Mike Knaub began his career in the waste industry as a helper at the family business his grandfather started in 1915. In 1979, he joined Rubbermaid Applied Products as the midwest regional manager for roll-off refuse/recycling containers. When Schaefer Systems International formed a new regional team in 1991, he became the company’s midwest regional sales manager for waste for the Waste Technology Division. After three weeks, he was invited to join the management team and was advanced to general sales manager. He is now the senior vice president – managing director, WTC. In 1998, he joined WASTEC, participating on the WasteExpo Exhibitor Advisory Committee. He serves on the ANSI Z245 full committee and cart systems subcommittee. In 2001, he was named WASTEC Member of the Year. From 2006 to 2008, he was WASTEC’s Board of Governors chair. He also is active with the Solid Waste Association of North America, American Public Works Association, and the Detachable Container Association. He is a member of the East Charlotte Rotary and a strong supporter of Toys for Tots.