Mick Barry Received his BS in Forestry from Iowa State University and his MBA from Henderson State University of Arkansas. He spent 19 years with Weyerhaeuser Company serving as a Forester, Tree Farm Manager, Procurement (timber)/ Logging Manager. After 10 years working in the woodlands in Arkansas he became Regional wood yard manager for the Mississippi/Alabama region. His career then took him into manufacturing where he became Process Manager at the Columbus MI paper mill (Raw Materials and LWC paper production areas), Manufacturing Manager for Diapers at the Los Angeles CA facility and finally the General Manager for Engineered Laminates in Stony Brook New York.
In 1989 he and his family decided it was time to stop moving and he picked up roots and move from New York to Iowa and founded with his partners CC and C Recycling that grew and evolved into the Mid America Recycling Company, which became the nation’s largest privately held recycling company in the United State. Mick’s primary role beyond principal of the company was to do the marketing of materials and develop relationships domestically, in Mexico and Asia with direct shipment end users. The Mid America Recycling Company was sold to Greenstar Recycling in late 2007.
Mick was a cofounder of the Iowa Recycling Association and served as its president for 6 years. In addition he has served two terms on the Colorado Association for Recycling Board of Directors. He has served two previous terms on the National Recycling Coalition helped develop the ROC and served as its Chair for one year. He has served the NRC as Vice President and Treasure during the previous terms and is currently and appointed Board of Director Member. Mick also assisted in the founding of the Recycling Organization of North America (RONA) and serves on the founding Board of Directors.
Mick has severed on numerous Iowa State task forces for recycling and solid waste management issues and was appointed by Iowa Governor Culver to be a member of the Iowa Comprehensive Recycling Task Force that was missioned to chart Iowa’s recycling future. In addition Governor Culver appointed Mick to be a member of the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s Infrastructure Strategy Task Force which was commissioned by the legislature to develop a growth strategy for Iowa’s Future Economy 2020.
Mick formed M2B2, LLC in 2010 as he officially retired form Greenstar. In his current role he assists Greenstar in the management of their Wal Mart Recycling partnership. He also assists (more like gets in the way) his son Mickey who is the President of Angel of Shavano Recycling in Salida Colorado. Mick’s other son is completing his training in the veterinary field at this time.
An additional business venture Mick is working on is sensible inexpensive transportation solutions for the congestion in Mexican Cities via the importation of reliable environmentally friendly motorcycles.
In his spare time Mick, plays water polo for the US Masters National Team, pans for gold, white water rafts and hikes in Colorado.