The board and shareholders of Ohio-based Rumpke Waste & Recycling
have named William Rumpke Jr. as the company’s new president and CEO, replacing his father and namesake effective immediately.
“The decision was unanimous,” said Rumpke board member Doug Gowland in a May 5, 2014 statement. “The time is right. Bill continues to grow Rumpke in market share and market size while elevating attention to research, innovation, compliance, customer service and employee development,” he added.
Rumpke Jr. has spent 12 years as the company’s chief operating officer, ensuring leadership and new developments in recycling and sustainability, along with increased revenues. From 2002-2013, under his direction, Rumpke’s revenues grew by 78 per cent.
“I’m honored to accept this position and I’m very much looking forward to the challenge,” announced Rumpke Jr. “I would like to thank my father who has played such an integral role in my education of the business and industry. I am also grateful for our team of blood relatives and our extended family of 2,600 employees who come to work each and every day sharing their best skills, insights and talents to assist us in reaching our vision for the company,” he added.
Rumpke Jr. has spent the last 36 years working for Rumpke. He began his career working as a general laborer, driver and manager before founding Rumpke’s Central Ohio hauling market in 1988.
Rumpke jr. built the market to include a landfill, transfer station and recycling centers in Columbus and Circleville. Today, those facilities assist in supporting the thriving waste and recycling operation that services hundreds of thousands of residential and commercial customers throughout Central, Northern and Southeast Ohio.
In 2010, Rumpke Jr. received the Association for Corporate Growth Deal Maker Award, and in 2012, he was honored as a South Central Ohio and Kentucky Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and serves on the Board of the National Waste & Recycling Association.
Rumpke Jr. earned his B.S. in General Business from Miami University (in Ohio). He and his wife reside in Cincinnati and have two sons and a daughter.
Rumpke replaces his father, long-time president and CEO William (Bill) J. Rumpke Sr. Bill Sr. is now President Emeritus and remains Chairman of the Board for Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc., and President of Rumpke Enterprises, Inc. and President of Legacy, Inc.
“The best moments in life include those when you get the opportunity to witness your children’s success. I couldn’t be more proud,” said Rumpke Sr.
Rumpke Sr. began working for Rumpke at a very young age and was employed in various capacities including general laborer, mechanic, heavy equipment operator, driver, sales representatives, treasurer and president and CEO.
Rumpke Sr.’s father, William F. Rumpke was the founder of Rumpke.