ACC’s Chairman of the Board Murray K. Griffin, P.E. has been asked and has agreed to serve on Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering External Advisory Board (EAB). Murray was asked to serve by Mr. Donald R. Webster, Ph.D., P.E., who serves as the Karen & John Huff School Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mr. Bill Higginbotham, who is the President of ET Environmental, current EAB Chairperson. The EAB is made up of 30 Georgia Tech alumni from across the country and Puerto Rico. Members serve a three year term on one of five committees: Nominations & New Members, Alumni Relations, Student Affairs, Communications, or Development. Murray’s new member orientation and first meeting with the EAB is scheduled for October 11-13, 2018 during Homecoming Weekend.
ACC sponsored a shooting team consisting of Kevin Barkley (Macon-Bibb County Solid Waste Director), Penny & Michael Snipes (Laurens County Solid Waste Management Authority Director) and Joel Scott (ACC) on April 14, 2014 at the TaTa Bang Bang presented by Shooting Sports for Cancer, Inc. Sporting Clays was the play of the day at this fundraiser “to end late stage breast cancer by providing funds to local not-for-profit community hospitals for screening and diagnostic testing for breast cancer diagnoses." This is a special cause for the Snipes’ as Michael’s Mother passed from this disease. Michael honored his Mom at the event with a tee-shirt specially prepared for him by a friend that knew his Mom.
Although the ACC team did not “place” in any of the Lewis Class scored event, team members had a grand time. Intra-team competition came down to the last of 15 stations where three of the competitors were within 1 “bird” of each other. At this station one of the team members reminded the team sponsor that this was a “client” shoot and the team sponsor missed 4 of the final 8 birds, leaving the door open for the “clients” to win the intra-team competition. However, the team sponsor did post a career high score and is excited about shooting again.
This was a worthy event with many 4-person teams involved. There were 2 flights: one at 9:00 AM and another at 2:00 PM. Although there were a couple of spaces left in the first flight, the second flight was packed full with 54 teams. After the second flight, there was a celebratory dinner (low country boil), a live auction, raffle for prizes, and devotions. Raffle winners included our team’s Penny Snipes, who made off with a new climbing deer stand.
This is an annual event at the Meadows Gun Club and Shooting School, so we are looking forward to shooting again next year. Click here for more information.
Although he is not ready to retire yet, Murray Griffin has announced that he has stepped down as President & CEO in February 2018. Understanding the impact that leadership changes can make on a company, he has chosen to make this change now while remaining as Chairman of the Board. He will remain actively engaged in the company and in touch with clients. Richard Deason, Chief Operating Officer, will take over as President and CEO. Chris Klamke, VP of Geotechnical and Environmental Services will continue to lead his group and also take on the role of Chief Operating Officer. Robert Brown, VP of Engineering Services, will also continue lead his group as well as take on the role of Chief Financial Officer.
With the help of his business partners, Murray founded Atlantic Coast Consulting, Inc. in October of 2005. With his vision and leadership, the company has grown from a small start-up to a business of over 40 employees and three different office locations. ACC began with the vision of being client focused and oriented by pursing personal relationships with clients. Throughout the 13 years ACC has been in business, each employee has contributed to that vision. Murray is very grateful for all of his clients who have supported and believed in him over the years, as well as the dedication that each of his employees has given to the company. Without our clients and employees, we would not be who we are today.
Richie Deason was a founding member of ACC in 2005 and has been the COO since the business began. He will be responsible for leading the company through this next strategic path. He also is grateful for the dedication of his employees and the support of ACC’s clients. Richie is excited for this next path toward strategic growth and continuing to grow a company where each employee has the opportunity to contribute.
ACC began with the vision of six partners who are still together after 13 years of growth and success, which is an admirable accomplishment. Throughout this leadership transition, all six partners will continue working towards the company’s vision of being a client and employee focused firm. They will remain in direct contact with clients and employees as they always have. ACC is very grateful for all of the relationships developed over the years and knows that they are the true reason for our success.
