The dedicated crew here at Recycle San Diego was delighted to learn that our company’s founder and president Jeffrey Harding was one of the 25 finalists in the San Diego Business Journal’s “2013 Emerging Generation: 25 in their 20’s” Award Celebration. The event was held at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station on September 18, 2013.
The awards ceremony recognized over 100 young professionals who had been nominated by their peers and employees. The top 25 finalists were those who had overcome substantial personal obstacles and achieved success, yet also demonstrated a dedication and passion to give back some of their good fortune to their fellow San Diegans.
Jeffrey had a very difficult childhood, so chaotic that he was unable to finish high school. He headed to San Bernardino and co-founded an electrical scrap processing facility in 2004 when he was twenty years old. Taking the experience and knowledge acquired by managing that facility, Jeffrey founded Recycle San Diego as a mobile hauler of electrical waste (eWaste) in 2006. In 2007, he established permanent recycling headquarters in Kearny Mesa that accepts eWaste six days a week.
Finalist Jeffrey Harding Accepts His Award Plaque from the San Diego Business Journal Award Committee
While Jeffrey has enjoyed building his company and hiring dedicated staff, his greatest happiness is derived from helping others. He has never forgotten what it was like to live under difficult circumstances as a teenager and has devoted himself to supporting various youth programs. He has made it a priority to support the South Bay Family YMCA with both financial donations and refurbished computers for their Teen Center. Over the years Jeffrey has donated funds to I Love a Clean San Diego, the San Diego River Park Foundation, Being Alive San Diego, the Las Palmas Little League, North City Youth Baseball, and the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation.
Jeffrey believes in community service and demonstrates his personal commitment by participating in several civic organizations including: Accion San Diego (a non-profit organization that offers small business financing), the Hillcrest-Mission Valley Lion’s Club (volunteer organization that assists youth and the blind), and the Lincoln Club of San Diego County (PAC focusing on business-related issues).
We are all proud of our CEO and what he has accomplished at such a tender age. Well done, boss!
Gordon Danielson – Marketing & Events Manager