OUR JOURNEY

From humble beginnings with one small scrap yard in Greenville, NC, Greenwave has grown to become one of its region's leading metal scrap operators. Through the roll-up of independent, profitable metal recycling facilities, we plan to rapidly expand our footprint. 

ABOUT OUR CHAIRMAN AND CEO

DANNY MEEKS

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Our History

OUR CHAIRMAN AND CEO

DANNY MEEKS

At 18 years old, with one truck, Mr. Meeks started a hauling company which he quickly expanded by re-investing its profits. Within two years, Mr. Meeks had won contracts to provide hauling services for some of the region's largest projects, including the expansion of the Chesapeake-Bay Bridge Tunnel.

A seasoned businessman, husband, father of four, and patron of his local community, Mr. Meeks uses a unique set of skills and experiences to drive Greenwave's growth.

2004

EMPIRE IS FOUNDED

Starting with a single metal scrap yard in Greenville, NC, Danny Meeks started Empire Services, Inc. The business was a success from day one and Mr. Meeks began planning its expansion.

2007

EMPIRE EXPANDS TO 5 YARDS

By 2007, Empire had grown to 5 metal recycling facilities almost entirely through the re-investment of its profits and cashflows generated by operations.

Our Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Ashley Sickles - From June 2017 to August 2022, Mrs. Sickles served as Director of Finance for JAWS, Inc., a leading regional restaurant operator and franchisor with multiple locations. Mrs. Sickles holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Western Governors University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from West Virginia University.

Our Independent Directors

Mr. J. Bryan Plumlee - Mr. Plumlee is a Co-Managing Shareholder of Poole Brooke Plumlee PC, where he serves as Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department and manages its Court Collection Department. His practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on business, land use, environmental law and product liability, including aviation litigation. As part of a vibrant land use practice, Mr. Plumlee heads a team within the firm specializing in environmental remediation projects. Mr. Plumlee has been an attorney with Poole Brooke Plumlee PC (formerly Huff Poole Mahoney, PC) since August 1999.
 

Mr. Plumlee’s clients include multiple regional businesses, professionals, insurance companies as well as municipalities. Mr. Plumlee has been repeatedly elected by his peers to be included in Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite and Virginia Super Lawyers in the categories of Civil Litigation Defense and Environmental Litigation. Mr. Plumlee has an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Plumlee serves as Chairman of the Company's Audit, Compensation, and Nomination and Corporate Governance Committees.
 

Mrs. Cheryl Lanthorn - Mrs. Lanthorn began her career as a Personal Administrator at Welton, Duke & Hawks before rising to an Accounting Administrator due to her work-ethic, extensive accounting knowledge, and attention to detail. For the next 14 years, Mrs. Lanthorn was a Software Trainer and Content Developer for Applied Systems, Inc., where she created webinars and instructional documentation to teach employees how to best utilize TAM, Vision, Epic, and other scalable software programs. From December 2015 to July 2022, Mrs. Lanthorn served as an Account Executive at Brown & Brown Insurance, where she managed one of the company’s largest books of business, managed employees and their books, trained new employees, and performed various other administrative duties. Since August 2022, Mrs. Lanthorn has been a Senior Account Manager at Marsh Mclennan Agency, LLC, where she manages large corporate accounts.

Mrs. Lanthorn serves on the Company's Audit, Compensation, and Nomination and Corporate Governance Committees.

 

Mr. John Wood – Since 1998, Mr. Wood has served as a licensed real estate agent in Virginia. Since 2010, He has served as the Principal Broker of John E. Wood Realty, Inc., based in Chesapeake, Virginia, where through his extensive relationships with business and community leaders, he has become one of the region’s most active real Residential, Commercial and Property Management Brokers. He is also the Virginia Principal Broker for two other companies, which rank in the top 10 in the nation.  In July 2018, he launched American Contracting Services, LLC, which has successfully completed hundreds of Commercial and Residential construction projects.

​Mr. Wood serves on the Company's Audit, Compensation, and Nomination and Corporate Governance Committees.

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