ACC would like to congratulate the Houston County Solid Waste Disposal Facility for receiving the 2016 Award for Outstanding Program - Landfill Management for the SWANA-Georgia Chapter!
This award is well-earned for Houston County. Located in middle-Georgia, the facility serves as a regional landfill for Houston County and three adjacent counties. They provide separate MSW and C& D landfill areas, yard waste mulching/composting and recycling drop-off areas. This facility stands as a model to others in the state and the country for its fiduciary accountability, environmental compliance, operating efficiency, waste reduction and reuse efforts. The County’s foresight into the future is demonstrated by their land acquisitions for expansions and buffers and by their “green” initiatives. The landfill gas to energy facility, a public-private partnership, has environmental and financial benefits by producing “green power” that can generate enough electricity to power 1,680 homes.
Congratulations Houston County!
On May 11, 2016, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Georgia Chapter held its annual Chapter Equipment, Mechanic, and Truck Road-E-O in Dublin, Georgia. The Chapter event was held to qualify competitors for the SWANA International Road-E-O which will be held in Dublin, Georgia September 2nd through 4th 2016 – competition day is September 3rd. The SWANA International competition will establish the “best” Equipment Operator, Mechanic, and Truck Driver in the Solid Waste Industry – at least for 2016 – by testing competitor’s skills in maneuvering through challenging course for operators and drivers, or solving complex problems for mechanics. The top overall finisher in equipment, mechanic, and truck events will be declared the “Top Gun” of the event for 2016.
The equipment, mechanic, and truck Road-E-Os are just one way that SWANA to gives back to and recognizes the outstanding personnel in our industry.
The Georgia Chapter event held on May 11, 2016 qualified competitors from both the private and public sectors. Competitions were held for automated side- loader, front load, rear load, roll-off, and tractor trailer under the truck categories; dozer, articulated dump truck (ADT), rubber-tired loader, and track hoe in the equipment categories; and mechanics. The top two finishers in each event qualified for the International Road-E-O; therefore 22 of the Georgia competitors are eligible for the International event. The Top Guns of the Georgia Chapter Road-E-O will be sponsored by the Chapter (i.e. expenses covered) for the International Road-E-O. Georgia Chapter Road-E-O Top Guns for 2016 were:
So while the rest of the world watches the August 2016 competitions in Rio de Janeiro, the Solid Waste Industry has their eyes set on Dublin, Georgia to see who are the 2016 International Road-E-O Top Guns!
ACC President/ CEO Murray K. Griffin, P.E. presented on Leachate Management in Georgia at the Georgia Chapter of SWANA’s Spring Conference held at the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa on April 18-20, 2016. A survey was conducted by ACC and results were received for 27 of the operating lined MSW landfills and 5 closed lined MSW landfills. According to the survey, 15 sites (47%) currently haul untreated leachate to Publicly Owned Treatment Works facilities (POTW). Three sites (9%) haul untreated leachate to privately owned treatment plants. Somewhat surprisingly, only 6 sites (19%) are currently recirculating leachate back into the landfill. Other sites are permitted for recirculation but have chosen to not recirculate at this time. Eleven sites (34%) discharge untreated leachate directly to a sanitary sewer. Two sites (6%) discharges pre-treated leachate directly to a sanitary sewer. Two sites (6%) currently handle their leachate onsite using the ROCHEM Landfill Leachate System.
The SWANA Landfill Management Technical Division did a similar survey last year which returned 180 responses from across the US. The SWANA survey found that 47% of the sites discharge untreated leachate to a POTW, 13% discharge pretreated leachate to a POTW, 18% treat their leachate onsite, and 22% do something else. Comparing the SWANA survey results to the Georgia survey concluded that a much larger percentage of landfills in other states are either pretreating or treating their leachate onsite. ACC believes that leachate pretreatment or onsite leachate treatment will be required for most sites within the next 5-10 years.
In October 2015, ACC celebrated its 10th Anniversary! Thanks to our clients and our employees, our families and friends, these ten years have been a time of growth, learning, success, and dream building.
Check out page 6 in Engineering Georgia's March/April 2016 issue for a spotlight on ACC's 10 Years!