Corporate Office


J. Mark Dunning


J. Mark Dunning was born in Dothan, AL, and founded Mark Dunning Industries (MDI) in 1980 while still in college at the University of Alabama./Operating out of his home, and performing many jobs himself, he quickly developed a sense of “What it Takes” to succeed in a highly competitive Government Services market. His “What it Takes” outlook on business has thrived on dedication to customer service and complete customer satisfaction. Over the years, he has established MDI as a top tier player in the Solid Waste Industry. As President, Mark guides the company to maintain its focus and provide strategic direction for the future.

Brad Dunning - Vice President/COO

Brad Dunning

Vice President/COO

Brad W. Dunning, son of President J. Mark Dunning, is originally from Dothan, AL, and has been employed with MDI since 2006. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Alabama College of Commerce and Business Administration.

Trey Michael - Chief Financial Officer for MDI.

Trey Michael

Chief Financial Officer

Trey Michael is a licensed CPA with over 13 years of expertise in accounting and financial operations. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and subsequent Master’s in Tax Accounting from the University of Alabama.

With a commitment to excellence and a strategic mindset, Trey has successfully navigated the complexities of financial management, contributing to the success and growth of the organizations he has been a part of. As a forward-thinking professional, Trey brings a unique blend of financial acumen, information technology, and a results-driven approach to financial leadership.


Star Bowman

Res. Refuse Mgr./Safety Director

Felecia Starr Bowman (Starr) was born in Heidelberg, Germany. She joined Mark Dunning Industries in 1993 at the Corporate Office in Dothan, Alabama, where she managed several county and municipal contracts for residential and commercial refuse collection. In 2003 Starr accepted the title of MDI’s Safety Director. Her expertise includes Landfill Diversion and Recycling, operations management, fleet maintenance, DOT regulations, and Safety Protocol, where she has earned Mark Dunning.


Phillip Makowski


Our longtime colleague of over 13 years, Phillip Makowski (Phil), passed away in June of 2010 after a 3 year battle with ALS. Phil was born in San Marcos, TX, and was raised in Ozark, AL. Phil was a Veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a graduate of the University of Alabama.

He joined MDI in 1997 as Corporate Controller and handled most of the day to day management operations. MDI will forever be indebted to Phil’s hard work, courage, and determination, to make MDI one of the best in the business.

Alabama Dothan Office


Roy H. Phillips

Director of Maintenance

Roy H. Phillips was born in Tampa, FL, and has currently been employed by MDI since 1982, making him the longest tenured employee. He currently manages the Refuse and Recycling contract at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and he also runs the Dothan shop at the home office. His areas of expertise include, Driving Instructor of New Employees, Welding, Painting, Truck and Container Repair, Solid Waste Management, Landfill Diversion and Recycling, Roads and Grounds Maintenance, Lake Fertilization, and Government Contract Management.


Ronnie Knotts

Account Rep., Alabama Region One

Ronnie Knotts is originally from Troy, Alabama, and is currently the Sales Manager for the Alabama Region One. He was originally employed with MDI in the late 90’s, and returned to the company in 2008. His expertise includes more than 20 years of Solid Waste Management, Landfill Diversion and Recycling, including Roll-Off, Front Load, and Compactor Sales.


Scott Smith

Corp. Sales Mgr., Alabama Region One

Scott is originally from Lineville, AL. He is a graduate of Auburn University (where he taped the ankles of Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson!) and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Jill have been married over 25 years and have two sons and one grandson.

Scott joined MDI in 2011, bringing over 20 years of sales, marketing, and management experience from the pharmaceutical industry. Scott brings to MDI his passion for creating customer value that exceeds expectation through unsurpassed customer service.

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David Dunning

Operation Consultant

J. David Dunning is the youngest son of President J. Mark Dunning and brother of Brad W. Dunning. David is originally from Dothan, Alabama and has been with MDI since January 2012. David graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Business Management with a minor in Computer Science in December 2011.

James Porter

James Porter

Operations Mgr., Dothan, AL

Former longtime employee James Porter started with MDI in February of 1999 through March 2006. James returned to MDI in 2015 as the Project Manager for the STOX Area, NAS Corpus Christi and Kingsville ISWM contract and is now Dothan, AL Operations Manager.

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Mary Owens

Account Rep., Alabama Region One

Picture and bio coming soon.

Kings Bay Office


Robert T. Burke

Project Mgr. Kings Bay NSB

Robert T. Burke is from Brunswick, GA, and has been with Mark Dunning Industries since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1976 from the University of Georgia, and he has his Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicators License in 3 Categories. His current position is the Project Manager at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, GA.

Pensacola Office

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Josiah Peace

Project Mgr., NAS Pensacola, FL

Josiah joined MDI in 2021. More about Josiah coming soon.

Keesler AFB

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Bill McKee

Project Mgr., Keesler AFB and Gulfport, MS

Bill joined in 2019 and became manager in 2021.

New Mexico Office

John Hutson

Project Mgr., Kirkland AFB

John Hutson is a native of New Mexico. He has joined Mark Dunning Industries as the Project Manager for Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque New Mexico. John has 20+ years in the heavy duty trucking industry as a General/Service Manager and heavy duty diesel technician. He brings with him years of proven customer service and an excellent reputation built trust and dependability.


Johnny Rodriguez

Project Mgr., NAS Corpus Christi and Kingsville

Johnny is from Corpus Christi, TX where he spent several years working for the City of Corpus Christi’s Waste Water Department before changing careers and entering the waste hauling industry. He joined MDI in 2015 bringing with him over 17 years of experience and knowledge as a driver (front, side, roll-off and brush) trainer and route coordinator. He is currently the Project Manager of the South Texas area which includes NAS Corpus Christi and Kingsville.