By: Darrell Kendall
I try to avoid writing newsletters
in the first person, but this is one of those moments that will be the
exception to that rule. When I began at RIOS™ nearly three years ago, one of
the first calls that I took was from RIOS™Chairman Rike Sandlin. After a few
minutes of introductions and formalities, we jumped right into business. It was
clear to me from that point on that I was working with a passionate group of
believed in the mission of RIOS™.
Since that day, Rike and I have spoken regularly over the phone, met at
industry events all over the country, and sought ways to improve RIOS™ for each
and every facility that has made the investment in the program.
Nearly six years after first taking the reins of the
organization, Rike has now come to the end of his eligibility as a board
member. While he is looking forward to having several hours of his week back, I
firmly believe that his passion for this program has not waned even a bit.
After all, Rike has led this program from its infancy to where it is today. Now
with two full-time employees, an
international membership, and
from outside the recycling
community, the program is financially independent and has long-term
sustainability. While we as staff carry out the day-to-day operations of RIOS™,
it was Rike's leadership that has set the program up for the growth and success
it is currently experiencing—despite tough market conditions.
Though Rike's official responsibilities are done, I have no
doubt that he will be a source of expertise and leadership for the board and
staff well into the future. In the meantime, we will have a very exciting
announcement regarding the next chairman of the RIOS™ Board of Directors at the
convention. RIOS™ will seek under its new chairman, along with the guidance of
its amazingly talented board, to continue the growth that Rike helped foster
for the past six years.
Once again, thank you, Rike, for your very dedicated
service to RIOS™.