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Recycling Today Staff April 1, 2013

ReCommunity Appoints New CEO
ReCommunity Recycling, a Charlotte, N.C.-based recycling firm, has appointed James Devlin its new CEO.

Devlin has extensive experience in the waste management industry, including previous experience as CEO of Thermo Fluids Inc., a company involved in waste oil collection and processing.

He will focus on developing and implementing ReCommunity’s strategy to broaden its reach within existing markets, enter into new geographic markets and expand its product offerings.

“We’re very excited about attracting an executive of James’ caliber who has a proven track record of growing the businesses he leads,” says Craig Cogut, Recommunity chairman and managing partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm that is one of the financial backers of ReCommunity. “His significant relevant experience and knowledge of the recycling and recovery sector will be particularly valuable.

“The board also appreciates the efforts by all during this transition period, and we have full confidence in the partnership that James has already forged with the entire senior management team as we look to accelerate the geographic growth of ReCommunity as well as continue to expand our waste recovery and conversion technologies.”

Devlin says, “It is rare that you are asked to head a company that is already a leader in its industry and has a strong management team with established deep relationships with municipalities, and I truly appreciate this unique opportunity.”

He adds, “There is power in ReCommunity’s ability to reposition waste as a strategic community resource instead of a growing liability while moving toward a zero-waste society. Some of our municipal partners are already generating additional revenue, recovering community-owned resources, creating new jobs, funding budget shortfalls and reducing their carbon footprint.”


Daniel Dienst to Retire from Sims Metal Management

The board of directors for Sims Metal Management Ltd., New York, has announced that CEO Daniel Dienst will retire June 30, 2013. He also will resign from Sims’ board of directors then.

“I make this decision with mixed emotions; it has been a rare privilege to lead such a dedicated group of employees committed to building the largest, safest and most sustainable metals and electronics recycling company in the world,” Dienst says. “After nine years as chief executive officer, I believe now is the right time to bring the next leader into the organization in an orderly succession process.”

Geoff Brunsdon, Sims chairman, says, “The board would like to acknowledge the enormous contributions Mr. Dienst has made to the company during the nine years he has been CEO, including the integration of Metal Management and Hugo Neu, major improvements to the safe working environment of its 6,600 employees and the establishment of the company’s beachhead in the mainland Chinese market.”


Florida University Recognizes Southern Waste Systems Founder

Northwood University, Palm Beach, Fla., has recognized Anthony Lomangino, chairman and founder of Southern Waste Systems (SWS) and Sun Recycling, as the recipient of its Outstanding Business Leader Award. He is one of the eight men and women recognized with the award during the university’s 33rd Annual Outstanding Business Leader Awards Gala.

Lomangino has more than 35 years of experience in the waste and recycling industry. Northwood University says that throughout his career Lomangino has been a pioneer and innovator of processes and technology that have advanced the collection, recycling and disposal of residential and commercial waste.

SWS and Sun Recycling operate 12 facilities in South Florida that handle construction and demolition debris. The company says it currently recycles up to 93 percent of the C&D debris it handles.

Under Lomangino’s leadership SWS was honored by Enterprise Florida with the 2010 Governor’s Business Diversification Award in the Green to Gold Category and the Recycle Florida Today, 2011 Recycling and Waste Reduction Award.

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