ISRI chooses chief economist and director of commodities

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) announced that Joseph C. Pickard has been appointed as ISRI’s new chief economist and director of commodities, succeeding Bob Garino, ISRI’s director of commodities for the past 25 years.

Pickard is currently serving as an economist for The International Copper Study Group in Lisbon, Portugal. In that capacity, Pickard conducts economic analysis including copper scrap usage and estimating country, regional and world recycling rates, as well as following leading economic indicators and other key economic information.

Prior to serving in Portugal, Pickard was a research analyst in Alexandria, Virginia where he conducted market analyses on global agricultural markets.

Bob Garino started his career with the scrap recycling industry in 1985 when he joined the National Association for the Recycling Industry (NARI) in New York City, New York. When NARI transitioned to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in 1987, Garino followed the association as it made the move to Washington, D.C. and has served the scrap recycling industry with distinction and is highly respected as a source of key trend and pricing information on various commodities. Garino will be officially retiring from ISRI at the end of 2010.