Experience Leaders to Drive Innovation and Enhance Materials Management Consulting Services as New Shareholders
October 3, 2023, ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) is delighted to announce the addition of five accomplished leaders to its ownership team: Elizabeth Hughes Bowden, Hunt Briggs, Beth Coddington, Brennan Madden, and Matt Todd. As RRS experiences remarkable growth in the sustainable materials management sector, these seasoned professionals will play a pivotal role in mentoring, expanding service offerings, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality consulting services to clients.
The RRS Board of Directors, recognizing their exceptional contributions to the company over the years, has appointed these individuals as shareholders. Collectively, they have served RRS clients for more than 65 years and have demonstrated unwavering dedication to the company’s mission and its positive impact on clients and the industry at large.
Brianne Haven, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at RRS, emphasizes the significance of these appointments, stating, “The material management industry is evolving rapidly, and our decades of experience have attracted new clients and projects, expanding our portfolio of work. These changemakers have been instrumental in building RRS, nurturing our internal teams and services, and leaving a positive mark on our clients and the industry.”
The new shareholders have played a pivotal role in RRS’s growth, mentorship programs, and several of the service offerings and landmark studies that have become central to RRS’ brand in the last decade. Meet the new shareholders and their key contributions:
Elizabeth Hughes Bowden
Elizabeth Hughes Bowden currently serves as Team Resources Director and has been at RRS since 2008. Based in Lima, Ohio, she has successfully implemented systems that enabled the company to grow quickly, recruiting skilled talent and fostering inclusion and engagement in a distributed workforce. Hughes has a deep knowledge of payroll, benefits, recruitment, professional development, policy implementation, and employee engagement that will help support the company’s continued growth.
“I’ve dedicated my career at RRS to building HR services that nurture employee development and promote organizational success. Becoming a shareholder allows me to continue supporting the people who make an impact on our clients and communities across the globe. I’m proud to serve as a leader, helping a company that values its employees and encourages growth. It’s exciting and rewarding to begin this next stage in my career.”
Based in the St. Louis, Missouri area, Hunt Briggs leads RRS’s organics recovery service area. Since 2012, Briggs has brought systems thinking to RRS’s valued clients accompanied by technical proficiencies in strategy to support RRS’s clients. He champions projects involving sustainable packaging, circular economy transition, recovery strategies for organic and compostable products, performance metrics, and cultivation of industry partnerships.
“For a decade, I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some of the most knowledgeable, talented minds driving the shift toward a circular materials economy. To be trusted by the leaders of the foremost global brands and business sectors to solve for how their products and packaging can fit within that economic model is a privilege and responsibility. I look forward to this new means of helping RRS reinforce its position as the go-to partner to navigate the market and drive innovation towards a more prosperous future.”
Since 2006, Beth Coddington has contributed her economic skills like statistical modeling and budget projections to RRS’s projects. As an expert in residential recycling access, she has managed landmark recycling access studies and has provided strategic support to the Carton Council’s access campaign. She is based in Boulder, Colorado, and recipient of the Waste360 40 Under 40 award.
“I am thrilled to become a shareholder for a mission-driven company that continues to drive innovation and collaboration for a better tomorrow. Our work at RRS is unmatched and our clients recognize that we have been leaders in the recycling industry for 40 years. I am proud of the work we do and excited to see what we accomplish next.”
Brennan Madden has been with RRS since 2011 and is based in Berkeley, California. Madden has been integral in refining the TruCycle assessment of recyclability and compostability, modeling an optimized system of materials recovery facilities and transfer stations, and developing a database of U.S. recycling entities and infrastructure.
“Over the decade I have been at RRS, I have worked on almost every aspect of material recovery from collection routes to equipment placement and package design. I am dedicated to driving environmental sustainability for our clients and the industry through my leadership of the RRS DataCore team and looking forward to my role as a shareholder.”
Matt Todd leads the development of partnerships with material recovery facilities, fiber end markets, and communities to expand community recycling opportunities. He has been with RRS since 2012 and is based in Durham, North Carolina. His expertise in solid waste and recycling programs, end markets, grant programs, and the circular economy will help continue to support client needs and train the next generation of RRSers.
“I’ve been a part of tremendous growth at RRS in 10+ years. The company continues to evolve, lead, and provide solutions and collaboration across the recycling industry. I’m proud to be a part of that evolution and look to provide continued industry services and team mentorship as a shareholder.” – Matt
Jim Frey, RRS co-founder and CEO, emphasizes the company’s commitment to employee growth, stating, “Our newest shareholders have already made sizeable contributions within our company and our field, and we look forward to their continued leadership as we grow our team and our impact.”
Established in 1986, RRS has been a pioneer in sustainable materials management, continuously expanding its services to support organizations throughout the materials management value chain.
For more information about RRS and its commitment to sustainable materials management, please visit recycle.com.
Media Contact: Amanda Moore, Marketing Manager, RRS, firstname.lastname@example.org, 734.996.1361 ext. 147