Jeff S. Cosman, CEO and Chairman, has had a lifetime experience in the solid waste industry from local operations up to corporate accounting and finance. In the early years, Mr. 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”). Mr. Cosman holds a B.B.A. in Managerial Finance and Banking & Finance, as well as a Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Cosman was drafted by the New York Mets and played professional baseball in the minor leagues from 1993-1996. Mr. 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, Mr. Cosman 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; Mr. 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 serial entrepreneurial endeavors starting with Market Street Capital, JC Waste Solutions, Legacy Waste Solutions and Dynamic Molecular Solutions. In 2012, Mr. Cosman 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, Mr. 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.
Mr. 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, Mr. Cosman 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. Mr. Jim Cosman, Sr. believed in bringing transformative technology to a simple business model, like the garbage business.
Mr. Cosman owns the control-voting block (Preferred A) of MRDN; as well as he is the majority common shareholder.
Wally Hall, President and Chief Operating Officer, Board of Directors, left Advanced Disposal following the integration of Veolia and Advanced Disposal that created a $1.3 billion annual revenue company. In addition to being one of three founders of Advanced Disposal, Mr. Hall's last position was Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hall was responsible for over 5,300 employees, 3,000 trucks, 91 collection locations, 45 landfills, 71 Transfer Stations and 21 recycling facilities.
Mr. Hall is an alumnus of the Browning Ferris Industries' ("BFI") management trainee program. Being a part of this program makes Wally exceptionally qualified to be a Senior Leader at Meridian. BFI consistently put out industry senior leaders for over 25+ years before it was merged into Allied Waste. Wally is a graduate of Mississippi College and former College Baseball Coach at The University of Mississippi. Mr. Hall began his career in the waste industry in 1990.
Charles E. Barcom began operations of Meridian Waste Services with the aim growing a strong independent company through a focus on best in industry customer service.
Since that time, Meridian has earned both residential and commercial business across the St. Louis and St Charles area – and been awarded contracts in municipalities such as Wildwood, Crestwood, Clarkson Valley and Florissant.