Stay in the Know: Landfill Industry, Aggregates Experts, and Site Managers on LinkedIn

People working in the construction aggregates and landfill industries are laying the foundations of our society. It sounds hyperbolic, but it is quite literally the truth. Without a booming construction aggregates industry, there are no buildings to house the rest of humanity and no spaces for commerce.

Consider the statistic Leigh Hanson posted from the NSSGA: Every $1 of sales in the aggregates industry produces another almost $3.47 of sales in other industries. The knock on effects are impressive.

The US landfill industry is also a heavyweight punching hard in the national economy. In 2014, the EPA calculated over 258 million tons of municipal solid waste were produced across the country. The industry is valued at around $60 billion, according to the Waste Business Journal.

For project managers, heads of government departments or investors with big plans, the following list of landfill, aggregate and site managers on LinkedIn will help you tap into an expert community within the industry. You may even find someone to take the lead on your next big project.


Matt Arbuckle

Based in Florida, Matt Arbuckle is the business development and land manager at Vulcan Materials Company Southeast Division. He has been at the company since 2009, starting as general manager of Freeport Aggregates.


Kenneth Bettis Sr.

Plant manager at Knife River Corporation for 14 years, Kenneth Bettis Sr. has a wealth of experience to tap into. Bettis moved to his current role after working as plant manager at Quality Concrete & Materials Inc.


Jason Brown

Jason Brown is area HSE manager at The Brock Group. He’s been at the company for five years after a brief sojourn at Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services Inc., with a total of 23 years of chemical and refining experience as a safety technician. Brown shares motivational quotes and posts interspersed with work-related news to his nearly 4,000 followers.


Matthew Bunner

Matthew Bunner is safety manager at Mulzer Crushed Stone in Rockport, Indiana, a role he has occupied for 17 years. With plenty of industry knowledge, Bunner has much to offer. Check out his LinkedIn for articles about the pressing issues of on-site safety.


Joseph Colapietro Jr.

Joseph Colapietro Jr. is vice-president of construction at Gaia Real Estate, based in New York. He’s worked at L&L Tone & Tile, Toll Brothers, and Samson Management, and currently oversees GAIA’s Northeast portfolio, specializing in the mid through ultra-luxury markets.


Ralph Collins

Former U.S. Navy See Bee heavy equipment operator, Ralph Collins is landfill and transfer station manager at Rumpke in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to his experience in heavy equipment and landfill management, Collins is familiar with Jackson County’s planning laws, serving as a member its Board of Zoning Appeals.


Bernard McCormick

Bernard McCormick is assistant plant manager at Martin Marietta’s Hunter Cement Plant in New Braunfels, Texas. McCormick has worked as project manager at Holcim and has racked up 19 years of experience in industrial management. He also has a decade on the job as plant manager from his time at CEMEX and his current role at Martin Marietta. With five years in disaster management and nearly a decade spent as a trauma nurse, McCormick is the man you need when the going gets tough. He has more than 1,100 followers on LinkedIn with whom he shares industry news and updates from the plant.


Sonia Dimogli-Stathi

Sonia Dimogli-Stathi is general manager of marketing at LafargeHolcim’s Greece operations. Her 20 years of sales experience is being put to work to drive growth for the large cement and aggregates producer, with a focus on digitalization and innovation. Dimogli-Stathi spent more than ten years at British American Tobacco with a brief period as a leadership member in trade and distribution and brand management, before concentrating on marketing management across multiple regions. Her LinkedIn feed, followed by over 2,000 people, offers motivational nuggets of information, branding tips and the opinion that opportunity exists everywhere.


Manuel Dovales

Manuel Dovales is Southeast Florida aggregate sales manager at CEMEX USA. He started in the construction and aggregates industry close to 15 years ago working first at CEMEX, with stints at Baker Concrete Construction and a chemicals company before returning to CEMEX.


John A Finamore Sr.

John A Finamore Sr. is chief construction manager–building envelope at EW HOWELL Construction Group. With over 8,000 followers, Finamore is a popular social media figure. He spent 37 years as president of Jordan Panel Systems Corp. before taking up his current role. He also sat on the Board of Directors at the Subcontractors Trade Association of New York, an advocacy and representative group working with public and state agencies on legislative matters. Finamore uses his LinkedIn to post articles he has written, as well as share news from the industry.


Caroline Hamby

Caroline Hamby is operations manager at Dynamic Enviro, Inc., which provides waste management services among many others. Hamby started her career with the U.S. Coast Guard and has focused on environmental affairs since.


Dan Henrie

Dan Henrie has progressed quickly in the past five years. He’s moved from being a productivity coach at Jacobsen Construction to field production manager at Okland Construction to president at Tactic Construction in Utah. Henrie has an impressive 4,750 followers. Check out his feed for snaps of projects in varying stages of completion.


Teresa Kress

Teresa Kress is Hyperion Systems manager at Summit Materials in Denver. She works with the company’s software management, drawing on her experience as senior consultant at IBM. Kress posts and likes articles on LinkedIn; follow her feed to see what she’s sharing.


Shay Lawrence

Shay Lawrence is project manager at Baker Concrete Construction Inc., based in Arizona. He started his career in construction as a project foreman at Jacobsen Construction ten years ago and has climbed the rungs of seniority. Lawrence posts news and photos as well as a couple cartoons to get you smiling.


Josh Leftwich

Josh Leftwich is a regional environmental & business development manager at Knife River Corporation, one of the top ten aggregate, ready-mix and sand and gravel producers in the US. He has a background in health and safety as well as environmental management.


Chris Leykam

Chris Leykam has been project manager at Granite Construction in Brooklyn for four years. He previously worked as a project engineer at Tappan Zee Constructors and before that spent about 18 years in project management and coordination with Weeks Marine. With a mix of company and industry news, Leykam posts some useful information to his 1,000 plus followers.


Jennifer McWilliams

Jennifer McWilliams is head of talent acquisition at Waste Management. McWilliams has over 10,000 followers who catch up with industry news and opportunities. She is active on LinkedIn and is a frequent source of information.


John Nelson

John Nelson is assistant secretary and assistant general counsel at Ash Grove Cement Company in Kansas. While dealing with legalities more than operational practicalities, Nelson also shares important information about the mining and mineral industries.


Carlos Ramos Ramos

Carlos Ramos Ramos is construction superintendent, drainage/utilities at Granite Construction. He worked as project manager at Oritz Group before moving to Granite Construction, and also has experience as a construction and operators manager as well as QA/QC and field supervisor. Ramos has close to 6,000 followers, with whom he shares articles on various industry related matters.


Tim Saenz

Tim Saenz is director of technical services at CEMEX. His previous roles include manager at Granite Construction in California and division technical services manager at APAC – Texas Inc. Saenz spent nearly a decade at Vulcan Materials Company managing heavy-duty highway and airport projects and more than 5 years as a project manager at Merrell Engineering. He has over 4,000 followers and actively posts information about the industry as well as ideas about good business practice.

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