to joining ReCommunity, he worked as a design/automation engineer in the automotive and machine tool industries. During his tenure with ReCommunity, Ron has managed large- and small-scale projects, from entire plant retrofits to integration of new machinery. His undergraduate studies were completed at Youngstown State University with a concentration in electronic engineering. He is married and lives in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and enjoys outdoor hobbies and craft beer brewing.

Kari Talvola

Manging Director
Fiber Trade Inc.

Kari Talvola is the managing director at Fibre Trade Inc., a direct exporter and mill buyer of recovered paper. Kari has been with Fibre Trade for more than 10 years, specializing in all aspects of the scrap paper industry. She has extensive knowledge of buying, marketing and selling all grades of scrap paper to overseas mills. Throughout her career she has been able to maintain valuable customer relationships by traveling to various countries to meet with key buyers and managers at various paper mills. Kari holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration with an emphasis in management. She serves on the board of Paper Stock Industries as the Specification Committee Chair.

Michael Timpane

Vice President, Material Recovery & Process Optimization

Michael Timpane is the principal and vice president of process optimization and materials recovery at RRS. He has major clients throughout the recycling value chain from materials and MRF operations, to end markets and municipalities. He brings more than 40 years of experience in recycling collection, processing, safety, landfill diversion, contracting and acquisitions/divestitures.

Prior to RRS, Michael worked at Waste Management for 11 years as director of public recycling procurements and contracts, recycling/diversion strategy, eRecycling and the management of recoverable material streams.

Current affiliations include serving as the safety and operations committee chair of the Paper Stock Industries (PSI) as well as roles with ISRI's MRF Council and the NWRA’s Recycling Committee.

DeAnne Toto

Managing Editor
Recycling Today Media Group

DeAnne Toto has been an editor with Recycling Today Media Group, Valley View, Ohio, since 2002. As media group managing editor, she helps to oversee production of all of the media group’s titles, though her primary focus in on Recycling Today, the group’s monthly title, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Her areas of focus include plastics, electronics, nonferrous and municipal recycling. She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science in journalism.

Hamilton Wen

Director, Plastics Division
Newport CH International

Hamilton Wen is the director of the plastic division at Newport CH International LLC. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics/economics from UCLA, Hamilton’s strong entrepreneurial and leadership skills quickly launched him into a successful career in the plastic recycling industry. In a short time, his expertise has established him as a respected authority in the recycling industry, particularly in regard to the Chinese plastic market. Newport CH International LLC, an international trading company, is focused on the purchasing and direct export sale of recycled paper, plastics and metals throughout the world, including China and other parts of Asia.

Steve Wong

Founder, Managing Director
Fukutomi Co. Ltd.

Born in Shantou, China, Steve Wong is the founder and managing director of Fukutomi Co. Ltd. Established in 1984, Fukutomi is a leader in the plastic recycling industry and operates in a global market, with its well-established networks and affiliates worldwide. Additionally, the company is a manufacturer of plastic products through its associated company Fukutomi (Shantou) Industrial Co. Ltd. With environmentalism being Steve’s business philosophy, Fukutomi is committed to investing in technologies and equipment for improving the efficiency through new applications for plastic recycling.

Megan Workman

Associate Editor
Recycling Today Media Group

Megan Workman is an associate editor with the Recycling Today Media Group, where she has worked for the past four years. She edits, writes and attends trade shows all relating to the recycling industry. Prior to joining GIE Media, Megan was the business reporter at The Charleston Gazette and also has held writing and editing positions at other publications. She graduated from Ohio University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

Additional Speakers Include:

Lai En, Cycle Link International
David Kaufman, Avangaard Innovative
Ken Prevette, REPREVE
Chris Surbrook, Midland Compounding & Consulting