The Synagro team includes thought leaders, subject matter experts and industry icons who have shaped the nation’s approach to biosolids management and recycling.
At the heart of the Synagro team, is a group of thought leaders, subject-matter experts and industry icons who have shaped the nation’s approach to biosolids management and recycling. These leaders, many of whom have more than 30 years of biosolids expertise, set the industry standards for excellence in compliance, operations, technologies and land management. They are the industry’s most-trusted advisors, serving as trusted partners to our more than 600 municipal customers.
The art and science of compliance; a true Synagro differentiator
Jeff Faust is Synagro’s environmental compliance director. He has more than 35 years of experience in biosolids and residuals management. During his career, he has permitted land application sites and storage facilities for land application projects, prepared numerous regulatory reports, performed QA/QC reviews on federal, state and local regulatory reports, and commented on federal and state regulations. He has also developed and implemented standard operating procedures and compliance calendars to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. He has conducted numerous environmental compliance audits and developed and implemented biosolids/residuals environmental compliance and monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting programs.
Jeff holds bachelor’s degrees in Soil Science, Watershed Management and Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
The best in the business at planning, scoping and executing complex biosolids services projects
Mike Myers is Synagro’s director of Sales and Operation Planning. In this role, Mike has national responsibility for all dredging, digester cleaning and dewatering operations. He evaluates equipment and technology, reviews bids and proposals, trains special project teams, establishes corporate guidelines for special projects, and oversees construction of mobile dewatering units as well as installation of permanent, on-site dewatering facilities. His unique, industry-leading knowledge and presence at all startup operations is key to Synagro’s excellence in consistently delivering great outcomes for our customers. Mike has had this leadership role at Synagro for 20 years. Prior to Synagro, Mike worked at Whiteford Environmental in their water and wastewater group, where he rose to become the manager of the Special Projects Department. In this role, he was responsible for site surveys, project assessments, bidding and fiscal responsibility for all Special Projects contracts.
Mike is a Nutrient Management Consultant, State of Maryland. He has a Confined Space Certification, Instructor Level, and he attended the Carnegie School of Management. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation.
Expert in soil science. Leader in biosolids management
Bob Pepperman is Synagro’s director of product sales and marketing. He leads the team which delivers more than 500,000 tons of AllGro® compost and Granulite® fertilizers to farmers across North America, the most in the biosolids industry. He has more than 35 years of experience helping municipalities develop environmentally responsible solutions to their biosolids management challenges, and helping farmers improve soil health through biosolids land application. Bob began his career as the Director of Professional Services for Enviro-Gro Technologies, where he was part of the team that developed an agricultural land base in Colorado, allowing New York City to cease ocean disposal of their biosolids. He was also part of the team creating the solution for the Boston Harbor cleanup. He later co-founded Environmental Group Services, Inc., a consulting firm focused on assisting engineering companies in evaluating new technologies and creating biosolids master plans. He has also served as United Water / Suez’s primary internal expert for biosolids management. He joined Synagro in 2010, and, in addition to his product group leadership, has been a successful developer, siting multiple biosolids management facilities for our municipal clients.
Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Management and a master’s degree in Agronomy from Pennsylvania State University. He has held committee and leadership roles in Water Environment Federation, Chesapeake Water Environment Association, Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association and Water Environment Research Foundation.
One of the industry’s most prolific business developers
Pam Racey is Synagro’s vice president, Business Development. She leads the team which helps municipalities site and operate Class A biosolids recycling facilities, and the group that manages more than 150 municipal contracts taking biosolids into our compost and thermal reduction facilities. She has more than 30 years of experience in the implementation and operation of municipal biosolids management projects. Pam’s career has been dedicated to many different facets of biosolids management including permitting, public outreach, regulatory and legislative affairs, utilization of biosolids products, and solution development. For the past 15 years, she has focused specifically on developing and implementing public private partnerships for Synagro’s biosolids management facilities. Pam has led the company’s efforts on eleven heat-drying and pelletization projects, five biosolids compost projects, two thermal conversion projects, one digestion project, and dozens of dewatering and multi-faceted land application projects. These projects include two Canadian P3 projects – one in Hamilton Ontario and the other with the Capital Region District in Victoria, British Columbia. In addition, she pioneered the company’s initiative to utilize biosolids pellets as a renewable energy source with Lehigh Cement in Union Bridge, Maryland.
Pam holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Water Environment Federation and an affiliate member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
The government’s go-to-guy for understanding phosphorus and responsibly recycling biosolids
John Uzupis is our technical services director for the Mid-Atlantic region. He has overall responsibility for directing land base management for biosolids, food, water treatment and pulp and paper residuals, and for regulatory compliance for beneficial reuse of residual products with federal, state and local agencies. John has been with the company since 1996. Because of his deep subject matter expertise and recognized industry leadership, he was chosen as a member of the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Phosphorus Management Tool Transition Advisory Committee. This committee makes recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on strategies to more effectively implement the Phosphorus Management Tool, a procedure developed by the University of Maryland that uses characteristics of soils landforms and management practices to identify the potential risk of phosphorus losses from land to water. This is an initiative vital to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Prior to joining Synagro, John worked for a decade with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources in permitting and enforcement. During his tenure there, he was noted for streamlining the bond release process and permitting the first biosolids reclamation project in the region.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University. He is a Certified Nutrient Management Specialist in the State of Pennsylvania. John is also President of the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association (MABA) and a Board member of the Virginia Biosolids Council.
