Pompano Beach, FL
As Director, Communications & Community Relations for Waste Management Inc. of Florida, Dawn McCormick is responsible for external and internal communications and community relations for Waste Management throughout Florida.
McCormick joined Waste Management, a Fortune 200 firm and the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider, in April of 2009 with more than 20 years of Corporate Communications, Public Relations and media experience. She is also currently a board member of Sustainable Florida and Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee of Recycle Florida Today.
Prior to her Public Relations career, she was a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter for WFRV-TV (NBC affiliate) in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KNTV (ABC affiliate) in San Jose, CA where she covered numerous national sporting events including three Super Bowls, two World Series and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
McCormick received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.
She is married to Rev. Dr. Kirk McCormick, Executive Pastor of Royal Palm Church in Lake Worth, FL. They have three young adult children.
Elizabeth Castro DeWitt
Florida Beverage Association
St. Augustine, FL
Elizabeth is the Executive Director of the Florida Beverage Association where she oversees public policy initiatives, and works with local and state governments on issues impacting the Beverage Industry.
Elizabeth previously worked as the Manager of State Government Affairs for the world’s 3rd largest petrochemical company, LyondellBasell, overseeing all legislative and regulatory strategy for the company’s portfolio in the United States. She ensured that business objectives were met through both direct advocacy and liaising with trade associations. In addition, she managed the Political Action Committee (PAC) and all grassroots activities for LyondellBasell.
Beginning in 2007, Elizabeth worked at BP as the Director of the BP Civic Action Program, where she successfully launched a nationally recognized grassroots program. In 2008, she became the Director of BP Civic Affairs, overseeing both grassroots and PAC efforts. In 2010, she served as the Public Information Officer and Operational Liaison in the Joint Incident Command for MC252 (BP Oil Spill). In this role, she managed relationships and communications with key stakeholders at the local, county and state levels.
Elizabeth graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Northwest Missouri State University, as well as, a Master’s of Business Administration.
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Kim Brunson has held the position of Recycle and Solid Waste Program Manager since 2007. In this capacity, she is responsible for companywide recycling and disposal services for more than 1,076 retail grocery stores in six states, as well as Publix’s manufacturing, distribution centers and support facilities.
Brunson began her Publix career in 1981, as a part-time cashier at Publix Store #001 in Winter Haven, Florida. While working on her degree in computer science, she made the transition from the retail environment to Publix’s Data Processing department, where she enjoyed the balance of working with people and systems. Her skills were put into action during the company’s move to consolidated buying. She later built and implemented a company-wide emergency response program and became a champion for business disruption preparedness. That experience led to her transition into the area of regulatory compliance, implementing processes and controls for various regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payments Card Industry (PCI) and Technical Guidelines 3 (TG3).
Her current role as Recycle and Solid Waste Manager has allowed her to reconnect with the retail operations of the company, while building and implementing programs for Publix. Her motto is “We turn trash into cash!” Focusing on reusing and recycling, the company’s recycle rate has continued to increase each year.
Brunson has a reputation for turning problems into solutions and creating better processes that bring financial value to the bottom line.
“I love a challenge, and I have a passion for solving problems,” said Brunson. “I got my start in a Publix store, so my greatest satisfaction is now being in a position to support our retail stores.” Currently, Brunson resides in Lakeland where she enjoys entertaining and spending time with friends and family, attending First Baptist at the Mall, as well as raising orchids and roses. Her daughter Laura, is also a Publix associate.
With a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College and more than 30 years of grocery retail experience, one thing has remained the same – her desire to serve her customers and to continue to make Publix a great place to work and shop.
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Marpan Supply and Marpan Recycling
Andrew Williams serves as Vice President of Marpan Supply and Marpan Recycling in Tallahassee, FL.
The third generation working for the family-owned business, Andrew has experienced every facet of the organization from container maintenance to commercial truck and heavy equipment operation to overseeing the hauling and recycling daily operations. He has been with the company since 2000.
Marpan offers a broad suite of services to the greater Tallahassee area through its container rental and hauling division; C&D, Class III, and Single Stream Recycling plants, as well as its safety supply store.
A 7th generation Floridian, Andrew was born and raised in Tallahassee. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business.
Andrew and his wife, Marlene, reside in Tallahassee with their two children.
President and CEO,
Florida Ports Council
Doug Wheeler serves as the President and CEO of the Florida Ports Council (FPC), a nonprofit corporation that serves as the professional association for Florida’s 15 public seaports and their management. The FPC provides leadership, advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the Legislative and Executive Branches of State and Federal Government.
Mr. Wheeler has more than 20 years of governmental affairs and association leadership at both the state and federal levels where he held previous positions with Associated Builders and Contractors, and more recently, the Florida Chamber of Commerce where he served as Vice President of Grassroots Advocacy and Political Action Development. Under Mr. Wheeler’s leadership and management of Florida’s largest federation of businesses, associations, and local chambers of commerce – encompassing more than 139,000 grassroots members – the Chamber worked aggressively and effectively to represent the interests of business in Florida.
