Top executives from across the waste and environmental services sector to come together at this year’s Corporate Growth Conference

Top executives from across the waste and environmental services sector to come together at this year’s Corporate Growth Conference

Industry leaders to discuss state of waste, share business growth fundamentals at the one-day virtual event. Read more to see who is speaking at the show.

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October 2, 2020

A who’s who of top executives across the waste and environmental services sector are slated to share their insights during this year’s Corporate Growth Conference.

Presented by Waste Today, the one-day virtual conference will take place Oct. 14 at 10:30 EST.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to get some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and innovative leaders to participate in this year’s Corporate Growth Conference,” Jim Keefe, group publisher of Waste Today, says. “Between the caliber of executives we’ve been able to recruit, the impactful sessions we’ve put together, and our new and dynamic broadcast-style format paired with virtual networking opportunities, I’m confident we’ve put together a conference that is going to bring real value to attendees.”

Corporate Growth Conference sessions and speakers include:

Keynote: An Executive Perspective

As executive vice president and chief legal officer of Waste Management, Charles Boettcher has a unique perspective on what it takes to run North America’s largest waste company. In this keynote “fireside chat” discussion, Charles will share Waste Management’s approach to M&A, the business segments the company is looking into outside its core business, where the future of waste is trending and what opportunities there are for innovation and disruption.

Market Dislocation: Where is the Market Post-Coronavirus?

Moderator Effram Kaplan, managing director for Brown Gibbons Lang & Co., leads this session regarding the near- and long-term impacts of the novel coronavirus on the environmental services and waste markets. Discussion topics will include macro and structural changes in environmental services, volumes, competition, business model, and more.

Panelists include Bob Cappadona, president and COO, Veolia North America; Pat Dovigi, founder and CEO, GFL Environmental; and David Stanton, president, Clean Earth.

The State of Mergers & Acquisitions

Fervent M&A activity has been the norm in the waste sector in recent years, but will it continue? Moderator Scott Sergeant, managing director at Houlihan Lokey, leads a panel discussion evaluating valuations, pipelines, the state of capital markets and overall industry activity.

Panelists include Joe Cassin, vice president of business development, Waste Management; Michael Castellarin, managing director, Clairvest Group Inc.; Scott Foster, partner, KPMG; and Charles Appleby, founder, Advanced Disposal Services.

Economic Outlook: 2021 and Beyond

So much of what we’ve known in the economy has changed over the last year. This session features leading economist, Jeff Korzenik of Fifth Third, who will provide attendees with a forward-looking view on factors that will influence and drive the economy in 2021 and beyond.

Maximizing Today's Waste Collection Technologies Roundtable

It is critical for business executives to understand how to leverage new technology and get a high ROI. Moderated by Waste Today Editor Adam Redling, this session will feature discussions on the next generation of fleet vehicles, utilizing cameras and load monitoring devices to better track containers, maximizing routing and GPS software and the benefits of creating online ordering infrastructures to take businesses to the next level.

Panelists include Patrick Carroll, president, Environmental Solutions Group; Jason Gates, CEO and co-founder, Compology; and Peter Kendall, founder, Dumpster Market.

How Waste Operators Can Control Insurance Cost

With premiums on the rise, managing risk exposure—and understanding how it is measured—is more important than ever. This session will highlight what operators need to know to stay protected for less.

Speakers include Will Denbo, managing partner, Commercial Insurance Associates and Jimmy Whitehair, principal, Commercial Insurance Associates. 

Business Brokers, Bankers or Selling on Your Own

Knowing when the right time is to sell a business can be difficult for many owners because of the variables and uncertainty involved. Moderated by Jeff Kendall, managing director, Laurel Mountain Partners, this session will examine how sellers can maximize the value of their business when considering a sale.

Panelists include Rob Michalik, founder and managing director, Kinderhook Industries; and Paul Jones, managing director, Stifel

To register or for more information on this year’s Corporate Growth Conference, click here.

*Attendees registering in a group of three or more will receive a 7 percent discount on their total purchase.