Keynote Speakers

DAMON CARSON, Owner & Founder, repurposedMATERIALS

Damon Carson is the owner and founder of repurposedMATERIALS.  With yards in Denver, Chicago, Dallas, and the Carolinas, his company has a very unique business model focused on “repurposing” waste and obsolete materials from Corporate America.

 

repurposedMATERIALS is actually Damon’s second foray into the waste stream of America albeit with a very different and unique business model.  Several years back, he sold a garbage company that he had co-owned in the Colorado ski resorts of Vail and Breckenridge to Waste Management.

"repurposing": A New Frontier in Landfill Diversion

Monday, February 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (CST)

KIM MAROTTA, Global Senior Director of Sustainability & Enterprise Risk Management, Miller-Coors

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 / 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (CST)

Kim Marotta is the Global Senior Director of Sustainability and Enterprise Risk Management for Molson Coors, one of the world’s largest brewers. In her role, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives that promote sustainability, protect the company’s reputation, deliver cost savings, manage long-term risk and fuel financial growth. Kim joined the beer business in 2004, and held similar positions for MillerCoors and Miller Brewing Company in the U.S. Kim completed her undergraduate degree at Marquette University and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

 

Prior to her career in the beer industry, Kim was a criminal defense attorney and served as an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School. Kim is a current member of the board of directors for The Nature Conservancy. She has served on numerous boards, including Milwaukee World Festivals, Alcohol Beverage and Medical Research Foundation, The Sustainability Consortium and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation. Kim is a keynote speaker, invited lecturer, and mother of four children.

The Next Big Thing: Top Trends in Sustainability Impacting Industry for the Future

DAVID BENNINK, Owner, RE-USE Consulting

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 / 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (CST)

Dave Bennink, director of the Building Deconstruction Institute & owner of RE-USE Consulting, has trained groups in 44 States/4 Provinces, helping start new sustainable businesses and diverting over 100,000,000 pounds from landfills.  He focuses on growing the circular economy, zero waste/energy movements, embodied carbon, and sustainable building.

 

Re-Use has completed over 1,250 deconstruction projects, & has worked on 3600+ projects. To keep in practice, Bennink also runs a reuse store and deconstruction contracting firm, markets reclaimed wood, and salvages and sells mature landscaping from job sites. Voted National Deconstructor of the Year, he also recently won a Sustainable Leadership Award and National Reuse Educator of the Year.

Completing the Circle: Building UP an Industry That Takes Buildings DOWN

BRYAN STALEY, President, Environmental Research & Education Center

Thursday, February 25, 2021 / 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (CST)

Dr. Bryan Staley currently serves as President and CEO of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), one of the largest sources of industry data, research funding, and scholarships related to solid waste management.  He joined the EREF in 2008, where he started as vice-president of environmental programs, and has 26 years of experience in the environmental engineering field. 

 

Prior to EREF, Dr. Staley held key positions in consulting firms where he managed projects ranging from wastewater treatment system design, to retail/commercial land development and environmental management of large-scale livestock operations.  He is licensed Professional Engineer and holds degrees from N.C. State University (PhD, B.S.) and the University of Tennessee (M.S.). 

Off the Shelf: How Product Manufacturers Play an Increasingly Important Role in Waste Management

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