||BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mid-Atlantic Chapter President
Consolidated Scrap Resources Inc.
ISRI National Past President (1988-90)
Consolidated Scrap Resources
ISRI National Past Chair (2008-10)
George Adams is President of SA Recycling, located in Anaheim, California. He has been in the scrap metal business since 1977.
Originally started by George’s father almost 50 years ago as a single scrap metal facility in Anaheim, Adams Steel merged with Sims Metal Management in September of 2007 to form SA Recycling. SA Recycling now has over 75 locations in seven states with almost 2,000 employees and will process 3.5 million tons of recycled metals annually.
Mr. Adams is an attorney who earned his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University in 1984. He is a member of the American, California, and Orange County Bar Associations.
George Adams served as Chairman of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) from April 2008 until May of 2010. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the private, non-profit trade association that is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry," Based in Washington, D.C., ISRI represents more than 1,600 private, for-profit companies that process, broker, and industrially consume scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. Among its services, ISRI provides education, training, advocacy, and compliance guidance and promotes public awareness of the value and importance of recycling to the production of the world's goods and services.
George is author of the book, “Create the Connection” 25 surefire Strategies for Success in Leadership and Life. The book is based on his 40 years of discovering what works—and what doesn’t—George Adams shares the practical wisdom, personal philosophies, and life lessons that have helped him build a small family scrap yard into a top ten scrap company in the country.
George is also very active in local politics and is a major supporter of business, social and charitable programs. He is an Eagle Scout and two of his sons are Eagle Scouts. In his spare time enjoys snow skiing, waterskiing, boating, and camping.
George resides in Orange, California with his wife Joan. They have five boys and one girl ranging in age from 18 to 34 years old. George is 61 years old.
Plastics Division Director
GDB International Inc.
New Brunswick, NJ
Sunil Bagaria is the co-founder/president of GDB International Inc., a recycling and sustainability company based in New Jersey. He moved to the U.S. from India in 1991 for graduate studies and completed his Master of Science in polymer engineering from NYU in 1993.
GDB International Inc. is a leading international trading company and is at the forefront of marketing of all types of “recyclables” products including plastics, paint, paper, and metals to various countries around the world. The company has a customer base in 65 countries and has become one of the leading proponents of conservation of natural resources by encouraging manufacturing companies to reduce, reuse, and recycle their waste and scrap. GDB International Inc. has more than 180 full-time employees within material handling, sorting, and recycling facilities in five states. The company’s success is attributed in large part to its employees, who have made the company their second home. The company operates on the principle that a company should not only look at the financial bottom line, but social and environmental bottom lines as well.
New Jersey Chapter President
Sims Metal Management
Jersey City, NJ
Brian Barkhorn is a Regional Yard Manager for Sims Metal Management in the East Region. Sims Metal Management is the world’s leading publicly listed metal recycler, with operations encompassing the buying, processing and selling of ferrous and non-ferrous recycled metals. Brian started his career with Sims Metal Management in 2010. He shows a strong commitment to safety, sustainability, health, community and the environment.
Becker Iron & Metal
As Co-President of Becker Iron & Metal (St. Louis), Dan oversees production, operations, QEH&S, office management, outbound logistics, procurement, and all ferrous marketing. Prior to re-entering the industry in 2001, Dan spent four years as a consultant focusing on change management for M&A, reorganizations, and ERP implementations. Dan earned a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas and an M.A. degree in Organizational Communication from Saint Louis University.
Dan is a past president and board chairman of the Mid-America Chapter of ISRI. He also served on the National Board of Directors and as the co-chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents. He is currently serving as an officer for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) St. Louis chapter, as well as serving on the Midwest BankCentre advisory board. Other interests include reading, music, travel, health, weight lifting, and cardio-boxing.
Ferrous Division Director
The David J. Joseph Company
Chris Bedell joined the Company in 1990, serving in an engineering capacity before leaving to attend law school in 1992. In 1996, Mr. Bedell returned to The David J. Joseph Company as Director of Environmental and Safety Services, then served as Vice President. In 2002, Mr. Bedell was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel for the Company.
Mr. Bedell holds a B.S.E. degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Bedell is also a registered Professional Engineer.
Empire Chapter President
Dominion Nickel Alloys
Burlington, Ont., Canada
Dave has been with Dominion Nickel Alloys for ten years and has been involved with the ISRI’s Empire Chapter for the past six years. Prior to working for Dominion Nickel, Dave was a manager in the melting department of a mill in Western Pennsylvania.
Dave has two children and volunteers a great deal of his time in his community. Currently, he is the Fire Chief for a volunteer organization which man’s two fire stations and responds to over 400 emergency calls a year.
Mid-America Chapter President
S.I.C. Recycling, Inc.
Brady is S.I.C.’s President and is responsible for all purchasing and sales functions for the company. Prior to joining S.I.C. Brady was a Vice President with J.P. Morgan Chase and was responsible for a commercial banking portfolio within the firm’s Middle Market Group.
Brady earned both his Bachelors of Science in Finance and his Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Brady has served ISRI since 2012 when he joined the Chapter Board of Directors of the Mid-America Chapter.
David J. Borsuk
Sadoff Iron & Metal Company
Fond du Lac, WI
David Borsuk is Senior Advisor Sadoff Iron & Metal Company in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
In his 47 year career in the metals recycling industry with Sadoff, he has held management positions in facility management, quality, environmental, legislative and regulatory affairs, and industrial and foundry purchasing and sales.
