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Garick Industry Associates and Advisors

At Garick, there is a whole team of industry associates and advisors that can offer expert advice on composting, sustainability, and landscape operations. Combined, the team has experience in many facets of the industry, including biosolids, composting, recycling, wastewater, and others.  With the knowledge they bring to Garick, the company is on the fast track to becoming one of the leaders in its industry.  Please contact Garick for additional information or to find out how to get in contact with one of these experts.

Garick Associates

John C. Gundlach 
Gary P. Trinetti

Garick Advisors

Ron Alexander
Dr. Harry A.J. Hoitink
Dr. Walter W. Carey



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John C. Gundlach

John Gundlach has been involved in the fields of wastewater, industrial waste, and organics management for 23 years and has extensive knowledge in recycling and sustainability. Prior to joining Garick, Mr. Gundlach was Manager of the Organics Waste Department (since 2000) and Manager of the Industrial Waste Department (1989-1999), both for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (Chino, California).  In these positions, he managed biosolids, manure, food waste recycling, and industrial wastewater programs.
 
Mr. Gundlach has held the title of Project Manager for the Inland Empire Regional Composting Facility, the largest indoor biosolids composting facility in the United States. Additionally, he served as President of the Association of Compost Producers and in 1992 was the CWEA-SARBS Industrial and Hazardous Waste Person of the Year.  Mr. Gundlach received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

 

Gary P. Trinetti

Mr. Trinetti serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Garick.  He founded Garick with his Partner, Patrick W. Mahoney (a 1976 Kent State University graduate) in October 1980. 

Mr. Trinetti received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from Kent State University in 1976.  After graduating from Kent State, he served as a General Manager of The Grand River Hardwood Company for the period 1976-1980.  

In March 2007, Mr. Trinetti was elected to serve on the Board of the US Composting Council.  He is a former Trustee and Board Member of Clean-Land Ohio and The Green Industry Expo.  He has served on the Associated Supplier Committee of the American Nursery and Landscape Association, is a graduate and Member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 1995, and was a Member of the James J. Nance College of Business Administration Visiting Committee at Cleveland State University.  Previously, Mr. Trinetti served on the Executive Board of The Evergreen Foundation.  The Evergreen Foundation was founded as an alliance of green industry end-users to raise the awareness of the environmental economic and lifestyle benefits of landscapes and green spaces at home, work, and play.



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Ron Alexander

Mr. Alexander has 23 years of experience in all aspects of compost, biosolids-based, and other organic recycled product manufacturing, marketing, and utilization. He possesses extensive practical experience, having marketed compost from seven composting facilities, as well as managing a marketing staff and company that specialized in this function.  Mr. Alexander has also completed over 200 organic recycled product manufacturing, marketing, utilization, and quality evaluation/assurance related consulting projects throughout North America (and the world), and has completed several State and Federally funded projects.
 
Mr. Alexander’s experience has allowed him to work with large and small, private, and municipally operated organics recycling facilities. Mr. Alexander has completed market and product development projects for composts produced from various municipal, agricultural, and industrial feedstocks, vermicomposts/worm castings, dried/granulated and lime/chemically stabilized biosolids products, manure, paper, and wood-based products. He has completed marketing and utilization related projects, or actually marketed organic recycled products, in all regions of the United States, including 32 states, as well as 4 Canadian Provinces and Europe.  He has authored and presented over 200 articles and presentations on compost and other organic recycled product manufacturing, marketing, and utilization.
 
Mr. Alexander possesses an excellent understanding of the overall organics recycling industry. This, plus his business development and marketing experience, and extensive contact structure has allowed him to assist a variety of companies in facility start-up and the evaluation of related business opportunities within the organics recycling industry. Related projects have included staff identification/training, feedstock identification/attainment, product development, product placement, company business planning, etc.

Dr. Harry A.J. Hoitink

Dr. Harry A. J. Hoitink was appointed as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University on January 1, 2004. He began his career as an Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology and Environmental Sciences in the late sixties with the discovery that potting mixes amended with composted bark release natural fungicides with activity against the most important root diseases of plants. He retired as Professor after 37 years of service at OSU in post-graduate education. More than 50 post-graduate students and visiting scientists studied in his group.

In cooperation with industry, Dr. Hoitink developed procedures for composting of bark from various tree species and for formulation of potting media with these materials that replaced pesticides and produced healthy plants. This new technology was adopted world wide by the bark processing and nursery industries. He chaired a joint university/US-EPA/industry research team that developed optimum process parameters for the destruction of fecal pathogens and parasites during composting of sewage sludge. This work forms the basis for the US-EPA 503 Regulations that govern in-vessel composting of sewage sludge.  (Please note that the testing for this research was performed in the in-vessel composting system at the Paygro facility in South Charleston, Ohio.)
 
With his graduate and post-doctoral students, he unraveled mechanisms of biological control of plant diseases in compost-amended substrates.  He characterized and patented the use of beneficial microorganisms in composts that suppress plant pathogens and showed more recently that some also induce resistance in plants to disease. Dr. Hoitink’s group proved for the first time that soils amended with composts modify the biochemistry of the plant so that they resist disease, which proved the old concept “healthy soils make healthy plants”.  Most of his research was funded by the competitive grants programs from the USDA, US-EPA and the US State Department. Much of his work was international in nature.

Dr. Hoitink served the Ohio and US composting industries for many years in the development of compost quality standards, and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences. He organized and chaired two international symposia on the science and engineering of composting and compost utilization. Presently he is co-editing a third book. Dr. Hoitink has won numerous awards, including the Ruth Allen Award from the American Phytopathological Society, the highest such award given by this society, for introducing a fundamentally new approach to disease control, and the ”Excellence in Research in Solid Waste Management through Composting” Award from the US-EPA for his contributions to the US-EPA 503 Regulations.  As professor emeritus, he continues his research, which now focuses on the development of sustainable manure management practices though composting and utilization of these by products.

Dr. Walter W. Carey

Dr. Walter W. Carey joined the Garick Board of Directors as a Technical Advisor in February 2007. Dr. Carey retired from Nestl� USA, Inc. in January 2005, in which his latest position was Director of Environmental Operations, Regulatory/Policy for Nestl� in the United States.  Coinciding with this position, Dr. Carey was also President of New Milford Farms, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestl� USA, Inc.
 
New Milford Farms was engaged in the manufacturing of agricultural soil amendments from organic byproducts arising from the Nestl� manufacturing operations. The major raw materials processed at New Milford Farms were spent tea leaves and spent coffee grounds, which contained coffee oil. Because composting spent coffee grounds was problematic at first due to the production of volatile fatty acids which lead to a very objectionable odor, Dr. Carey worked diligently on developing a way to compost the coffee grounds into beautiful, useable organic compost.
 
Prior to his latest role, Dr. Carey has held numerous other positions with various Nestl� companies. His major responsibilities included environmental issues, energy, safety, and computer-integrated manufacturing issues for Nestl� and Nestl� subsidiary operations within the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
 
From Syracuse University, Dr. Carey received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (1965), Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (1966), and Doctor of Philosophy: Chemical Engineering – Mathematics Minor (1970). He also received a Paralegal Certificate from Mercy College in 1979 and a Master of Science – Management from Polytechnic University in 1984.  
 
Dr. Carey sat on the Board of Directors for the US Composting Council (USCC) from 1995 – 2004 and Housatonic Valley Association, 1990 – present.  In February 2008, Dr. Carey received the Hi Kellogg Award for Outstanding Service to the Composting Industry from the USCC for his significant contributions to the composting industry.

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