Rob Hilton is the President of HF&H and one of six firm owners. Since 2002, Rob has provided a wide range of consulting services on nearly 300 projects for more than 100 public agencies. Mr. Hilton leads HF&H’s contracting team in support of more than a dozen communities each year who are either competitively procuring or negotiating solid waste collection, processing, and/or disposal contracts. Additionally, Mr. Hilton has assisted communities throughout the state in the process of developing strategic plans to achieve their high diversion or zero waste goals. Rob has presented several papers to industry organizations on the subject of how to develop sustainable funding strategies that support zero waste systems.
From 2014 to 2017, Rob served as the President of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA).
BA Political Science/Public Administration, UC Davis
John Farnkopf is a Senior Vice President at H&H and one of our founding partners. John has nearly 40 years of public and private experience in the utility industry, emphasizing consulting to water, wastewater, stormwater, electric, gas, and solid waste utilities. Mr. Farnkopf’s consulting activities include the following specialties: rate studies; financing studies; litigation support; regulatory analysis; resources management; fixed asset valuations and management; and design and construction.
B.S Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
B.A Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
Laith Ezzet is a Certified Management Consultant and Senior Vice President of our Southern California solid waste consulting practice. Mr. Ezzet has 30 years of experience as an economist and solid waste consultant and has assisted over 100 public agencies to plan, implement, and monitor their solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs. During the course of these engagements, he has presented to or participated in more than 200 public workshops and public meetings for City Councils, Boards of Supervisors, and citizens’ advisory groups. Mr. Ezzet has served and continues to serve in important industry associations including as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association and as Director of the Southern California Founding Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America.
M.B.A Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, 1988
M.B.A course work at the London Business School, 1987
A.B cum laude, Economics, Occidental College, 1984
Rick Simonson is a Vice President at HF&H and one of six firm owners. Rick has over 20 years of experience as an auditor/accountant in various capacities. Since starting with HF&H in 2000, Mr. Simonson has performed as lead analyst on solid waste, water, wastewater, and sewer-related projects for dozens of municipalities and agencies throughout California. Rick’s responsibilities have included developing a wide range of rate structures tailored to meet diverse client needs. These include, tiered water rates structures, rate models, alternative water rate structures, increasing block rates, and other rate related models.
His other financial analysis experience includes rate comparison benchmarking analyses, customer service level assessment, and conducting other statistical studies.
B.S Business Administration, Accountancy, California State University, Sacramento
B.A Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento
Marva Sheehan is a Vice President at HF&H and one of six firm owners. Ms. Sheehan has over 35 years of financial and accounting experience as a consultant and controller, including more than 20 years in the solid waste industry. Since joining HF&H in 2005, she has managed rate review projects, billing and franchise fee audits, procurement and contract negotiations, and financial and operational reviews for jurisdictions throughout Northern California. She has developed long-term financial forecasts and long-term management options for landfills and collection operations.
Prior to joining HF&H, Ms. Sheehan was a controller in the solid waste industry, participating in management of solid waste and recycling collections, MRFs, transfer stations and landfills. In this capacity, Ms. Sheehan prepared rate applications for several divisions of the company. The process included the preparation of the rate application package as well as working with the outside consultants during the review. She developed policies and procedures for jurisdictional cost allocations and participated in many franchise fee audits.
B.S Business Administration, Emphasis in Accounting, University of California, Berkeley
Certified Public Accountant – State of California
Tracy Swanborn, a Senior Manager with HF&H, has more than 25 years of solid waste and recycling consulting experience assisting municipal agencies. Her expertise is in collection, transfer, processing and disposal services procurement, contract development, and negotiations. Her procurement experience includes diversion and program planning, RFP and contract preparation, proposal evaluation, contractor selection, and negotiations. As part of these projects, she regularly presents reports to Councils and facilitates public workshops.
Ms. Swanborn also has experience preparing high diversion plans and program assessments, conducting program cost and rate comparison benchmarking analyses, and providing recycling program assistance. She prepared a best practices guide for diversion program language for franchise agreements, including analysis of various approaches to regulating commercial recycling and construction and demolition debris diversion activities.
B.S. Civil Engineering, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania
P.E. License in Civil Engineering
Peter Deibler is a Senior Manager with HF&H Consultants with over 30 years of experience in the waste management field. He has a background in resource economics and has assisted dozens of public sector clients. Mr. Deibler specializes in policy, process, financial and legal issues related to diversion programs and waste management program and facility procurements and negotiations. He frequently drafts and negotiates service contracts and is well versed in the setting of fees and rates in local government. His work often involves public process and facilitating decision-making by senior staff and elected officials. He is a frequent presenter on a range of topics. He has directed or managed numerous projects related to zero waste and high diversion planning, service procurement, commercial technical assistance, household and business hazardous materials and hazardous waste reduction, contract and rate review negotiations, performance review and contract compliance, rate analysis and structuring, budget projections and planning, and cost of service analysis.
M.A Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
B.A Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, Beloit College
Ms. Morris is Senior Project Manager in our Southern California solid waste consulting practice. Ms. Morris has specialized in consulting to government clients on solid waste issues for more than 20 years. Ms. Morris’ experience includes assistance with diversion studies, zero waste planning, AB 939 and other legislative compliance, solid waste and diversion program implementation and monitoring, solid waste and recycling contract development and management, grant management and administration, greenhouse gas inventories, audit services, rate reviews, and construction and demolition debris ordinance preparation and monitoring.
B.A. in Business Administration and Leadership, Concordia University, Irvine
Ms. Hamud is a Project Manager with HF&H Consultants. April began with HF&H in 2011 and has worked with dozens of clients to help them in achieving their solid waste and recycling goals.
April’s experience includes: negotiating and drafting contracts, conducting procurements of contracts in the areas of solid waste collection, recycling, solid waste facility development and operation, and street sweeping. She has developed financial models for the operation of county-wide disposal systems. Ms. Hamud assists clients in managing their solid waste franchise agreements, providing AB 939 compliance and diversion monitoring, and program implementation services.
April serves on the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Southern California founding chapter board as the Young Professional representative.
M.A. Economics, California State University, Fullerton
B.S. Mathematics, University of California, Riverside
As a Project Manager with HF&H, Dave Hilton has experience in the solid waste and recycling industry involving field audits, contract analysis, procurement evaluation, rate applications, operational reviews, cost of service rate modeling, refuse vehicle impact analysis, and surveys. Additionally Dave is certified in Zero Waste Principles and Practices with both CRRA and SWANA.
With nearly a decade of experience in solid waste management consulting, Mr. Hilton has been engaged in a wide variety of projects for more than 60 public Agencies. In his time with HF&H he has been integral to numerous competitive procurements and negotiations. With a passion for ratepayer advocacy, environmental stewardship, and ensuring his clients reach their financial goals, Dave has managed dozens of cost-based rate adjustments resulting in fair and equitable rates that have continued to help clients meet their diversion goals. He is committed to delivering high quality service to clients by understanding their business needs, developing strong relationships, and consistently following-through on deliverables that exceed their expectations.
B.S., Business Administration/ Business Management, CA State University, Chico