Meet The Gold Medal Environmental Team

Gold Medal Environmental, headquartered in Deptford, New Jersey, is a waste and recycling services company that offers a complete range of integrated collection, processing and disposal services.

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Mr. Miller offers 40 years of professional and entrepreneurial waste industry experience. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Gold Medal Services. Prior to Gold Medal Services, Mr. Miller founded Choice Environmental Service, Inc., a leading provider of integrated solid waste and recycling services to commercial, residential and industrial customers throughout Florida. Under Mr. Miller’s leadership, Choice became one of the largest waste service providers in the state, owning six collection operations, one municipal solid waste transfer, two materials recovery facilities. Mr. Miller sold Choice to Swisher Hygiene (SWSH) in March 2010 but remained as CEO until November 2012, when the company merged with Progressive Waste Solutions (BIN). Preceding this experience, Mr. Miller served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Eastern Environmental Services (EESI) in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets. He remained with EESI until the company merged with Waste Management, Inc. in 1999. Mr. Miller began his career with his father’s hauling company, Super Kwik, which served the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey marketplace.  Mr. Miller has been involved in over 100 acquisitions throughout his career. In addition to his waste services career, Mr. Miller is the Founder and Chairman of the Bailey Miller Family Foundation, an organization supporting numerous charities that focus on children in special situations, and animal rescue and adoption. He is also a member of the President’s Council of Gift of Life International.

Mr. Sage brings over 35 years of progressively responsible experience in the solid waste industry, directing as many as 400 employees with annual revenues in excess of $80 million at BFI. Mr. Sage currently serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Gold Medal Services where he has been instrumental in the Company’s recent acquisition success and rapid growth. Prior to Gold Medal, Mr. Sage served as an Executive Vice President at Choice Environmental Services in Florida. In 2005, he founded Sterling Environmental, which he sold to Mr. Miller and Choice in 2008. He has also held various management-level positions at several well-known waste service companies in the past including Progressive Waste Solutions and BFI/ Allied Waste. Mr. Sage hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Jose University.

Joe Briarton is Gold Medal Environmental’s Vice President of Operations. He is in charge of the Company’s day-to-day operations including acquisition integration, new contract start-up, training and safety programs and personnel management. Joe has over 30 years of operations, business development, strategic planning and project management experience in the waste and recycling industry. He has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success. Prior to Gold Medal, Joe was the Director of Hauling Operations at Progressive Waste Solutions. He worked at Progressive Waste Solutions for over six years, and was in charge of transitioning the company from traditional rear load type vehicles to automated units in both the United States and Canada. Prior to Progressive, Joe was the Regional Vice President of Choice Environmental Services. He played a key role in making Choice one of the largest waste service providers in Florida. Prior to Choice, Joe held senior management positions at WSI and Florida Recycling.

Fourth generation waste, recycling, processing & alternatives industry executive who has experience in building and managing teams with a track record of success. He has built, managed and was a principal of many waste and recycling businesses over the past 30 years. He was a partner in American Waste, which was acquired by Republic Services in 2002. After the acquisition, he managed Philadelphia operations for Republic consisting of a hauling company servicing industrial, commercial, residential collections, two transfer stations and a recycling facility. After leaving Republic, he joined Casella Waste Systems (FCR) as Eastern Region Business Development Manager with responsibilities for 9 single stream processing facilities in CT, NJ, PA & DE. Mr. Schaffer grew existing businesses and added strategic locations to support the “Hub and Spoke” philosophy used to feed processing plants. Major contracts he added/won included the City of Philadelphia, Cape May County NJ, Connecticut CRRA and Abington Twp, PA transfer station, to mention a few. After leaving Casella, he persued opportunities in the state of Delaware to support the states desire to increase recycling statewide. Brian was able to site, permit and open both an organics recycling facility and the state’s first permitted single stream recycling facility. He also added a C&D recycling permit to the single stream facility to process up to 750 tons per day of C&D waste. The organic’s facility was receiving 450 tons per day of source-separated organics, including food and yard waste. Waste Management purchased the controlling interest in the project.

Mr. Coggins is a seasoned waste industry professional with over 25 years of experience in driving operational excellence and enabling profitable growth. John’s experience includes managing several hauling companies through acquisitions and he clearly understands the value added benefits associated with planning ahead, consolidating resources, establishing measurable goals and driving accountability. Prior to joining the Gold Medal team John had held General Manager positions with two Fortune 500 Companies in the waste industry (Waste Management and Republic Services), Family owned business (Coggins Waste, Inc. and investor owned companies. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and resides with his wife and 3 children in Cape May County, NJ.

Gold Medal’s fleet is 25% compressed natural gas (“CNG”) refuse trucks.  CNG is a readily available alternative to diesel fuel that is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. CNG trucks are cleaner, quieter and environmentally friendly.  GME has plans to continue adding more CNG trucks to its fleet.

Gold Medal collects and processes over 50,000 tons of recyclable materials each year avoiding landfill disposal.  Additionally, the majority of waste collected by Gold Medal is delivered to waste-to-energy (“WTE”) facilities creating a fuel for electric power.