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

Tony Joseph began his career with Great Lakes Recycling in 1994 and stayed with the company until 2002. In September 2016, he rejoined the GLR family to run the brokerage division and now serves as GLR president, working throughout the Detroit metro area.

“The Rosen family brought me under their wings into this industry. They empowered me to learn, grow, and make mistakes, and helped me recover from those mistakes with care, patience, and guidance,” says Tony. “My mission now is to expand and grow this 90-year-old brand and keep that legacy alive.”

From business development to human resources, Tony wears many hats as GLR president. As Chief Guidance Officer, he sets the company’s objectives, ensuring that GLR is the most hands-on, engaged, and customer-focused firm in the recycling market. As Industry Guru, Tony manages the GLR brokerage team and sets operational oversight of all materials movement. He is the Lead Negotiator and Marketer of GLR materials with end-commodity processors, creating joint ventures and partnerships with complementary service providers. As Chief Estimator, Tony right-sizes customers’ recycling programs and creates new “direct-to-mill” commodity streams that develop new lanes of material to GLR’s mills and processors.

“Working at GLR is different and exciting every day. It’s fast-paced, ever-changing, and challenges me to use quick-thinking and problem-solving skills to save the day,” says Tony, who has received recognition from the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment for sustainability efforts. Work, however, is not just work for Tony. He is devoted to the backbone of GLR – its employees. “The greatest thing about working at GLR is the people. It’s a family. It’s a team.”

Communicating directly with customers daily via email and phone, Tony reinforces the GLR goal to be interactive, collaborative partners with every customer. “We want to develop the trust that our customers’ sustainability efforts will always be met with as much creativity, transparency of process, and straightforward answers as we hope to receive ourselves,” he says. Dedication takes on new meaning with Tony’s energy and experience. “You don’t get to 90 years in an industry without expertise, commitment, and loyalty to ingenuity, our customers, our mills, and our carriers.”

A resident of Macomb, Michigan, Tony enjoys boating and sporting events. He treasures time spent with his family and friends and is very involved in the daily lives of his two adult sons.


Dawn New-Echlin

Dawn New-Echlin

Vice President Business Development

Dawn New-Echlin joined the Great Lakes Recycling family in April 2017 as the vice president of business development. She can be found working throughout the Detroit metro area, managing the development and marketing strategy of GLR’s new business relationships at both corporate and national levels.

In her role at GLR, Dawn works in contract negotiations, sales management, training, communications, public relations, marketing, strategy, and mill and processor and brokerage relations. “Each day the challenges of new materials entering the recycled commodity stream is exciting. No two days are ever the same. Problem solving, collaboration, creativity with our processing partners and our client base make it fun to show up to work,” says Dawn. “The satisfaction you get from being able to resolve a problem for a client or partner is incredibly rewarding.”

Dawn has worked in the environmental industry since 1990, nearly the entirety of her career, building her skill set and lending her expertise to material recovery facilities, waste haulers, landfill operators, industrial service providers, hazardous and liquid waste disposal facilities, total waste and resource management contracts, industrial construction services, and front end environmental management and engineering services.

Along with her team of commodity traders,she takes pride in being part of the exceptional GLR family. “It is the depth and breadth of experience and each individual’s knowledge and experience that sets our company apart. The people here operate integrally, complementing each other’s strengths and rising up to compensate for weaknesses,” says Dawn.

“GLR’s longevity and history of success at managing a variety of recycled commodities for over 90 years is a strength not replicated by many other firms.  It speaks worlds to the people who are in this building day in and day out and the creativity generated when people collaborate for the good of the whole.”

Dawn has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and has received the 7 Gems Award from the Michigan Minority Business Development Council. She currently resides in Huntington Woods where she enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, biking, hiking, and volunteering at Alternatives for Girls.


Stacey Hellings

Stacey Hellings


Monica Blackwell

Monica Blackwell

Account Manager and Inside Sales

Monica Blackwell

Monica Blackwell has been a member of the Great Lakes Recycling family since 2016. Based out of the Roseville location, Monica works as an account manager and conducts inside sales. She has been in the recycling industry for over 12 years, which gives her the knowledge and expertise to broker the best deals for GLR and customers alike.

Managing brokered accounts for mill direct loads, from dispatching to monthly account reporting, Monica’s job is in the details. She works directly with the GLR sales representatives in the set-up process of new accounts while arming customers with all the information they need to make a smooth transition into making their companies more profitable.

Through her inside sales position, Monica works with established accounts that put out bids, researching the product and offering them the best price possible to make the transaction cost-effective for both the account and GLR. She conducts most of her work through email or phone, but occasionally conducts site visits when necessary.

“I love building relationships with customers, knowing they can call me direct for anything pertaining to their account,” says Monica. “I am very passionate about my job, and love each account for their individuality and the challenge to make each of them more profitable.”

Monica appreciates too, the family atmosphere that is cultivated at GLR. “Everyone here really believes in helping each other out to better us all.” She proudly works to maintain the company’s excellent reputation in and out of the field.

Monica lives in Macomb Township and can often be found golfing, spending time with friends and family, or planning her next beach vacation.

Doug Verkeyn

Doug Verkeyn