Jim Cosman started his professional life as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. He became a garbage truck driver for BFI in 1972. Within three years, he was a District Manager for BFI. Later he became Regional Vice President for BFI. In 1997, he becamethe President adn COO for Republic Services, helping to grow the company from $611 million to $2.1 billion in annual revenues. He was responsible for BFI becoming the first publicly held sold waste company to enter the New York City market and for implementing a very strict environmental compliance program at BFI. He retired in 2000 to open a consulting company, Doing Things Better, LLC, and helped revamp Pittsburgh’s waste management program.