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. In 1999 Joe decided to return to Hampton Roads and work for his family’s recycling company. After a few years as Vice President 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. In 2005, Joe started RDS and has expanded the company into both Portsmouth, VA and Roanoke, VA. RDS specializes in MFR operations with an emphasis on Single Stream Recycling. RDS employee the most modern technology in our facilities, and was one of the first facilities to utilize AMP Robots to perform material sorting.
Joe is currently on the board of the Virginia Recycling Association (VRA), having recently held the position of Treasurer. He is also on the board of the Southwest Virginia Solid Waste Management Association (SVSWMA) and was previously on the board of Entrepreneur Organization (EO). With his broad knowledge of recycling, operations and technology, Joe has contributed to various industry publications and has spoken at many conferences about recycling topics including:
Waste Today Magazine
VRA Annual Conference
SVSWMA Annual Conference
Paper and Plastic Recycling Conference, Chicago Illinois
Todd is the newest member of the RDS management team. He brings with him over 20 years of executive management
experience on the local, state, regional and national levels. Most recently he served as the General Manager of
SLS, Inc, where he developed and implemented new territories across 4 States. Todd’s experience developing
successful teams will allow him to enhance and make even stronger the RDS customer experience in our Portsmouth
operation. When not at work, Todd can be found officiating football and lacrosse games. He has been a collegiate
and high school official for 20 years.
Rosemary has been our dedicated Administrative Assistant and Customer Support Representative for all RDS locations for a number of years. She is an asset to RDS as she brings over 30 years of customer service and managerial experience in manufacturing. Rosemary has provided support to large manufactures including GM, Ford, and Chrysler. Though she has transitioned to working part time recently, Rosemary still provides valuable daily support to our sales team and upper management.
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.
Lauren Cutlip, Business Development and Outreach Manager
Business Development and Outreach Manager
Lauren comes to RDS with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology with a concentration in Sustainable Environmental Systems from JMU. Before joining RDS, she was a Sustainability Intern for JMU dining, where she got involved in waste management by launching a reusable container program, improving recycling signage and conducting outreach events to improve awareness of proper disposal. Lauren has also held internships with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Earth Science Division and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance, where she gained professional experience with report writing and hands-on technical work. She is an active member of her community from volunteering to hiking. In her role with RDS, Lauren identifies opportunities to expand business operations by contacting municipalities on their recycling needs. She is also developing an environmental excellence program, running the RDS social media accounts and leading several other projects.
Gary D. Pierce is the Plant Manager for the Roanoke-Korte Street facility of RDS of Virginia. Gary is a native Virginian, having received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Longwood University. After college, Gary began a career in retail management with the Kmart Corp. Over the next 27 years, he continued his management career with Caldor, Target, Big Lots, and Shoe Dept. along the East Coast. He has been recognized on multiple occasions for outstanding sales, profit results, and customer service. After deciding to leave the retail industry, Gary has settled in with RDS. Gary now lives in Salem, Virginia with his wife and youngest son.
Blair serves as Executive Assistant to the president where she manages a number of daily administrative duties and provides support to other departments with a wide array of tasks. With over 19 years combined Customer Service, Administrative and Project and Event Management experience, she loves the dynamic environment that allows her to utilize her skills. While she is not at work, Blair enjoys spending time with her family and staying active
Butch Keith is the company Maintenance Supervisor. Though located at the Korte Street facility, he also makes the trip down to Portsmouth when necessary. Butch is a vital part of our daily operations, as he works diligently to keep the machinery and equipment running, while constantly brainstorming new solutions to improve our processes. He gained his knowledge of machinery from 36 years of experience in machinery repair, rebuilding and retrofitting. Butch comes to RDS having worked in the fields of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and automation. When not at work, Butch enjoys going to church, traveling, spending time with family and remodeling homes.
Billy has over 12 years of experience in solid waste management with the City of Roanoke. Billy supervised over 50 employees who managed 100,000 tons of solid waste and recycling 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. He also excels in information and data analysis, contract management, vendor relations, budgeting and financial analysis, as well as process improvements (LEAN certified). Billy holds associate’s degrees in Management and Accounting from Virginia Western Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Liberty University. He joined RDS in 2017 as wood waste manager but left briefly to become controller at a local private country club before returning to RDS in 2018. Billy is a proud member of the Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) and Southwest Virginia Solid Waste Management Association (SVSWMA). In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and boating.
Billy has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Virginia Recycling Association.
William G. Taylor Jr., Regional Maintenance Manager
William G. Taylor Jr.
Regional Maintenance Manager
William has joined RDS in the Portsmouth region (to travel as needed) as the Maintenance Manager to lead safety and improvement initiatives at the facilities. William is an Air Force Veteran who has worked in the recycling industry for 14 years. He has managed equipment maintenance teams in Virginia as well as a recycling facility that receives 75/gt of Ferrous, 15k pounds of Nonferrous daily purchases and transfers, generating a PBIT of $125k monthly profit. He is very proactive and inquisitive; always enjoy growing his knowledge in anything he does. William loves working with all different types of people and is a firm believer of problem solving and teamwork. Outside of work, William spends time with his family and enjoys collecting comic books.
Michael comes to RDS with over 20 years of industrial maintenance experience. He will be coordinating with William Taylor to assist with daily and weekly maintenance tasks as well as additional projects as needed in the Portsmouth facility to keep operations running smoothly.