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ISRI Elects New Slate of National Officers

Gary Champlin to serve as association’s new chair

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today announced the election of four new national officers who will lead the association and industry over the next two years. In addition, the ISRI Board of Directors elected four directors-at-large and one associate director. At the helm of the team of new leaders is Chair Gary Champlin of Champlin Tire Recycling (Concordia, KS). 

The three other national officers are: Chair-Elect Brian Henesey of Rocky Mountain Recycling Inc. (Commerce City, CO); Vice Chair Colin Kelly of Schnitzer Steel Industries (Everett, MA); and Secretary/Treasurer Andy Golding of Kripke Enterprises (Toledo, OH). Four directors-at-large were elected: Dan Becker, Becker Iron & Metal (Venice, IL); Brandi Harleaux, South Post Oak Recycling Center (Houston, TX); Joel Litman, Texas Recycling (Dallas, TX); and Steve Levetan of Pull-A-Part LLC (Atlanta, GA). Ian Lewandowski of ShearCore/BladeCore (Superior, WI), was elected as associate director.

“ISRI congratulates and welcomes a new slate of leaders to its Board of Directors,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “These new leaders bring a wide variety of backgrounds in leadership to help guide the industry through what will be uncertain times moving forward given the global pandemic we are facing. Their backgrounds in EHS issues, global trade, and business operations will help guide us and lead us to new opportunities as the industry and association evolve. Together, we are a stronger ISRI, and a stronger industry.”

About the newly-elected national officers:

Gary Champlin is third generation in the family tire business started by his grandfather in 1950. For the last 28 years he has been General Manager of Champlin Tire Recycling, Inc. Gary and his wife Debra have six children and 12 grandchildren. Champlin Tire Recycling is one of the top ten largest tire processors in the United States. Along with serving in many capacities within ISRI, he has also been a board member of Mid-America Tire Dealers (President in 2010-11), United Tire Recyclers (President since 2008), Kansas Organization of Recyclers, and the Kansas Landfill Association. More …

Brian Henesey is currently vice president and general manager of Rocky Mountain Recycling, Inc., (RMR) located in Commerce City, Colorado. RMR is a full-service scrap metal recycling company specializing in ferrous, nonferrous, and other various types of metals. His roots originate in a small, former steel mill town, located outside of Pittsburgh, Pa called Duquesne. It was while growing up in Duquesne where Brian began his career in the recycling industry. At the early age of 15, he worked as a summer employee at a local scrap company, called Vac-Air Alloys, of which eventually became part of Keywell, LLC. Throughout high school and college, Brian continued to work at Keywell as a summer employee. More ...

Colin Kelly is the Corporate Director of Public Affairs at Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. Colin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984 from Suffolk University in Boston. During college he began a career in retailing with the Purity Supreme Company and in 1986 purchased his first restaurant. In the following years he added multiple locations and full line catering. He displayed an interest in community service early on and was elected to the Everett Common Council in 1989, where he served for 11 years. Since then he has contributed much of his time to community service and charitable organizations.  More …

Andy Golding is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kripke Enterprise Inc., a role he has held since 2005. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Andy graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He and his wife Cami have been married for 20 years and have four children: Joey, Benny, Sammy, and Sophie. Andy is an avid runner who loves traveling and cooking. He previously served as ISRI’s Northern Ohio Chapter president and most recently chaired the association’s 2019 and 2020 annual convention and expositions.

The following new chapter presidents also began two-year terms on the Board of Directors:

David Bestwick, Empire Chapter
Dominion Nickel Alloys

Jason Grube, Indiana Chapter
Rochester Iron & Metal 

Zach Mallin, Mid-America Chapter
Mallin Companies

Angelo Medico, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Louis Cohen & Son

Matt Applebaum, New England Chapter
Framingham Salvage Co

Lenny Formato, New York Chapter
Empire Metal Trading

Mary Hlepas, Northern Ohio Chapter
Imperial Aluminum-Minerva

Sean Daoud, Pacific Northwest Chapter
PNW Metal Recycling

Linda Leone, Paper Stock Industries Chapter
WestRock Company

Brandon Kaminski, Rocky Mountain Chapter
CMC Steel Arizona

Aaron Plitt, Pittsburgh Chapter
AMG Resources Corp

Neal Frey, Scrap Tire Processors
Entech Inc

Barry Wolff, Southeast Chapter
Charleston Steel & Metal Co


New commodity division directors for the 2020-2022 term are as follows:

Electronics Division
Crag Boswell, HOBI International
Adam Shine, Sunnking Inc
Megan Tabb, Synergy Recycling LLC

Ferrous Division
Jim Wiseman, Smart Recycling Management LLC
Joshua Carter, Integrity Metals
Brian Halloran, CMC Recycling

Nonferrous Division
Chris Gneiding, Intra American Metals Inc (Intrametco)
Tony Levin, Ferrous Processing & Trading Co
Marvin Finkelstein, Kripke Enterprises Inc

Paper Division
Shawn State, Pratt Industries
Leonard Zeid, Midland Davis Corp
Don Majka, Waste Management

Plastics Division
Sunil Bagaria, GDB International Inc
Scott Saunders, KW Plastics Recycling
Jonathan Cohen, Generated Materials Recovery

Tire & Rubber
Mark Rannie, Emanuel Tire LLC
Glenn Cohen, Alberta Environmental Rubber Products
Troy Hess, Mahantango Enterprises Inc

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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.

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