Liquid Environmental Solutions Corporate Officers
Alan Viterbi, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Viterbi is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liquid Environmental Solutions since the company’s formation in 2002. He was previously a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Public Technologies (USPT), the North American market leader in traffic photo enforcement, from its inception in 1988 until the sale of its business to Lockheed Martin in January 1999. He continued with Lockheed Martin for the two-year transition period as the Vice President of Photo Enforcement, also serving as a member of the Management Committee for Lockheed Martin’s state and local government subsidiary. Prior to founding USPT, Mr. Viterbi was the Mayor of West Hollywood, California, and a member of the City Council from 1984 to 1988. He has also served on various public agency boards, including as Chairman of Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 4, and most recently as a member of the California Export Finance Board. Mr. Viterbi’s education includes an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at U.C.L.A., where he was a Charles F. Scott Fellow, a Public Affairs Fellowship with the Coro Foundation, and a B.A. from U.C.L.A.
Gene Cookson, President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Cookson’s focus and responsibilities include the sales and operational oversight of the Company. Prior to LES, Mr. Cookson joined the SWS Environmental Services, private equity owned firm, in January of 2009 as Company President. He was responsible for all aspects of the business including corporate departments such as finance, human resources, information technology, legal, proposal development and waste services. In addition Mr. Cookson’s responsibilities included sales and operational oversight of the field service and remedial technologies business units. Mr. Cookson worked for Clean Harbors Environmental Services (NYSE: CLH), for nearly twenty years, where he held various Executive Management positions including SRVP of Sales and Operations, Chief Operating Officer, President of the Site Services Business Unit, and EVP of Business Line Management. He was an Executive Staff Member and the Executive Manager who attended Board of Director meetings for nearly fifteen years. Mr. Cookson holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree from Northeastern University in Civil/Environmental Engineering. In 2009, he attended and received certification at the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP176).
William Bergstrom, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bergstrom is responsible for the Company’s accounting, financial, information technology, human resources, and risk management functions. Prior to joining LES, Mr. Bergstrom served in increasingly responsible capacities for one of the nation’s largest charter bus operators through three different ownership structures (and company names): from 2006 to 2008, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Coach America ($450 million in revenues, 2,700 vehicles and 5,000 employees), majority owned by Fenway Partners, following its acquisition of American Coach Lines; from 2003 to 2006, he was President, Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Financial Officer of American Coach Lines, majority owned by Lincolnshire Management, following its acquisition of Coach USA’s Southeast Region; from 2000 to 2003, he was Southeast Regional Vice President of Coach USA; from 1998 to 2000, he was Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations Analysis of Coach USA. Mr. Bergstrom worked for BFI from 1985 to 1998 in various capacities, including auditor, controller, business analysis manager and Vice President, Operations for BFI Medical Waste Systems. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.
Peter J. Crane, Vice President of Customer Solutions
Mr. Crane joined Liquid Environmental Solutions in 2007 and is responsible for managing the commercial services group that focuses on servicing food related customers; food service establishments, grocers, food manufacturers, and municipal collection contracts. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Crane served in various leadership roles with Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) from 1985-2001. In 2001, Mr. Crane joined Republic Services Eastern Region as its Regional Sales Manager responsible for sales and marketing activities within a 6 state operating region. In 2005 Mr. Crane joined Waste Management as its Market Area Manager overseeing revenue growth for Waste Management’s North Texas market which generates $ 160 million in annualized revenue. Mr. Crane has over 22 years’ experience in the solid waste collection and disposal industry and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
Brian Bidelspach, Vice President of Expansion Operations
Mr. Bidelspach joined Liquid Environmental Solutions when the company acquired Resource Recovery Techniques of Arizona (RRTA) in 2005, and is responsible for the development of new branches and plants. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Bidelspach was co-founder and President of RRTA, which owned and operated a state of the art treatment facility for non-hazardous liquid waste. Prior to RRTA, Mr. Bidelspach was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Allwaste Recovery Systems, Inc. (ARS) based in Atlanta, GA. ARS owned and operated four non-hazardous liquid waste treatment facilities and a fleet of vacuum trucks that provided environmental services throughout the southern United States. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Bidelspach was Vice-President of National Waste Companies. Based in Dallas, National Waste was a leader in the private treatment of non-hazardous liquid waste and provided transportation services to over 5,000 customers throughout Texas. Mr. Bidelspach has over 20 years experience in all aspects of liquid waste management including transportation, compliance and final treatment. Throughout his career Mr. Bidelspach has been active in many trade associations and served on the board of the Dallas Restaurant Association. Mr. Bidelspach’s education includes a B.A. in Urban Planning and Regional Development from Bloomsburg University located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
Mike Urban, Vice President of Information Technology
Mr. Urban joined Liquid Environmental Solutions in 2013 and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s technology platform. Prior to joining LES, Mr. Urban managed the Information Technology and Business Continuity division of a national consulting firm from 2005 – 2013. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Urban served in increasingly responsible capacities over the Information Technology function for one of the nation’s large telecommunication services providers. (XO Communications) During this time he managed the IT operations group through a period of significant company growth from $200M to $1.4B in revenues and from 1,000 – 7,000 employees. Mr. Urban is a Senior-level Information Technology leader offering a unique blend of 22 years in IT management and 8 years in business/finance. The scope of his IT management experience includes: multi-site operations, project management, service delivery, network design, information security, software development and business continuity/disaster recovery planning. Mr. Urban has a proven track record of leveraging technology to create business efficiencies. Mr. Urban holds a B. S. in Accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant, a Microsoft Certified Professional and a Certified Business Continuity Planner.
Jim Waisanen, Vice President of Treatment and Recovery
Mr. Waisanen is responsible for Liquid Environmental Solutions’ network of waste water treatment and byproduct recovery plants. Prior to joining LES, Mr. Waisanen served in various key operations and sales leadership roles with four market-leading companies in the Environmental Services, By-product Recovery, and Transportation industries spanning a contiguous 33-year career. Most recently serving as GM/Vice President of Sales for the Coal City Cob Company Inc., a full service chemical and hazardous materials transportation company. Mr. Waisanen spent 14-years with Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. serving in various operational leadership roles including Vice President of Operations, West Group from 2007 to 2010. In that role he had direct operational reporting responsibility for all of Safety-Kleen’s Recycle Centers, Waste Accumulation Centers, Product Distribution Centers and their associated transportation fleets in the western United States. Mr. Waisanen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and held a Professional Engineer’s License for 25 years.