People

People make the difference

We are honored to have the nation’s largest specialized work force helping our customers find new solutions to natural waste challenges, and we are proud to have some of the country’s most experienced industry experts behind the decisions that make our services consistently unique, reliably safe and always powerful.

  • Stephen W. Cole President and CEO more »

    Prior to joining Synagro in 2014, Stephen served as an industrial advisor for EQT Holdings/EQT Partners. In that capacity he proved to be a vital source of competence to the portfolio companies in supporting their strategic, operational and financial development.

    Steve brings significant experience in leading public, private and private equity background organizations of international scope to Synagro.  He offers executive experience leading sales, marketing, manufacturing operations, business development and logistics functions within all stages of the business cycle.

    He began his career in environmental stewardship at the Eugene Waste Water Treatment Plant in Oregon, where he worked his way through college. Steve was involved with plant maintenance operations and land application where he flagged fields, drove spreader equipment and gathered field reporting data.

    Steve earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and has attended Columbia University’s Executive Education Programs in Finance and Marketing. Steve’s experience as CEO for SVM, Inc., a minerals and chemical company, brings Synagro a proven track record of driving growth through a mix of leadership, inspiration, operational excellence, and passion for customer care.

  • Chris Dunkerley Vice President & Chief Financial Officer more »

    Chris Dunkerley joined Synagro as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in June 2013. He is responsible for the financial operations of the organization, with the goals of driving cost management and supporting the Company’s trajectory of strategic financial growth. Dunkerley’s experience within the water industry coupled with his in-depth knowledge of organizational leadership, investor relations, and financial planning, combines to contribute to his history of spearheading extensive financial growth and development. Dunkerley came to Synagro with over 25 years of experience in both multinational and start-up companies. Prior to joining Synagro, Dunkerley served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Redzone Robotics, where he was instrumental in helping them exceed their institutional financing objectives, and design and execute on their strategic plan. Prior to Redzone Robotics, Dunkerley led Siemens Water Technologies as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He oversaw financial operations following the $1 billion acquisition of USFilter and maintained responsibility for P&L, including the cultivation and supervision of financial metrics and performance indicators. During his tenure the business more than doubled in sales volume. Dunkerley held senior management positions with Siemens from 1984-2009 in both the United Kingdom and United States. Dunkerley is a graduate of Kingston University, Surrey, UK, where he received a Diploma in Business Studies and Finance.

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