At ISRI, David currently serves as the Chair of ISEC, Chair of the Audit Committee, and Vice-Chair of Safe Operations Committee. He is a past Wisconsin Chapter President and currently serves as Vice-President of the Wisconsin Chapter.
David is a member of the City of Oshkosh (Wisconsin) Plan Commission and Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Industrial Parks Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is married with three adult children.
Electronics Division Director
HOBI International, Inc.
Craig Boswell is Co-Founder and President of HOBI International, Inc. In this capacity, he has been extensively involved in the design, development and deployment of electronics demanufacturing and recycling techniques.
Craig’s background includes nine years experience as an electrical engineer for Texas Instruments, Inc. As a member of Texas Instrument’s engineering staff, he managed electronics design projects and was extensively involved in development and deployment of electronics manufacturing techniques. Additionally, Craig was project manager for the deployment of a major shift in the production process from traditional CFC-based cleaning technologies to more environmentally friendly, no-clean solder technologies. As part of this program team, he was an active member of the IEEE Environmental Technologies subcommittee. This committee was central in developing an industry conference that brought together OEMs, academia, and environmental organizations to discuss key issues in electronics disposition technologies.
As Founder and President of HOBI International, Inc., Craig plays a key role in developing HOBI’s processes and procedures for data security, asset tracking and asset disposition services. He has authored numerous papers discussing end of life electronics management techniques and technologies. Additionally, he is a sought-after speaker on a broad variety of subjects, including data security in both the mobile and traditional IT space, reuse sales, and design for disassembly technologies. Craig has served as the Chair of the ISRI’s Reuse and Services committee and was an active stakeholder participant in the EPA’s R2 (Responsible Recycling) certification standard process.
In his current role at HOBI, Craig travels throughout North America meeting with corporations and assisting them with designing systems that allowing them to maximize revenue and minimize cost through proper lifecycle management of IT and mobile devices. He has worked closely with corporations such as AT&T, Barnes and Noble, Nokia, and Agero to create reverse logistics, asset management, and asset disposition solutions that are industry best in class. These systems focus on data security solutions, cost reductions through innovative logistics management, and revenue maximization through sales channel optimization.
Craig holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Northwest Chapter President
CW Metals, Nordic Metals – Minnesota
Neil Byce is Co-Owner of CW Metals and Nordic Metals located in Minnesota. While having been in the business for 10 years, these recycling businesses are relatively new. His partner, Grant VanWyngeeren, owns Crow Wing Recycling along with being partner in both Nordic and CW Metals. Prior to this, Neil served as CFO for Holmes Recycling Services located in Minnesota.
Neil has been involved with the Northwest Chapter for six years serving in multiple roles. Currently, Neil is the President of the Northwest Chapter. Neil also serves ISRI National as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee.
Originally from Northern Ohio, Neil moved to Minnesota to attend college and was drawn to stay in Minnesota. Both parents are from there and it was a natural fit as they spent summers there as a family as he was growing up. He attended the University of Minnesota where he met his wife, Amber. He has two children; Sawyer (12) and Landry (9).
His commitment to his community is extremely important. He has served a school board in northern Minnesota for six years as the Vice-chair, Chair and currently as past Chair. He served as Treasurer and Vice Chair of the Mesabi YMCA.
Myles G. Cohen
Paper Division Director
Myles Cohen is currently president of Pratt Recycling. As the chief executive of this business, Cohen is responsible for Pratt’s network of recycling plants and its materials- recovery facilities throughout the United States, as well as directing the sourcing for Pratt’s 100-percent-recycled-paper mills.
Cohen’s team manages a variety of recycling activities, including collection and processing of paper, plastics, metals, and other materials; operation of material recovery facilities (MRFs); and more. Additionally, he leads Pratt Industries’ “close-the-loop” initiative, which assists Pratt’s customers in their environmental sustainability initiatives, enabling them to achieve their zero- landfill goals through improved recycling and waste-to-energy solutions.
Robert (Robb) Cohn
West Coast Chapter President
Spectrum Alloys, LLC
Los Angeles, CA
Robert (Robb) Cohn, For the past 37 years has been involved scrap recycling industry holding various positions with a number of companies on the west coast and is currently working for Spectrum Alloys, LLC in los Angeles CA. as the Senior Trader. “The scrap industry has provided for me from day one of my life and continues to provide for me. I grew up Claremont, CA and graduated from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Frank J. Cozzi
ISRI National Past Chair (2006-08)
Cozzi O’Brien Recycling LLC
Franklin Park, IL
Frank J. Cozzi, is currently the CEO of Cozzi Recycling LLC, an all-purpose metal recycling company with locations in Bellwood, Franklin Park, and Melrose Park, Illinois. He is also a partner in Cozzi Consulting Group LLC. He has spent his entire career of 50+ years in the ferrous and nonferrous recycling industry.
Cozzi is a past ISRI chairman and spent 12 years on its executive committee. Franks earlier ISRI service included terms as Transportation Committee chair from 1988 to 1990 as well as Transportation Chair for ISRI’s predecessor ISIS.
He was President of the Chicago Chapter and vice chairmen of the Chapter presidents’ council 1991-1992. He also served as chair of the Finance Committee as well as the Communications Committee
Cozzi has contributed to his community through his involvement in the Darien Youth Club, an athletic organization for children ages 6-16, of which he has been vice president and club director. He is currently on the board of managers for the Valentine Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. In 1994, the Italian American Executives of Transportation named him Professional Man of the Year for his contributions to the scrap metal industry.
Cozzi graduated from the OPM program at Harvard Business School in 1991 and continues to participate in alumni activities.
