2017 Annual Meeting & Elections

Annual Meeting and Elections

 CRA will hold the annual meeting and town hall on Wednesday, March 29 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM during the 27th Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The 2017 Elections for CRA Board of Directors will also be held during the Annual Conference.


2017 Elections

The Board Development Committee is seeking recommendations for Board nominees for the 2017-2020 board positions.  In order to represent the diverse views and regional character of the membership, the committee has identified the following areas of special interest for the upcoming board election cycle: SC government representatives, school/university representatives, or members with past experience as a treasurer or in financial management.  These are not pre-requisites and members without these qualifications are equally encouraged to apply.


2017 Board Candidates

Malinda Barkley - Municipal Services Manager, Republic Services, Inc. (Fort Mill, SC)

Candidate Statement: Malinda has been serving as a Municipal Manager with Republic Services for the last three years and in the recycling and waste industry for over 26 years. She works closely with local government assisting in developing/enhancing their recycling programs. Reviewing trends in the market and materials increases the importance of public education. Previous position, analyzing market conditions, budgets, risk and profitability to enhance return on investment. Native to the Carolinas her market area includes Western NC, SC and East TN.
Board Skills and CRA Board/Committee Service: Financial management, budgeting, investment, risk and profitability, policies and procedures
Mandy Barnette - Business Developer, Pratt Recycling, Inc. (Duncan, SC)

Candidate Statement: Mandy Barnette is interested in joining the CRA Board of Directors to further recycling and waste reduction throughout the Carolina's by growing partnerships and memberships for the CRA. She believes her 16 years of experience in the recycling industry will greatly benefit the CRA and its Board. Mandy believes that strong interpersonal relationships are integral to any successful organization.
Board Skills and CRA Board/Committee Service: Membership recruitment, partnership building, mentoring/training, creative thinker; CRA Membership Committee
Noel DesMarteau - VP of Sales, Coastal Wire Company (Georgetown, SC)

Candidate Statement: Noel brings more than 20 years of management/finance and sales experience working in the technology, manufacturing and recycling industries, working with stakeholders across the country. He will bring results orientation, team building and goal setting skills as a member of the CRA Board. Promoting the recycling industry, educating the public about recycling and engaging with the CRA membership to ensure continued growth are his primary goals.
Board Skills and CRA Board/Committee Service: Non-profit & for-profit board experience, non-profit development, financial/budget and management experience; CRA Annual Conference Committee (golf, sponsor, and exhibitor subcommittees)

Amanda Fairley* - Sustainability Manager, Waste Management (Asheville, NC)

Candidate Statement: With over 8 years of experience in the waste and recycling industry, Amanda Fairley develops recycling and diversion programs for companies and municipalities, leads the conversion to CNG fueled trucks in the Carolinas, and conducts public education about landfills and MRFs. As part of the Board, she will use skills honed from those experiences to grow the CRA into a major networking and education organization for professionals in the recycling industry.
Board Skills and CRA Board/Committee Service: Financial management, budget and fundraising, non-profit management, board management, strategic planning; Current CRA Board Secretary/Executive Committee, Annual Conference Committee, Program subcommittee, Finance, Education and Outreach, Personnel, Grant Task Force and SC License Plate Scholarship Program
Jodie Fleming - EHS Manager, Timken (Belton, SC)

Candidate Statement: Jodie Fleming is a 20-year experienced Chemical/Environmental Engineer. She has experience in many areas of the Environmental field with recycling being her pride and joy. She has assisted numerous Timken Company's facilities into becoming Zero Waste Facilities. She also is member of South Carolina Smart Business, South Carolina Environmental Excellence Committee, Anderson County Beautification Board, Anderson County Emergency Planning Commission, and South Carolina Manufacturing Association.
Board Skills and CRA Board/Committee Service: Education and outreach, zero waste
Amanda Kain * + - Waste Reduction Coordinator/Educator, Catawba County (Newton, NC)

Candidate Statement: Amanda has served the CRA as a Board of Director for 5 years and is the current Board President. She is dedicated to growing the CRA into the best organization it can be by fostering new and existing partnerships and memberships and creating a solid strategic growth/financial plan. She will be an honest, active and engaged Board member and will always strive to exceed the expectations of the membership.
Board Skills and CRA Board/Committee Service: Nonprofit, board and staff management, strategic growth and financial planning, experience with all CRA councils, committees and subcommittees; Current CRA Board President/Executive Committee. CRA Council Development. Committee work includes, Fund Development, Board Development, Personnel, Education and Outreach, Annual and Special Conferences, Grant Task Force and special networking event planning
David Kaufman - Sales Manager, Avangard Innovative - Virginia Beach, VA)

Candidate Statement: Dave has five years of experience in the recycling industry. Currently, his responsibilities include leading his company's business development efforts in the east coast market. By working for a company with an international presence, he brings information from both a national and global perspective that could bolster North Carolina's effort forward. His company has embraced technology and he brings experience in utilizing and launching new platforms to this board.
Board Skills and CRA Board/Committee Service: Operations management, goal oriented, technology
Amy Preble - Recycling Coordinator, UNC-Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)

Candidate Statement: Amy is a Recycling Coordinator with the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she has worked since 1999. Amy has served as Collegiate Recycling Coalition Chair since 2014, and as CRA Auction Chair. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, where she served as Auction Chair, Board Vice President, and President. She is a UNC-Chapel Hill alumna.
Board Skills and CRA Board/Committee Service: non-profit board experience, education and outreach, event planning, management and fundraising, board & staff management; Collegiate Recyclers Coalition Chair, Annual Conference Committee (Auction Committee Chair), CRA Member, Conference Speaker
* denotes incumbent candidate
± denotes candidate eligible to serve one year of three-year term