FCM was named winner of BBB Torch Award For Ethics.


Waste Pro named Mark O’Brien as the new division manager of its Nashville Division.

O’Brien began his career in the waste and recycling industry more than 30 years ago in Virginia. Since then, he worked in sales/marketing and management for a national hauler for over a decade.

Most recently, he served as executive director of sales and marketing for a waste and recycling provider in Connecticut.

As Nashville division manager, O”brien will lead one of Waste Pro’s newest divisions, which services 20,000 customers in the Nashville metro area.

“We’re very excited about the experience and expertise Mark will bring to our Nashville operations,” said Waste Pro Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Keith Banasiak. “We’ve seen tremendous growth here since being selected by the City of Hendersonville and opening our Nashville facility in 2019. We’re looking forward to starting the new year under Mark’s leadership in pursuing great opportunities in 2022.”

Waste Pro USA, Inc. is a privately-owned waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal company, operating in 10 southeastern states. With revenues projected to exceed $900 million in 2022, Waste Pro USA serves more than two million residential and 100,000 commercial customers from over 80 operating locations. Waste Pro is headquartered in Longwood, Florida, and maintains approximately 300 exclusive municipal contracts and franchises.


First Community Mortgage has been named the winner of the Better Business Bureau’s (Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky) highest honor: The Torch Awards for Ethics. FCM, which is licensed to lend in 46 states, won the Extra-large Business Category. The Torch Awards are presented in conjunction with the BBB Integrity Foundation.

“I feel strongly that actions speak much louder than words,” said Keith Canter, CEO of First Community Mortgage and one of the company’s founders, “and we’ve taken great care in establishing and communicating the core values of the organization, and communicating that they are never compromised by anyone.”

According to the Better Business Bureau, the Torch Awards for Ethics recognizes extraordinary businesses in BBB serving Middle TN and Southern KY’s service area that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to building trust through ethical practices with their staff, the community, their approach to marketing and within their industry.

“This award is special because it’s bigger than who is selling the most of their service,” says Robyn Householder, President and CEO of BBB serving Middle TN & Southern KY. “It’s about displaying an ongoing commitment to ethical practices. This should be recognized far more often. BBB is proud to give this award as our highest honor.”

In addition to the BBB Torch Award for the Murfreesboro-based mortgage firm, FCM was named one of the Best Places to Work 2021 by the Nashville Business Journal.

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