This past weekend, ISRI conducted its Industry Leadership Training Program at its office in Washington, D.C. The sold out program brought together 32 attendees, trainers, and ISRI staff to discuss the day-to-day operations of running a scrap yard and encourage networking amongst attendees.
Day one started out with a training session led by industry veterans Jim Lawrence of American Metal Market and Jim Wiseman of Smart Recycling Management. With a combined experience of over 80 years in the industry, these veterans taught participants the A-B-C’s of buying and selling scrap materials. From there, the meeting covered finance and accounting, taught by Kevin Lamar, CFO of Dynamic Metals. Kevin discussed with attendees, many of whom do not have an accounting background, the important financial reports needed to run a scrap yard. The day ended with a two hour seminar on workforce and human resources compliance issues and a one hour advocacy session led by Danielle Waterfield, ISRI’s Sr. Director of Government Relations. Danielle discussed why advocacy is important and how to build relationships with state lawmakers. Understanding the basics of relationship building is important should legislation be introduced that can harm your efforts to run your business.
Day two started with a two hour safety and compliance session by block Terry Cirone, VP of ISRI Safety. Terry demonstrated not only from a life-saving safety perspective, but from a financial one why safety is a crucial aspect of running a modern day scrap yard. From there, participants heard from Scott Miller, Chief Corporate Counsel for Sims Metal Management and Scott Horne, CEO of the Ryan Group about all of the aspects of how various environmental laws can impact a recycling facility, and how complying with the multitude of regulations that govern the scrap industry can reduce business owners’ likelihood of paying thousands, if not millions, in fines and penalties for non-compliance.
For more information contact Director of Member Services Jonathan Levy.