Denver-based Amp Robotics Corp., a supplier of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to the recycling industry, has announced that Brent Hildebrand has joined the company as managing director of enterprise sales. In this role, he is responsible for sales and business development into new geographies and expanded applications within the recycling industry.
Hildebrand brings more than 20 years of recycling and waste management industry experience to Amp, having held management roles at Waste Management, TRI-R Recycling and Browning Ferris Industries (BFI). Most recently, he served as vice president of recycling at Denver-based Alpine Waste & Recycling, owned by GFL Environmental, Vaughan, Ontario.
At Alpine, he was responsible for developing the company’s vertically integrated recycling business and modernizing its operational infrastructure. He deployed the first Amp Cortex AI-powered robotics system for sorting and expanded recycling programs for new materials, including disposable coffee cups.
Hildebrand also has served as president of the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) and received the “Sustainability Champion” award from the Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for his leadership promoting recycling in Colorado.
“Our hiring of Brent represents the next stage of Amp’s strategic growth as the recycling industry continues its rapid adoption of our technology,” says CEO Matanya Horowitz. “With decades of industry experience, he has a deep understanding about the challenges that operators face day to day and firsthand experience with the value that our AI and robotics systems create.”
Horowitz adds, “On a personal note, Brent was one of the first people to trust his business to Amp’s technology in 2015. We’ve worked hard to get robots to where they are today in recycling, and I’m personally proud that someone who has seen the nuts and bolts of the technology has rolled up their sleeves and joined the team.”
“I am a strong believer in the transformative impact that the Amp technology has on the economics of recycling by experiencing it directly in my previous role,” Hildebrand says. “I am thrilled to join the Amp team and help the industry modernize its operations with increased efficiency, better quality and lower cost.”