New York-based electronics recycler Sunnking has announced the appointment of Adam Shine as company president. In this role, Shine will expand his responsibility, along with CEO Duane Beckett and the leadership team, for the company’s continued growth and future roadmap. Prior to this appointment Shine had served as vice president since 2015.
“It’s a huge honor and an excellent opportunity to keep influencing a company and industry with extremely high growth potential,” Shine says. “I’m looking forward to the exciting projects, partnerships, and innovative firsts that we have in store for the near future.”
Some of his plans for the company include adding processing equipment, additional facilities, upgrading some existing equipment, and software applications that will allow the company to better integrate with its suppliers and customers. “It’s going to be critical for us as a team to step up and continue our growth on the same steady uphill climb that we’ve been on for the last 10 years,” he says.
As vice president, Shine oversaw Sunnking’s expansion from a 140,000-square-foot facility to a new, ultramodern 204,000-square-foot facility with automated processing capabilities. He was instrumental in improving Sunnking’s recycling footprint from 12 million pounds to more than 25 million pounds of material per year. “We’re still growing,” Shine says. “There’s a lot of different facets to the business. We’ve got resale and refurb, a brick-and-mortar retail store, and we’ll be opening a new store in the third quarter of this year. I’m really excited about our trajectory.”
Prior to working in the recycling industry, Shine traveled globally selling and implementing software systems to five-star hotels and resorts. He has a love for all things technology and often tries to incorporate it in business where and when it makes sense. He expects electronics recycling to continue growing, spurred largely by the rise of electronic vehicles (EVs). “EVs are becoming smarter, and they’re going to have a lot of data and other security requirements,” he explains. “But it isn’t just EVs. Daily items and devices you might not expect will start containing data in the next few years.”
The work for Shine, and other recyclers, lies in determining how to effectively position his company to manage the anticipated growth. “From a business perspective, it’s an exciting time,” Shine says. “The field will continue to grow; we just need to position ourselves to continue operating as an effective service provider.”
Shine serves as president of Manitoba Corp. and represents the fourth generation of the company. He’s also vice president of business development for Utility Recyclers International. Later this year, he will step into the role of chair for ISRI’s electronics recycling division. Shine is a member of the REMADE governance board and strategic advisory committee. He also serves as an advisory board member for Camp Good Days and Special Times, which strives to improve the quality of life for families affected by cancer or sickle cell anemia through residential camping programs and year-round recreational and support activities in the Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., areas.
“I’ve been working closely with Adam for the last 15 years and I know the company is in good hands,” Beckett says. “With a move like this, Sunnking is poised to make an even larger impact in the evolution of our industry.”
All photos courtesy of Sunnking.