Michigan Chapter President
Schupan & Sons, Inc.
Jeff Crowe has been involved in scrap metal recycling for over 30 years at Schupan & Sons, Inc. He started his career in 1986 sorting steel in the ferrous yard and soon moved to a maintenance position. In 1988, when the company invested in an aluminum melting operation, Jeff helped construct the process and took a position as Production Supervisor. As Production Supervisor, Crowe was in charge of all aspects of operations and maintenance of the melting process, a position he held until the operation was shut down after 6 years. After that Crowe helped start a full service operation in Elkhart Indiana, eventually becoming Director of Operations for the Industrial Recycling division. He currently holds the title of Facilities Manager and Regulatory & ISO Compliance Manager where he is responsible for 15 facilities in Michigan and Indiana. Crowe has served on the Michigan Chapter Board for 14 years. His duties have included membership in multiple committees, as well as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and currently President.
When not working, Crowe enjoys spending time with his whole family especially his wife, Vickie, and two adult sons, Andrew and Mathew. He also likes to play golf, scuba dive, travel and watch sports.
ISRI National Past Chair (2004-06)
SA Recycling, LLC
East Point, GA
Joel has been in the recycling industry since his graduation from the University of Texas in 1976. He joined his family business, Denbo Iron & Metal Co., Inc. of Decatur, Alabama. In 2000, he headed the formation of Tennessee Valley Recycling LLC through the merging of related family businesses and other businesses he had ownership of. In 2017 he sold TVR to SA Recycling and has assumed the post of Regional Director of Special Projects, SE Region.
Joel has served on many ISRI committees and task groups over the years and ultimately became ISRI’s chair.
Joel is married to Sara and they have three children and 5 grandchildren. He is an amateur historian and a pleasure runner. He has recently relocated to Brookhaven, Georgia.
Ferrous Division Director
Smart Recycling Management LLC
Greg Dixon has been in the recycling business for more than 30 years. He worked for family businesses and a large corporation prior to starting his own company in February 2013. Over the years, Dixon has gained a wide range of industry knowledge and has worked on both the purchasing side and the sales side of ferrous and nonferrous materials. He has also managed large industrial facilities along with being involved with yard design and overall operations.
Dixon also leads the railroad task force and has previously served on the ISRI board, chaired ISRI’s Government Relations Committee, Chaired ISRI’s Ferrous division, and served as president of the Ohio Valley Chapter. He has also been involved locally Chairing United Way of the Bluegrass and Junior Achievement.
Scrap Tire Processors
Art Dodge serves as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ecore, the company that his great-grandfather founded in 1871. With more than three decades of experience, Dodge drives strategic growth initiatives and paradigm-shifting thought leadership designed to generate value from rubber waste.
Under his guidance, Ecore International has grown from a small family business to a venture backed company with over $100MM in revenues and 300 employees. Today, Ecore uses American workers and ingenuity to transform reclaimed rubber into surfaces that deliver unique performance across a wide array of vertical industries, including healthcare, athletics, playgrounds, and more.
Before taking the helm at Ecore International, Dodge held leadership positions with Bain & Co., Dodge-Regupol, and The Dodge Company, during which he worked on complex business problems. During his formative years in business, Art developed a deep understanding of strategic brand development from creation to sub-branding and licensing. Dodge started his career at Shearson Lehman, where he was an account executive working under Bob Biggar and Sandy Weil.
Dodge graduated from American University with a B.A. and earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dodge also holds an MBA from Switzerland’s prestigious International Institute for Management Development (IMD).
He currently resides in Lancaster, PA.
Adam Dumes is a Vice President at Cohen Recycling, founded in 1924, and the CEO of Cobalt, Cohen’s ITAD subsidiary. He earned a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After completing his education, he joined the family business (4th generation).
Adam started in the nonferrous operations and managed outside projects until becoming a ferrous buyer. He then became a general manager, spearheaded Cohen’s marketing efforts, and helped found Cohen’s e-waste recycling division. The electronics division was rebranded as Cobalt and launched a subsidiary of Cohen. Adam oversees the commercial side (buying and selling) of multiple Cohen products and services, including ferrous metals and electronics.
Adam has been actively involved in ISRI for almost 10 years and currently serves at the chapter and national level. He is the Ohio Valley Chapter Immediate Past President, and holds the titles of National Director at Large, Secretary of the Ferrous Division, and Chair of the State Sub-Committee.
Adam is active in the community and supports many sustainability organizations and projects such as Green Umbrella and The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (GCGBC). Other interests include golf, playing guitar, and chasing around 8 year old Jake, and 7 year old Sam.
Tire/Rubber Division Chairman
Liberty Tire Recycling LLC
Kyle Eastman is Vice President of Crumb Sales & Development for Liberty Tire Recycling, the largest recycler of tires in North America, and the largest crumb rubber producer in the world. Kyle and his team are responsible for growing the crumb rubber segment with targeted efforts towards higher-value end uses to achieve the organization’s goals: To Reclaim, Recycle & Reuse the 140M scrap tires collected each year from over 35,000 retailer locations; as well as the 45M+ tires the company has remediated from illegal dump sites in North America.
In addition to serving as ISRI’s Tire & Rubber Division Chair, Kyle also serves as Chairman of the Challenges & Opportunities Committee, and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Andreas W. Ernst
Steinert North America
With over 20 years in the global machinery industry, Andreas Walter Ernst has been leveraging his experience in developing strategic relationships within the different markets and regions to drive marketing and servicing strategies. Throughout those years customer focus has been the most important factor of success.
