"Some RDS employees jokingly say that the trash industry is a 'life sentence.' It sure does tend to get into our blood. I have personally been in it so long that recycling and waste stream management has gone deep enough that it is probably part of my DNA."- Joe Benedetto, III
Joe is a third generation member of the recycling industry and has worked in and around recycling facilities his entire life. Joe’s earliest work was at his family’s Recycling Plant in Chesapeake, VA, where he was a general laborer and equipment operator. From there Joe obtained a BSBA in Finance from American University and went on to work for the largest manufacture and consumer of corrugated containers in the world, Stone Container Corporation. At Stone Container Joe was in charge of managing and marketing over $85 million dollars worth of recycled fiber annually. After Stone Container, Joe accepted a position with Paper Recycling International where he became Procurement Manager and provided recycled fiber analysis and procurement strategies for 12 paper mills along the East Coast of the US as well as Canada. When PRI split up in 1999, Joe decided to return back to Hampton Roads and work for his family’s recycling company. After a few years as Vice President of his family’s company, overseeing the operation and management of 3 facilities, Joe left and opened RDS. Starting from nothing in 2005, Joe has built RDS into a world-class recycling company with operations in both Portsmouth, VA and Roanoke, VA. Today, RDS continues to expand and offer new recycling services to commercial, industrial, residential and municipal customers. As a result, Joe is kept busy with the daily corporate management of the organization as well as long term strategic planning.
When not working on innovations for RDS, Joe enjoys chasing his three boys around with sports activities such as football, wrestling, lacrosse, and baseball. When it comes to quiet time Joe carves wooden bird decoys or, as he says, "anything that gets me on my tractor."
Corinne graduated from Florida State University with degrees in International Business and Japanese. After working with export companies for several years, she joined Paper Recycling International (PRI) in 1994. She was responsible for sales and coordination of export tons to Europe and the Far East. She managed export documentation, traffic, and coordinated sales between buyers and sellers. In addition, she began working with national accounts and was responsible for marketing specialty papers from Stone Container, Gaylord Container, and various other corporate and independent recycling facilities. In 2004, Joe and Corinne saw the opportunity to start a local company that would provide recycling and disposal services to companies in the Hampton Roads Virginia market. In 2005, RDS opened it's doors in Portsmouth, VA. Corinne is responsible for the export sales support team and marketing various paper grades to overseas customers. In addition, Corinne is responsible for overseeing the accounting department, marketing of materials for RDS, and manages the human resources department.
In her spare time Corinne enjoys spending time with her 3 handsome boys, exercising, all outdoor activities, gardening, and is a FSU fan. Go Noles!
Kevin has almost two decades worth of experience in the recycle and solid waste industry. He came to RDS from Waste Management where he was their District Manager of Southwest Virginia. Kevin brings a tremendous amount of experience with him to our Portsmouth facility. This experience includes, managing a large workforce, supervising driver operations, managing OSHA, DOT, Environmental Compliance programs, and managing and supporting a sales team. He is also an expert in customer and vendor negotiations. These skills will allow him to grow our Portsmouth Operation as we provide the best recycling services in Southwest Virginia.
Kevin is like majority of RDS employees and likes spending time outdoors fishing, ATV riding, and support the Virginia Tech Hokies!
Amanda is our "Out Front" employee, always reflecting her enthusiastic and optimistic personality. In addition to dispatching, managing the scale system, and ensuring the accuracy of data input and tonnage reports; she represents the company with her friendly approach to clients and customers. Amanda has worked in office management, payroll, data automation, statistical recoding, and contractor security control. She has also been a resident of Portsmouth for over 35 years. Her positive outreach and familiarity of the Hampton Roads area makes her an asset to our company.
When Amanda is not taking care of our customers, she loves spending time with her two children and grandchild doing anything that involves being outside, but especially loves being at the beach. She is a "beach person" and a "sun worshiper."
Rosemary is our Administrative Assistant and Customer Support Representative for our Portsmouth and Roanoke locations along with our corporate office in Virginia Beach. She is an asset to RDS in this position as she has over 30 years of customer service and managerial experience in manufacturing. Rosemary has managed the customer service and support centers for large manufactures and provided support to large companies like GM, Ford, and Chrysler to name a few. Rosemary’s role at RDS today is slightly more laid back than in her past, but still provides valuable daily support to our sales team and upper management.
When Rosemary is not providing support for all of our locations she can be found enjoying her “golden years” and loves to cook for friends and family, she also crafts floral arrangements, which are sometimes raffled off at RDS events.
Ken has 12 years’ worth of experience in the recycle industry with a total of 38 years in manufacturing. He came to RDS from Sonoco Recycling where he was their Plant Manager of the Greensboro Recycling plant. Ken brings a tremendous amount of experience with him to our operations. This experience includes: managing a large workforce, supervising operations, managing Safety programs. These skills will allow him to grow our Roanoke Operations as we provide the best recycling services to our customers.
When Ken is not working he enjoys playing billiards.
Billy Basham came to RDS in June 2017. Billy has over 12 years experience in solid waste management with the City of Roanoke. Billy supervised over 50 employees engaged in collecting over 100,000 tons of solid waste annually. Billy’s specialties include providing unique and innovative solutions to his customer’s solid waste management problems; solid waste management plan and strategic business plan composition and implementation; information and data analysis; contract management; vendor relations; budgeting and financial analysis; and process improvements (LEAN certified).
Billy has associates degrees in Management and Accounting from Virginia Western Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Liberty University. Billy is a member of the Virginia Recycling Association (VRA), the American Public Works Association (APWA), and Southwest Virginia Solid Waste Management Association (SVSWMA).
Katie is the plant manager of our Korte Street plant in Roanoke Va. She has been with RDS since Korte Street started accepting material in 2015. Before coming aboard, she had almost 10 years’ experience working with children in special education. Katie is a lifelong resident of the Roanoke Valley.
When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family traveling, camping, and riding ATVs.