Steven Viny - CEO
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Steven M. Viny is the CEO of Envision Waste Services, LLC. Mr. Viny has over 34 years of experience in the Solid Waste Industry including the design, construction, operation, and ownership of sanitary landfills, C&D landfills, transfer stations, recycling plants, compost facilities, and waste hauling operations. Over 20 years ago, Mr. Viny developed the original concept for a mixed waste processing facility known as the Medina County Central Processing Facility (CPF) He designed, built, and has operated the CPF since its inception.
Through its history, the Medina CPF was the recipient of the Silver Award for Recycling from the Solid Waste Association of North America, received recognition from the Governor of the State of Ohio, has been the subject of numerous journal articles, and has been toured by tens of thousands of visitors from areas around the globe. Mr. Viny and his staff have earned a “Perfect Record” for operations and have never missed a single day of operations since the opening of the CPF in June of 1993. Mr. Viny and his staff have also earned a “Perfect Record” for the marketing of recyclables without a single load of any commodity rejected over a 20 year period.
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Mr. Viny recently developed the MiniMRFTM system for mixed waste processing. MiniMRFTM is highly automated and features and extremely high throughput capacity while occupying a very small space. When coupled with the engineered fuel module, miniMRFTM has the capability to divert nearly 70% of the waste it processes into saleable recyclable products. A full-scale miniMRFTM system has successfully operated for 3 years and the system has already earned industry recognition as one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions for waste diversion.
Mr. Viny is well recognized in the solid waste industry. He received the Enterprise Innovation Award from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and Enterprise Development Inc. and holds a United States Patent for the separation of Engineered Fuel from waste and has another patent pending. Mr. Viny is a recipient of the Professional Achievement Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America – their highest honor. He was elected International President of SWANA in 2000 and is the only private sector officer in the Association’s history. Mr. Viny received the Special Award from the Association of Ohio Recyclers and recently received the Achievement in Excellence Award from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Viny was awarded an Honorary Life Membership from the Solid Waste Association of North America for his contributions and achievements to the Association and to the Solid Waste Industry.
Mr. Viny has been recognized by the Solid Waste Association of America with Certification as a Manager of Landfill Operations, Manager of Recycling Systems, Manager of Transfer Stations, and a Manager of Collection Systems. Mr. Viny has been recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Cogeneration Professional.
Mr. Viny received the first Class 1 Compost Permit ever issued by the State of Ohio. This facility, located in Medina County, Ohio is designed to compost mixed organics such as food waste and yard waste. In 1998, Mr. Viny designed, built, and operated the City of Flagstaff Material Recovery Facility, which is designed to process commingled recyclables. The facility serves as a benchmark for recycling in Northern Arizona. Mr. Viny started a rubbish hauling company in Cleveland, Ohio and in Northern Arizona where he also designed and operated a recycling program for the Grand Canyon National Park. Mr. Viny has published numerous articles and has been a frequent speaker at many conferences including Waste Conversion Congress 2011, Biocycle, NRC, and SWANA as well as International Environmental Symposiums such as Resource '95 in Davos, Switzerland, and Empa in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mr. Viny has been quite involved with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) both at the local and National levels. Mr. Viny currently serves as a Director for the Ohio Buckeye Chapter. Mr. Viny represented the United States and Canada at the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Annual Director’s Meeting in Paris, France in 2000. He has held seminars throughout the State of Ohio on topics such as recycling, resource recovery, and new legislation and has assisted in new membership development.
Mr. Viny is very active in Civic affairs in Ohio and serves on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic, Big Brothers of America, Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America, and he is a member of the Tower Society for University School. He has formerly served on the Boards of the Agnon School and Montifiore Home. Mr. Viny is a Founder of a Not-for Profit Organization called Bone Marrow Buddies dedicated to funding research and increasing patient comfort for those who suffer from blood related cancers.
Mr. Viny is a graduate of the Arizona State University He is happily married and recently celebrated his 34th Anniversary. He is the proud father of 3 children and enjoys skiing, golf, motorcycling, and auto racing.
Clayton A. Minder currently serves as the CFO for the companies of Envision Holdings, which include Envision Waste Services, LLC, Envision Realty Group, PRFection Engineering, and MiniMRF LLC. He is a results oriented leader with over 30 years of success in the solid waste industry, with extensive experience in all facets of the industry. Additionally, Mr. Minder is an experienced and successful entrepreneur whose companies have provided support to the solid waste industry in the areas of management consulting, project management, and employment resources.
