EcoHub is the only sustainable product manufacturer that provides economic development, environmental sustainability, and lower costs to cities, companies, and communities.
Unlike the world’s current approach to garbage handling, EcoHub repurposes up to 100% of the waste stream into value added products. Here is how EcoHub puts every material within the waste stream to its highest and best use for both local economies and the environment.
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. George Gitschel is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of EcoHub. With over 35 years in the waste management, recycling, and conversion technology industries, Mr. Gitschel is the inventor of the MaxDiverter™ and EcoHub™ material separation, recovery and manufacturing processes. Mr. Gitschel currently has 21 issued or allowed patents (US, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mexico and Japan) covering over 450 claims. Mr. Gitschel has 20 additional US patents pending on the related system technologies. Additionally, Mr. Gitschel has 19 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) nationalization patent applications filed in China, India, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Mr. Gitschel has invested 25+ years developing EcoHub’s material sorting/recovery system and the EcoHub closed loop manufacturing concept. Mr. Gitschel is also the founder (2009 to present) and CEO of Organic Energy Corporation, the IP container for the MaxDiverter and EcoHub patents. Prior to founding EcoHub, Mr. Gitschel was the CEO of Rose Waste Systems, a leading municipal solid waste and recycling equipment, design, systems integration and supply company. Under Mr. Gitschel’’s leadership, the company designed and/or installed the systems for over 60 waste and recycling plants around the globe. Mr. Gitschel holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Santa Clara.
Argie Rumann, Chief Engineer
Mr. Rumann has 35 years of engineering experience, principally with NASA and related consulting companies. Mr. Rumann covered all aspects of complex systems in aerospace and several industries, including Telecom, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Paper Manufacturing, including bio-fuel reactor systems and biogas piston and turbine generators, wind, water mill and diesel generators. Projects included design, engineering and management of mechanical and electrical systems, motion and vision systems for industrial automation and a wide range of computerized controls and sensors. Mr. Rumann is an expert in SCADA, DCS, OPC architectures and proficiency in digital and analog/mechanical controls, propulsion and flight system design and engineering . Mr. Rumann has also designed and engineered distributed and real-time analog-digital acquisition and automation. Mr. Rumann has also designed and engineered real-time controllers and HIL systems: PID, fuzzy, neural-net and empirical feedback systems. In addition to multiple professional and skill certifications, Mr. Rumann has a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station.
Rob Watson, Chief Sustainability Officer
An international leader in market transformation and green buildings, Mr. Watson is known as the “Founding Father of LEED.” Under Rob’s direction, LEED became the largest and fastest-growing international standard by which green buildings are measured. Author Thomas Friedman calls Rob “one of the best environmental minds in America.” In 2019, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine recognized Mr. Watson as one of the 25 most influential alumni in the College’s 250 year history. At EcoHub, Mr. Watson is responsible for sustainability, economic and technical assessment of EcoHub’s back end technology, as well as project and business development. As part of his market transformation strategy for EcoHub, in 2016 Rob launched SWEEP, the Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol, a comprehensive performance standard for municipal solid waste programs and private companies that will be like “LEED for solid waste.” Mr. Watson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Columbia University and an MSc from UC Berkeley.
Jeff Smith, Strategic Advisor
Mr. Smith was the founder and the partner in charge of the environmental practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he worked on financings, underwritings and mergers and acquisitions nationally and internationally in all industries, and provided day-to-day counsel on environmental management and corporate governance issues, environmental issues of interest to the SEC, shareholder relations involving environmental matters and environmental litigation. He is now leading an initiative at Fordham Law School on sustainability studies and is also Senior Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP. Mr. Smith frequently speaks on environmental issues, including guest lectures at Fordham, Harvard, Columbia, Penn, Georgetown, NYU and Pace law schools. He was the first Chairman of the ABA’s Special Committee on Environmental Disclosure. Mr. Smith received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Gary Rome, EVP of Manufacturing
Experienced C-level Executive and Product Development Manager in Automotive and Industrial manufacturing. Gary has extensive experience in developing highly functional teams utilizing internal and external resources to achieve on-time, in-budget, market focused products. Mr. Rome has lead the development team for an infrastructure independent transportation vehicle for the commuter automotive marketplace and also has led Manufacturing Launch teams on the GMT-800 truck program, Other positions include senior management at Shanghai Gear Works, Ramos Arizpe Light Truck Assembly and many component manufacturing lines. Specialties include: Industrial/Automotive Product development, Large Program/Project Management, Team Building and Execution Assurance, Design For Market and Design For Manufacturing.
