Robert Brickner, GBB Executive Vice President, has more than 38 years of experience in the solid waste management field. He is an expert in solid waste handling systems, including collection and processing equipment, especially equipment costs and systems analysis. Mr. Brickner is well versed in cost allocation methods and economic/financial modeling, and life-cycle costing. Mr. Brickner has served as the lead evaluator for GBB on many system-wide evaluations and vendor solicitations, and as lead negotiator on numerous projects that have been financed. He has authored independent reports for bond sales and has made supportive presentations to rating agencies on Wall Street. Mr. Brickner has presented expert witness testimony at arbitration proceedings and permit hearings on waste-related programs. During the last 20 years, Mr. Brickner has conducted hundreds of field visits to review local collection programs (for trash, recyclables and brush) and solid waste management programs (including materials recovery facilities (MRFs), waste-to-energy facilities, C&D recycling systems, transfer stations, and landfill facilities) in the United States, and abroad. He has written numerous articles, lectured at many national solid waste conferences, and served for four years as a contributing editor to an industry magazine. Prior to helping form GBB in 1980, Mr. Brickner was a solid waste applications engineer for Combustion Engineering, Inc. (1972-1975), National Sales Manager for the Solid Waste Division of Allis Chalmers (1975-1978), and a Managing Director of Gordian Associates, Inc. in Washington, D.C. (1978-1980).