Board of Directors

Steven J Lezman
Steven J Lezman
Senior Director, Government Affairs
PEPSICO
Bradenton, FL
Chair

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Elizabeth Castro DeWitt
Elizabeth DeWitt
Florida Beverage Association
St. Augustine, FL
Chair Elect

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J.P. Toner
J.P. Toner
International
Bottled Water Association
Secretary/Treasurer

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Dawn McCormick
Dawn McCormick
Waste Management Inc. of Florida
Boca Raton, FL
Past Chair

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Dawn McCormick is responsible for communications and community relations activities for Waste Management in Florida, co-manages the company’s Public Affairs activities in Tallahassee and coordinates the company’s Recycling Improvement initiatives in the state.

A former TV anchor and reporter, Dawn serves on the Board of Governors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and as Past Chair and Board Member of the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation. She is a member of Leadership Florida’s Class XXXIV.

McCormick received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.

She is married to Rev. Dr. Kirk McCormick. They have three adult children and one grandson.

Dawn McCormick
Dawn McCormick
Waste Management Inc. of Florida
Boca Raton, FL
Past Chair

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.

Elizabeth Castro DeWitt
Elizabeth DeWitt
Florida Beverage Association
St. Augustine, FL
Chair Elect
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.

J.P. Toner
J.P. Toner
International
Bottled Water Association
Secretary/Treasurer
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.

Steven J Lezman
Steven J Lezman
Senior Director, Government Affairs
PEPSICO
Bradenton, FL
Chair

Board Members

Karl Berven
Karl Berven
Director of
Corporate Services
Bealls Inc.,
Bradenton, FL

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Donn Githens
Donn Githens
Goodwill Manasota

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Harold E Bowman

Harold E Bowman
Director of Sales for Darling Ingredients Inc.

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Tomey Tuttle
Tomey Tuttle
Environmental Services Manager Florida Power and Light
Juno Beach, FL

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Harold Bowman is a Director of Sales for Darling Ingredients Inc. He is currently working in the Restaurant Services Division (DarPro Solutions) where our company repurposes Used Cooking Oil and Animal Fats. One large area repurposed material goes into renewable fuels through our joint venture with Valero Petroleum (Diamond Green Diesel). Harold has managed in the Operations area, where raw materials are processed into finish ingredient commodity markets. Harold has served 19 plus years in this industry having come from QSR restaurant industry. He has also work in Automotive Components Manufacturing for over 10 years in his early career.
Harold E Bowman
Harold E Bowman
Director of Sales for Darling Ingredients Inc.
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 later accepted one 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 oversight of the Miscellaneous Income 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’ 130 car fleet programs, 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.

Karl Berven
Karl Berven
Director of Corporate Services
Bealls Inc.,
Bradenton, FL
Donn Githens currently serves as the President for Goodwill Manasota (GIM) and in this role, reports to the President & CEO. Githens is responsible for the successful execution of GIM’s retail operation including Stores, Attended Donation Centers (ADCs), Transportation, Purchasing, White Glove/Donor Development, Titled Goods, Post Retail Operations, Real Estate, Facilities Maintenance, and Property Management as well as technical assistance, training, and leadership development. Additionally, responsibilities include planning and developing donated goods operations activities using all available data, resources, and capabilities to ensure continuous performance improvement within GIM.

Before joining Goodwill Manasota, he held the titles of Director of Transportation and Attended Donation Centers and Regional Director of Retail Operations at Goodwill of North Georgia (Atlanta) for several years. Before that, he was the Director of Retail Operations for the Southern District of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers. Githens earned his MBA at Ashton University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and is a graduate of Goodwill Industries International’s Senior Leadership Program and the University of Georgia-Fanning Institute’s Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO). He enjoys fishing, boating, and all the outdoor activities Florida offers. Githens lives in Sarasota Florida with his wife, Jenny, and sons, Tommy, and Patrick.

Donn Githens
Donn Githens
Goodwill Manasota
Tomey Tuttle is FPL’s manager for the environmental assessments and waste group. Tomey has 40 years of experience in the environmental field for the utility industry. Tomey’s utility experience includes laboratory development, plant chemistry operations, corporate waste program oversight, environmental auditing, legislative and regulatory development. He has been with FPL for 16 years. Prior to coming south to Florida, Tomey worked for Illinois Power Company for 23 years and City Water, light and Power of Springfield, Illinois. Currently he manages a team of professionals for FPL engaged in environmental assessments for future renewable energy development and development of new opportunities for the reuse and recycling of waste materials generated from utility operations.

