Richard d’Abo (Chairman): Richard is a Co-Founder of NPE. His early backing was responsible for securing the Vero Beach site for NPE’s initial project in Florida. Richard’s strategic business and financial counsel has proven invaluable for NPE. Richard is a partner in the private equity firm The Yucaipa Companies in Los Angeles, California. Richard is Chairman of Eimskip, a publicly traded Icelandic shipping company, and a trustee of Americold Realty Trust, a privately owned REIT, which is the largest cold storage company in the world.
Jay Johnson (Vice Chairman): Jay Johnson is a business owner and entrepreneur based in Springfield, Illinois. After graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Finance from Illinois State University in 1990, Johnson began his professional career at the First Chicago Corp in Chicago. Jay has since founded an insurance agency, hedge fund, agricultural grain company, and a communications company. Jay served as President of Johnson Grain, LLC from it inception in 2003 until its merger with The Scoular Company in 2010. Jay serves as Board Chairman of Homewav, LLC and Johnson Risk Management, LLC. Jay and the Johnson family has the distinct honor of being in the Lincoln Presidential Library. https://www.illinois.gov/alplm/library/collections/oralhistory/agriculture/modern/Pages/JohnsonJay.aspx
John Cruikshank: John is a Co-Founder of NPE. Since 2001, John has focused exclusively in the environmental fields of waste management and renewable energy. John’s strength is in business development. He leads NPE’s efforts to site new project opportunities, develop and manage critical relationships with communities, as well as with political and regulatory leaders, and effectively oversee the permitting and development process. John received his B.A. in Business and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University.
Charlie Appleby: Charlie Appleby served as the Chairman, Director, and Chief Executive officer of Advanced Disposal, the fifth largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in the United States, from August 2006 to June 2014 Charlie grew Advanced Disposal into a leading growth-oriented environmental services company providing integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling, transfer and disposal services throughout the eastern U.S. Charlie built Advanced Disposal’s network of vertically integrated facilities with 91 operating facilities, 42 landfills, 72 transfer stations and 25 recycling operations in 17 states, employing over 5,000 people and operating a 3,000 truck fleet Charlie completed over 115 acquisitions, totaling in excess of $2.5B, including the US solid waste operations of Veolia Environmental ($~800MM of revenue) and Interstate Waste Services (~$200MM of revenue). Charlie has won numerous industry awards, including introduction into the National Waste & Recycling Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Charlie is also a Colonel (Retired) of the Florida Army National Guard, selected for promotion to Brigadier General prior to retirement in August 2001 after 31 years of service to the U.S. Armed Forces, including Active Duty from August 1970 to August 1973.