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Apple Valley Waste team members.

Meet Our Team

Brad Dennen

Brad Dennen

Director of Operations

Joined AVW: Oct 2017

Experience: 10+ years in Waste Industry Management, 20+ years of multi-unit management with focus on customer service, safety and facilitating growth in markets. Brad attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania earning his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources.

James W. Brown

James W. Brown

Western Regional Sales Manager / Director of Customer Service

Joined AVW: May 2020

Experience: Served 27 years in the United States Marine Corps (Retired)

James has 21 years of Sales Experience. He was awarded the top gold sales honors in 2018 (Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service). James takes pride in working with charities in the local community in his spare time.

Jay Gall

Jay Gall

West Region Maintenance Manager

Joined AVW: 2014

Experience: Jay has a very impressive track record in Fleet Maintenance Management. He has been in the Fleet Management for 30+ years. Prides himself in volunteering and giving back to the community while working with charity work in the local community.

Casey Grubb

Casey Grubb

Western Regional Fleet Manager

Joined AVW: 2015

Experience: Casey has 15+ years of excellent Sales and Fleet Management experience. She manages a fleet of over 150 vehicle across 3 states.

Josh Greene

Josh Greene

Western Regional Safety Manager

Joined AVW: May 2020

Experience: Josh has been in the transportation industry as a dock worker, truck driver, trainer, and now manager for over 20 years. He became a safety manager of a thriving oilfield trucking company in 2017. As an oilfield safety manager, he earned "Safety Professional of the Year" in 2018 in the state of North Dakota for innovations in driver safety and he has received recognitions from 2 national oilfield companies for his work.

General Managers

Chuck Wheat

Chuck Wheat

General Manager for Kearneysville

Joined AVW: May 2020

Experience: 30+ years in Maintenance, Safety, and Operations in the Waste Industry. Chuck has worked in multiple Waste Industries across the country.

Michael Gunther

Michael Gunther

General Manager for Baltimore

Joined AVW: September 2012

Experience: Mike owned the Baltimore location prior to selling his business to AVW in 2012. Mike has been in the Waste Industry for 48 years. Mike started in the refuse business 1973 (48 years ago).

He has experienced all aspects of the industry from a thrower, driver, sales rep, office management and business owner.

Mike was on the MDSW board for 15 years plus.

Robert Kerns

Robert Kerns

General Manager for Morgan/Keyser

Joined AVW: January 2008

Experience: 26 years in the Waste Industry. Robert started as a Residential Driver in 1994. After 18 years as Swing Driver, he became a supervisor in 2017 in Kearneysville AVW. Then Transferred to Morgan as General Manager in 2019 for AVW. In 2020 took on additional area of Keyser as the General Manager.

Sales / Customer Service Management

Tiffanie Fridley

Tiffanie Fridley

Customer Service Manager

Joined AVW: April 2016

Experience: Tiffanie brings over 11 years combined experience in the customer service and solutions field, currently managing the Customer Experience Team located in Kearneysville, WV. Tiffanie is passionate about community service and involvement and providing the best customer service to our customers. In 2017, shortly after joining Apple Valley Waste, she was awarded office professional of the year in recognition of her outstanding dedication and commitment to serving our customers. Tiffanie attended Shepherd University and take pride in volunteering time to coach youth sports in the local community in her spare time.

Lauren Dennen

Lauren Dennen

Western Region Broker/Retention Specialist

Territory: Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, and Adams Counties in Pennsylvania

Joined AVW: September 2019

Experience: Has 7 years with Commercial and Industrial Sales in the Waste and Recycling Industry. Lauren attended college at Penn State University earning bachelors in Hotel Restaurant and Management.

Scott Romine

Scott Romine

Sales Rep

Joined AVW: Feb 2021

Territory: Western Maryland, Northern Virginia and Panhandle of West Virginia

Experience: Has 29 years sales experience. Has 9 years of Commercial and Industrial sales experience in the Waste and Recycling Industry. Scott has multiple awards for being in top tear of all sales with multiple companies over the past 29 years. Scott attended college at Shepherd University earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration/ Marketing. Scott spends time coaching the Shenandoah University’s Golf team in his spare time.

Mary Knowles

Mary Knowles

Sales Rep

Joined AVW September 2019

Territory: Western MD/Western WV

10 plus years in Sales in the Waste and Recycling Industry. Mary went to college at Hagerstown Community College and earned an associate degree in Computer Science.

Bernie Hopkins

Bernie Hopkins

Sales Rep

Joined AVW: April 2015/p>

Territory: Baltimore/DC, Northern Virginia

Experience: 20 years of Sales Experience. Bernie has worked in the Solid Waste & Recycling Industry for the past 16yrs as Account Manager, Sales Executive, Sales Supervisor & Sales Manager and his current role as Territory Manager with AVW. Bernie has been with Apple Valley Waste- Baltimore Division for the past 6 years and has been assisting and expanding their footprint in the Baltimore Washington, & Northern VA Areas as one of the leading Solid Waste & Recycling Hauling Companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Bernie attended college at Baltimore Community College and earned his Associates degree in Business Administration.