NEW YORK Scrap industry veteran Tom Baker has been named president of the Recycling Council of Texas, taking over from Austin Metal & Iron Co. vice president Jim Shapiro.
In a newsletter sent to council members, Baker credited Shapiro for reviving the organization and its deep involvement and influence on several policies passed in Texas since Shapiro assumed the role in 2008.
"Jim was like Superman coming out of the back room. You never knew if he was in work clothes or dressed in a coat and tie to go to the Texas Capitol to testify or meet with a legislator. In the beginning, Jim had to bring together a diverse group of entrepreneurs and individuals from all over Texas to find common ground on issues critical to our industry," Baker said. "Under his leadership, we have developed credibility and critical relationships at the Texas Capitol and with state agencies."
After logging 43 years in the industry, including more than a decade in various management roles at Cincinnati-based David. J. Joseph Co. (DJJ), Baker stepped down as senior vice president for business development at DJJ in December 2012 to start Tom Baker Consulting LLC.
Since forming his Wimberley, Texas-based consultancy in January, Baker has assumed roles on the boards of several organizations, including the Texas Alliance for Recycling, the state Department of Public Safety, the Houston Air Quality Task Force and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
The council scored its first major victory in the states 2011 legislative session when S.B.694 was passed, setting out operating standards that Texas recyclers now maintain.
"It wasnt perfect, but it is probably one of best scrap industry bills passed in the U.S. to date," Baker said.