Born and raised in Straubing, Germany, near Munich, Ernst started his work career in 1994 with a manufacturer for material handling equipment and cranes focusing on developing worldwide markets and to drive marketing, sales and servicing strategies
In January 2006, he moved from Germany to the greater Charlotte, NC, USA region using his industry and intercultural experience to further grow the company’s business in the different industries and markets.
Mid 2018 Steinert Andreas W. Ernst became President/CEO of Steinert North America, a market leader of sorting and separation technology for the mining, industrial/municipal scrap metals, plastics, and recycling market,
During the past couple of years Andreas has been an active member of different ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) committees and councils and serves right now as chair of the Equipment and Service Providers Council and vice-chair of the convention committee.
He and his wife, Sara, have two children, Virginia and Colin, and reside in Belmont, North Carolina.
Southeast Chapter President
ISRI National Past President (1996-98)
Jim Fisher served as ISRI President from 1996 to 1998 and as a board officer from 1988 to 1996. He
was active as committee chair and chapter president in the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel (ISIS) from 1978 to 1988. He has been the director of Padnos Aluminum with PADNOS since 1999. Prior to that he was president/co-owner of a family business, Fisher Steel and Supply Company, Muskegon, Michigan from 1975 to 1999. He has been active in Muskegon and West Michigan community in economic development, education, workforce development, health, and wellness, and social services for the past 40 years.
He holds a B.A. in political science (1969) from the University of Michigan and MBA from Harvard University (1971). Married to Jackie since 1972, he has two daughters, Stephanie Kloss (husband Dave Kloss) and Julia Fisher, and one granddaughter, Greta Kloss.
New York Chapter President.
Chicago Chapter President
Gaby Iron & Metal
Chicago Heights, IL
Aaron is a manager at Gaby Iron and Metal. He oversees the production/operations of the non-ferrous warehouse, and the logistics/operations of the back office to effectively process and sort inbound/outbound materials.
Since joining the business in 2012, Aaron has worked from the ground up learning every aspect of the company from sorting/processing materials, running cranes, loading trailers and more! In addition, Aaron oversees several aspects of the company’s growth and marketing to both retail and industrial clients to acquire and retain accounts. He works hand and hand with all members of the Gaby Iron team to ensure best practices are being implemented, ISRI material specifications are met, and safely protocols are in place.
Prior to joining the family business as a 4th generation scrapper- Aaron received his B.A in Economics from University of Colorado at Boulder where he was an active member of his fraternity (Chi Psi) and other volunteer organizations. Since returning from Colorado he worked for several large communication companies where he learned the entire sales process from lead generation to closing.
Aaron has held several positions in ISRI and is currently the President of the Chicago Chapter. He looks forward to increasing his knowledge of the scrap business on a local and national level while continuing the company’s growth for years to come.
Arnold G. Gachman
ISRI National Past President (1990-92)
Gamtex Industries LP
Fort Worth, TX
Arnold G. Gachman, owner of Gamtex Industries, a 104-year-old family business, has over 55 years in the metalworking industry. He attended public school in Ft. Worth and graduated from R. L. Paschal High. He received his BBA degree in Financial Management from T. C. U.
He is Past National President of ISRI, the trade association for recycling of ferrous & non-ferrous metals, glass, paper & plastic. Past Chair NASCOOP, Past Chair Ft. Worth Human Relations Commission, Past Vice Chair TCEQ, SBAC, Founding Board member of the Texas Cast Metals Association, and Vice President of The Recycling Council of Texas. He received the ISRI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Arnold was Chair of Trustees of Baylor Scott and White All Saints Hospital and Board Member of Sammons Transplant Institute at Baylor Medical, Board member Presbyterian Night Shelter, and TCU Medical School Development Board. He is Past Chair of University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation and member of the UNTHSC advisory board. He received the Person of Vision Award from UNTHSC in 2012. Harriette and Arnold were honored with the All Saints Foundation Moncrief Heritage Award in 2013. Harriette and Arnie were recognized with the Rosenthal Spirit of Federation Award in 2018.
He is married to Harriette Gachman, has two children and four grandchildren. They reside at 1229 Shady Oaks Lane. They are members of Congregation Ahavath Sholom and Beth El Congregation, Jewel Charity Ball, Shady Oaks CC and Ft. Worth Club.
Nonferrous Division Director
Greenland (America), Inc.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, and a graduate from University of Cincinnati with a B.B.A., Goodman joined the recycling industry in 1989. Working for 12 years for Central Metals in Georgia, Goodman got the chance to work in most facets of the business. During that time, Goodman was active in the Southeast Chapter of ISRI and Georgia Association of Recycling Industry, where he served as president. When the now-defunct Recycling Industries closed, Goodman’s next chapter was with Hugo Neu Schnitzer joint ventures, where he handled sales of all nonferrous metals. Goodman became very active in ISRI, on a national level, serving as chair of the Nonferrous Division, Trade Committee (x2), and Nonferrous Specifications Committee (x15), as well as serving on ISRI’s Board more than eight years and Recycling Research Foundation’s Board for more than ten years. Goodman has always been active on the international side of ISRI, dealing with both China and India. Randy currently works for Greenland (America), Inc. and is based in the Atlanta area with his wife, Felicia and son, Jonah.
ISRI National Past President (1994-96)
Grossman Iron and Steel Co.
St. Louis, MO
Cap Grossman has been president of Grossman Iron & Steel Company since 1985. He joined the company on a full-time basis in 1975 after graduating from Yale University in 1974, working in various positions, including production supervisor, operations superintendent, and plant manager.
