Our Team

Sandy Rosen

Sandy Rosen

CEO

Sandy Rosen is the President and CEO of GLR Advanced Recycling and has been with the company since January 1985. Based in the Roseville location, Sandy is focused on planning and strategizing business growth and operations, goal setting and monitoring, coaching, and mentoring.

As the grandson of founder Henry Rosen, Sandy grew up at GLR, working every job in the company from the group up, and advancing to his current executive position through dedication and motivation. He has never taken his role at GLR for granted, earning a thorough business education with a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and an MBA from Michigan State University. He is still actively learning through continuing study with peer groups to enhance GLR’s growth.

“I have been honored to help create, and be part of, a team of very positive and hard-working individuals who have pride in what we do. We are continuously working to build a company that people trust and admire,” says Sandy, who is focused on coaching GLR employees to do their very best while ensuring that GLR fulfills each employee’s needs. “I am playing a role in making the lives of our teammates better.”

When it comes to interacting with customers, Sandy does this as often as possible at trade shows, through plant tours, at high-level meetings with major accounts, or when he simply takes a call from a customer to hear about their experiences with the company, good or bad. Customer satisfaction is critical to Sandy and GLR. “Our success comes entirely from helping customers solve their waste and recycling problems, from providing a place for them to take their end-of-life scrap to finding more efficient ways to collect and dispose of unwanted materials.” By listening to customers’ needs and doing his very best to meet them, Sandy and his colleagues have pushed GLR to become a leader in the recycling industry.

The very nature and mission of GLR’s business plan and Sandy’s vision is being involved in an activity that directly affects the world in a positive way. “I enjoy the pleasure of knowing that not only are we all working together to make the world a better place, we provide a service that reduces pollution and conserves resources, not just materials but also water and energy,” says Sandy.

Sandy has been honored by the Michigan Recycling Coalition as Recycler of the Year, and he has been an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He resides in Bloomfield Hills and, when not at GLR, spends his time on DIY projects, like woodwork, drywall, plumbing, electrical work, and anything that requires the expertise of a handyman. Sandy is also an outdoor lover, fitting in opportunities to hike, bike, kayak, swim, fish, and golf.


Ilene Rosen Bischer

Ilene Rosen Bischer

VP/Partner

Ilene Rosen Bischer began her career at Great Lakes Recycling in June 1982. Her part-time work transitioned into full-time work in June 1984, and today she proudly holds the positions of vice president and partner. “This is my family’s legacy, and I hope that my grandchildren will one day make the same statement,” Ilene says.

In her roles, which come with a generous helping of responsibilities, Ilene is the primary contact for all tasks related to IT, software, and phones, while also handling all the “point-to-point shipments” of cardboard, plastic, and miscellaneous paper and metal (aka “brokerage”). “I love the excitement of the buy and sell of scrap,” says Ilene, who works in GLR’s Roseville corporate headquarters.

Ilene is also the company’s unofficial resident chef: “You can usually find me at lunchtime preparing something – soup, chili, sandwiches, cookies – in our kitchen for anyone who wants to eat. GLR is a family. The people I work with are more than just coworkers,” says Ilene. Not every company is fortunate to have the sort of family-friendly environment that GLR nurtures.

GLR’s origination as a family business, and Ilene’s enthusiasm and guidance, has imbued the company’s employees with dedication and the determination to work hard. “Great Lakes Recycling has an impeccable reputation, not just locally but nationally,” says Ilene. “We pride ourselves on being honest and fair to all our customers, big and small.”

Through Ilene’s efforts and her love for her career and family history, GLR has reached great heights and continues to grow while maintaining an impeccable level of customer service for every customer. Ilene makes a point to improve her leadership skills and engagement with employees through programs like the Dale Carnegie Leadership Management course. She is a member of the Leadership Macomb Class of 2016.

When not at GLR, Ilene can be found in Macomb where she loves to spend time with her family, whether they’re boating, swimming, playing cards, or cooking together.


Michael Bassirpour

Michael Bassirpour

President/Partner

President of Great Lakes Recycling since March 2012, Michael Bassirpour’s leadership has a solid foundation and a wide reach. He has performed all of the jobs in the yard, and while he is based in Livonia, Michael makes a point to move in and among each of GLR’s established locations. This hands-on approach enables him to relate to every employee amid the daily tasks and unique challenges they encounter.

Currently, Michael is responsible for purchases and sales for GLR. He oversees all operations and is in direct contact with all managers of the organization. This role makes him directly accountable for all company growth opportunities through acquisitions or the establishment of new yards. “My intent is to identify and achieve dramatic growth opportunities while maintaining my outreach with existing yards. I am available to our customers whenever they need me, day or night,” says Michael.

Michael is aware, however, that without dedicated employees, no enterprise can succeed. “At GLR Advanced, we have developed a culture that everyone’s opinion matters. Without the team we are nothing,” and his efforts reflect this belief. “I love the fact that I can have an idea, work with the strongest team to make it come to fruition, and create jobs along the way. There has never been a day that I have come to work and considered it a job. This is my life and it is my passion.”

