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Opening keynote ISRI2021 by ‘Energizer Bunny’ José Andrés

The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) kicks off its online convention & exposition today with a very special guest speaker: José Andrés.

José Ramón Andrés Puerta is a Spanish-American chef, restaurateur, and founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. During the Covid-19 pandemic WCK has served millions of free meals across the US.

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a force of nature, the Energizer Bunny, the Tasmanian Devil, and Luke Skywalker,” José Andrés is not your typical chef. The owner of an international company with 31 locations, 1 200 employees, and US $150 million in annual revenu and a sought-after TV icon, political activist, and Harvard professor – Andrés’ secret to success is being so passionate that he has no problem rolling up his sleeves and doing the heavy lifting himself.

Andrés is often credited with bringing the small plates dining concept to America. He owns restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, Florida, Orlando, and New York City.

In a presentation full of edge-of-your-seat anecdotes, Andrés proves that a culture of innovation and creativity not only leads to personal and organizational success, but also a better tomorrow for all.

ISRI’s first ever online annual convention & expo will be opened by the trade body’s Chair, Gary Champlin of Kansas based Champlin Tire Recycling. He believes the strength of trade associations is what moves industries forward: ‘Together we can accomplish what cannot be done alone.’

The virtual ISRI show includes an exhibition platform with close to one hundred exhibitors.

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