“The decision was unanimous,” said Doug Gowland, Rumpke board member. “The time is right. Bill continues to grow Rumpke in market share and market size while elevating attention to research, innovation, compliance, customer service and employee development.”
“I’m honored to accept this position and I’m very much looking forward to the challenge,” said Bill. “I would like to thank my father who has played such an integral role in my education of the business and industry. I am also grateful for our team of blood relatives and our extended family of 2,600 employees who come to work each and every day sharing their best skills, insights and talents to assist us in reaching our vision for the company.”
Bill possesses extensive experience, knowledge and skills to continue solidifying Rumpke’s place as a leader in recycling and waste solutions. During his 12-year tenure as chief operating officer, his leadership ensured new developments in recycling and sustainability, along with soaring revenues. From 2002-2013, under Bill’s direction, Rumpke’s revenues grew by 78 percent.
Bill has spent the last 36 years working for Rumpke. He began his career working as a general laborer, driver and manager before founding Rumpke’s Central Ohio hauling market in 1988.
Bill built the market to include a landfill, transfer station and recycling centers in Columbus and Circleville. Today, those facilities assist in supporting the thriving waste and recycling operation that services hundreds of thousands of residential and commercial customers throughout Central, Northern and Southeast Ohio.
On July 1, 2002, Bill accepted a promotion to become Rumpke’s Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure, Rumpke has experienced unprecedented growth. In the last decade, the company has acquired about 100 smaller firms and has grown organically as well expanding its service region to four states, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.
Bill and his Rumpke team have worked to bring green technology to its landfills. At two of its landfills, Rumpke has partnered with energy companies to convert landfill gas into natural gas or electricity. In recent years, the firm has invested more than $50 million in recycling technology and has built a compressed natural gas fueling station and truck fleet. The natural gas is recovered directly from Rumpke’s largest landfill.
In 2013, Rumpke unveiled one of North America’s largest, fastest and most technologically advanced recycling centers. This $32 million facility serves Greater Cincinnati as well as parts of Kentucky and Northwest Ohio. It is one of 11 Rumpke Recycling facilities.
In 2010, Bill received the Association for Corporate Growth Deal Maker Award. In 2012, Bill was honored as a South Central Ohio and Kentucky Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Bill also serves on the Board of the National Waste & Recycling Association.
Bill earned his B.S. in General Business from Miami University (Ohio). He and his wife reside in Cincinnati and have a daughter and two sons.
Bill replaces his father and long-time President and CEO William (Bill) J. Rumpke Sr., who is now President Emeritus and remains Chairman of the Board for Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc., and President of Rumpke Enterprises, Inc. and President of Legacy, Inc.
“The best moments in life include those when you get the opportunity to witness your children’s success. I couldn’t be more proud,” said Bill Sr.
Bill Sr. began working for Rumpke at a very young age and was employed in various positions including general laborer, mechanic, heavy equipment operator, driver, sales representatives, treasurer and president and CEO.
Bill Sr.’s father, William F. Rumpke was the founder of Rumpke. Later, William’s brother Bernard joined the business. Bill Sr. and Bernard’s son (the late Tom Rumpke) later purchased the business from their fathers.
During his tenure, Bill Sr. opened the company’s commercial, industrial and recycling lines of business and Rumpke’s first landfill gas recovery system. He and Tom opened another company, The William‐Thomas Group, Inc., to service national chain customers throughout the country. He also led the company in expansion through nearly 300 acquisitions.
In 1999, Ernst & Young named Bill Sr., Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2009, Bill Sr. was inducted into the Environmental Industry Association Hall of Fame and in 2012 into the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame.
Bill Sr. is a member of the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum Board of Trustees. He has also served on the Cincinnati Leadership Council, Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District policy advisory subcommittees and the Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Technical Commission. Bill is a proud husband, father of six and grandfather of 14.
Rumpke was founded by William F. Rumpke near Cincinnati, Ohio in 1932 and currently provides environmentally friendly waste disposal and recycling solutions in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. One of the largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms in the nation, Rumpke is Ohio’s Recycling Leader, recycling more than 700 million pounds annually. This family-owned and operated company employs more than 2,600 people, 75 of which are family members. Divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group, Rumpke Hydraulics and Rumpke Haul-it-Away.