Clifford R.
Ronnenberg
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

In 1963, Clifford purchased his first disposal company. As he expanded his operations over the years to 50 long-term and exclusive franchise collection territories and 12 long-term material processing contracts, he never lost sight of his vision to become a true steward for the community as well as the environment. Today, CR&R recycling and waste operations reflect that stewardship, serving more than two million customers with some of today’s most innovative, environmentally friendly services and technologies.

David Ronnenberg
President, Solid Waste Transfer, Recycling and Transportation

With a business degree from the University of Southern California and a drive to develop CR&R’s recycling and waste services into one of the nation’s leaders in recycling innovation and service, David Ronnenberg has championed these goals for nearly a quarter century as president of the solid waste transfer recycling, and transportation divisions. He also lends his experience and leadership as Past-President of the Solid Waste Association of Orange County.

Joyce
Amato
Chief Financial Officer

Through expert money and information systems management, Joyce ensures that company goals, programs, and strategies stay on track, enabling CR&R to remain on the leading edge. Joyce draws from nearly 20 years in senior management, delving into everything from financial supervision and reporting to information system design and development. She is a member of the company’s executive committee and is charged with helping to maintain corporate performance while working in the best interests of the communities CR&R serves.

David Fahrion
President, Solid Waste Collection Division

A veteran in the solid and hazardous waste industries, David is a key part of the company’s executive committee and a driving force behind CR&R’s track record for responsible planning and growth. During his career, he has worked in all facets of the business, from dispatching and routing to contract negotiations and state facility permitting. He continues supervising all aspects of the operations in his position today. His commitment to the community is not only apparent on the job, but in his involvement with the Inland Empire Disposal Association and as past president of the California Refuse Removal Council.

Paul Relis
Senior Vice President, Director of Environmental Affairs

Paul brings big picture experience and a deep understanding of state and city regulatory standards to CR&R — expertise he puts to use when building strong, fruitful relationships with local communities and governments. During his service as California governor, Pete Wilson appointed Paul to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, charging him with overseeing the state’s waste management system and enforcing regulatory standards. He is a regular lecturer on the topic at his Alma Mater, the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Dean Ruffridge
Senior Vice President

With an intimate knowledge of municipal solid waste programs as well as public sector business issues, Dean runs the company’s municipal franchises in Orange, Los Angeles and Imperial Counties. His graduate degree in public administration from USC and more than 20 years experience in solid waste and liquid waste management — including owner of his own liquid waste company — gives him deep insight into all aspects of the industry. He is a true asset to CR&R operations and well-respected by our client municipalities.

Alex Braicovich
Senior Vice President, Environmental Services

In his quest to foster productive and professional business relationships with municipalities throughout Southern California, Alex draws on more than two decades of experience in the solid waste industry. His expertise covers everything from collection and transportation to disposal and processing operations as he works to create innovative solutions for municipalities, helping them increase value to their customers, enhance their commitment to cleaner, greener living, and improve efficiencies throughout their service areas.

George Lazaruk
Vice President of Community Relations

With more than 40 years in solid waste management, George is an experienced hand at managing and administering successful waste management operations. Among his numerous accomplishments with CR&R, he has implemented fully automated waste collection systems throughout many of the company’s service areas. Its part of a history of innovation that includes his years with Dewey’s Rubbish Division as vice president and general manager, where he was awarded “Best Recycling Program” by the state of California.

Bob Williams
Municipal Recycling Manager

Forging strong relationships with cities, communities, and other municipalities is an important goal at CR&R — and critical to creating successful waste and recycling programs that reflect local needs. Bob takes that task seriously, creating and executing operational plans that include curbside recycling and materials buyback programs. He works closely with city, regional, and state officials to implement the right recycling programs for each community. Bob graduated from Chapman University in 1990 with a degree in Sociology.

Maria
Lazaruk
Public Relations Environmental Compliance Manager

Public education, outreach, and customer service programs are Maria’s specialty. Over the last 25 years, she has created and managed such programs throughout Orange County municipalities with rousing success. Maria has served as a board member of the Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, and Tustin Chambers of Commerce, and has held several key committee positions within client cities. She currently heads up CR&R’s community events recycling program, working with nonprofit groups to recycle at public events.

Stewart Lawrence
Vice President of Human Resources

With over 35 years of broad and progressive HR experience Stewart is a strong human resources business leader. His core values stress visible leadership and open communication. His expertise covers the broad spectrum of human resources from employee engagement and organizational effectiveness to performance management and training and development. He is a member of the company’s executive committee and is charged with providing strategic human resources leadership in creating and implementing innovative human capital management solutions to improve business performance. He has had much success during his career in partnering with management to create positive work environments where associates feel valued, respected and empowered to perform their best. He has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from Rider University and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Alabama.