Rod Proto is a seasoned executive in the waste industry. Beginning in the 1980’s, he ran the domestic operation for a large, publicly-traded corporation. He was placed in charge of mobilizing and operating the company’s new presence in the middle east. Beginning without employees, he expanded operations to 6 middle eastern cities and grew the staff to over 35,000 in just 4 years.
Rod has since become a global entrepreneur but has always maintained his connections to the solid waste business. He has consulted with some of the largest private equity firms in the world on environmental and solid waste matters. Rod held similar positions with two private equity firms leading them through organization, start up and ultimately liquidity. He has also served on the board of two non-solid waste publicly traded companies.
Rod has been very active both publicly and privately with a large variety of social activities from foster parenting to serving on the board of a local, private school. He has volunteered his time to mentor underprivileged children in high school, college, and has served as an officer for his local community association.