Executive Team


Ven Poole

President, Chief Executive Officer

Ven joined the Company in 1990 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. From 2002 through 2008, Ven served as Vice President, Corporate Development. From 1995 through 2002, Ven served as Director of Support Services and from 1990 through 1995, he served as the Company's Risk Management Director. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. Ven has more than 22 years of experience in the solid waste industry. He currently serves on the Boards of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the NC State University Entrepreneurship Initiative, and St. David’s school.


Greg Yorston

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Greg joined the company in early 2013 as Senior Vice President of Operations and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer on January 1, 2014. Greg brings over 27 years of experience working directly within the waste industry. Before joining Waste Industries, Greg’s background included detailed and highly experienced work across multiple states, including his time holding the position of Corporate Vice President for Operations and Business Solutions. His background also includes 12 years as an Area Vice President with full responsibility for collection, recycling and landfill disposal services in NC, SC and GA for a competing company.


Steve Grissom

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined the Company in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer. Steve has 32 years of controllership and CFO experience including 16 years of Chief Financial Officer for Austin Quality Foods which was acquired by Keebler Foods. He holds a B.A. in accounting from North Carolina State University. Steve is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of CPA's and the North Carolina Association of CPA's.


Lisa D. Inman

Vice President, General Counsel

Lisa joined the Company in 2010 as its Vice President, General Counsel, and has a total of 15 years of experience providing legal services to the solid waste industry. Before becoming a member of the Waste Industries team, she was a partner with the law firm of Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton, LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Company’s outside counsel. Lisa was recently selected by her peers as a member of “North Carolina’s 2012 Legal Elite Hall of Fame” in Business North Carolina magazine, as the State’s top vote recipient in the Corporate Counsel category. Lisa received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and received her law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Michael Durham

Vice President, Administration and Support Services

Michael joined the Company in 2006 as Vice President of Administration and Support Services. Prior to joining the company Michael was CFO and Controller for an Engineering and Design firm for 7 years. He also has 17 years of solid waste experience with Waste Management where he held various management and financial positions throughout the Southeast United States. Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the solid waste industry, holds a B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University, is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPA's and the North Carolina Association of CPA's.


Mike Ingle

Vice President, Corporate Development

Mike joined the Company in 1991 and since 2009 has served as Vice President of Corporate Development. He held various management positions throughout the Company his initial fourteen years and served as Vice President of its South Division from 2005 to 2009. Mike holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina and has over 21 years of experience in the Solid Waste Industry.