Charles C. Appleby
Charlie Appleby is one of the founding organizers of Advanced Disposal Services at its inception in 2000 and serves as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. As part of the company’s management team, he has grown the business to become the largest privately-held solid waste business in the United States and the 4th largest overall. Under his leadership, the company grew from a 3-truck operation to operating in 17 states and the Bahamas with 91 collection operations, 42 landfills, 25 recycling facilities and 72 transfer stations. In addition to his waste-industry background, Charlie retired after 31-years of military service, as a Colonel in the Florida Army National Guard, who was selected for promotion to Brigadier General. During this period, he received numerous decorations and achievements, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Florida Cross, Senior Parachutist, Ranger and Pathfinder awards. At the 2013 NW&RA Executive Roundtable Conference, Charlie was awarded the elite Distinguished Eagle Scott Award by the Boy Scouts of America.