Tomey has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Tomey and his wife now calls Port St Lucie, FL home.

Tomey Tuttle
Tomey Tuttle
Environmental Services Manager Florida Power and Light
Juno Beach, FL
Derieth L. Sutton

Derieth L. Sutton,
CEcD, EDFP, MS EPM
Vice President of Economic Development & Government Relations
Niagara Bottling, LLC

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Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams
Vice President, Marpan Supply
and Marpan Recycling
Tallahassee, FL

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Lisa Gillard
Lisa Gillard
Environmental and Sustainability Programs
Publix Super Markets

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Jenna Emerson
Jenna Emerson
Public Affairs Manager
CEMEX’s Florida Region

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Derieth L. Sutton is the Vice President of Economic Development & Government Relations for Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned and operated beverage supplier in the United States. Sutton brings over 30 years of public and private sector experience to that position. Prior to joining Niagara, Sutton served as the Lake County Regional Director for the Metro Orlando EDC where she worked recruitment, expansion and retention projects within the Orlando region. Her experience in economic development can be traced back to positions held with the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing, and the City of Kansas City, KS. She has also worked as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Palm Bay, the Business Development Coordinator for the City of Fort Pierce and Director of Economic Development for Worcester County (MD) Government.

In her current position, Sutton is responsible overseeing, coaching and guiding a team of Economic Development and Governmental Affairs Professionals through the process for both new and existing domestic and international plant expansions; establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with governmental partners; legislative lobbying and bill tracking on all levels of government; building strategic alliances; and the implementation of incentive opportunities that ultimately position the company for growth while reducing operational costs. She also coordinates community initiatives for over 40 plants across the country that help introduce the company to the respective communities and allows the company to give back to those with the greatest need.

Sutton has earned a bachelor of art degree in electronic journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She earned a Master of Science in Public Administration in 2003 and completed a second Master of Science Degree in Environmental Policy and Management with Honors from American Public University in 2016. She is a certified economic development professional through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); and is an Economic Development Finance Professional as certified through the National Development Council (NDC). Her commitment to the process of economic development is evident through her active membership in IEDC where she served on IEDC’s Public Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC) for 17 years and is a mentor to professionals seeking to become certified. Sutton has also served as a volunteer through IEDC’s Economic Recovery Volunteer Program which provided counseling and technical assistance to businesses adversely impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is an avid supporter of IEDC’s Certification Process and serves as a co-instructor for the organization’s Certification Review Course that is taught at the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute (OU EDI). In 2015, OU EDI honored Sutton with the creation of the Sutton Scholarship for Economic Development. The scholarship helps young professionals further their education in the profession.

Sutton is also a voice for the beverage industry. She serves as Co-Chair of the International Bottled Water Association’s (IBWA) Government Relations Committee, which promotes the industry’s legislative and regulatory platform at the Federal level; a member of the organization’s State Affairs Task Force, which monitors legislation in all 50 states and abroad; and is a member of the both the plant sitting sub-committee as well as the Healthy Hydration Task Force. In addition, she is a member of the American Beverage Association (ABA) Governmental Affairs efforts and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation.

Outside of work, Sutton is a faithful member of her church and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. where she serves as President of her local chapter. She enjoys walking, cartoons, science fiction movies, spending time with family and her beautiful cocker spaniel. When not engaged in these activities, you can find Sutton out volunteering as she believes helping to edify others is the best thing a person can do in life.

Derieth L. Sutton
Derieth L. Sutton
CEcD, EDFP, MS EPM,
Vice President of Economic Development & Government Relations
Niagara Bottling, LLC
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.

Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams
Vice President, Marpan Supply
and Marpan Recycling
Tallahassee, FL
Lisa Gillard
Lisa Gillard
Environmental and Sustainability Programs
Publix Super Markets
Jenna Emerson is the Public Affairs Manager for CEMEX’s Florida Region and is coming up on year 13 with the company. She has a Bachelor Degree in Interpersonal Communications from the University of Central FL along with an AA and Minor in Nutrition from Florida State University. She currently lives in Orlando, FL. with her husband Chris of 10 years and two daughters, Vivienne and Everly. Her responsibilities for CEMEX include strategic planning and outreach for all business lines to help establish and grow collaborative relationships with our stakeholders and strengthen CEMEX’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs Strategies. When Jenna is not working you can find her spending quality time with her husband and two daughters which include many trips to all the local theme parks in Orlando. Her hobbies including cooking, entertaining, exercising, traveling and crafting.
Jenna Emerson
Jenna Emerson
Public Affairs Manager
CEMEX’s Florida Region
Michael Rubin
Michael Rubin
President/CEO
Florida Ports Council

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Billi Jo Huddleston
Billi Huddleston
Assessments Manager
FPL Environmental Services

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Michael Rubin is currently serving as President/CEO of the Florida Ports Council (FPC). The FPC provides leadership, advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the Legislative and Executive Branches of State and Federal Government.

Mr. Rubin also served as the Assistant Secretary for the State’s Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development program – a statutory local government/state government partnership with the purpose of investing in port transportation or port facilities projects that will improve the movement and intermodal transportation of cargo or passengers in commerce and trade that will support the interest, purposes and requirements of ports located in Florida.

Mr. Rubin has over twenty years of experience in the creation and development of state economic development and international trade policy – including the creation of Enterprise Florida, international export promotion programs, and seaport development financing legislation.

Prior to joining the Florida Ports Council, Mr. Rubin was on staff at the Florida House of Representatives for approximately 10 years, where he served as staff director and staff attorney for the House Commerce and Economic Development Committees.

Mr. Rubin received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Rollins College, and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the Florida State University Law School. Mr. Rubin currently resides in Tallahassee, where he and his wife Brenda raised twin boys.

Michael Rubin
Michael Rubin
President/CEO
Florida Ports Council
Billi Jo Huddleston is the manager of the Environmental Assessments, Remediation and Waste team for Florida Power and Light (FPL) Environmental Services. Billi Jo has over 20 years experience in the electric utility industry, with over 15 years in environmental compliance. Her experience includes multiple levels of generating facility operations and environmental compliance: water chemist, environmental compliance specialist, project manager, supervisor, regional manager. She is very familiar with all aspects of environmental compliance requirements for electric generating facilities.

Billi Jo currently manages a team of professionals engaged in environmental assessments for future renewable energy development, providing guidance site remediation projects, and development of new opportunities for the reuse and recycling of waste materials generated from utility operations.

Billi Jo has two Bachelors of science degrees (biology and chemistry) from the University of West Georgia. She has also received a Certified Hazardous Materials Management (CHMM) certification in October 2012 from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) and a Hazardous Materials Management certification in April 2012 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She served as a Planning Committee member for the Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) and as a Board Member for Junior Achievement.

Her family currently calls Port Saint Lucie Florida home.

Billi Huddelston
Billi Huddleston
Assessments Manager
FPL Environmental Services
Steven J Lezman
Steven J Lezman
Senior Director, Government Affairs
PEPSICO
Bradenton, FL
Chair

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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.

Elizabeth Castro DeWitt
Elizabeth DeWitt
Florida Beverage Association
St. Augustine, FL
Chair Elect

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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.

J.P. Toner
J.P. Toner
International
Bottled Water Association
Secretary/Treasurer

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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.

Dawn McCormick
Dawn McCormick
Waste Management Inc. of Florida
Boca Raton, FL
Past Chair

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Dawn McCormick is responsible for communications and community relations activities for Waste Management in Florida, co-manages the company’s Public Affairs activities in Tallahassee and coordinates the company’s Recycling Improvement initiatives in the state.

A former TV anchor and reporter, Dawn serves on the Board of Governors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and as Past Chair and Board Member of the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation. She is a member of Leadership Florida’s Class XXXIV.

McCormick received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.

She is married to Rev. Dr. Kirk McCormick. They have three adult children and one grandson.

Board Members

Karl Berven
Karl Berven
Director of
Corporate Services
Bealls Inc.,
Bradenton, FL

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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 later accepted one 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 oversight of the Miscellaneous Income 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’ 130 car fleet programs, 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.