Mr. Wheeler was also previously with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for nearly six years serving as the Southeast Political Manager covering seven southeastern states. He worked closely with ABC chapters and members on all areas of political affairs at the federal level including candidate outreach, PAC fundraising, lobbying and grassroots efforts.
Before joining ABC he was with the Governmental Affairs firm of Watson, Daley and Gosnell, located in Tallahassee. He has also worked for the Florida House of Representatives during five Legislative Sessions and the Republican Party of Florida during the 1994 elections.
Mr. Wheeler graduated from The Florida State University with a degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Political Communications. He currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife Ami and their two children.
Karl Berven is the Director of Corporate Services for Bealls, Inc., a United States retailer of 575 stores founded in 1915 in Bradenton, Florida.
Karl’s career began with Oregon-based retailer Fred Meyer Stores, and continued with this retailer while attending Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. He advanced through store management positions and accepted a position as Corporate Trainer with Thriftway Stores. Soon, a business opportunity arose for Karl and his future wife to work in South Australia, so they took the challenge to relocate there for three years.
While living in Adelaide, South Australia, Karl accepted an advisory position with Independent Grocers Cooperative (IGC), the largest grocery cooperative in the southern hemisphere, to implement and oversee store conversions to scanning systems.
Upon returning to the Pacific Northwest, he gained additional experience in the Industrial Engineering Department with Safeway Stores by identifying procurement and expense reduction opportunities and participating in ratio-delay time and motion studies to improve labor productivity. Other responsibilities included additional income generation programs that enhanced the customer experience while increasing profits.
In 1998, Karl was recruited by Bradenton-based Bealls Inc., as Manager of Corporate Services. When the existing Facilities Manager retired, Karl accepted the position of Director of Facilities & Corporate Services, with expanded areas of responsibility. In this capacity he has managed $23 million in annual utility expense, as well as administration of waste and recycling services. Other areas of oversight included management of Bealls’ 120 car fleet program, Bealls’ corporate employee relocation program, and corporate office space management.
Karl became a member of the group “Professional Retail Store Management (PRSM)” in 2010, and has participated as a guest speaker and moderator during the PRSM National Conferences. Additionally, he wrote an article published in the PRSM Best Practices book regarding Retailer Recycling Best Practices.
Charles “Chuck” Dees is Vice President, Public Affairs for Waste Management and is responsible for government affairs, community relations and communications in the State of Florida. Based in Houston, Texas, Waste Management is North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services. It is a FORTUNE 200 company with revenues of approximately $13 billion and more than 43,000 employees.
As a 38-year veteran in the waste industry, Mr. Dees has held several positions over the years, gaining significant management, financial, field service and government relations experience.
He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Mississippi State University.
Steven J Lezman
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Steve Lezman is PepsiCo’s Senior Director Government Affairs based in Bradenton Florida. Steve has 27 years’ experience with PepsiCo including Government Affairs, Environmental Affairs, Public Relations, Plant Operations Management, Facility Planning, and Engineering. Steve’s responsibilities include state and local government affairs in ten states assisting all the PepsiCo brands including Tropicana, Frito Lay, Pepsi Cola, Quaker and Gatorade. Steve also was a Plant Engineer for Ore Ida Foods in Michigan.
Steve has a Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Michigan.
Director of Government Relations
International Bottled Water Association
With nearly 30 years in the public affairs arena, James P. (J.P.) Toner, Jr. is Director of Government Relations for the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), where he handles state and local government relations and lobbying and management of the IBWA PAC. In this role, J.P. testifies on legislation, authors comments, works with state and local government organizations, and monitors state and local legislative and regulatory activity across the country on behalf of the association and its members.
Prior to joining IBWA, J.P. was Manager of External Affairs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association of the nation’s shareholder-owned utility companies. In this role, J.P. manages grassroots activities, Internet advocacy and state and local government group relationships for the association.
J.P. worked as Director of Grassroots Consulting for Aristotle, an international public affairs consulting firm, supporting clients in their efforts to improve their grassroots, PAC and advocacy programs.
He came to Aristotle after four years as Manager of Political Involvement Programs at the Public Affairs Council (PAC), the country’s premier association for public affairs professionals. At PAC, J.P. was a resource for grassroots, community involvement, corporate philanthropy and international public affairs for the Council’s members.
J.P.’s first position in the Washington DC area was as a Manager of Legislative Services at Stateside Associates, a state legislative monitoring and issues management firm in Arlington, VA. Prior to moving to the area, J.P. worked for several public and private organizations and specialized in the fields of public affairs, public relations, media relations, community involvement, grassroots organization and campaign work.