Michael has started multiple recycling yards from scratch, run scales, managed yards, and purchased metal from across the nation. His 11+ years of experience in the recycling industry includes brokerage, and he continues to add to his resume day after day. In a business world where it is essential to be one step ahead of the competition, Michael is focused on innovation, creativity, and GLR’s ability to write their own story as an established, safe, reliable recycling entity.

“We will stop at nothing to ensure our customers’ satisfaction,” says Michael. “We pride ourselves on competitive prices, reasonable payment terms, and exceptional customer service. The strongest form of marketing is referrals, and we are grateful for every customer and every pound they bring to us.”

Michael earned a business and communications degree from Michigan State University. He lives in Bloomfield Hills with his family and, when not engrossed in his start-ups and entrepreneurial endeavors, can often be found enjoying the great outdoors, camping, or hiking.

 


Jay Sonne Mentzel

Jay Sonne Mentzel

COO

Jay Sonne Mentzel is the COO of Great Lakes Recycling and has been a member of the Great Lakes Recycling team since May 2013. Directly involved in the recycling business since June 2007, Jay brings to his executive position an exceptional level of motivation and humility. “We check our egos at the door and work together to come up with the most efficient solution to all of the challenges that are presented to us,” says Jay.

Based out of the Roseville office, Jay prioritizes his time by focusing on what needs to get done now. There are no opportunities for jobs or duties to fall through the cracks when Jay is involved. Customers are Jay’s first concern and, he is fond of saying, “We would literally be nothing without you.” He makes himself easily accessible to any customer via his cell phone and takes great pride in his quick response time. Matters do not go unaddressed for long when Jay is on the receiving end of your message.

Jay earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and currently resides in Beverly Hills. He is a family man, dedicated to his wife and daughter, though he makes time to run the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon every year.


Jeff Sonne

Jeff Sonne

Auto Division Manager

Jeff Sonne, auto division manager for GLR Advanced Recycling, can regularly be found at the company’s Livonia, Flint, and Port Huron locations. A member of the team since January 2014, Jeff began his work at GLR doing metal procurement.

Now, Jeff manages the auto division of GLR, a segment started from scratch and manages in its entirety. “The auto division began from an idea,” Jeff says. “It’s nice to look out and see the progress happen through hard work.” Jeff’s duties are all-encompassing and he is in charge of purchasing, processing, inventory control, the dispatch department, and sales. One of his daily priorities is interacting with customers to purchase inventory, whether via phone, email, or in person, while delivering that trademark GLR superior customer service.

Jeff thrives on the daily grind at GLR, and is proud that his team is able to overcome any obstacle that presents itself. “The team at GLR is second to none. We are the most focused organization. I cannot comprehend how any team anywhere could possibly outwork us or work smarter than we do. It’s what makes us unique,” Jeff says. “We are constantly reviewing our processes and philosophy to search for a better way. At GLR, we believe in always moving forward.

Jeff loves showing up for work every day and looks forward conquering every new challenge that arises. A former attendee of Western Michigan University and now a resident of Royal Oak, in his free time Jeff likes to play golf, watch sports and movies, hike, and spend time with his wife, Sara, and their dog, Roxie.


Elizabeth Daher

Elizabeth Daher

Metal Buyer

Elizabeth Daher is a metal buyer with GLR Advanced Recycling and has been with the company since March 2013. Based in the Roseville office, she interacts regularly with GLR’s other locations, purchasing materials in Livonia, Ann Arbor, Port Huron, and Roseville.

Elizabeth thrives on the fast-paced nature of her position in the recycling business. “Every day is different,” she says. Her duties are wide-ranging, and include the purchase of ferrous and non-ferrous materials, the solicitation and acquisition of new accounts, and the coordination of materials shipping and transportation.

One of Elizabeth’s greatest priorities is focusing on maintaining relationships with customers. “The GLR team knows that none of us would be working at GLR without the customer. We appreciate their trust, and the opportunity earn their business,” Elizabeth says, who has the opportunity to interact with customers daily, quoting and buying material and coordinating pickups.

Elizabeth has an extensive sales background, a bachelor’s degree, and has been in the recycling business since 2013. She can often be found boating, working out, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends, though she readily expresses that her GLR colleagues have come to feel like working with family.


Michael Mione

Michael Mione

CFO

A member of the Great Lakes Recycling family since January 1999, Michael Mione works out of the Roseville corporate headquarters as the Chief Financial Officer. Michael’s contributions to GLRare essential for the company to survive and thrive. Though he may humbly categorize his duties under “CFO stuff,” Michael’s responsibilities of managing the company’s financial risks, conducting financial planning, maintaining historical records, and so much more have made it possible for GLR to grow as a company and maintain a solid reputation in the state of Michigan and beyond.

A numbers guy who is able to see the big picture too, Michael enjoys the challenges and rewards that come with his executive position at GLR. As CFO, he has the privilege of being in the thick of major company decisions, initiatives, and changes, working with his colleagues to make the best financial choices for the company. Ultimately, though, Michael’s greatest professional pride comes from working for a business that exemplifies fairness, treating customers as they would want to be treated in return.

While the recycling business and accounting may not seem all that glamorous to some people, the two make acomfortable and satisfyingpair for Michael. He is a resident of Clinton Township, a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Walsh College.


