Mr. Terry Adams is a Director and Executive Vice President of SA Recycling. Originally started by Terry’s father in 1973 as a small junk yard with a handful of employees, the company today operates over 55 facilities in California, Arizona and Nevada. The list of facilities includes two deep water ports and six automobile shredding plants. The company has 1,300 employees. Mr. Adams has served many roles at SA Recycling including in his current capacity in acquisitions and strategic planning.
Over the past thirty years Mr. Adams has developed an extensive background and expertise in the recycling, processing, shredding, and management of all types of metals and waste streams, including hazardous, reactive and radioactive materials. In 1993, Mr. Adams helped form one of the first lithium recycling companies in the world and was the chief design engineer of a lithium battery recycling plant located in Trail, British Columbia for Retriev Technologies, one of the largest multi-chemistry battery recyclers in the U.S. and Canada. Retriev Technologies is currently finishing construction of a new Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored facility at one of its plants in Ohio. When completed in 2014, this plant is expected to be the first dedicated electric vehicle battery recycling operation in the U.S. Mr. Adams served as the president of Retriev Technologies from 1999 to 2011, and is currently the Chairman of its Board. Mr. Adams also serves on the boards of Foundation Board Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC); Vice Chair, Orange County Boy Scout Council; and the USC Viterbi (School of Engineering) Board of Councilors. Mr. Adams received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from USC (1981) and a Masters in Business Administration from Cal State Fullerton (1985).