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As CFO for the Envision companies, Mr. Minder has fiscal and managerial responsibilities for all facets of the companies and their operations throughout Ohio and Florida. He was instrumental in the bidding process which led to a multi-year multi-million dollar contract to operate the Medina CPF, over which he has had fiscal and managerial responsibility for the past 8 years. He has successfully reduced costs by negotiating and re-negotiating advantageous financing for operations and equipment, Bond Surety arrangements, and Liability Insurance and Healthcare Insurance arrangements. He has spearheaded work with operations management at various sites on multiple cost-cutting projects and analyses which have streamlined operations and made them more efficient and cost effective. He has worked to negotiate a Workers Compensation credit with the State of Ohio and further reduced costs by working to get the company suited for inclusion in Group Rating plans. Mr. Minder successfully transitioned the operations, systems, office function, employees, vendor relationships and financial management of the acquired business that was the genesis of the Envision business. He has been an integral part of the leadership team that has taken MiniMRF from concept to startup to a commercially viable company with various operating locations and equipment installations, and whose equipment is now specified in multiple projects at varying stages of development across the country.
Mr. Minder formerly served as the CFO for the waste group of The Dalad Group, which included The Norton Construction Company, Norton Environmental Company, Norton Environmental Inc. of Arizona, Norton Equipment Company, and Landmark Disposal. In his Norton/Landmark companies’ capacities, Mr. Minder demonstrated fiscal and managerial responsibility for operations throughout Ohio and Arizona, which included solid waste landfills, construction and demolition debris landfills, material recovery facilities, compost facilities, solid waste transfer facilities, hauling companies, and an equipment import and sales company. While with Norton/Landmark, Mr. Minder successfully worked to grow the businesses through marketing efforts and strategies with the sales staff and key managers. Mr. Minder built long term relationships which secured customer volumes through the Norton disposal facilities, while negotiating and securing subcontract arrangements to ensure operational capabilities to effectively manage these increased volumes. Along with the revenue growth, Mr. Minder worked with operational management to streamline operating efficiencies and develop strategies which led to bottom line growth with greater profitability from the existing customer base, while working with sales staff to ensure stronger results from new revenues. Mr. Minder developed strategies and relationships necessary to secure funding for these growth initiatives, and restructure debt obligations to keep shareholders equity contributions to a minimum.
Prior to his employment with Norton/Landmark, Mr. Minder spent 20 years in the waste industry, including 10 years with Waste Management and 7 years with Allied Waste/BFI (now Republic Waste). In his tenure with Waste Management, Mr. Minder had responsibility for 11 operating locations, at various times. During this tenure, he received numerous awards and recognition for his managerial accounting practices and cooperation with operational management to successfully leverage top and bottom line growth, while maintaining the books according to company, industry, and regulatory standards. He was a regional representative to the company’s first Controller’s Roundtable, which sought effective resources and strategies to improve the role of the Controller in leveraging the growth and profitability at the operating level. Mr. Minder and the management teams with whom he worked, successfully completed 6 acquisitions, three of which more than doubled the size of one operating location, and were the basis for growth into 2 new markets. He was an integral part in the company securing new Municipal Contracts in at least 10 communities, which included 2 first time privatizations in communities that were previously served by municipal employees.
While with Allied Waste/BFI, Mr. Minder had responsibility for the Northern Ohio District, which included 12 operations over a 150 mile radius, and represented over $150 million of revenues. During this tenure, the Distirct saw increased revenues and profitability, and was honored as one of only 3 Districts in the $5 Billion company that successfully met and exceeded financial budgetary goals, while meeting safe operation and operational efficiency goals. While at Allied, Mr. Minder oversaw a staff of 10 professionals which provided managerial accounting support to the operating locations. He was a key member of the management team which successfully expanded the life and capacity of two landfills, acquired a business that doubled the rolloff book of business for the Cleveland operating location, and successfully bid municipal contracts in over 10 communities, including a first time privatization.
Mr. Minder is a 1981 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College located in Berea, Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Accounting and Finance. Additionally, Mr. Minder is a 1987 graduate of Lake Erie College located in Painesville, Ohio, where he earned a Master of Business Administration.
During his tenure as a Controller in the waste industry, Mr. Minder has had direct responsibility for over 28 different locations throughout Ohio and Arizona whose operations have covered the full spectrum of industry services. He has had responsibility for 7 different MRF operations, including several startup operations. Mr. Minder was also a partner and Director of Business Development for The RED Group, which provided administrative, employment, and consultative project services to the waste industry in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.