RRS Adds Three Powerhouse Consultants
January 5, 2017, Ann Arbor, Mich. – Sustainability and recycling consultancy, RRS, announced today they have added three senior consultants to their team: Resa Dimino, Bob Gedert and David Refkin.
Resa Dimino has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors during her more than 25-year career including initiatives in waste reduction, recycling, product stewardship, solid waste management and environmental economic development. Most recently, she was the principal for RADimino & Associates, the director of public policy for the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the senior advisor for policy and programs for the Product Stewardship Institute. Ms. Dimino is a founder and current board member of the New York Product Stewardship council. As senior consultant with RRS operating out of the Albany, N.Y. area, Ms. Dimino will focus on corporate clients and collaborative initiatives to improve recovery, increase sustainability and facilitate product stewardship.
Bob Gedert comes to RRS from Austin, Texas where he served as department director of Austin Resource Recovery, leading the city toward zero waste goals through services like recycling, solid waste collection, household hazardous waste, yard waste, storm debris collection and litter abatement. In addition to his tenure at Austin, he has influenced resource recovery in many communities including
Auglaize and Highland counties and the city of Cincinnati in Ohio; Fresno, CA as chief of recycling operations; and communities across Indiana as chief of source reduction and recycling with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Mr. Gedert was also the executive director of the California Resource Recovery Association. Mr. Gedert is the president of the National Recycling Coalition, an executive committee member of the Municipal Waste Management Association of the US Conference of Mayors and on the board of directors for the National Stewardship Action Council. Mr. Gedert will bring his extensive 35-year public sector experience to his role as affiliate senior consultant at RRS and operate out of the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
David Refkin will join RRS as affiliate senior consultant operating out of the New York City area. He brings 37 years of business and environmental experience to assist RRS clients with increasing recovery of valuable commodities, creating strategies to minimize business risks, implementing sustainable materials management strategies and building resilience from the impacts of climate change. Prior to RRS, Mr. Refkin was president of GreenPath Sustainability Consultants where he created CSR solutions with consumer packaged goods companies, water providers, recyclers, energy and paper companies, trade associations, environmental groups and publishers. During his 26-year career at Time Inc. he served as president of TI Paperco and as director of sustainable
development where he played a major role in the development of forest certification. Earlier in his career he was a senior accountant at Deloitte and BDO. Mr. Refkin served as president of the National Recycling Coalition and on the Executive Committee of the Heinz Center. He is a member of the Forest Legality Alliance, Northeast Recycling Council and American Water Works Association.
“RRS’ client base is expanding and the opportunity to bring on three powerhouse sustainability and recycling experts struck at the perfect time,” stated Jim Frey, RRS principal and CEO. “We believe the industry know-how Resa, Bob and David bring to the table will allow RRS to bring even more innovative solutions for recovery and sustainability to the resource challenges our clients face.”
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that strives to create a world where resources are managed to maximize economic and social benefit while minimizing environmental harm. The firm has cutting-edge industry professionals, engineers, economists, technical analysts, and communication specialists who share this vision and possess core strengths in materials and recovery, life cycle management, applied sustainable design, and collaborative action development. RRS serves both the public and private sectors to manage change in a resource-constrained world. www.recycle.com
Melissa Radiwon, Marketing Manager, RRS