Grossman served as president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel (ISIS) in 1983 and 1984. In 1985, he was elected to the position of secretary of ISIS. As a national officer he was actively involved in the merger of ISIS and NARI, resulting in the formation of ISRI. He became president of ISRI in 1994, serving until 1996.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Sid Grossman, Cap Grossman was a member of the Young Presidents Organization from 1986 until 2002, when he turned 50. Since then he has participated in the World Presidents Organization, comprising graduates of YPO.
Grossman served on the Board of The College School in St. Louis, culminating with a two-year term as its president from 2009 to 2011. He continues to maintain his involvement with TCS as well as other local early childhood, elementary, and middle school educational institutions.
Away from work Grossman enjoys spending time with his wife, Jen, and son, Jack, playing golf and tennis, as well as relaxing together in their mountain retreat in Colorado.
Ferrous Division Director
Brian is Director of Recycling, East Region for CMC Recycling. He is responsible for planning, directing and reporting all aspects of recycling business activities, including operations, sourcing and sales, safety and environmental programs, financial reporting, capital investment, risk and inventory management, and organizational development. Position includes additional responsibility of ensuring CMC Steel mill ferrous raw materials supply and business development efforts with other East Region businesses. He previously served as Vice President and Business Unit Manager, Senior Vice President Marketing and Trading, VP Nonferrous Marketing and International Development, and Red Metals Trading Manager.
Brian received his MBA in Finance and Strategy from Southern Methodist University in 2003 and his BSBA in Finance and International Business from Bowling Green State University in 1993.
Electronics Division Director
George Hinkle is the president and owner of the ACROA Group, a holding company with entities that focus on asset management, data security, end of life recycling, and logistics. With 25 years of experience, he has an extensive background of working with manufacturers and large financial institutions in developing strategies to mitigate risks, reduce costs, and to open new market opportunities.
Ohio Valley Chapter President
Metal Center Recycling
Sam W. Hummelstein
ISRI National Past Chair (2000-02)
Sam Hummelstein was elected chair of ISRI in March 2000. He previously served as second vice-president (1996-98) and first vice-president (1998-2000).
Hummelstein served on the Public Relations and Safety Committees (1992- 94); chair, Fair Trade Practices Committee (1992-94); and chair, History & Archives Committee (1994-96). From 2002 to 2004 Sam served as chair of the Leadership Committee. He previously served as an officer of ISRI’s Gulf Coast Chapter and as a founding board member of the Arkansas Recyclers Association.
Retired from Hummelstein Iron & Metal, he and wife, Marilyn, reside in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Hummelstein remains active in civic and economic development organizations while focusing much of his energy on health-care related volunteer and philanthropic work.
Gulf Coast Chapter President
M. Lipsitz & Co., Ltd.
Charles is vice-president and chief operating officer for M. Lipsitz & Co. Ltd in Waco, Texas. Since 1895 M. Lipsitz & Co. has operated as a full-service metal recycling company. Currently the company has 14 locations serving Texas and Oklahoma. His other duties include ferrous marketing, safety, environmental and strategic planning. In his 30 plus years of service he has served on numerous ISRI committees. Currently he serves as the Gulf Coast Chapter president.
Johnson is a native central Texan and Baylor Graduate, married with two children. Active in the community he has served on the board of the ARC of McLennan County, Leadership Waco, and on a more global scale serves on the board of Upright Africa.
Edward Kangeter IV
Edward B. Kangeter IV is the CEO of CASS Inc. responsible for global sales & operations focused on recycling end-of-life products into Aluminum Alloys through a sustainable, closed-loop process that is CHLORINE FREE. Prior to joining CASS, Edward managed a multi-national fashion brand based out of Italy for the USA market & enjoyed an extensive career in the fashion industry. Edward currently serves on the Board of Directors for ISRI (http://www.isri.org), the California Metals Coalition (http://www.metalscoalition.com), and The Crucible, (http://thecrucible.org).
ISRI National Past Chair (2014-16)
Kramer Metals, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Doug Kramer is president of Kramer Metals, Inc., which has been serving Southern California industry for more than 70 years, specializing in providing industrial scrap metal management and recycling services. Kramer follows his grandfather, father, and uncle as the third-generation owner of the company, which is located in Los Angeles. Kramer Metals, Inc., owns and operates several business units, including Joseph Levin and Sons and Heavy Burning Co.
Kramer joined the company after graduating Pi Sigma Alpha from Whittier College, with B.A. degrees in both political science and sociology.
Kramer has served as an ISRI national officer since 2008 and most recently has served as ISRI chair from 2014 to 2016. He is a past president of ISRI’s West Coast Chapter and served on the Los Angeles County Environmental Crimes Sentencing Guidelines Task Force at the request of then County District Attorney Gil Garcetti.
Kramer serves on the education committee for Temple Ramal Zion and had a board position there as youth commissioner with oversight for the United Synagogue youth activities. He was a 2013 Father of the Year for the American Diabetes Association. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Noah and Jonah, and live in Porter Ranch, California.
Kevin M. Lamar
Nonferrous Division Director
Dynamic Metal Services
Kevin is the Chief Financial Officer for Dynamic Metal Services and Alloy Metal Management LLC. He is part of the executive leadership team at the Company with a focused responsibility in commodity trading, corporate governance and sustainable growth. Dynamic Metal Services is a nonferrous processor operating in domestic and international markets. Kevin’s industry experience includes more than 30 years within the areas of public accounting, commercial banking and leading privately held companies.
