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August 6, 2021

ISRI adds directors-at-large to board

Garvin

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has elected three directors-at-large to its board during the association’s spring board and governance meetings. According to a news release from ISRI, Dan GarvinAndrew Lincoln and Jacqueline Lotzkar each will serve two-year terms, ending in 2023.

Garvin of Colorado Iron & Metal in Fort Collins, Colorado, currently serves as vice-chair of ISRI’s Government Relations Committee. In addition to his current ISRI volunteer leadership roles, Garvin previously served as the ISRI Rocky Mountain Chapter president, co-chair of the ISRI Council of Chapter Presidents and Membership Committee and vice-chair of the Communications Committee.

Lincoln

Lincoln is vice president of Lincoln Recycling in Pennsylvania. After college, he worked for a Fortune 500 insurance company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and in Boston before joining his family’s company.

While in Boston, Lincoln earned his MBA from Babson College.

Lincoln is a current member of ISRI’s Executive Committee. He previously served as president of ISRI’s Pittsburgh Chapter and as co-chair of the ISRI Council of Chapter Presidents.

 Lotzkar

Lotzkar is vice president of Pacific Metals Recycling International, Vancouver, representing the fourth generation of her family business. She is vice president of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ISRI, vice chair of the Trade Committee and co-chair of the Young Executives Council in addition to participating on a number of other committees.

In addition, Lotzkar received a Master of Global Business degree from the University of Victoria and is also a certified organizational coach from the University of British Columbia.

Connect Work Tools adds three members to team

Stewart
Gibbons
Liebelt

Connect Work Tools, a construction and demolition equipment manufacturer based in Superior, Wisconsin, has announced the addition of three new members to its team: Geordie Stewart, Blake Liebelt and Johnnie Gibbons.

Stewart has been named director of sales for Connect Work Tools, a division of Exodus Global, also based in Superior. Stewart is experienced in the hydraulic breaker market with more than 10 years in the industry. He also owned KGS Demolition Attachment Services, Cleburne, Texas, a company specializing in attachment distribution and full-service hammer rebuilds.  

“I have been watching the impact that Exodus Global and its divisions have had since their inception in the attachment market,” Stewart says. “I am very proud to finally be a part of this impressive company and to represent Connect Work Tools as the director of sales.”

In addition, Liebelt has joined the Connect Team as the parts manager. Liebelt most recently was the national parts manager for Okada America and was responsible for inventory management of service parts in all three of the company’s warehouses.  

“This is a game-changer for Connect Work Tools. As a company, we are deeply committed to hiring the best people and giving them all the tools to succeed,” says Rich Currie, vice president of sales. “In the hydraulic breaker world, it does not get better than Geordie and Blake.”

Gibbons has joined the company’s service team as the south-central product support manager and breaker specialist. He has more than 25 years in the industry, including 18 years with RDO Equipment in Austin, Texas, and most recently as the service manager for KGS.

“With Johnnie’s vast experience in our industry and his hydraulic knowledge, I’m confident he will be a great fit to our team, and I’m thrilled to see what this collaboration will bring,” says Brian Hawn, vice president of service at Connect Work Tools.

Tomra names regional director for the Americas

Rhoad

Tomra Recycling has announced that Ty Rhoad is the company’s new Americas regional director, taking over for Carlos Manchado Atienza. Rhoad will lead the company’s sales, service and project management teams in North and South America and will engage in business development activities for the Tomra’s optical sorting systems.

“Ty’s work philosophy and passion for the recycling industry is in perfect alignment with Tomra’s,” says Fabrizio Radice, vice president and global head of sales and marketing for Tomra Recycling. “He has spent the last 10 years of his career in the waste and recycling industry, leading sales teams and working with key waste and recycling companies. We are convinced he will fit in with Tomra professionally and personally to continue expanding our business in the Americas.”

Rhoad previously worked with ONM Environmental Products and Services and with Rehrig Pacific Co., where he most recently led the company’s North American sales team as director of sales. Rhoad also is a member of the Future Industry Leaders Alliance of the National Waste & Recycling Association.

“Over the years, I have developed a passion for recycling and the business,” he says. “What makes this industry so special is the contacts mature beyond the business relationships into friendships. Tomra is at the forefront of the circular economy, working toward closing the loop, and I see tremendous growth potential for our industry-leading sorting technologies in the Americas.”

Rhoad will be based in Tomra Recycling’s North American headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Tomra Recycling is a Germany-based business unit of Norway-based Tomra Systems ASA. Tomra Recycling designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industry. The company says nearly 10,000 units have been installed in more than 100 countries.