HDR names new solid waste leads for Florida, Southwest US

The two industry veterans will bring years of experience to their new positions.

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February 2, 2018
Edited by Adam Redling
Association news Municipal Solid Waste Personnel

HDR, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, has announced that two industry leaders have been appointed to lead the company’s solid waste programs in Florida and the Southwest U.S., respectively.

John Carlton has joined HDR as the solid waste consulting and planning practice leader, based in the Irvine, California, office. In his new position, Carlton will lead HDR’s waste program for Southern California and the southwestern United States, where he will partner with clients to provide day-to-day services and offer greater technical support for their waste programs and key initiatives.

Carlton has 28 years of industry experience and comes to HDR from Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., McLean, Virginia, where he was a senior vice president and solid waste management consultant. In addition to serving many years as a consultant, Carlton also spent nine years serving as executive director of the Pollution Control Financing Authority of Warren County, New Jersey, overseeing everything from a 448-tons-per-day waste-to-energy facility to a 1,000-tons-per-day landfill and recycling program. He managed multiple construction programs and eliminated $83 million of debt over an eight-year period.

Brett Wolfe, HDR’s waste program director, says Carlton “has dedicated his career to bettering waste practices and clients’ waste programs around the globe. He is uniquely qualified to lead our planning practice because of his extensive experience across a variety of current and key topic areas in the waste industry. He truly defines the term ‘consultant’ with his ability to address all issues and needs within a solid waste management system.” 

Along with the hiring of Carlton, HDR announces that Keith Howard has joined HDR as the Florida solid waste program lead based in Sarasota. Howard’s responsibilities will include leading the activities of the Florida solid waste team of professional engineers and scientists and managing projects as well as technical execution/quality control for waste clients. 

A recognized leader in the Florida solid waste market, Howard brings a unique mix of experience both as a public agency leader and a consultant. Most recently, Howard was the director of Lee County Florida’s solid waste division, where he led a $70-million-plus operation. Over the course of 12 years, he managed a long-term planning effort, as well as development of landfill cell expansions, a construction and demolition recycling facility, a material recovery facility, a composting facility and a waste-to-energy facility.

Additionally, he’s overseen multiple franchise collections contracts, and was the primary author of Lee County’s Mandatory Business Recycling Ordinance. His early career was built upon experience as a consulting engineer involved with landfill and landfill gas system design, permitting and development.

“The addition of Keith to our already established team sets us up for great opportunities with both our existing and potential new clients,” Wolfe says. “I’m looking forward to further growing our practice and continuing to provide high-quality service to the communities in this great state.”