Shannon Semik

Shannon Semik

Controller

Shannon Semik is the controller for GLR Advanced Recycling and has been in her position since June 2014. She is based in the corporate offices in Roseville where she interacts with vendors on a daily basis. Shannon’s duties are many, as she manages and monitors the daily cash flow and maintains monthly bank reconciliations for various operating companies. She prepares various financial and administrative reports and inputs financial information into the accounting system. In other words, Shannon keeps the money side of GLR running smoothly, a job that she finds incredibly satisfying. This feeling is sustained by working with people she enjoys in a company that does its part for the greater good.

“The thing I love most about my job is facing the challenges that come across my desk and being able to overcome them. I also enjoy learning the operations of the recycling industry. Recycling is so much more than just the bins that people put out on the curb every week.”

Shannon has a bachelor’s degree from Baker College. Her interests are varied, but you are likely to find her spending time with her daughter, scrapbooking or camping.

 

Sandy Rosen

Sandy Rosen

CEO

Sandy Rosen is the President and CEO of GLR Advanced Recycling and has been with the company since January 1985. Based in the Roseville location, Sandy is focused on planning and strategizing business growth and operations, goal setting and monitoring, coaching, and mentoring.

As the grandson of founder Henry Rosen, Sandy grew up at GLR, working every job in the company from the group up, and advancing to his current executive position through dedication and motivation. He has never taken his role at GLR for granted, earning a thorough business education with a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and an MBA from Michigan State University. He is still actively learning through continuing study with peer groups to enhance GLR’s growth.

“I have been honored to help create, and be part of, a team of very positive and hard-working individuals who have pride in what we do. We are continuously working to build a company that people trust and admire,” says Sandy, who is focused on coaching GLR employees to do their very best while ensuring that GLR fulfills each employee’s needs. “I am playing a role in making the lives of our teammates better.”

When it comes to interacting with customers, Sandy does this as often as possible at trade shows, through plant tours, at high-level meetings with major accounts, or when he simply takes a call from a customer to hear about their experiences with the company, good or bad. Customer satisfaction is critical to Sandy and GLR. “Our success comes entirely from helping customers solve their waste and recycling problems, from providing a place for them to take their end-of-life scrap to finding more efficient ways to collect and dispose of unwanted materials.” By listening to customers’ needs and doing his very best to meet them, Sandy and his colleagues have pushed GLR to become a leader in the recycling industry.

The very nature and mission of GLR’s business plan and Sandy’s vision is being involved in an activity that directly affects the world in a positive way. “I enjoy the pleasure of knowing that not only are we all working together to make the world a better place, we provide a service that reduces pollution and conserves resources, not just materials but also water and energy,” says Sandy.

Sandy has been honored by the Michigan Recycling Coalition as Recycler of the Year, and he has been an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He resides in Bloomfield Hills and, when not at GLR, spends his time on DIY projects, like woodwork, drywall, plumbing, electrical work, and anything that requires the expertise of a handyman. Sandy is also an outdoor lover, fitting in opportunities to hike, bike, kayak, swim, fish, and golf.


Ilene Rosen Bischer

Ilene Rosen Bischer

VP/Partner

Ilene Rosen Bischer began her career at Great Lakes Recycling in June 1982. Her part-time work transitioned into full-time work in June 1984, and today she proudly holds the positions of vice president and partner. “This is my family’s legacy, and I hope that my grandchildren will one day make the same statement,” Ilene says.

In her roles, which come with a generous helping of responsibilities, Ilene is the primary contact for all tasks related to IT, software, and phones, while also handling all the “point-to-point shipments” of cardboard, plastic, and miscellaneous paper and metal (aka “brokerage”). “I love the excitement of the buy and sell of scrap,” says Ilene, who works in GLR’s Roseville corporate headquarters.

Ilene is also the company’s unofficial resident chef: “You can usually find me at lunchtime preparing something – soup, chili, sandwiches, cookies – in our kitchen for anyone who wants to eat. GLR is a family. The people I work with are more than just coworkers,” says Ilene. Not every company is fortunate to have the sort of family-friendly environment that GLR nurtures.

GLR’s origination as a family business, and Ilene’s enthusiasm and guidance, has imbued the company’s employees with dedication and the determination to work hard. “Great Lakes Recycling has an impeccable reputation, not just locally but nationally,” says Ilene. “We pride ourselves on being honest and fair to all our customers, big and small.”

Through Ilene’s efforts and her love for her career and family history, GLR has reached great heights and continues to grow while maintaining an impeccable level of customer service for every customer. Ilene makes a point to improve her leadership skills and engagement with employees through programs like the Dale Carnegie Leadership Management course. She is a member of the Leadership Macomb Class of 2016.

When not at GLR, Ilene can be found in Macomb where she loves to spend time with her family, whether they’re boating, swimming, playing cards, or cooking together.


Tony Joseph

Tony Joseph

President


Dawn New-Echlin

Dawn New-Echlin


Stacey Hellings

Stacey Hellings


Monica Blackwell

Monica Blackwell

Doug Verkeyn

Doug Verkeyn