Leadership Team

Stuart Lurie

CEO

Stuart was instrumental in founding Recycling Management Resources, opening the first plant in Raleigh in 2008. The plan for RMR was hatched in an effort to create recycling plants that provided a high level of service, which was lacking for some of Wilmington Paper's folding carton and converting plant partners.

Stuart is the president of Wilmington Paper and has been with the company since 1978. Stuart developed a unique approach to maximizing revenue and efficiency in folding carton and converting plants called The Program, which Wilmington Paper has implemented and monitors in over 300 plants worldwide. Under Stuart’s leadership, Wilmington Paper has continued to grow, also creating trucking affiliate Green Logistics, and a successful scrap brokering and trading arm of Wilmington Paper that buys and sells in all 48 contiguous states and around the world. 

Stuart’s son Brett also has a leadership role with RMR and Wilmington Paper and his son Joshua leads operations at Wilmington Paper. Stuart and his wife Karen, also have a daughter, Erin, and six grandchildren. 

Brett Lurie

President

Brett started working with RMR in 2008 around the same period he joined Wilmington Paper full time. He became a partner in 2015, and in 2019, he was appointed to lead the executive team, focusing on the sales and marketing efforts. He was named President in November 2021.

Brett has been instrumental in bringing in substantial new volume into the plants while working closely with each of the eight facilities to create and implement operational efficiencies while still creating a reliable and valuable product.  

For Wilmington Paper, Brett has worked to build out new segments of the business that complement the core functions of Wilmington Paper while having a positive impact on the bottom line. He’s used the current network of relationships in the industry to create a trash management and landfill diversion business. He’s also leveraged Wilmington Paper’s experience and standing in the industry to build and develop an export brokerage and trading business.

Brett is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He resides in Livingston, NJ with his wife, Paula, daughter, Ella, and son, Henry.


Mitch Whitley

Managing Partner

Mitch is a managing partner of Recycling Management Resources, LLC and RMR Holdings, LLC. Mitch has over twenty five years of plant based recycling operations experience. As a founding member of RMR, Mitch has provided operational guidance to RMR as the company has experienced rapid growth.

RMR was established in 2008 with the startup of the first plant and the current status includes eight plants and a logistics company. Prior to founding RMR, Mitch served as General Manager and Regional Manager for Caraustar Industries in their Recovered Fiber Group. 
Mitch has current responsibilities of providing guidance to RMR and RMR Holdings business group managers.


Justin Blevin

Regional Operations Manager

Justin first joined RMR in 2018 as the manager of the Delaware plant that RMR acquired from National Paper Recycling. He currently oversees the RMR plants in Barrington, NJ, Wilmington, DE and Richmond, VA. Justin was integral in handling the successful relocations of the plants now operating in Wilmington and Barrington.

The Barrington plant, which originated in Camden, NJ, was also part of the 2018 National Paper Recycling transaction. The plant in Camden suffered a devastating fire later that year, and the decision was made to relocate that plant to Barrington after the fire. The Barrington plant opened in 2019 and has become an amazing turnaround story under Justin's watch, growing from handling 6,000 tons to 9,000 tons per month.

Justin earned an International Business degree with a focus on Operational Improvements from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI and began his career in the waste hauling business in Providence. After two years, he joined National Paper Recycling in Camden as the night shift supervisor.  After NPR acquired the plant in Delaware, Justin was promoted to manage that plant. He continued to manage the Delaware plant through the subsequent RMR acquisition before he was transferred back to New Jersey. In May 2020, he assumed management of operations at both Barrington and Wilmington and has recently added oversight of the Richmond plant.

Justin, originally from Somers Point, NJ, now lives in Pitman, NJ with his wife Nicole, their two children, and their dog, Saylor. 


Joe Byrne

Chief Financial Officer

Joe is responsible for all finance, accounting, treasury and tax functions for RMR, and also for Wilmington Paper Joe first joined as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2016, and was promoted to CFO in 2018

Joe came to RMR and Wilmington Paper after a run of over two decades with The Newark Group Inc. and time as a consultant with Ernst & Whinney (Ernst & Young).   

Joe, a native of Franklin, Ohio, received his MBA (concentration in Finance) at the NYU Stern School of Business and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College. Joe currently lives in Fanwood, NJ and has one adult daughter.  



