Nidhi Turakhia
Allied Alloys
Houston, TX
713 643-6966, ext. 1349
Nidhi Turakhia is executive vice president of Allied Alloys (Houston), with responsibility for trading metals and overseeing human resources, logistics, projects, and indirect purchasing. She started working in the recycling industry during high school as a summer intern at her father’s scrap metal company, Ruby Metals Corp. After earning a double B.A. in Economics and Spanish from University of Texas at Austin in 2003, she went to work at Titan Metals, her father’s new metal recycling brokerage company, and later at Allied Alloys (in which her family is a majority owner). Turakhia also holds an MBA from Houston Baptist University, which she earned in 2011. In addition to serving on the board of the Association of Women in the Metal Industries, she is a rising leader in the Gulf Coast Chapter and co-chairs ISRI’s Women in Recycling Council.
Becky Proler
Southern Core Recycling
Houston, Tx
Rebecca “Becky” Proler is president of SCR Recycling (Houston), which she runs with Kari Coffey and Shari Conner. After getting her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, Proler decided to follow in her family’s recycling footsteps and started Southern Core Supply in 1989 with partners Alan and Carol Walker (parents of Coffey and Conner). The business initially focused on recovering automotive cores for the remanufacturing industry, but it later became a full-service recycling company that operates an aluminum shredder and sells aluminum scrap to primary and secondary manufacturers domestically and internationally. In addition to serving as a Gulf Coast Chapter officer, Proler was a speaker at two ISRI events in 2019, including a workshop on women in recycling at ISRI's convention and the Aluminum Roundtable in Chicago.
Alton Schaubhut
Commercial Metals Co.
Dallas, TX
Alton Schaubhut is marketing manager for Commercial Metals Co. (CMC) (Dallas), where he has worked for 24 years. He began his career in the recycling industry in 1986, working first for Ed Levy Metals then for Goldin Industries, both in New Orleans. He started with CMC in 1995 as plant marketing manager in Orlando, Fla. He then became CMC’s plant manager in Vinton, Texas, in 1999 and marketing manager for the company’s Liberty location in Dallas in 2006. In addition to his current role as marketing manager, Schaubhut is a member of CMC’s “Selling the CMC Way” instruction team. For the Gulf Coast Chapter, he served seven years (2012 to 2019) as chair of the scholarship fundraising golf tournament and was a member of the chapter’s board of directors from 2014 to 2018. Schaubhut also has been a board member of the Recycling Council of Texas since 2016.
Chip DeJean
Louisiana Scrap Metal Recycling
Port Allen, LA
Chip DeJean is general manager of Louisiana Scrap Metal Recycling (Port Allen, La.), where he has worked for the past 26 years. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Louisiana State University in 1987, DeJean worked as a controller and then general manager for a water-sports/scuba diving operation, based in the Cayman Islands and then Hawaii. In 1996, he moved his family back to Louisiana and began his career in the recycling industry as an administrative manager for Louisiana Scrap, rising quickly to his current general manager post. For the Gulf Coast Chapter, DeJean served on the board of directors for the past three years and was an active chapter member prior to that service. DeJean also founded the Louisiana Recyclers Association in 2011, which he continues to lead as president.
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