John O’Connell is CEO and Co-Founder of Wind River Environmental (“WRE”), the largest provider of non-hazardous liquid waste services in the Northeast. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Hudson, MA, WRE has pursued a roll-up strategy in the liquid waste industry, having completed more than 55 acquisitions. WRE services customers from Maine to Maryland from 20 service locations. The company owns four wastewater treatment plants, including a waste-to-energy facility in Lancaster, PA, where it transforms grease and food waste into electricity. Prior to WRE, John had a successful career in IT, Finance, and Operations in big-box retail, having held senior positions at Marshalls department stores, Sears, and most recently as Vice President of International IT at AutoZone.
John holds a BS from Southern New Hampshire University and an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University. John is presently on the Board of Directors of Fast Water Heater, a Seattle, WA, based company that provides water heater service and installation from Seattle to San Diego and Vector Disease Control International, a Little Rock, AR, based company specializing in mosquito control and aquatics management throughout the US.