John Griffith
Alpine Waste & Recycling

As president of Alpine Waste & Recycling, John Griffith has built a company with consistently growing revenues and increasingly influential presence in the Denver area’s waste and recycling industries. John founded Alpine in 1999 with one truck and one employee. Today, Alpine has approximately 265 employees, and annual revenues in excess of $50MM.

Griffith was a two-time finalist the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010 and 2012; and he was a finalist for ColoradoBiz magazine’s CEO of the Year award in 2007 and 2008, the only time in the magazine’s history that an executive was named in consecutive years. Alpine also received ColoradoBiz magazine’s Top Company Award in the Service Category in 2008.

Prior to founding Alpine, John was a sales manager for Browning Ferris Industries (BFI), handling all commercial and residential accounts in the market extending from Fort Collins and Greeley down to Colorado Springs.

Griffith and cut his teeth in sales with three years at Sears, Roebuck and Co., where he entered into the management trainee program, eventually managing the appliance and electronics departments at Sears of Southwest Plaza and supervised 26 commissioned sales associates.

John serves on the Board of Directors of Firefly Autism, a Colorado nonprofit organization that assists children with autism. John also serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Star Recyclers, a Colorado nonprofit electronic waste recycler that employs persons with disabilities.

Originally from Uvalde, Texas, he attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business. He spends his spare time hiking and backpacking, usually in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. He has twin sons, Luke and Jack.