Tom Darcy, EVP of Government Affairs
After 10-years with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Tom joined IBM, where he spent 25 year. Among the initial offerings developed under his leadership, were a number of technology-based innovations which led to industry transformations in banking, financial services, education, government and publishing. Employing advanced technologies Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine Learning and Virtual/Augmented Realities (VR/AR), his teams designed a variety of product offerings which today represent a multi-billion-dollar business for IBM internationally. His project teams have driven measurable improvements in areas such as advanced analytics, big data, and a variety of centers of excellence generating a host of new living-wage jobs across the country. A firm believer in giving back, Tom is a 5-time recipient of Presidential citations for community service and volunteering. In addition to leading multiple Smarter Cities programs, Tom is the principal architect behind IBM’s Centers-of-Excellence business model and authored IBM’s “Smarter Waste Management” publication.
SVP of Business Development
Our SVP of Business Development is 30-year waste industry veteran covering a wide range of activities, including environmental compliance and infrastructure development, as well as market and business development for both traditional waste management activities and emerging digital efficiency platforms. He is a subject matter expert on franchises and has extensive experience in addressing sustainability objectives through public-private partnering, MRF design and operations, permitting, and regulatory development. Our VP holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a MBA.
Bob Ehlers, EVP of Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS)
Since the early 1980s, Mr. Ehlers has been an innovator at the leading edge of Environmental Management Systems evolution. As founder and CEO of Cody Ehlers Group, Mr. Ehlers performed hundreds of comprehensive EHS compliance audits and benchmarking of corporate EHS management systems for some of the largest energy infrastructure construction projects undertaken in the last decade. Mr. Ehlers has coordinated multi-media environmental permitting of multiple new, complex industrial facilities throughout the United States, and has successfully completed hundreds of site investigation and remediation projects through state and federal industrial and hazardous waste site programs such as Superfund, Brownfields, etc. Mr. Ehlers’s environmental remediation expertise allows EcoHub to redevelop inactive, impaired Brownfields sites into productive centers of environmental excellence and economic growth. Mr. Ehlers has a BS Biology Fairfield University and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from SUNY – Stony Brook.
EcoHub was created out of a desire to change the world by transforming how it discards, disposes, repurposes and consumes garbage. We take pride in our ability to simplify lifestyles, educate communities, raise living standards, and develop regional economies. By positively impacting the way the world deals with garbage, we hope to one day cure nations and regions of challenging, systemic issues like poverty, mass-pollution, and disease.
EcoHub is a value creator for citizens, communities, corporations and the whole waste management industry. We go beyond “zero waste” by finding ways to repurpose up to 100% of the waste stream, putting everything that comes through our facilities to its highest and best use. This commitment extends to how we impact the world around us. From the way we form partnerships to how we invest in communities, EcoHub creates lasting value and impact in everything that we do.
EcoHub is founded on a meticulous, never-ending desire to push the boundaries of what is possible. We strive to create systemic change in the way the world produces, disposes of, and interacts with waste. EcoHub is the beginning of a movement – an Environmental Revolution that goes beyond preserving our ecological resources. We will change the world, and in the process create new opportunities, change communities and provide economic development for millions around the globe.
We conduct our business with highest amount of personal and professional integrity. We believe in transparency and education, and continuously work with our partners, customers and community members to ensure that our services exceed their expectations. In everything that we do, EcoHub will pursue a commitment to high moral, ethical, and environmental standards.
COMMUNITY & EMPOWERMENT
EcoHub believes in “Paying it Forward” to the communities we serve, and to the world at large. We treat our employees as partners, knowing that their empowerment is key to their success, and the success of our business and the community. At EcoHub, empowerment starts and stops with education, fair treatment, accountability, and opportunity for all.
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EcoHub is an environmental revolution, fundamentally changing the industry by introducing the world’s first single-bin, closed-loop system for separating, manufacturing and repurposing up to 100% of the waste stream into value-added products.
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