OWNER & SHAREHOLDER
Fort Collins High School – 1962
“At Gallegos Sanitation, we have adopted many ideas from other companies that have helped us in our business practices. We aim to be the best sanitation company in Northern Colorado. I believe we are.”
Jerry is the eldest of the Gallegos brothers and together they have owned and operated GSI for the past 59 years. Jerry hopes to one day write a book to relay some of the many stories about the beginnings of this business. At GSI, Jerry has held the position of Route Driver, Welder and Mechanic. Jerry took the office of Company President in 1994, yet despite his duties as President he has continued to keep watch over the truck, paint and container shops. In 2018, transitioned from the Company President to the Owner and Shareholder role.
The values of hard-work, responsibility and excellence in customer service are the product of modeled leadership from the three owners at GSI. Jerry has been instrumental in GSI achieving varied accolade both locally and nationally.
OWNER & SHAREHOLDER
Colorado State University – 1965
General Studies – 2 years
“Some people say what they want to do, some people make it happen. We’re not in this business for the money; it’s a goal of ours to keep our family working together. Few companies can achieve success generation after generation. We have done that at Gallegos Sanitation.”
Art is the second eldest of the Gallegos brothers. He has possessed an entrepreneurial spirit since his youth when he worked selling newspapers, setting bowling pins, loading pop trucks, and mowing lawns which lead to hauling debris. Art watched his father Edward Gallegos became a part the fabric of the Fort Collins community. Edward provided personalized waste and yard removal service creating an enterprise focused on taking care of the customer and environment. Art took his father’s initiatives and extended these values when he worked with the U.S. Forrest Service. As a tree feller, Art learned more than how to cut trees, he learned invaluable information about environmental preservation. Currently, Art deals with all financial aspects of the business for GSI and Wyoming Disposal.
Art is the epitome of a true businessman at GSI. His vision for Gallegos Sanitation is to be at the environmental forefront by expanding its interests in the areas of recycling, composting, fuel technologies and providing a sustainable work environment for his employees. He views the waste industry as more than a means of providing jobs in the community and producing economic growth – he sees it as an opportunity to positively impact the Fort Collins community for generations to come. His vision has GSI broadening its opportunities by using green programs such as: Climate Wise, Be Local, Green Summit, Colorado Association for Recycling and using green energies for the company’s operations, trucks and offices.
OWNER & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Fort Collins High School – 1966
“The varied awards we’ve received indicate that we are at the forefront of the waste industry and continue to lead in applying innovative technologies to make Fort Collins a “Green” and clean city.”
Rudy is the youngest brother and owner of Gallegos Sanitation. For the past 40 years, Rudy has worked as GSI’s Operations Manager, Sales Manager and General Manager. He also worked at Western Disposal in Boulder, Colorado where he was a Sales Associate. His experience at Western helped him to hone his organizational and sales skills, where he now serves as an Owner and Business Development leader.
He is a leader by example, while simultaneously promoting excellence in customer service. Rudy’s expectation of excellence transfers to all employees as he requests genuine professionalism from everyone at GSI. Rudy has emphasized integrity as a feature aspect that has set GSI apart from their competitors.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
“It is a tremendous opportunity to serve as GSI’s CEO. I look forward to leading our team and keeping NoCo looking its best.”
Shannon Smith is the leader of Gallegos Sanitation. Bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in the solid waste industry, his expertise is a valued asset here at GSI. In his career, he has lead multiple divisions, ran a transfer station, landfills and hauling divisions as well as several other areas within various organizations.
From serving in district manager and general manager and other types of positions during his employment with Waste Management, Enviro Solutions and Alpine Waste and Recycling, Shannon has been instrumental in helping to guide our outside operations teams, internal staff and manage all lines of business.
Shannon is focused on increasing company efficiencies, developing training programs for managers and supervisors, adhering to best budgeting practices, overseeing financials, sales and managing the organization.
Shannon is the proud father of a son and daughter. When he is not working, you can find him out hunting, at the track racing his car or spending quality time with those loved ones.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Attended Lamar Community College
Transfer Station Management & PSAI Pro Certification
“Never be proud of yourself for doing what’s right. You should do what’s right”- Dean Smith
Since the beginning, Jason was immersed in the waste and recycling industry. As a young child, he sought to emulate and follow in the footsteps of his father and uncles, GSI’s Founders. In 2018, he was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer; Jason has worked in varying roles and learned the in’s and out’s of waste and recycling operations as a whole. For the last 20 years, he has held positions that include: Operations Manager, Route Supervisor and Driver. Additionally, he coached basketball and lead landscape installation – all adding to his highly-effective leadership skill-sets.
Jason is focused on building a strong culture of trust here at Gallegos Sanitation, Incorporated and teaming up with individuals. This business is all about people. There are amazing employees here at the company, and Jason works diligently to ensure processes, procedures and people continue to do incredible, sustainable work. When describing his best attributes, honesty, integrity, commitment and passion all come to mind.
While leading GSI, Jason has created methodologies that reduce overtime and fatigue – allowing drivers and employees to operate at full-capacity and be re-charged to do a job, do it right and keep safety and service front and center.
He is actively involved in PSAI, SWANA and loves Caring for Colorado. “Colorado has always been home. I do love having my family grow up in the same area and see our local communities really blossom.”
As GSI embarks on 60 years in business, Jason looks forward to what the next 60 years will bring.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Bachelor of Science Degree
Focus in Entrepreneurship in Finance
Colorado State University
“I am passionate about keeping Northern Colorado clean and beautiful. Over the years, locally-owned Gallegos Sanitation has become the preferred hauler and known for our Safety, Service and Sustainability features. As a leader of this company, my goals include working with our employees and area leaders to maintain innovative practices in waste, recycling and special event services.”
For the last two decades, Matt has served as the Sales Manager, Finance Manager, and Finance Controller at Gallegos Sanitation, Incorporated.
Most recently, in January of 2018, he was named the Chief Financial Officer. While growing up in the industry and understanding all facets of the business, Matt is devoted to Safety, Service and Sustainability throughout every area of GSI.
During his employment, he and the leadership team have gone above and beyond to ensure GSI’s equipment, operating procedures, systems and day-to-day functionalities meet the highest level of quality, and he continually strives for the best practices in sustainability.
He is actively involved in multiple philanthropic and community-minded organizations. He is passionate about operating under the best practices to keep recycling pure and ensure the public is educated on how to best be good stewards when it comes to recycling and waste disposal guidelines.
Being raised in this business, he has gotten his hands dirty and know what it takes to operate the trucks and work tirelessly to keep care for our community.
“Is it a hard job? Yes! It is worth it? 1,000 times over this is the best company to work for, and I am honored to lead our next generation into the future as waste and recycling changes continue to evolve.”
We have to care for the Earth, and Gallegos Sanitation is fully committed to doing just that for years and years to come.