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Spring 2014 a l u m n i newSletter Public Service in the Private Sector by Ashley Brown '14 Carolina MPA alumni serve in all levels of government and in the nonprofit sector. But did you know that 23 percent of our graduates work in the private sector? Featured here are three alumni who are employed in the private sector: one entrepreneur, one consultant, and one corporate executive. mark mcDonald '95 Green Day Waste and Recycling, Record Depot, and Catawba Baler & Equipment Mark McDonald was town manager in Jonesville, North Carolina, from 1993 to 1996, prior to entering the Carolina MPA program. After graduation, he worked with a firm in Nashville, Tennessee, structuring municipal bonds. In 1998, a business opportunity brought him back to North Carolina, where he owned and operated Patriot Waste Systems. After selling the business in 2003, he opened Record Depot and Catawba Baler & Equipment. Once his non-compete agreement from the sale of Patriot Waste Systems expired, he started a third business: Green Day Waste and Recycling. "I learned about waste and recycling by being a city manager," said McDonald. "However, one of the biggest challenges in owning your own business is managing employees. I feel my public sector background and experience in the MPA program helped prepare me for this role. " For McDonald, owning his own busi- nesses has many rewards. "We help our clients meet their sustainability goals, and we make reducing the amount of waste that goes into the landfill a priority," he said. In a given month, Green Day recycles 5,000 tons of waste. "And we provide many " The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little." —Franklin D. Roosevelt continued on page 3 H i g H l i g H t S 2 Director's Column 4 A Conversation with Faculty Member Ricardo Morse 5 Now Seeking Nominations: Donald Hayman Distinguished Public Service Award 6 True Carolina Blue: Joseph Beasley 8 Life Events 8 Carolina MPA Staff Committed to Student Success 12 Save the Date " Nothing is redundant when you own your own business. But the learning curve can be steep."

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