Mr. Bankston is Regional Manager for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. After nearly a decade in the disaster recovery business Ben joined DRC bringing his vast experience in the coordination of debris removal projects for Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, Isaac and Sandy; tornado debris removal projects in four states; and ice storm debris removal projects in Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Oklahoma. He is also well-versed in coordinating pre-event planning and possesses significant experience in demolition and hazardous waste.
Mr. Swain is Regional Manager for North and South Carolina who joined DRC after 3 years as a Project Manager for Cahaba Disaster Recovery. During that time he oversaw the demolition of hundreds of houses in Orleans Parish, LA., along with debris removal projects in Missouri and New York. Previously he was a Senior Project Manager and Procurement and Contracts Administrator for an emergency services company in Florida.
Mr. Crawford comes to DRC with 25 years of operational and sales experience in the waste and recycling industry. Mr. Crawford is a Florida resident and has been in the state since 1990. He previously worked in the Organics Recycling and Compost industry in Florida, where he was responsible for operations, project management, as well as sales/marketing of compost and mulch products. Additionally, he was previously responsible for municipal and federal contracting, opera tions management, disposal management, transportation, logistics and commodity marketing. Mr. Crawford is a Board of Director Member and Chairman of the Sponsorship Committee for Recycle Florida Today, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recycling education and improvements throughout the state of Florida.
As a former Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Kennedy was responsible for the training and combat readiness of hundreds of Marines and led expeditionary combat operations around the world. His leadership and experience conducting operations in extreme situations give him a unique perspective in the disaster response business. Additionally, his management background in a commercial real estate development and an international non-profit have broadened his capabilities in effective leadership. As a Regional Manager, Mr. Kennedy is responsible for maintaining business relationships and providing hands-on participation and incident command in response and recovery operations. Upon joining the DRC team, Mr. Kennedy was immediately activated in response to Hurricane Harvey and worked closely with the City of Houston and Harris County. Mr. Kennedy also worked with the Texas General Land Office restoring 125 miles of Texas coastline after Hurricane Harvey. During this project he coordinated with 8 different federal, state, and county agencies and completed the project on time while navigating numerous unexpected contingencies. Mr. Kennedy has a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. He is a Texas resident and has resided in Houston since 2010 with his Wife, Kat, and their four children.
Jay Gunter, Regional Manager
Mr. Gunter comes to DRC with 35 years in the solid waste business. Jay started throwing trash on the back of a garbage truck in 1983 and has operated every type of waste and/or hauling truck imaginable. He rose through the ranks at BFI becoming a Sales Rep and President’s Club member in 1989; in 1990 as an Operations Manager he became a member of Chairman’s Club. During his long career in the waste industry, Jay has held almost every position. He was landfill and transfer station certified through the Solid Waste Association of North America. He was also certified as HAZWOPER through the University of South Florida and has served as an incident commander through several hazardous waste events. As a previous Solid Waste Superintendent with Lake County, Florida, Jay has been through the 200, 300 and 400 series for Municipal emergency management and understands that side of a disastrous event as well. His disaster experience includes coordination or clean up after Hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, Alberto and Mitch as well as many other flood and tornado events.