Donn Githens
Donn Githens
Vice President of Operations
Goodwill Manasota

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Donn Githens currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Goodwill Manasota (GIM) and in this role, reports to the President & CEO. Githens is responsible for the successful execution of GIM’s retail operation including Stores, Attended Donation Centers (ADCs), Transportation, Purchasing, White Glove/Donor Development, Titled Goods, Post Retail Operations, Real Estate, Facilities Maintenance, and Property Management as well as technical assistance, training, and leadership development. Additionally, responsibilities include planning and developing donated goods operations activities using all available data, resources, and capabilities to ensure continuous performance improvement within GIM.

Before joining Goodwill Manasota, he held the titles of Director of Transportation and Attended Donation Centers and Regional Director of Retail Operations at Goodwill of North Georgia (Atlanta) for several years. Before that, he was the Director of Retail Operations for the Southern District of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers. Githens earned his MBA at Ashton University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and is a graduate of Goodwill Industries International’s Senior Leadership Program and the University of Georgia-Fanning Institute’s Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO). He enjoys fishing, boating, and all the outdoor activities Florida offers. Githens lives in Sarasota Florida with his wife, Jenny, and sons, Tommy, and Patrick.

Harold E Bowman
Harold E Bowman
Director of Sales for Darling Ingredients Inc.

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Harold Bowman is a Director of Sales for Darling Ingredients Inc. He is currently working in the Restaurant Services Division (DarPro Solutions) where our company repurposes Used Cooking Oil and Animal Fats. One large area repurposed material goes into renewable fuels through our joint venture with Valero Petroleum (Diamond Green Diesel). Harold has managed in the Operations area, where raw materials are processed into finish ingredient commodity markets. Harold has served 19 plus years in this industry having come from QSR restaurant industry. He has also work in Automotive Components Manufacturing for over 10 years in his early career.
Tomey Tuttle
Tomey Tuttle
Environmental Services Manager Florida Power and Light
Juno Beach, FL

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Tomey Tuttle is FPL’s manager for the environmental assessments and waste group. Tomey has 40 years of experience in the environmental field for the utility industry. Tomey’s utility experience includes laboratory development, plant chemistry operations, corporate waste program oversight, environmental auditing, legislative and regulatory development. He has been with FPL for 16 years. Prior to coming south to Florida, Tomey worked for Illinois Power Company for 23 years and City Water, light and Power of Springfield, Illinois. Currently he manages a team of professionals for FPL engaged in environmental assessments for future renewable energy development and development of new opportunities for the reuse and recycling of waste materials generated from utility operations.

Tomey has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Tomey and his wife now calls Port St Lucie, FL home.

Derieth L. Sutton

Derieth L. Sutton,
CEcD, EDFP, MS EPM
Vice President of Economic Development & Government Relations
Niagara Bottling, LLC

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Derieth L. Sutton is the Vice President of Economic Development & Government Relations for Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned and operated beverage supplier in the United States. Sutton brings over 30 years of public and private sector experience to that position. Prior to joining Niagara, Sutton served as the Lake County Regional Director for the Metro Orlando EDC where she worked recruitment, expansion and retention projects within the Orlando region. Her experience in economic development can be traced back to positions held with the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing, and the City of Kansas City, KS. She has also worked as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Palm Bay, the Business Development Coordinator for the City of Fort Pierce and Director of Economic Development for Worcester County (MD) Government.

In her current position, Sutton is responsible overseeing, coaching and guiding a team of Economic Development and Governmental Affairs Professionals through the process for both new and existing domestic and international plant expansions; establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with governmental partners; legislative lobbying and bill tracking on all levels of government; building strategic alliances; and the implementation of incentive opportunities that ultimately position the company for growth while reducing operational costs. She also coordinates community initiatives for over 40 plants across the country that help introduce the company to the respective communities and allows the company to give back to those with the greatest need.

Sutton has earned a bachelor of art degree in electronic journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She earned a Master of Science in Public Administration in 2003 and completed a second Master of Science Degree in Environmental Policy and Management with Honors from American Public University in 2016. She is a certified economic development professional through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); and is an Economic Development Finance Professional as certified through the National Development Council (NDC). Her commitment to the process of economic development is evident through her active membership in IEDC where she served on IEDC’s Public Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC) for 17 years and is a mentor to professionals seeking to become certified. Sutton has also served as a volunteer through IEDC’s Economic Recovery Volunteer Program which provided counseling and technical assistance to businesses adversely impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is an avid supporter of IEDC’s Certification Process and serves as a co-instructor for the organization’s Certification Review Course that is taught at the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute (OU EDI). In 2015, OU EDI honored Sutton with the creation of the Sutton Scholarship for Economic Development. The scholarship helps young professionals further their education in the profession.

