Environmental Industry Associations Elects Pair of New Chairmen

Date: November 13, 2006

Source: Environmental Industry Associations

Waste Industries' President and CEO Jim Perry Elected to Chair
National Solid Wastes Management Association

The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) is pleased to announce that Jim W. Perry, President and CEO of Waste Industries USA, Inc. (Raleigh, N.C.) will become its chairman on January 1, 2007. Perry has been on NSWMA's Board of Directors for many years. Since 2002, he has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Environmental Industry Associations, NSWMA's parent organization.

"All of us involved in the collection and disposal of solid waste understand clearly the important role we play in the quality of life around us," stated Perry. "Companies, both large and small, help provide an essential part of the infrastructure that serves not only business and industry, but local communities and neighborhoods. While we've made tremendous progress over the past decade, I'm excited to see that the enthusiasm, commitment, and professionalism within NSWMA continues to be a strong and effective voice for our industry."

"Jim is an excellent choice to lead NSWMA," noted Bruce J. Parker, NSWMA's President and CEO. "He has been an integral part of NSWMA's leadership for many years and a major voice for the solid waste industry's environmental and economic contributions to the nation. He has been a tireless worker in promoting industry safety and the value of NSWMA membership."

Perry began his career at Waste Industries as its first employee in 1971 and became the company's President and CEO in July 2002. He is on the Board of Trustees of Wake Technical Community College and the Board of Advisors of Camp Oak Hill. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wake County Salvation Army and on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Beautiful.


NSWMA is the trade association representing private solid waste and disposal companies throughout North America. Waste Industries currently operates more than 40 solid waste collection operations in the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia, and is a recognized leader in the industry, continuing to be one of the fastest growing waste and recycling service companies in the Southeast.

For more information, contact Carolyn Peck, Waste Industries, 919-877-7538, www.waste-ind.com or Bruce Parker, NSWMA, 202-364-3730, www.nswma.org.

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Schaefer Systems International Senior Vice President Mike Knaub
Elected to Chair Waste Equipment Technology Association

The Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC) is pleased to announce that Michael L. Knaub, Senior Vice President - Managing Director Waste Technology Division, Schaefer Systems International, Inc. (Charlotte, N.C.) will become its chairman on January 1, 2007.

"Mike Knaub is a long time volunteer leader in the industry with tremendous vision and drive," said Ron McCracken, President, RJM Waste Equipment Company, and outgoing WASTEC Chairman. "Over the last three years, as Vice Chairman of WASTEC, Mike has helped strengthen our organization, and now will lead it to new levels of success."

"Rising through the ranks of WASTEC has been an honor and a privilege," noted Knaub. "Networking with members of WASTEC has given me a chance to grow within the industry. Today, my goal is to continue the important task of developing safety and compliance standards for products engineered, designed, and manufactured for the waste industry."

Knaub comes from a long history of service to the waste industry. His grandfather started a waste company, Industrial Services, in 1915 in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1970, he joined the family business and shortly after accepted a regional position with Rubbermaid Applied Products. When Applied Products was sold, Knaub joined Heil Rotomold and in 1990 joined Schaefer Systems International as a regional sales manager.

Knaub began participating in WASTEC in the late 1990s developing American National Standards Institute Z245 standards for waste equipment. In the early 2000s, he became the Membership Committee Chairman. In 2001, Knaub was named WASTEC Member of the Year for his dedication to building the association as its Membership Committee Chairman.


WASTEC is the trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of waste equipment and products. Schaefer Systems International has been recognized as one of the world's leading systems integrators for all types of automated warehousing and distribution centers. Schaefer has completed over 800 projects worldwide, bringing years of unparalleled experience and knowledge to each project.

For more information, contact: Michael Knaub, Schaefer Systems, 704-944-4500, www.ssi-schaefer.us or Gary Satterfield, WASTEC, 202-364-3750, www.wastec.org.

See also: www.envasns.org.

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