WasteExpo and Wunderlich Securities Inc. are combining to launch a Waste Industry Investor Summit at the annual waste and recycling exhibit, this year in New Orleans.

The May 20 event will bring together senior management of major solid, industrial and energy waste companies, innovators of new technologies and institutional investors in a discussion forum focused on the $85 billion revenue waste and recycling industry, according to a news release from the Memphis, Tenn.-based Wunderlich and New York-based Penton Media Inc., which owns WasteExpo.

Michael Hoffman, managing director at Wunderlich Securities who covers the solid, industrial and energy waste markets, will lead the event. Hoffman has 25 years of experience in the field and is a top ranked sell-side analyst by Greenwich Associates, Institutional Investor and StarMine.

Companies confirmed to present at the event include: Advanced Disposal Services Inc., Covanta Holding Corp., Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd., Republic Services Inc., Waste Connections Inc., Waste Management Inc., Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II/Waste Industries USA Inc., Waste Pro USA, Heckmann Corp, Casella Waste Systems Inc., Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc. and Caterpillar Inc.

“With a market cap of about $50 billion, the waste industry deserves an investor conference of its own,” said Rita Ugianskis, managing director of the Penton Waste Industry Group, which includes WasteExpo, waste360.com and Waste Age. “For participating companies, this event creates a unique opportunity to talk directly to the financial community about their businesses, and what better place than alongside the biggest showcase event for the industry’s products, technologies and education.”

 “We are very excited about partnering with WasteExpo for the first Investor Summit,” said Gary Wunderlich, CEO of Wunderlich Securities. “Wunderlich prides itself in thinking out of the box about how to add value to its investor client base. The combination of North America's largest solid waste and recycling industry event and an Investor Summit is a prime example.”

WasteExpo takes place May 20-23.