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Nate Morris  

Founder and CEO of Morris Industries & its Signature Asset, Rubicon Global

Nate Morris is the founder of Morris Industries, a Lexington, Kentucky-based conglomerate that is reinventing the waste and recycling industry. Morris’s passion to solve the environmental threats was pivotal in his founding of Rubicon, the category creator of the digital waste and recycling experience.

Founded by maxing out credit cards and utilizing a $10,000 line of credit, Rubicon now operates in 22 countries on 5 continents, with a valuation in excess of $1 billion. The company helps Fortune 500 organizations, main street businesses, and municipalities around the world move toward zero waste. Under Morris’s leadership as Founder & CEO, Rubicon has acted as a transformational platform to the waste and recycling category while being recognized as an “Industry Disruptor” by Inc. Magazine and twice named “One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company, and is the subject of a Harvard Business School Case Study where Morris is featured as the protagonist.

Committed to highlighting waste as a national security threat to the United States through his role as a Senior Advisor to the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and the Trilateral Commission.

Morris was the first Kentuckian to be named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and to be recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is also the youngest inductee ever to the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

A ninth-generation Kentuckian and product of public schools, Morris was born in Lexington and raised in a union household by a single mother. Morris graduated from George Washington University as a Scottish Rite Scholar and attended Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. Morris is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was named a Fulbright Specialist Scholar.

Morris is the founder of the Morris Foundation whose mission is to promote access to the American Dream for all Kentuckians. A generous benefactor to the University of Kentucky, Morris serves on the Deans Advisory Council and as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.


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Rand Paul's New Confidant -

As the bus came to a stop near the Dead Sea, Nate Morris and the rest of the gang had one question: Would Rand Paul jump in? "It was a big joke, because we ...

Dividing and Conquering the Trash -

Nate Morris, chief of Rubicon Global, with recyclable raw materials on the grounds of Somerset Recycling in Kentucky.Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

The Elimination of Garbage - [email protected]

Rubicon Global is an asset-light waste and recycling company focused on sustainability. ... “Our goal,” says CEO Nate Morris, “is moving all of our material into ...

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