He resides in Cortland, Ohio with his wife Jennifer. They have a grown daughter Katie who lives and works in downtown Cleveland. In addition to Kevin’s corporate work, he provides consulting services related to strategic planning and management for nonprofit organizations across the country.
Chair, Paper Division
Linda Leone is vice president, International Fiber Supply for WestRock Recycling. She is responsible for providing support for U.S. recycled fiber needs for WestRock's India and Brazil operations, as well as retaining responsibility for their Solvay mill fiber demand. She is also responsible for developing the recovered fiber supply plan for the recently announced Grupo Gondi recycled containerboard mill in Mexico, in partnership with WestRock. In addition, Linda plays an active role in initiatives to continue to drive down recovered fiber costs for the internal WestRock mills including inventory optimization and fiber substitution opportunities.
Previously, she had been in various leadership roles at WestRock since starting at Solvay Paperboard in 1995. Linda has worked within the paper industry since 1989.
Electronics Division Director
ISRI National Past Chair (2016-18)
Utah Metal Works
Salt Lake City, UT
Mark Lewon is among the fourth generation of his family to work in the scrap metal industry. In the summers during high school and college, he worked for his family’s business, Utah Metal Works, in Salt Lake City, learning to sort metal.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Lewon went to work for LMC Corporation as a nonferrous metal buyer. LMC was bought by Sims while Lewon was working there. After two years, Lewon headed home to Salt Lake City to rejoin the family business. He is currently the president of Utah Metal Works, which means he does some of everything, with operations heading the list.
Pittsburgh Chapter President
Andrew Lincoln is Vice President of Lincoln Recycling and an Officer of the company. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire in 2001, Andrew skied competitively for the Division I ski team while earning a BA in Economics. After college, Andrew worked for a Fortune 500 insurance company in Portsmouth, NH and Boston, MA. While in Boston, Andrew earned his MBA from Babson College.
After completing graduate school in 2006, Andrew returned to his hometown of Erie, PA to join the family recycling business. After completing a rotation of various laborer and management positions, Andrew set his sights on opening his own recycling yard in Ashtabula, OH in 2008 – the company’s 3rd location.
In 2010 Andrew transitioned to General Manager of the Meadville facility and currently oversees all ferrous sales for the company.
Andrew currently serves on the board of Junior Achievement and is the Pittsburgh Chapter President for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. He resides in Fairview, PA with his wife and three children.
Texas Recycling Inc.
Joel Litman is president and co-owner of Texas Recycling, Inc., a three-generation, multi-commodity recycling processor in Dallas. Litman entered the recycling industry in 1984 after a career in journalism and public relations.
Litman is past president of ISRI’s Paper Stock Industries Chapter. He also served as chair of ISRI’s Paper Division, vice chair of ISRI’s Communications Committee, and has been a board member of ISRI’s Gulf Coast Chapter.
Litman is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Susie, have two daughters, one of whom (Hillary) is in the business. Litman’s brother, Craig, is the other co-owner of Texas Recycling.
Paper Division Director
Waste Management of CO – South
Stephen H. Moss
Stanton A. Moss Inc.
Bryn Mawr, PA
Stephen H. Moss has been working in the scrap metals industry since 2000 when he joined Stanton A. Moss Inc., a broker-merchant of nonferrous metals with a focus on aluminum, where he is currently vice president. Moss received his B.A. in history from Northwestern University and J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. After graduation, he went to work for PMG Systems doing activity- based costing for the banking and financial services industry.
Moss is serving his fifth term as a member of the ISRI board. He is also currently serving as the chair of the SREA Task Force. Stephen has served twice as ISRI convention chair, on the ISRI Executive Committee, as Mid-Atlantic Chapter president, Nonferrous Division chair, and on various committees.
When not working, Moss enjoys spending time with his wife, Meredith, and their two young daughters (Madelyn and Shoshana). He also enjoys rooting for the Northwestern Wildcats, playing golf, volunteering in the Jewish community, and traveling to wineries and sporting events.
Rocky Mountain Chapter President
Olgin Efune Recycling Co.
ISRI National Past President/Chair (1998-2000)
Shelley Padnos is Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Executive Committee of PADNOS in Holland, Michigan, where she has worked since 1984. Previously, she worked as an associate at Scholten, Fant & Marquis, P.C., Attorneys at Law, and as Republican staff for the Michigan House of Representatives. A former president of ISRI, she has held numerous leadership positions within the association. This includes chairman of the Legislative Committee; secretary/treasurer of the Michigan Chapter; ISRI secretary/treasurer; ISRI second VP; and ISRI first VP.
Padnos was appointed by former EPA Administrator Carol Browner to the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technologies, Superfund Subcommittee, charged with making recommendations to the Clinton Administration on the reauthorization of Superfund legislation. She was also appointed by former Michigan Governor Granholm to an eight-year term to the Board of Control for Grand Valley State University, for which she has served as chair from 2011 to 2013.
Wisconsin Chapter President
Northern Metal Recycling-EMR USA
Brian is a 2nd generation scrap man that began his career in his early teens in the Cleveland Ohio Region with the Reserve Iron & Metal Group. After college, he worked for Akron Recycling & PSC Metals before leaving Ohio for Minnesota, were he worked as a mill buyer for Gerdau. Since 2009 he has worked for Northern Metal Recycling, a Division of EMR, were he is currently the Commercial Director. Brian’s team is responsible for Purchasing throughout a large network of facilities thru Wisconsin, Minnesota & North Dakota and beyond.
