Gary Nihart

Gary Nihart

Gary Nihart

Speaker | Atlas Organics

Spartanburg, SC | gary.nihart@atlasorganics.net

Gary has served as cofounder and Chief Operating Officer for Atlas Organics for six years. Gary first entered the recycling industry as a student employee for Clemson University Recycling Services where led the makeover of the composting operation and eventually won the Carolina Recycling Association’s Outstanding Organics Recycling Program for 2013. After leaving Clemson, Gary spent a year working for Vision Recycling in the San Francisco Bay Area assisting in the management of seven organics recycling facilities, processing approximately 50,000 TPY. Gary has worked alongside Joseph since the beginning to develop the Atlas Organics public/private partnership composting model and begin to implement it in the Southeast. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and a Masters of Science degree in Applied Economics and Statistics from Clemson University. Gary served as the Chairman of the USCC Young Professional Committee and has taken the 40-hour USCC Compost Operations Training Course and passed the SWANA Compost Operations Test.

Session Code: 2A

Track: Business

Session Name: Funding the Expansion

Session Time: Tuesday, January 25, 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

Presentation Title: Funding Infrastructure and Growth

Presentation Description: Developing infrastructure is one of the greatest needs of the composting industry in the present day. With increased implementation in organic diversion legislation and corporate responsibility on the increase it is more important than ever for our industry to rise to the occasion, however, one prevalent issue often exist; How do we fund new infrastructure? It is important that our industry looks into the appropriate funding solutions for every size and stage of business whether it be angel capital, alternative debt, or private equity. Many unique combinations of capital are now available in the market place with ESG and impact investing at an all time high. There are numerous ways to structure capital from early to late stage growth which can be explored. Developing infrastructure is one of the greatest needs of the composting industry in the present day. With increased implementation in organic diversion legislation and corporate responsibility on the increase it is more important than ever for our industry to rise to the occasion, however, one prevalent issue often exist; How do we fund new infrastructure? It is important that our industry looks into the appropriate funding solutions for every size and stage of business whether it be angel capital, alternative debt, or private equity. Many unique combinations of capital are now available in the market place with ESG and impact investing at an all time high. There are numerous ways to structure capital from early to late stage growth which can be explored.