Summit Speaker Bios

TuesDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018


Welcome/Introductions -- 9:00 am-9:10 am
Nicole Smith, SERDC Chairperson

Nicole Smith is a sustainability director focusing on customer collaborations for Coca-Cola North America. Nicole joined Coca-Cola Refreshments in 2012, working with 80 manufacturing facilities, leading energy and water efficiency training/initiatives, as well as the recycling programs. In 2015, she transitioned to Coca-Cola North America, partnering with customer teams to collaborate on sustainability projects. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Nicole created and ran an environmental division for six years at Design & Source Productions, a boutique product and packaging design firm in New York City. She currently serves as Board Chair of SERDC (Southeast Recycling Development Council).

Myra Reece -- SC DHEC, Director of Environmental Affairs


Keynote Speaker -- 9:10 am-9:40 am

Plenary Session 1 –The Challenge of Recovered Material Quality and Value -- 9:40 am-10:30 am
Contamination is a national issue; a broad spectrum of the recycling community how the increased importance and emphasis on the quality of materials recovered.

Brent Bell--Waste Management
Annie White -- Washington D.C. DPW
Stephanie Baker-- KW Plastics

Panel Session 2 – Morphing MRF’s  -- 11:00 am-12:00 pm 
What’s happening at the MRF is critical at the point of collection and critical at market. Hear the southeast’s primary MRF operators discuss the challenges of operations in the current conditions and the advance of emerging technologies.

Mike Pope is the President of Sonoco Recycling which operates recycling facilities primarily in the Southeast, but 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 packaging customers.  Supplying all of the fiber for Sonoco’s paper mills in the US and Canada as well as other major paper companies domestically and internationally by exporting materials around the world.  Mike is a graduate of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and has been working for Sonoco/Sonoco Recycling since 2003.

Shawn State is currently the Senior VP Southern Region for Pratt’s Recycling Division, with the Southern Region Team having responsibility for operations and procurement in 14 recycling facilities from North Carolina to Texas.  Shawn has worked in the Corrugated Packaging and Recycling Industries for 25 years. Prior to joining Pratt’s Recycling Division 12 years ago, Shawn held various General Mgt., Operational Mgt. and Sales Mgt. positions in the Corrugated Packaging Industry. Shawn is currently the Senior VP Southern Region for Pratt’s Recycling Division, with the Southern Region Team having responsibility for operations and procurement in 14 recycling facilities from North Carolina to Texas. The team is also responsible for procurement into Pratt’s Shreveport, La. Containerboard mill and Pratt’s Conyers, Ga. Containerboard mill which combined consume over 900,000 tons of recovered fiber annually.

Kris Waldhauser-- WestRock

Lunch Speaker - The Economic Impact of Recycling -- 12:00 pm-1:15 pm
Robin Wiener, President of ISRI

Plenary Session 3 – The Trouble with Mixed Paper -- 1:15 pm-2:00 pm
Hear an expert discuss the challenges of the mixed paper market and possible ways to help
address the quality and the value of mixed paper in
 today’s markets.

Bill Moore is president of Moore & Associates, an international consulting firm providing a range of strategic services and research to the paper recycling industry. Prior to initiating Moore & Associates, Bill he held a series of positions in the solid waste, paper, and recycling industries. These include founder and Vice President of Paper Recycling International and the first Director of Recycling for Waste Management, Inc. At Moore & Associates, Bill has served over 330 clients on more than 550 projects. Mr. Moore’s knowledge base includes all aspects of the worldwide supply and demand of recovered paper.

Plenary Session 4 - Community Tools for addressing Contami-NATION and Citizen Engagement -- 2:00 pm -3:15 pm
Presenters discuss the latest tools in improving material quality at the curb.

Scott Mouw -- The Recycling Partnership
Richard Chesley -- SC DHEC

Wendy Worley is the Section Chief for NC DEQ’s Recycling and Materials Management Section. In this role, Wendy leads the state’s recycling section overseeing non-regulatory assistance programs for local governments and recycling businesses. With more than 25 years of experience in recycling and solid waste management, Wendy has been with state government for the past 15 years. Most recently, she served as the Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC) Manager, leading the recycling economic development team to develop strategies to expand and support private sector recycling capacity in the state.


Plenary 5 -- Update on SERDC/ISRI MRF Contracting Project -- 3:45 pm-4:15 pm

Will Sagar is Executive Director with the Southeast Recycling Development Council. He works from his home in Hendersonville, North Carolina. www.serdc.org Sagar has been with SERDC since 2010. Will Sagar graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major in Economics and Mathematics.  He has worked in solid waste and recycling since 1989. He has 18 years’ experience as County Solid Waste Director in two counties in Western North Carolina. Will is a Past President of the Board of Directors the Carolina Recycling Association. 

Plenary 6 – Mixed Waste Processing - Boon? or Bust? -- 4:15 pm-5:15 pm
Experts discuss the expectations for the future of Mixed Waste Processing

Brian Gilhuly -- RePower South
Myles Cohen -- Pratt Industries



Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Plenary 7 – Big Brand’s Bridge the Gap
America’s most recognizable Brands continue to grow investment in material recovery. In this
session, here these Brands talk about their continued investments and future intentions to be
a part of material recovery in the southeast and beyond.

John Layman -- Proctor and Gamble


Plenary 8 – The Double Edge of the National Sword
Presenters discusses the silver lining and the positive spinoff effects of China’s
National Sword.

Plenary 9 – “A Solution is Coming to Problem Near You!” 
Cooperative Efforts Bridging the Gaps

The recycling industry has experienced numbers of challenges over the past few years. 
Learn from various organizations, partnerships and coalitions of the efforts to bridge 
the gaps in our nation’s recycling system.

Jim Nordmeyer -- Glass Recycling Coalition
Margie Griek -- National Recycling Coalition
Derric Brown -- Carton Council
Sandi Childs -- Association of Plastic Recyclers

Adjournment – Chairman’s Challenge
Nicole Smith, SERDC Chairperson


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