Board of Directors
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Cosman has had a lifetime experience in the solid waste industry from local operations up to corporate accounting and finance. In the early years, Jeff Cosman began to learn the waste industry business from his father who at the time was a Regional Vice President at Browning Ferris Industries, Inc. ("BFI"). He holds a B.B.A. in Managerial Finance and Banking & Finance, as well as a Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. He was drafted by the New York Mets and played professional baseball in the minor leagues from 1993-1996. Jeff Cosman is the youngest son of Jim Cosman, Sr., former President & COO of Republic Services.
In early 1997, Jeff Cosman joined his father at Republic Services as a Controller for a local operation in Chesapeake, VA. Later that year, he joined his father at the Corporate office in Ft. Lauderdale to join a small corporate finance team which played an active role in the consolidation efforts as Republic Services acquired 168 companies in 30 months, going from $500MM in Revenue to over $2.1BN.
Leaving Republic after the company completed its spin-off from Republic Industries; Jeff Cosman spent 10 years in various leadership roles within the startup/emerging medical device industry. In and out of the medical device industry in the early 2000's, Mr. Cosman began his trail of entrepreneurial endeavors starting with Market Street Capital, JC Waste Solutions, Legacy Waste Solutions and Dynamic Molecular Solutions. In 2012, he purchased a small telecom materials and parts distribution company in Japer, GA, which has now grown to supply customers all over the US. In April 2015, Mr. Cosman and his wife Rachel bought their partners out of the business and wholly own the business as Rosewood Communication Supply.
In 2010, Jeff Cosman began formally working on creating mobile apps with the development of cConnects. cConnects is a pioneering enterprise solution that enables internal organizations to connect with external customers and vendors based on established rules, guiding principals of saving time without spending time scheduling events and that can be delivered through app based installs without the hassle of large custom enterprise builds which are costly.
Jeff Cosman has long been inspired by his father's expertise in the waste industry. As a backdrop, prior to Jim Cosman, Sr. passing away in 2013, he spent years under his guidance and oversight in their daily travels at Republic Services and their individual consulting businesses. Mr. Cosman Sr. focused on "Doing Things Better" daily. He believed in bringing transformative technology to a simple business model like the garbage business.
Jeff Cosman owns the control-voting block (Preferred A) of MRDN as well as he is the majority common shareholder.
Director, President & Chief Operating Officer
Walter “Wally” Hall, Jr. started his solid waste career with Browning Ferris Industries (“BFI”) in 1990 and learned the business as a true garbage man: Supervisor, Operations Manager, Manager-Trainee, General Manager, Region Operations Manager and Regional Vice President. Within his first 6 years at BFI, he oversaw 400 employees with annual revenue of $50 Million. After transitioning to Republic Services in a General Manager position, he was asked to assume the role of RVP for the Southland Waste division of Republic Services. In 2001, Mr. Hall was one of three founders of Advanced Disposal Services, Inc., which is now the fourth largest solid waste company in the U.S. Starting with three trucks, Mr. Hall grew Advanced Disposal’s operations to over $1.3 Billion in annual revenue, 5300 employees, 91 collection/hauling facilities, 45 MSW and C&D Landfills, 71 Transfer Stations and 21 recycling facilities. After completing the 2012 integration of the Advanced Disposal – Interstate Waste – Veolia Environmental acquisitions by the company, Mr. Hall left Advanced Disposal in 2014 to pursue other interests. He is a graduate of Mississippi College and former College Baseball Coach at The University of Mississippi.
Thomas J. Cowee has 37 years of experience in the environmental industry, including 15 years as a Chief Financial Officer. After retiring at the end of 2012, Mr. Cowee began serving as a board director for companies and is currently serving as a director on; Enviro Group, LLC and STC Investors, LLC, both privately owned environmental companies, both since 2015. Enviro Group, LLC is a hazardous trucking and transfer company, and STC Investors, LLC is primarily a refinery services and trucking company. Previously Mr. Cowee served as a director on the board of Rizzo Group, LLC, a privately owned solid waste collection, transfer and recycling business from 2014 to 2016, until sold. Mr. Cowee was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd, from 2005 to 2012. Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd (NYSE:BIN), was a publicly traded solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and landfill business, with operations in the United States and Canada. Mr. Cowee joined IESI Corporation in 1997 as its Chief Financial Officer and in 2000 was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until IESI Corporation was acquired by Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd in 2005. From 1995 to 1997, he was Assistant Corporate Controller of USA Waste Services, Inc., and from 1979 to 1995 he held various field accounting positions with Waste Management Inc. Mr. Cowee has a B.Sc. in accounting from The Ohio State University.
Jackson Davis has more than 20 years experience in technology and technology leadership, previously holding roles with software development companies providing mobile infrastructure management and wholesale financing solutions. Mr. Davis holds a BSBA in Decision Science with concentration in Management Information Systems from East Carolina University and has extensive experience in guiding organizational business strategy to propel improvement and maximum impact, while focusing on cost-efficiency and productivity. He is currently Director of Financial and Business Services Applications for Cox Enterprises a leading communications, media, and automotive services company with revenues of $18 billion.
Joe Ardagna combines 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry starting as an hourly kitchen employee to owning and operating a 28 restaurant chain in Atlanta and the Carolinas doing approximately $90 million in yearly sales. Mr. Ardagna oversaw all aspects of the business including but not limited to finance, legal, compensation, site selection, design and development, licensing and brand development. Mr. Ardagna sold a majority of his interest to a private equity group in 2011 and currently sits on the Board of Directors with the Company. In 2013, Mr. Ardagna started a new venture in the restaurant industry in Atlanta and currently oversees the operation of 4 pizza restaurants and the construction of a new store opening in February 2017. He has an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in 1984 and serves on the Board of Trustees at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire.