As vice president of Cascade Cart Solutions, a division of Cascade Engineering, Inc., Jo-Anne’s industry vision has centered on enabling municipal solid waste customers reach zero waste not only in the recovery of materials, but also in business operations.
Since joining Cascade Cart Solutions in 2001 Perkins has become a widely recognized leader and innovator in North America’s solid waste and recycling industry.
Moving quickly through the management ranks and obtaining first the role of national sales manager and then general manager of the division within five years, Jo-Anne doubled group revenues through a dual emphasis on new and organic business. Jo-Anne believes that developing strong relationships is the foundation for everything she does, both professionally and personally.
Jo-Anne initiated smart technology and recycled alternative material manufacturing within the division. While growing the business, she took Cascade’s triple bottom line dedication to building social capital just as seriously, initiating the successful “Pink Cart” campaign.
Jo-Anne is a tireless leader known for her energy, ambition, and drive. A visionary who has the will to see her ideas through to completion, she has a passion for improving the people and world around her. Whether mentoring young women, raising funds for charity, or pursuing reduce, reuse and recycle initiatives in the business, Jo-Anne demonstrates her passion for people and the planet daily.
In addition to this economic growth and cause awareness work in the industry, Jo-Anne is a member of the National Waste & Recycling Association Women’s Council, working to advance professional development of women in the municipal solid waste industry.
Jo-Anne is the recipient of the 2016, 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan award, the 2015 Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead Award and the 2010 YMCA Tribute Award for Business, Management, and Industry & Labor.
Jo-Anne graduated from Sheridan College, Brampton Ontario with a degree in Fine Arts, it’s there that her creative nature and lifelong love of the arts was born.
Jo-Anne currently resides in Ada, MI with her husband and two dogs.