Michael J. (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, Michigan paper mill (Raw Materials and LWC paper production areas), Manufacturing Manager for Diapers at the Los Angeles, California facility and finally the General Manager for Engineered Laminates in Stony Brook, New York.
In 1989 he and his family moved to Iowa where he co-founded CC and C Recycling, a business that evolved into the Mid America Recycling Company, which became the largest privately held recycling company in the United States. Mr. Barry’s primary role beyond Principal of the company was to oversee the marketing of materials. While performing his marketing functions he developed enduring relationships with direct shipment end users in Mexico and Asia. He successfully fulfilled his marketing functions at Mid America Recycling Company until 2007 when the company was acquired by Greenstar Recycling. In 2010, Mr. Barry officially retired from Greenstar Recycling, but continued to serve as consultant to Greenstar in the management of their Wal-Mart Recycling Partnership until 2013.
In 2015 Mr. Barry and his partners purchased back the Mid America Recycling Facility in Des Moines, IA (Iowa’s Largest Single Stream processing facility) from Waste Management and n 2014 purchased back the Lincoln NE facility and currently serves as the President of Mid America Recycling headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.
Mr. Barry is a co-founder 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, as well as two terms on the National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors, where he served as Vice-president and Treasurer. Mr. Barry also assisted in the founding of the Recycling Organization of North America (RONA) and served on its Founding Board of Directors, which recently (2014) merged with the National Recycling Coalition.
In addition, Mr. Barry 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. Governor Culver also appointed Mr. Barry 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.
Mr. Barry also serves as a Board Associate of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
In 2010, Mr. Barry formed M2B2, LLC and currently serves as consultant to Angel of Shavano Recycling located in Salida, CO.
In his spare time, Mr. Barry plays water polo for the US Masters National Team at the Masters World Championships (having won the Masters World Championships held in Russia in 2015), coaches the Iowa State University Water Polo Club team, pans for gold, white water rafts and hikes in Colorado.