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Advanced Disposal Chair award finalist

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc., a Southeast regional provider of integrated solid waste collection, transfer, dis...

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc., a Southeast regional provider of integrated solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services, has announced that Charlie Appleby, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young 2009 Florida Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, which will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at the Omni Champions Gate, Orlando, Florida.

Charlie was one of the founding organizers of Advanced Disposal at its inception in 2000. He has over 30 years of diversified business experience. As CEO he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company and sets the “tone at the top” for all corporate activities including acquisitions. Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO in August, 2006 Charlie was President, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors from its inception. From 1996 to 2000 Charlie was President of a private investment company. Charlie is a Certified Public Accountant and from 1977 through 1996 he served in various capacities in several international and local accounting firms specializing in taxation, mergers and acquisitions. Charlie retired in 2001 as a promotable Colonel in the Florida National Guard after 31 years of service to the United States Armed Forces, having served in numerous capacities throughout the world including Deputy Commanding General of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command and Commanding General of a Florida National Guard Major Command. Charlie is an avid blue water fisherman.

“While I am truly honored being selected as a finalist for the Ernst &Young entrepreneur of the year for Florida, the tremendous successes Advanced Disposal has achieved through the years is a testament to the incredibly talented men and women that make it happen day in and day out,” said Mr. Appleby. “This is not about me; it is about them — Our People Make the Difference.”

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on Nov. 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Now in its 23rd year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.

About Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.

Advanced Disposal is a regional environmental services company providing integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in the Southeastern United States. Advanced Disposal currently owns and operates commercial, industrial, and residential solid waste collection operations, municipal solid waste landfills, construction and demolition debris landfills, transfer stations, and recycling processing facilities. Advanced Disposal is dedicated to preserving the environment and ensuring that all operations are conducted in a manner that follows all local, state and federal laws in regards to environmental protection. Advanced Disposal is headquartered in Jacksonville, FL and has operations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi employing over 1350 staff.

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