Mike Gurney – President
Mike started in the waste removal industry in 2001 as a northern Ohio based sales representative for Metro Disposal. He was a High School friend of Ken Deininger and another of the principal owners of Metro Disposal. Metro was beginning to expand into multiple new counties and they needed someone they could trust to grow and maintain the network of customers. Mike was responsible for almost every aspect of the daily business including cold call sales, contract management and dispute resolution, logistics, and customer contact as well as collections. During his tenure, sales tripled in his region. In 2004, his third year with Metro Disposal, the amount of hauling work that Metro was performing as a subcontractor for the national and regional haulers was growing exponentially. It became apparent to him that no hauling company provided services everywhere or supplied every type of service necessary for all customers.
In 2005, Mike was called to help with the sales at a family printing business in downtown Cleveland. He grew that business until the market crashed in 2008-2009, taking half of his sales with it. Looking at the prospect of a long-term rebuilding project in the internet-heavy printing industry, he decided to make a career change and put the plans together for SOLID Waste & Recycling Services.
In January of 2010, he established Solid Waste & Recycling Services, when he started selling his waste services and billing management expertise to friends, family, and former customers. In four years, his business had grown too large to manage on his own. His long time High School friend Ken Deininger was brought in to handle the day-to-day vendor contact, logistics and accounting work.
Mike graduated in 1985 from Benedictine HS in Cleveland and received a BA in Organizational Communications from Cleveland State University.