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August 12, 2020

Waste Pro names new CEO, COO

Waste Pro, Longwood, Florida, has announced President Sean Jennings, son of founder John Jennings, has been named CEO. In addition, Senior Vice President Keith Banasiak has been named COO of the company.

John Jennings, who previously served as the company’s CEO, has been elected executive board chairman.

“I am very proud of the leadership shown by Sean and Keith and look forward to focusing my energy on Waste Pro’s unique culture, [what we refer to as] the ‘Waste Pro Way,’” John Jennings says. “Sean and Keith are two of the most talented people in the waste industry. They’ve both been leaders in one of our largest regions and have both brought their own unique skills to the company. Sean, being a millennial, has brought a younger perspective to the company through technology and with an emphasis on commercial business, while Keith is dedicated to building relationships and serving the community. Together, they will lead Waste Pro down its path to becoming a 100-year company.”

Sean Jennings represents the third generation of his family in the waste industry. Following graduation from the University of Alabama, where he majored in economics and finance, he spent a year working in collection and landfill disposal in Costa Rica. When Jennings returned to the U.S., he worked in operations and landfill construction in Georgia and Mississippi before joining Waste Pro in 2014 as division manager of the company’s Tampa-Clearwater, Florida, operations. He then assumed the management role at the company’s Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida, division in 2016. As division manager, Jennings led the charge to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) station and recycling facility.

Banasiak, who was named senior vice president in 2019, has more than 30 years of experience in the waste industry. Prior to his promotion last year, he served as regional vice president of Waste Pro’s Florida West Coast operations, one of the company’s largest regions with more than 275,000 residential customers and more than 10,000 commercial customers.