Joe Benedetto, III, President
Joe Benedetto III
Joe is a third-generation member of the recycling and solid waste 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 at BSBA in Finance from American University and went on to work for the largest manufacturer and consumer of corrugated containers in the world, Stone Container Corporation. At Stone Container, Joe oversaw managing and marketing of over $85 million dollars’ worth of recycled fiber annually. After Stone Container, Joe accepted a position with Paper Recycling International (PRI) where he became Procurement Manager and provided recycled fiber analysis and procurement strategies for 12 paper mills along the East Coast of the US and Canada. When PRI split up in 1999 Joe decided to return 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 to join Cellmark, a multibillion-dollar recycling and paper sales company. Joe was responsible for management of their four recycling facilities. After a year Joe was asked to move, this time to the Cellmark East Coast Corporate headquarters. Having established roots in the Hampton Roads area, Joe declined the opportunity to move and opened RDS in Portsmouth VA. Starting from nothing but raw land 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 and well as long-term strategic planning.
Corinne Benedetto, Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
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 its 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 the CFO of RDS and handles the marketing and sales for all 3 of the RDS plants.
While not working, Corinne loves spending time with her 3 handsome teenage boys, exercising, spending time outside including gardening, cooking, and watching the Florida State Seminoles win. Go Noles!
Ken Trexler, Vice President of Operations
Vice President of Operations
Ken has 12 years of experience in the recycling 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 to our operations. This includes: managing a large workforce, supervising operations, and managing safety programs. These skills will allow him to grow our operations as we provide the best recycling services to our customers. When Ken is not working, he enjoys playing billiards.
Danny Armstrong, Portsmouth Area General Manager
Portsmouth Area General Manager
Danny has 23 years of experience in the solid waste industry managing a waste-to-energy processing facility. He came to RDS from Wheelabrator Portsmouth where he was the Operations Manager of the Refuse Derived Fuel Processing Plant. Danny brings a tremendous amount of experience with him to our Portsmouth facility. This experience includes, managing a large workforce, coordinating daily operations of the Plant while adhering to safety and environmental programs. These skills are relevant to providing direction to Portsmouth’s Plant operations to provide growth for the Plant. Danny also has a background in construction and heavy equipment and completed an apprenticeship at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
When not at work, Danny enjoys boating and fishing and spending time with his three grandsons.
Kevin Sluss, Logistics Manager
Kevin has over 20 years 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 Roanoke facility. This experience includes: managing a large workforce, supervising driver operations, managing OSHA, DOT, and 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 Operations as we provide the best recycling services in Southwest Virginia.
Kevin has his DPOR Class I Operators License and is a member of the Virginia Recycling Association. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys Camping, Riding ATV’S, Spending time with family and watching VA Tech football.
Sarah Dennis, Administrative Assistant/Customer Account Manager
Administrative Assistant/Customer Account Manager
Sarah is our administrative assistant and customer account manager in our Portsmouth facility. She comes to RDS with extensive experience in office management, project management, administrative and communication support, website management, and business process optimization. Sarah is responsible for many duties at RDS, including management and preparation of bids and proposals, new sales, account management, writing policies and procedures, records documentation and much more.
Rosemary Satterfield, Administrative Assistant
Rosemary is our Administrative Assistant and Customer Support
Representative for both of our Portsmouth and Roanoke locations along with our office in Virginia Beach. She is an asset to RDS in his 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 manufacturers and provided support to large manufactures including 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.
Amanda Hagert, Dispatch & Customer Service Coordinator
Dispatch & Customer Service Coordinator
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; with her positive outreach and familiarity of the Hampton Roads area makes Amanda an invaluable asset to our company.
Melissa Evans, Scale Operator
Melissa is the Scale Operator for RDS. She is a quick learner who admits the position keeps her busy! She has an Associates Degree in Legal Assisting. When not busy at work, Melissa can be found reading a novel by her favorite author, Stephen King.
Ginny Taylor, Trainer
Ginny started with RDS as a Sort Line Laborer and a short time later was promoted to Scale House Operator. She currently serves as a Trainer for all personnel at RDS in the Roanoke area. She studied Criminology at ITT. When not at work, Ginny spends time with her 4 children. She adds that cooking for her family brings her great joy and music calms her soul.