Plastics Division Director
Sims Municipal Recycling
Jersey City, NJ
Maite Quinn has more than 18 years of experience in recycling and marketing. This includes running a private hauling and processing company, working with and educating building managers, the public, elected officials, and the advocacy community. She is responsible for business development and marketing of the plastics, paper, and glass coming from the Sims’ facilities.
Sims Municipal Recycling is a division of Sims Metal Management, the largest metal and electronics recycler in the world. Sims Municipal Recycling has a 20-year contract with NYC to recycle all of its metal, glass, and plastic and a portion of its paper.
Quinn serves on the boards of ISRI, APR, NRC, MSWAB, and ANJR.
ISRI National Past Chair (2010-12)
Sierra Recycling & Demolition Inc.
John Sacco is vice president of Sierra Recycling & Demolition located in Bakersfield, California. A past chair of ISRI and Executive Committee member, Sacco has held numerous leadership positions within ISRI over the years. This includes chair of the Leadership Committee; ISRI Resources board member; president of ISRI’s Southwestern Chapter; chair of the Member Services Committee; and chair of the Chapter Presidents’ Council.
He earned a B.S. in business marketing from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). Sacco and his wife, Monica, have two children, Giovanna (16), and Giancarlo (13).
Indiana Chapter President
Metro Recycling Inc.
Neil Samahon is the CEO of Metro Recycling, having joined the company in 1994 as a yard manager. He later was promoted to General Manager, and the company expanded into automotive recycling in 1998. Neil took on the role of CEO of the combined operations in 2008.
Neil is quite passionate about what he does both as a CEO of a recycling company and one of a small business. In addition to his involvement in ISRI, he is the current Vice Chair of the Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) of Indiana.
His commitment to his industry and business isn’t exclusive, Neil also believes that a commitment to community service is vital both as an individual and as a corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors as Chair for Opportunity Enterprises, a not-for-profit organization in Valparaiso, Indiana that helps individuals with disabilities. He also serves on the Citizens Advisory Council for the Porter County Solid Waste Management District.
Neil lives in Valparaiso with his wife, two daughters a Collie and two Great Danes.
J. Scott Saunders
Plastics Division Director
KW Plastics, Recycling Division
Scott is has almost 35 years of experience in the recycling industry and over 22 years’ experience in Plastics recycling. He is General Manager of KW Plastics, Recycling Division headquartered in Troy, Alabama. KW is the largest recycler of HDPE and PP in North America and processes in excess of 500 million pounds annually of HDPE (#2) and PP (#5) scrap material streams into Post Consumer Resin. KW supplies blow molding and injection molding customers. Scott has been active in The Association of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) since 2000 serving on the Supply Committee, Market Development Committee, APR Board of Directors, Chairman of the APR board in 2010-2011, Vice Chairman of the APR Board in 2012-2013 and is the current APR Board of Directors Chairman.
ISRI National Past President (1990-92)
Colonial Metals Co.
ISRI National Past Co-President (1987-88)
Cambridge Iron & Metal Co., Inc.
Sandy Shapiro is the CEO of Cambridge Iron & Metal Co., Inc., in Baltimore, which is owned and operated by the Shapiro family. It was founded in 1909 by Isaac Shapiro and has remained family owned and operated for more than 100 years.
Cambridge Iron & Metal Co., Inc., proudly serves Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Delaware, and central Pennsylvania, and has serviced some of the area’s largest jobs, including the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the I-95 Interchange, and the Memorial Stadium demolition.
Shapiro is a past president of ISRI. He was the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel (ISIS) president during the merger with National Association of Recycling Industries (NARI) to form ISRI in 1987. He has served on several committees including Communications, Fair Trade Practices, Finance, Government Relations, Convention, Planning, and Domestic Trade. Shapiro is the recipient of the ISRI Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).
ISRI National Past Chair (2012-14)
Jerry Simms is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1973 with a B.A. in philosophy and subsequently attended the Cleveland State University, John Marshall College of Law. In 1978, he joined the scrap firm of Atlas Metal & Iron Corp. in Denver, where he was employed for nearly 40 years as the company’s executive vice president.
Simms has been very active with ISRI and its predecessor association, the Institute of Scrap Iron & Steel (ISIS) for 25 years. He has served as an ISRI national officer since 2006 and served as ISRI Chair from 2012 to 2014. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Terry. They have four daughters, Ellen, Sara, Rachael, and Lauren.
Gerald R. Sjogren
New England Chapter President
E. L. Harvey & Sons Inc.
Jerry manages the development and administration of the company’s safety program and environmental issues, including compliance with all levels of related government regulations, safety and environmental training programs, EHS policies incident investigations Jerry has also received training in numerous employee relations and government compliance subjects and has served as a speaker at various professional affiliated meetings and seminars. Jerry is certified in Hazardous Materials Emergency Response under Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and is certified as an NSC CPR Advanced First Responder, Substance Abuse Training, and Accident Investigation and Re-creation. He is past chair of ISRI’s Safety & Environmental Council, Past Chair of the ISRI; a member of the National Waste & Recycling Association Safety Committee; Vice Chair of the Westborough Local Emergency Planning Committee; Past Vice Chair of the ISRI Safe Ops Committee; Chair of the ISRI Circle of Safety Excellence Steering Committee; Past Vice President Board of Directors Central Mass Safety Council; and a member of past and current ISRI safety focused Task Groups. He is a member of nine ANSI Z 245 Committees.
Tire/Rubber Division Director
Crumb Rubber Mfg.
