How We Got Here

Kerry and Becky Getter founded Balcones Resources in 1994 in Austin, Texas. In the mid-’90s the only commodity being actively recycled in a commercial setting was white paper, and the Balcones team saw the need to change the way Texas recycled. “We had an opportunity to make an impact both environmentally and economically,” remarked Kerry. Balcones introduced the Anything that TearsTM program, which simplified office recycling and allowed property managers to quickly quantify their efforts through monthly environmental reports and a reduction of costs related to landfill hauling fees.

Kerry remembers, “It was a challenge at first because we really had to get into the trenches and educate everyone involved in an organization. The janitorial crews were very important because we needed to move the material efficiently and effectively throughout the buildings, and their buy-in was crucial to the success of the program. Education became a necessary component, and we started to see the fruits of our labor in the form of increased participation and a reduction in waste from the different locations we serviced.”

Fast-forward over 20 years, and we have facilities in Austin, Dallas and Little Rock and have grown to become one of the top 50 recyclers in North America.

We service approximately 75% of Austin’s Class A office buildings and 80% of the Class A buildings in downtown Dallas. In addition to multi-tenant facilities, Balcones is also the chosen recycling partner for several corporate campuses, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.
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Kerry concludes, “We started as paper recyclers, but we’ve transformed into a full service environmental company that works with our customers to reach zero waste goals, educate employees, achieve LEED® certification, or simply take the first step towards a new recycling program.”

LEARN ABOUT OUR HISTORY

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1994

Balcones Recycling is founded in Austin.

1997

Anything that Tears™ program is trademarked.

1997

Little Rock location is established.

2000

Balcones Fuel Technology is founded and Balcones is awarded two patents.

2002

Name changed from Balcones Recycling to Balcones Resources to better reflect our comprehensive zero waste solutions.

2005

Balcones Shred, the document destruction division, is created.

2010

Balcones Resources recycles 127,000 tons annually.

2011

Newly expanded SingleCycle® recycling program launches.

2011

Balcones Resources breaks ground on its new recycling facility in Austin.

2011

Balcones Resources is awarded 60% of the City of Austin's residential recycling contract set to commence on October 1, 2012.

2012

Balcones Resources moves into its new state-of-the-art, $25-million facility on Johnny Morris Road.

2012

Balcones Resources starts processing 60% of the City of Austin's recycling.

2019

Balcones Resources celebrates 25 years in business.

2019

Closed Loop Partners became the majority Stakeholder of Balcones Resources.

2020

Balcones Resources purchased Single Stream Recyclers in Sarasota, Florida.

2021

Balcones Resources acquired recycling facility in Taylor, Texas
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Meet Our Team

Kerry R. Getter
Kerry R. Getter
Founder

Kerry founded Balcones Resources in 1994 with a small group of investors and a focus on commercial recycling in Austin, Texas. Prior to starting Balcones, Kerry was a regional recycling manager for Waste Management and was part of a family owned recycling business.  He also served as a Director and CEO of a Texas Bank holding company.

Kerry is a frequent speaker at national and state recycling trade events and is a two-time finalist for the Ernst and Youngs Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He serves on the advisory board of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas.

Kerry attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an anthropology major, and wanted to become Indiana Jones, before there was an Indiana Jones. He gave up the pursuit to become a pitcher in the Texas Rangers Organization, while finishing his degree at Texas Wesleyan.  According to NASA, several of his ill-fated pitches can still be tracked in orbit today. Kerry graduated from Texas Wesleyan where he received a BA with a major in Political Science.

Adam Vehik
Adam Vehik
President & CEO

As the President & CEO of Balcones Resources, Adam Vehik is responsible for overseeing operations and finance, as well as managing the Company’s strategic initiatives. Prior to this role, Mr. Vehik served as Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of Balcones for ten (10) years, where he was responsible for financial statement preparation and analysis, improvement of profitability, coordinating tax and audit work, compliance, and capital investments. Mr. Vehik also mentored Balcones managers, with a focus on the economics of recycling and opportunities for operational efficiency. Mr. Vehik holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a JD/MBA from the University of Arkansas.

Adam enjoys Austin’s outdoor and music scenes and is on the Board of Hill Country Conservancy.

