Most people saw a dumpster, but when Ron Sedergren and Nick Zoccoli started to look in 2005, they saw a better mousetrap. Both veterans of the waste management world, Zoccoli and Sedergren realized that there are three true parts to the waste brokerage equation: there was the customer, there was the hauler, and there was the need for a broker who could optimize the value for all three. Until this point, there were waste management firms who represented themselves as "partners" to the end user but in reality these firms found the savings, gave the client a little, and kept the rest. These firms also found they could hold their clients money and wait to pay the haulers when it best suited their cash flow. This is not a partnership for anyone.
Ron and Nick realized that the best way to optimize waste management was to create a working relationship between the three entities. They knew it was crucial to pay the haulers as soon as possible to ensure there would never be a missed pick up. Managing thousand of locations, serviced by thousands of haulers, was a daunting task but it was critical that the competitive trash haulers were taken care of first; after all, they are the ones doing the most important work.
At the same time, Sedergren and Zoccoli began to notice a tremendous disparity in the marketplace in terms of what end users were paying to have their waste and recycling hauled. Much like two passengers sitting next to each other on a plane and comparing their wildly different ticket prices, Nick and Ron saw that companies located next door to each other might be paying hundreds of dollars in different prices for the same amount of trash and recycling being carted. Every broker and solid waste management in the market place was pocketing the difference in the waste billing so the two partners decided to create and open and honest system where you, the client, would share in these savings.
The USEA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USEA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional differentiators in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 USEA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USEA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USEA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USEA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USEA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USEA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.