Newport Beach, CA
Dr. Barry Takallou is a recognized expert in rubberized asphalt and production of crumb rubber for highway construction materials, synthetic turf fields, and rubber molded products. He is president and CEO of CRM Company which owns and operates tire recycling plants in California, Arizona, New York, and Ontario, Canada. CRM is the largest cryogenic crumb rubber manufacturing company in the U.S. and Canada. He has designed and constructed tire recycling facilities in several countries.
During his 25+ years in the industry, Dr. Takallou authored numerous technical papers and participated as a speaker at numerous national and international symposiums. His audiences included: the American Society of Civil Engineers, Association of General Contractors, National Asphalt Paving Association, ASTM, the Transportation Research Board, Swedish National Paving Conference, and others. His professional affiliations include the Transportation Research Board, American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, the International Society of Asphalt Paving Technology, and many others.
His active involvement in business and government led to his appointment as a commissioner for the California Commission for Economic Development where he chaired the state’s committee on manufacturing. He holds Bachelors, Masters, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering, specialized in asphalt rubber received from California State Universities.
Peter Van Houten
Pacific Northwest Chapter President
Bob’s Metals Inc.
Peter Van Houten is currently the President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) and sits on the ISRI’s National Board of Directors. He is also the General Manager of Bob’s Metals Inc., a scrap metal processor in Portland. As President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter, Peter has been actively involved in advocacy and lobbying efforts on behalf of the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia) with both State and Federal Legislators.
Married with three adult children and four grand-children, Peter has been a life-long resident of Oregon, graduating with a BA from Concordia University and an MBA from University of Portland.
Tire/Rubber Division Director
Kip D. Vincent is President of Colt, Inc. of Scott Louisiana. Mr. Vincent has over 34 years of experience in all aspects of the tire recycling industry. He has managed various tire-recycling operations around the country producing shredded tire material for civil engineering projects, tire derived fuel for energy and commercial industry along with crumb rubber processing and rubberized asphalt applications.
In 1994, Mr. Vincent started Colt as a contract tire shredder for various companies throughout the US. In 1998, he purchased a tire recycler located in Scott, Louisiana with a tire flow of 500,000 passenger tire equivalents (PTE’s) annually. The company now has locations in Scott and New Orleans, LA, which collects, transports and recycles more than 2,700,000 PTE’s annually.
With his vast experience in tire recycling, Mr. Vincent has helped create innovative tire transportation systems and has been involved in the trucking industry for more than 37 years. During his tenure in the industry, Mr. Vincent has processed over 70 million tires; this is a milestone of its own. This invaluable background provides an abundant resource of experience.
Nonferrous Division Director
TAV Holdings Inc.
Andy Wahl is the President of TAV Holdings Inc. in Atlanta GA where he oversees the operations of various departments. He supports R&D work of the CEO by operating the media plant, wire choppers and trading metals for several joint ventures as well as negotiating new technical partnerships. Prior to joining TAV Holdings, Andy was Vice President of the Nonferrous Division for Newell Recycling of Atlanta. Earlier positions included Liaison Manager for European Projects, Assistant to the President for Kerscher Metals, Vice President for Eumet of America, and Commercial Buyer for Eumet Recycling.
Andy graduated from the Johan Wolfgang Goethe Institute in 1987.
Robin K. Wiener
Robin K. Wiener joined ISRI in 1989 to direct the association’s environmental compliance activities. In 1997, she was appointed ISRI executive director, after serving as association assistant counsel and director of environmental compliance. In 2000, ISRI’s board conferred on her the title of president.
Wiener was appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC-12) by the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative and chairs the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) Advisory Board.
She also currently serves on the boards of Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, JASON Learning, and the National Recycling Coalition. She is a past chair of the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations, is a member of the Key Industry Associations Committee of the ASAE, and is a member of the U.S. Chamber Committee of 100. She is also a director of the International Environment Council of the Bureau of International Recycling, and a member of the BIR’s E-scrap Steering Committee. Wiener also serves on the steering committee of Electronics Recycling Asia.
An attorney and engineer, she earned a J.D. degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has done additional graduate study in environmental engineering at George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Wiener is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars. Her other professional affiliations include the American, New York, and D.C. Bar Associations and ASAE. She is the co-author of the RCRA Compliance & Enforcement Manual, published in 1994 by Shepard’s McGraw-Hill as part of its Environmental Law Series.
Prior to joining ISRI, Robin worked on environmental technical and policy issues for ICF Incorporated and Uniroyal, Inc. She has also worked for the Washington office of the law firm of Sidley and Austin.
Northern Ohio Chapter President
Triple M Metal (US) Inc.
Tim Wilson has been working in the scrap metal recycling industry since 1990 when he joined his family’s business Material Handling Crane Systems, Inc. as VP Sales and Marketing. Upon acquisition by Caterpillar, Tim began his metal trading career with Caterpillar World Trading Corporation. Tim is currently Non Ferrous Trading Manager with Triple M Metal LP Company, one of North America’s largest privately held metals firm. Tim has been actively involved with ISRI serving as a Director NO ISRI Chapter in addition to Treasurer and Chapter President. Tim is married to Kelly and have a daughter, Jessica. They reside in Chagrin Falls, OH.
PSI Chapter President
Midland Davis Corp.
Leonard Zeid is currently director of the brokerage division of Midland David Corporation. As head of the brokerage group, Zeid is responsible for Midland’s network of brokers throughout North America. Zeid’s team manages a variety of commodities, including paper, plastics, metals and other materials. Midland has been in the scrap business since 1892.