The industry’s advocate for responsible biosolids legislation and regulation
Layne Baroldi is our vice president of Technical Services and Government Affairs. He coordinates with municipal representatives, consultants, lobbyists, and professional trade associations to promote environmentally responsible biosolids legislation and regulation at the local, state, and federal level. He also manages the company’s 40-person Technical Services group, which is responsible for providing efficient and compliant end use options for our clients’ biosolids through land permitting, development of nutrient management plans and obtaining all requisite regulatory approvals for land application operations. Prior to joining Synagro, Layne spent 22 years with the Orange County Sanitation District, where he managed the District’s biosolids management and air quality programs. He previously served as Councilman and Mayor of the City of La Habra Heights, California.
Layne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Biological Sciences and is a Juris Doctor from the Western State College of Law. He is a member of several national and state clean water organizations He is also an often-published member, and featured speaker on various topics, for the Water Environmental Federation.
One of the industry’s most prolific business developers
Andrew Bosinger is Synagro’s vice president of Strategic Accounts and Partnerships. He has more than 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of public-private partnerships for municipal biosolids and organic residuals management. Andrew’s career has been dedicated to working with public utilities across North America to put in place sustainable, cost effective, reliable biosolids processing and management solutions. He is an industry leader in helping utilities evaluate biosolids management alternatives and developing project approaches that meet long-term sustainability and cost goals. As an example, Andrew was invited by the City Council of Austin, Texas to participate as a key stakeholder in a work group for development of policies dealing with organics, biosolids, solid waste, and recycling activities. He has led the company’s efforts on several key wins, including the development of Synagro’s first Canadian project in Hamilton, Ontario, renewal of our partnership with the Waterbury, Cnnecticut regional incinerator contract, and the successful pursuit of the design-build-operate delivery of a new biosolids drying facility for the City of Fort Worth, Texas. During his tenure with Synagro, Andrew has developed projects creating approximately $1 billion in business backlog.
Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire and has continuing education at the Loyola University, Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation and a member of the Biosolids Committee of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
The industry’s authority on biosolids thermal drying operations
Matt Busch is Synagro’s director of dryer operations. He has full responsibility for the safety, regulatory compliance, financial and operational performance of Synagro’s dryer fleet, including facilities at Pinellas, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hagerstown, Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland; Camden, New Jersey; Stamford, Connecticut and North Andover, Massachusetts. Matt’s long history running drying facilities, and his industry leading knowledge also help him constantly improve the performance of our other drying facilities and expertly onboard all new plant and operations managers at our facilities. Matt was also a key member the Synagro teams that have recently won new dryer contracts at Windsor, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to Synagro, Matt worked for Bausch & Lomb Surgical manufacturing surgical implants and Concurrent Technologies where he worked to develop specialized electronics recycling process for the United States Military. He began his career at Raymond James Financial.
Matt has completed certifications in Wastewater Treatment Management from the University of Florida and Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants from California State University, Sacramento. He has also held a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Level A License, issued by the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2007 and has longstanding affiliations with the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association and the Water Environment Federation. Matt completed a certification in Electrical Wiring and Motor Controls from PTEC.
30+ years of biosolids operations experience across the nation
Bill Cotter is the regional vice president of Synagro’s Eastern Region. He has business responsibility for a geography that generates more than $70M in annual revenues with projects in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The scope of services in the East Region includes transportation, storage and land application of liquid and cake biosolids, fixed facility and mobile dewatering, heat drying, alkaline stabilization, lagoon and digester cleaning, and the marketing of Class A biosolids products. He has more than 30 years of experience in biosolids management throughout the United States. In a previous role with Synagro, Bill served as the project manager for several design-build-and-operate projects that included the removal of outdated dewatering equipment and the installation of new centrifuges and belt presses for improved processing performance. Bill has also served in management leadership roles in both Technical Services and Sales with Synagro.
Bill has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association and The North Carolina Member Association of the Water Environment Federation, and the Water Environment Association of South Carolina.
Industry leadership in compost operations
Craig Geyer is area plant director in our West region. In this role, he oversees our four composting operations in the region, Arizona Soils, CVC, Nursey Products and SKIC, in addition to managing services operations in Arizona. Craig also serves as a consultant to the leaders of our other compost facilities, constantly improving their performance. He joined Synagro in 2002 as operations manager of our biosolids projects in Arizona. In 2005, he added responsibility for managing our Arizona Soils facility, giving him more than 14 years of experience in municipal biosolids composting. Prior to joining Synagro, Craig spent a dozen years in construction management and superintendent roles.
More than 30 years providing environmental management expertise to West Coast municipalities
John “JP” Pugliaresi is Synagro’s West Region sales director. He is responsible for providing strategic guidance to our municipal and industrial customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington to develop both facility- and services-based, environmentally sustainable, solutions for their biosolids management needs. He has more than 30 years of experience in this field. His areas of expertise include finance and accounting, operations management, and sales. As part of his duties with Synagro, JP has prepared applications for changes in refuse collection and disposal rates for the City and County of San Francisco and implemented operations performance-monitoring programs. In a previous role with the company, JP was responsible for the development of operations and maintenance for all Synagro projects throughout the West Region. Prior to Synagro, JP served in a series of environmental services roles of increasing responsibility with Norcal Solid Waste Systems, USA Waste Services and Waste Management.
JP has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.