John Horton

Chairman, Board of Managers

Mr. Horton is a former financial executive at GE and Honeywell for various power and aircraft engine business units. Mr. Horton also has extensive private equity (PE) and venture capital experience as a PE backed portfolio company, a managing director for a NY based PE firm, and founding Operating Partner for a PE firm focused on energy services. John has led or materially participated in over 20 PE platforms with a demonstrated track record of success. Mr. Horton’s investments primarily target companies focused on environmentally impactful services or products, such as Smart Recycling’s organic recycling and compost operations.


Michael Gorton

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Michael Gorton is an accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon and former Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center during the largest growth turn around in US History focusing on quality improvement and quality care. Dr. Gorton comes from a farming background and knows first-hand the value of conservation and soil enrichment through addition of proper nutrients including compost.  Michael’s motivation to lead SMART Recycling comes from his passion for betterment of the environment along with his recognition of SMART’S vision to slice harmful waste streams from rotting in a landfill to making nutrient rich compost.


Gary Bilbro

Founder and Board Member

Mr. Gary A. Bilbro is the founder and previous CEO of SMART Recycling. Mr. Bilbro started the company to provide a service to the public for organics diversion from landfill. The business quickly grew to multiple cities in the southeast. In 2015, Mr. Bilbro sold the majority of the company, but has been an active member of the Board and a key advisor to the SMART Recycling team. Gary’s dedication to the composting and zero waste industry continues to this day.


Joann Horton

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Horton is a former financial executive for numerous small to mid-sized businesses in the retail and service industries. She has contributed to the growth and success of national companies through financial leadership, analysis and strategic planning.  Ms. Horton is very active in charitable organizations including National Charity League, where she is currently President of the Sonoran Sustainer Chapter.  She has a passion for improving her community, through both service and environmentally impactful investing.


Aaron Heitzhaus

General Manager

Mr. Heitzhaus is a former Manager from Rent a Center with 15 years of management and sales experience. Aaron recently relocated to Charleston SC to accept the General Manager position with SMART Recycling. Aaron has a passion for the industry and has worked for SMART Recycling in the past in Raleigh, NC. Aaron is customer focused and will ensure that SMART Recycling provides excellent service for our partners.

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Jason Yankus

Operations Manager

Mr. Yankus previously served in the United States Coast Guard and worked for many years as a route driver. Mr. Yankus leads operations which includes drivers, routes and equipment. Jason enjoys the outdoors and is excited to be a part of a company that has a positive impact on our environment.


Meghan McGill

Staff Accountant

Ms. McGill is a Charleston, South Carolina native and a former Office Manager with Accounts Payable experience.  Meghan earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Trident Technical College.  She supports local farmers that use sustainable practices and enjoys working with likeminded professionals who are passionate about educating the community and providing sustainable resources.

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