James P. McMahon

James McMahon

Title: Ecologist, Consultant
Company: Sweetwater, LLC
Location: Durango, Colorado, United States

James P. McMahon, Chief Executive Officer at Sweetwater LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental conservation.

Hailing from the rural outskirts of Chicago, Mr. McMahon’s upbringing resulted in a deep interest in the natural environment and its functions. He received a Bachelor of Science in ecology from the University of Illinois, which set the foundation for his career as an ecologist. He was one of a handful of individuals to establish the consumer recycling industry in North America. Since 2002, Mr. McMahon has been the chief executive officer of Sweetwater LLC, a consumer water purification company.

Prior to his current position, Mr. McMahon was the Southwest Utah director of the Grand Canyon Trust where he led an effort to design a restoration of the Virgin River in Zion National Park. Previous to that, as the Mackinaw River Project Director for the Nature Conservancy, he successfully engaged rural landowners in development of a watershed management plan. As a division manager of Fibres International, he launched a multi-state aluminum recovery program. And as program planner for the City of Seattle in the early 1980s he developed Seattle’s original recycling strategy.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Mr. McMahon is most proud to be one of the original founders of the recycling industry in the United States. As a Program for Local Service volunteer, he launched one of the first recycling home collection in Seattle in 1974, which is now a nationwide phenomenon. Going door to door to homes in the Fremont District of Seattle, he asked each homeowner if they would participate and the roots of the industry soon took hold. Later, this effort expanded to 10,000 homes in the City of Seattle’s SORT Project, which he led. Shortly thereafter, Mr. McMahon wrote the first recycling strategy in the country for the City of Seattle.

Mr. McMahon strives to achieve excellence and innovation in everything he does. He attributes his success to a wholesome childhood and a solid work ethic.

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