Entrepreneurial vision, savvy business and operational management, as well as proactive leadership are the three key elements that have shaped Rich's 30+ year career in the development, expansion, and operations management serving in various capacities such as Business Owner, President, COO, Vice President and General Manager in the environmental, transportation, waste and recycling services industry.
Rich and two business partners operated a 45-truck waste and recycling collection operation in Southeastern Pennsylvania and a 200-acre landfill facility. Second and unrelated in ownership to the Southeastern waste/recycling/landfill business, Rich also served as President and joint owner of a second landfill located in Northwestern Pennsylvania. This facility was an operating landfill and received in 2009 a large landfill expansion and rail transfer station permit to accept waste by a modified intermodal rail car system. This was the first and only permitted rail landfill in Pennsylvania.
He has held many key positions in the waste and recycling industry. Rich was employed as the Area Vice President in the state of Pennsylvania as company officer for Waste Management, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas for 11 years. During his career at the Fortune 500 Company, he applied strategic insight and tactical direction in developing and training middle managers/leaders in the organization. The key challenge was teaching employees the operational side of the collection, recycling and landfill business, while continually building relationships within the communities and operational territories.
He directly managed operations in Eastern Pennsylvania due to the complexities and scope of the market, while the General Managers reported to him in the Central and Western Pennsylvania Markets. Rich's overall supervisory accountability encompassed Market Area staff positions including financial controllers, fleet maintenance, pricing and sales professionals, safety technicians, community relations, operations directors, compliance officers, engineering staff, human resources, and municipal managers. The employee base totaled 3,000 throughout the state, with over 1,100 collection vehicles daily providing and serving customer needs and requirements.
In past positions as Waste Management Regional and Vice President, Rich led and managed employees to achieve budgeted goals along with building shareholder value. This encompassed overall accountability for management of 21 landfills processing in excess of 30,000 tons per day along with collection and hauling locations, transfer stations, and material recovery facilities throughout Pennsylvania.
Prior to his years at Waste Management, Inc., Rich worked in the roles as Regional Vice President of USA Waste Services and COO / Vice President of Operations at Longview Waste Systems, both located in Trenton, New Jersey. Rich utilized his extensive experience to guide operations for a $400 million territory throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Rich's customer relationship building expertise helped Longview Waste Systems, a $50 million collection, recycling and landfill company, successfully service broad and diverse business operations ranging from large complex service contracts in New Jersey to the small rural community market addressing landfill concerns in Duncan, Oklahoma and Sedalia, Missouri.
Rich's earlier career experience was as General Manager for Rimiro Corporation and Alderfer & Frank. His 14 years of experience in collection operations in Pennsylvania Bucks, Montgomery, and Lehigh Counties was the catalyst for Rich's successful career at Waste Management, Inc. and the solid waste and recycling industry.
In addition to operating businesses in the solid waste and recycling industry, Rich always seeks other business and community opportunities. He is active in volunteerism and community support. In 2004, while Rich traveled to the Federated States of Micronesia to visit his daughter serving in The Peace Corp, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation by The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Government of Yap for his service, support, and dedication to the Citizens of Yap in response to catastrophic Typhoon Sudal.
Rich has also volunteered his time serving as a board member to Community Life Path, an organization dedicated to helping mentally and physically handicapped children. Rich gives back to his community by serving as a member on the Zoning Hearing Board for The Borough of Souderton and has been recognized for his valuable contributions during his 15 plus years of service. He supports the local Indian Valley and North Penn Boys and Girls Club with committee time and financial support. Past awards include Individual Community Recognition Award from local Fire Company and various leadership awards from Waste Management, Inc.
Rich attends and serves on various committees in his local Zion Mennonite church and Christian-based Camp Men-O-Lan. Rich was born in Sellersville, Pennsylvania and now lives in Souderton, Pennsylvania. He has been married over 32 years to his wife, Karen, and they have three grown children together. Rich enjoys spending free time with his wife and family. Other recreational activities include traveling, volunteering, fly fishing and golfing.