Paige Denton

VP National Accounts/Corporate Procurement 
 
Paige first joined RMR in 2015 as the North Carolina sales manager supporting volume growth into the Raleigh and High Point RMR plants. She moved into the role of managing all pricing and supplier relationships in NC and VA, before assuming her current role. She is responsible for all volume and margin management of material purchased as well as coordinating all communication with national accounts and the plant Sales and Operations Managers. 


Paige began her career in recycling in 2002 at Pratt Industries working to introduce and grow the FEL recycling program in the Charlotte, NC market.


Prior to joining RMR, she worked for International Paper (first Weyerhaeuser) as a Sourcing Representative until 2008 when IP acquired Weyerhaeuser's Recycling division. During her 10 years at Weyerhaeuser/IP, she moved from a local sourcing role into an East Coast Brokerage position, working closely with IP's Global Sourcing group to supply and coordinate shipments of OCC and high-grade fiber to IP's internal mill system. She also oversaw pricing negotiations with suppliers. 


She was honored by IP with the Chairman's Council Key Drivers Award for exceptional results in 2013.  Paige, who has a Bachelor of Science from Western Carolina, lives in Stanley, NC with her husband, Steven, and their two children.  

 

Eric Dodd

Regional Operations Manager


Eric joined RMR in 2011 as a temporary employee working in the High Point plant, processing material in production and unloading material on the docks. He was promoted to second shift supervisor at High Point, and then moved to Atlanta to run the shipping side of the plant. 

He was then promoted to Operations manager in Atlanta, before moving to Barton to open that facility as the plant manager. Soon after, he added the Louisville plant to his responsibilities. When the High Point plant was struggling, the decision was made to bring Eric back to High Point to run that plant. 

As the current Regional Operations Manager, overseeing the plants in High Point, Barton and Louisville, he works closely with the plant managers and the sales managers to ensure all aspects of the business are running efficiently, safely and profitably. During his career at RMR, Eric has assumed the role of fixer, coming into the plant to shore up problems due to organization, shipping or leadership. 

Eric, who grew up in Archdale, NC, now resides in High Point.


Melanie Harman 
Executive VP Sales & Marketing
 
 
Melanie joined RMR in 2016 as EVP, Sales & Marketing. She leads RMR's national sales and marketing organization. Melanie manages RMR’s brokerage business as well as outbound sales and was intricately involved in onboarding the three plants RMR added in the acquisition of National Paper Recycling in 2018. 

Melanie has been part of the Recycling industry for three decades. Prior to joining RMR, she was President at Recover USA, a small plant and brokerage business located in Greenville, SC, with a focus on the grocery recycling business segment. 
 
She started her career in 1992 in Richmond, VA, as a sourcing representative for Weyerhaeuser Company. During her 17-year career at Weyerhaeuser, Melanie held several key management jobs: Region Customer Service Manager, Region Sales Manager, and Director of Recycling Sales. In 2008 Weyerhaeuser’s Containerboard and Recycling Division was sold to International Paper. Melanie worked as Director of Sales, Brokerage and National Accounts for IP until 2012. She was a key leader of the six-member recycling business management team, accountable for the overall strategy and success of the IP recycling business. 
 
During her career, Melanie has been a result-oriented leader and highly decorated sales manager, working closely with recycling plants, small to medium-sized brokerage accounts, large integrated paper mills, and large retailers. She has traveled extensively to visit recycling businesses and paper mills throughout the U.S., China, and Europe. Melanie currently lives in Ashland, Virginia. 


Ya Zhang

Controller

Ya joined RMR in 2018 as Assistant Controller and was named Controller in 2020. She leads all of RMR's accounting and finances, including overall budget preparation. At RMR, Ya has developed accounting and finance standards and procedures across the entire company including the plants, creating training processes and checklists for staff on the accounting team and inside the plants. She has implemented numerous projects that have resulted in significant cost savings and a more efficient use of time and resources. 


Ya arrived at RMR after more than 15 years working for multiple multi-billion dollar manufacturing companies, including Fortune 500 companies. She started her career in 2005 as a general ledger accountant in Praxair (which was merged with Linde AG in 2018) In 2012, she joined RockTenn as a corporate accountant in Atlanta, and went to FIberVisions in 2013. In 2015, she moved to Allnex as an accounting manager and then was promoted to finance manager.

 
Ya, a CPA, graduated from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China with a Bachelor of Science in Taxation and has a Master's in Accounting from Indiana University. 

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