John Jennings - President & CEO, Waste Pro USA
For more than 25 years, John J. Jennings has become an icon in this country’s solid waste collection, recycling, processing, and disposal industry. One of the most accomplished and knowledgeable professionals in the field, John created Waste Pro USA, Inc. in 2001. Ten years later, Waste Pro is one of the fastest growing solid waste companies in the United States.
From 1992 to 1996, John was CEO of Jennings Environmental Services, the largest private waste disposal company in Central Florida. In 1996, the company merged with USA Waste Services, Inc., now Waste Management, Inc., and John Jennings was named Regional Vice President for the combined operations in Florida and the Caribbean. During that period, Mr. Jennings and his management team (key members are currently with Waste Pro) had direct management responsibility for over 160 municipal contracts that served 1.8 million residences and over 20,000 businesses.
John attended Holy Cross High School in Queens, N.Y. and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Johns University, in New York. Early in his career, he was a trader/analyst on the New York Stock Exchange. He is the son of a garbage man, Michael Jennings an immigrant from Ireland. Jennings credits his own work ethic to working with his father during summers picking up garbage in New York.
Today, the Waste Pro footprint includes over 70 regional and local operating facilities in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Revenues in 2011 will exceed $400 million, with a staff of 2,400 and a fleet of 1,400 heavy trucks. This growth has been the result of the Jennings Philosophy - providing quality, specialized service; utilizing the best equipment - while growing the business to remarkable levels. In addition to his strong business capabilities, he is also very active in environmental protection. He has served on industry and government committees and panels, and has been a featured speaker on environmental issues, both nationally and internationally.
In 2011, John Jennings was honored in numerous ways. He was unanimously elected to the National Solid Wastes Management Association Hall of Fame, a finalist for the Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year Award, elected to the Holy Cross High School Hall of Fame, and was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Executive Roundtable for America’s solid waste leaders.
Licenses and Affiliations:
- Member, Board of Governors and Board of Directors, Sweetwater Club
- Member, Board of Advisors, St. John's University, NY, College of Business Administration
- Registered Representative, NASD, NYSE, Portfolio Manager, Stock Trader and Analyst
Robert Hyres - Executive Vice-President, Corporate Secretary
Bob Hyres has over thirty years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industry. He is a recognized expert in all aspects of solid waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal. He has been a leader in managing very large multiple operations, complex municipal marketing groups and in government affairs.
He is actively involved in key leadership roles in local, state and national environmental organizations. He is the past Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (a Florida University System Study Center) and the Florida Chapter of the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA). He also currently serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the national arm of the NSWMA. He was recognized for his statewide leadership role in Florida and was awarded the 2002 NSWMA National Distinguished Service Award in Las Vegas.
Bob earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Economics and a Master Degree in Management from Rollins College and the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School in Winter Park, Florida.
Licenses and Affiliations:
- Board Member, Keep Orlando Beautiful
- State Board Member, Keep Florida Beautiful
- Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, a unit of the University of Florida
- He serves on the National Board of Governors for the solid waste industry's premier association, the National Solid Waste Management Association. (NSWMA)
- Chairman of the Florida Chapter of the NSWMA
- Has organized Adopt-A-Road programs near many of our waste management facilities.
- Directed a privatization project that was recently merited an Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the USCM Public/Private Partnership Award Program.
Don Phillips - CFO, Waste Pro USA
Don Phillips has over thirty (30) years of financial and operations experience in a variety of industries. He has over twenty (20) years of corporate experience with two (2) Fortune 500 Companies and as leading packaging company in positions ranging from Division Controller to Vice President and Group Executive. He successfully owned a temporary and permanent staffing company specializing in accounting for ten (10) years until its sale in 1999. For the two (2) years, prior to joining Waste Pro, Don worked for Vestal & Wiler CPA's as Director of Business Development. He has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business Management and is a graduate of the General Electric Companies Finance Program. Mr. Phillips spearheads the entire finance function for the Waste Pro group of companies and has implemented several state-of-the-art systems that allow us to report results in a more timely fashion than the larger public companies.
Jeanie Dubinski – Chief Legal Officer
Jeanie Dolby Dubinski graduated from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida where she graduated with the Victor O. Wehle award for trial advocacy. Ms. Dubinski has practiced general civil litigation, business litigation, family law and personal injury prior to joining Waste Pro in August 2008. In 2008, Ms. Dubinski was appointed by The Florida Bar to serve a three year term on the grievance and ethics committee for the 18th Judicial Circuit. Additionally, she is a volunteer with the Florida Law Related Education Foundation through The Florida Bar. She lives with her husband, Ronnie, and two children in Orlando, Florida.
Ron Pecora – Senior VP Marketing
Ron Pecora has more than 35 years of professional experience in marketing management, relationship marketing, public relations, advertising, and community engagement. At Waste Pro, he manages corporate-wide internal and external communications, advertising, sponsorships, internet sales, collateral literature development, and business development programs.
Prior to joining Waste Pro, Ron owned a marketing communications (advertising and public relations) company for twenty years and, early in his career was the marketing director for a consulting engineering firm with fifty offices throughout the Southeast. He has been active in the Central Florida community chairing the boards of many social service organizations and served as a Commissioner of the Orlando Housing Authority.
Ron is a 1968 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Journalism and served as an information spokesperson in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War era.
Fred Wood – Senior VP
Fred Wood is one of Waste Pro’s most versatile and longest serving executives. Fred started his career thirty years ago on a truck and today is a key leader in ensuring Waste Pro’s culture and Core Values are maintained throughout the company. Fred has held multiple levels of responsibility at Waste Pro including developing and managing Waste Pro operations in North Florida and the State of Georgia. He is experienced with all phases of the solid waste business from truck maintenance to safety management and marketing. Early in his career he worked with Waste Pro founder John Jennings at Jennings Environmental Services, USA Waste Services and later on with Waste Management.