Sutton is also a voice for the beverage industry. She serves as Co-Chair of the International Bottled Water Association’s (IBWA) Government Relations Committee, which promotes the industry’s legislative and regulatory platform at the Federal level; a member of the organization’s State Affairs Task Force, which monitors legislation in all 50 states and abroad; and is a member of the both the plant sitting sub-committee as well as the Healthy Hydration Task Force. In addition, she is a member of the American Beverage Association (ABA) Governmental Affairs efforts and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation.

Outside of work, Sutton is a faithful member of her church and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. where she serves as President of her local chapter. She enjoys walking, cartoons, science fiction movies, spending time with family and her beautiful cocker spaniel. When not engaged in these activities, you can find Sutton out volunteering as she believes helping to edify others is the best thing a person can do in life.

Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams
Vice President, Marpan Supply
and Marpan Recycling
Tallahassee, FL

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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.

Lisa Gillard
Lisa Gillard
Environmental and Sustainability Programs
Publix Super Markets

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Jenna Emerson
Jenna Emerson
Public Affairs Manager
CEMEX’s Florida Region

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Jenna Emerson is the Public Affairs Manager for CEMEX’s Florida Region and is coming up on year 13 with the company. She has a Bachelor Degree in Interpersonal Communications from the University of Central FL along with an AA and Minor in Nutrition from Florida State University. She currently lives in Orlando, FL. with her husband Chris of 10 years and two daughters, Vivienne and Everly. Her responsibilities for CEMEX include strategic planning and outreach for all business lines to help establish and grow collaborative relationships with our stakeholders and strengthen CEMEX’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs Strategies. When Jenna is not working you can find her spending quality time with her husband and two daughters which include many trips to all the local theme parks in Orlando. Her hobbies including cooking, entertaining, exercising, traveling and crafting.
Michael Rubin
Michael Rubin
President/CEO
Florida Ports Council

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Michael Rubin is currently serving as President/CEO of the Florida Ports Council (FPC). The FPC provides leadership, advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the Legislative and Executive Branches of State and Federal Government.

Mr. Rubin also served as the Assistant Secretary for the State’s Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development program – a statutory local government/state government partnership with the purpose of investing in port transportation or port facilities projects that will improve the movement and intermodal transportation of cargo or passengers in commerce and trade that will support the interest, purposes and requirements of ports located in Florida.

Mr. Rubin has over twenty years of experience in the creation and development of state economic development and international trade policy – including the creation of Enterprise Florida, international export promotion programs, and seaport development financing legislation.

Prior to joining the Florida Ports Council, Mr. Rubin was on staff at the Florida House of Representatives for approximately 10 years, where he served as staff director and staff attorney for the House Commerce and Economic Development Committees.

Mr. Rubin received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Rollins College, and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the Florida State University Law School. Mr. Rubin currently resides in Tallahassee, where he and his wife Brenda raised twin boys.

Billi Jo Huddleston
Billi Huddelston
Assessments Manager
FPL Environmental Services

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Billi Jo Huddleston is the manager of the Environmental Assessments, Remediation and Waste team for Florida Power and Light (FPL) Environmental Services. Billi Jo has over 20 years experience in the electric utility industry, with over 15 years in environmental compliance. Her experience includes multiple levels of generating facility operations and environmental compliance: water chemist, environmental compliance specialist, project manager, supervisor, regional manager. She is very familiar with all aspects of environmental compliance requirements for electric generating facilities.

Billi Jo currently manages a team of professionals engaged in environmental assessments for future renewable energy development, providing guidance site remediation projects, and development of new opportunities for the reuse and recycling of waste materials generated from utility operations.

Billi Jo has two Bachelors of science degrees (biology and chemistry) from the University of West Georgia. She has also received a Certified Hazardous Materials Management (CHMM) certification in October 2012 from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) and a Hazardous Materials Management certification in April 2012 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She served as a Planning Committee member for the Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) and as a Board Member for Junior Achievement.

Her family currently calls Port Saint Lucie Florida home.

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