Joaquin Mariel
Joaquin Mariel
Chief Commerical Officer

As the leader of Balcones’ business development team, Joaquin is on a mission to bring the company’s expertise and commitment to recycling to more communities in the southern United States. Joaquin previously served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Austin division.

Before coming to Balcones, Joaquin was the Executive Director of the historic Central Texas nonprofit, Ecology Action of Texas. His efforts there led to increased access to recycling opportunities for Austin’s residents and an expanded awareness of the importance of recycling and other landfill diversion activities across the state. Joaquin is an Alumni of the University of Texas where he received a BA in English.

Caroline de Laat
Caroline de Laat
Chief Financial Officer

Caroline is an accomplished business leader with over 25 years of experience in driving change and helping organizations scale to fulfill their potential. She brings extensive expertise in the implementation of financial systems that provide insight into key performance indicators that help inform decision-making.

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Caroline oversees accounting, human resources and IT for all of Balcones locations. She is responsible to evaluate and improve process and workflow design to streamline the back office to support the operations team. She also manages the financing of capital acquisition projects and expansion efforts for all Balcones locations.

Caroline serves as a board member and treasurer for the Lake County Rugby Club, the Young Men’s Service League and the Lake Travis Middle School PTO. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northeastern University.

Natalie Betts
Natalie Betts
Director of Partnerships & Municipal Relations

Natalie is responsible for developing Balcones partnerships throughout the value chain to advance a circular economy and collaborating with the cities where Balcones operates to support their recycling programs. Before joining Balcones, Natalie spent 10 years in public service with the City of Austin, most recently as the City’s Circular Economy Program Manager with the Economic Development Department and Austin Resource Recovery. She served on the inaugural US Plastics Pact Advisory Council and led the City of Austin’s application to the Beyond34 initiative and the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment.

She is a Certified Economic Developer and is an alumna of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Fellowship, the White House Internship Program, Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Emory University.

Robb Espinosa
Robb Espinosa
Chief Operations Officer

Robb joined Balcones as its COO in December 2021. He brings to Balcones over 30 years of recycling and waste management industry experience and a track record of excellence in operations optimization and leadership development. He has held leadership roles in a variety of industrial-scale processing companies. Most recently, he was AMP Robotics’ Vice President of Facility Development and Operations. He has previously served as COO at Midwest Recycling Service and Sales where he helped to design, build, commission, and optimize numerous material recovery facilities (MRFs) nationwide. Prior to that, he held leadership positions for Rational Energies, Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Greenstar North America, and TRI-R Systems Corp. Robb holds a BA in Organizational Development from Regis University.

Rusty Getter
Rusty Getter
President of Commodities Group

Rusty leads Balcones Resources’ Commodities Group, and coordinates the incoming recyclable material with the end-user demand for fiber and pulp products, developing relationships with paper mills around the world. Rusty started in 1979 at the Dallas recycling company founded by his father, Richard Getter.

Rusty has successfully positioned Balcones as the top provider of high-quality paper-making products – earning the company a reputation as innovators in an otherwise traditional marketplace.  Rusty is a frequent speaker at industry events such as the Paper Recycling Conference and the Southeast Paper Recycling Conference.

Rusty graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Radio-TV-Film and played baseball for The Longhorns. Rusty began his recycling career after being fired by the Cincinnati Reds for being an imposter.

Richie Getter
Richie Getter
Vice President of Strategy

Richie grew up in the recycling business, working part time at Balcones in the summers prior to attending St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX where he earned a BA in International Relations in 2004. Richie began working full time for Balcones in 2005 continuing to learn the operational side of the business working in the Austin facility.

In 2008, Richie began developing the plastics recycling side of the business aspiring to grow the services provided by Balcones to its client base and to new customers. Today he manages strategic initiatives, growth opportunities, and the Plastics Division for the company. Building relationships within the industry for well over a decade, Richie has assisted clients in finding solutions for difficult to recycle plastics domestically and internationally.

Richie is an avid outdoorsmen and steward of the environment, which continues to drive his passion for diverting valuable resources back into the supply chain.

Kerry R. Getter
Adam Vehik
Joaquin Mariel
Caroline de Laat
Natalie Betts
Robb Espinosa
Rusty Getter
Richie Getter

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