Meet the Team

Southwaste Leadership Team

Ryan Wurgler, Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Wurgler

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Wurgler joined WRM as President & Chief Operating Officer in February of 2021 and became the Chief Operating Officer on July 1st, 2021.  Prior to joining WRM, Ryan served as Vice President of Operations for Stericycle Environmental, Senior Vice President of Operations for Clean Harbors, Divisional Vice President for Waste Connections and Division Manager for Waste Management.

In his 30-year career, Ryan has led organizations with up to $700MM in revenue, over $150MM in EBITDA and more than 2,100 employees.  Ryan has a demonstrated record of delivering strong stakeholder returns while focusing on hands-on leadership, team member development, operations management, organic growth strategy, M&A integration and superior sales & marketing performance.

Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the North Dakota State University, with a double major in Accounting and Economics.

Ed Hickman,
Chief Financial Officer

Ed Hickman

Chief Financial Officer

Ed Hickman has served as Chief Financial Officer for WRM since 2016. Ed previously worked as the company’s Director of M&A.

Prior to joining WRM, Ed was the Senior Vice President of Relativity Capital, a private equity firm investing in aerospace & defense, transportation, and industrial businesses.

Ed has a Master of Business Administration degree from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Mike Costello, COO

Michael Costello

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Costello is the most recent acquisition to WRM’s senior leadership team, joining as the Chief Operating Officer in April of 2022. Prior to WRM, Michael was the Chief Executive Officer of Otto Environmental Systems, a $97m manufacturing company where he was responsible for streamlining executive leadership and developing lean processes to improve profitability.

Michael has over 20 years of experience in profit and loss management and excels at building cohesive, cost-efficient organizations ranging from $19m to $160m. During that time, Michael acquired industry expertise in manufacturing, environmental, industrial services, transportation, distribution, and more. Michael has a degree in Heavy Equipment Management from the American Training Institute in Newark, NJ.

Brian Kelleher

Brian Kelleher,

VP, Sales and Marketing

Brian joins us with an extensive operational background and is a proven Sales Executive. Brian is a driven and passionate revenue leader with an entrepreneurial mindset, consistently delivering more than expected. He has 19+ years of extensive experience developing and driving robust growth strategies, operations, and initiatives in diverse and rapidly evolving water, wastewater, recycling, composting, and grease markets. Brian’s career highlights include securing multimillion-dollar contracts, leading large-scale projects, and transforming underperforming teams into thriving regions.


Tim Cox

Vice President of Operations

Tim Cox has served as Vice President of Operations at WRM since 2012. He was promoted from Market Manager, a role he had held since 2009.

Prior to his time at WRM, Tim was the Director of Landfill Operations for multiple states for Waste Management, a $13 billion company in Houston, TX.

Previously, he was Regional Landfill Manager for Browning Ferris Industries, a Houston, TX waste management company that was disbanded in 1999.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California Santa Barbara.


Steven Charo

Director of Operations

Steve Charo has served as Market Manager of WRM since 2017. He was promoted from Market Manager, a role he held since 2012.

Prior to coming to WRM, Steve was the District Manager for Waste Management, a Houston, TX waste management company.

Previously, Steve was Director of Operations for U.S. Liquids, a liquid waste management services company where he was responsible for operations in multiple states.

When he isn’t working, you’ll find Steve working on something at home or playing with the grandkids.

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Richard Hernandez

Richard Hernandez

Mobile: (817) 791-5180


Richard has served as Senior Vice President of Plumbing Solutions for WRM since 2019. He has been with WRM since 2009 and has taken on multiple roles, including Director of Sales and Marketing.

Prior to WRM, Richard worked with Waste Management for 8 years up until 2009. He served as a Major Account Manager, Sales Manager, and Market Sales Manager for North Texas.

Previously, Richard worked for and retired from the United Parcel Services after 25 years with the company. He worked as a Package Car Driver, Operations Manager, District Sales Manager, and Director of Sales and Marketing for Latin America.

Richard has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Scott Arthur

Scott Arthur

Mobile: (713) 836-2906



Scott, born in Key West, Florida came to Texas as a commercial diver. He has been with Southwaste for 11 years as a Sales Rep and Market Area Sales Manager.

Prior to Southwaste, Scott owned a successful distribution business for 11 years. Scott is a networking and social media expert. In his free time, he bikes and spends time with his daughter.

Edgar Villareal

Edgar Villareal

Mobile: (713) 927-1539


Customer Experience / Major Accounts

Edgar is a native Texan and is the manager of Customer Experience. Edgar has worked in the waste industry for over 8 years and previously held a position as Client Manager Supervisor.

Edgar is married with two children: a 3-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl.  Edgar loves spending time with family and is a big Texans fan.

Rayan Trikkadeeri

Rayan Trikkadeeri

Work Mobile: (682) 772-2726



Rayan moved to Dallas from New York in 2006. Rayan joined the Southwaste team in 2020. Rayan comes with 25 years experience in the restaurant industry. Before joining Southwaste, Rayan was the Regional Manager for I-Hop Restaurants. Prior to that, he has had experience with various other national brands and owned and managed restaurants in the Dallas metroplex.

When he is not at work Rayan loves spending time with his family. He is a nature lover and has a passion for cooking and is an innovative chef.

Rayan holds a Bachelor’s in Hotel & Restaurant Management and an Associates in Medical Billing & Accounting.

Simon Solorzano

Simon Solorzano

Work Mobile: (832) 674-5711


Customer Experience Specialist

Simon is proud to be a first generation American and a native Texan.  Before transitioning into the role of Customer Experience Specialist, Simon served as Receivables Analyst where he was instrumental in growing revenue by engaging customers to foster mutually agreeable resolutions. Prior to joining Southwaste in 2019, Simon spent 10+ years in the Energy Sector as an Analyst.  Simon has the ability to nurture professional relationships which leads to long-term solutions and success. Simon offers clients an absolute promise to provide professional, timely and attentive customer service.

When Simon is not engaged in work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, grilling while watching the Houston Astros, Rockets and Texans.

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