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In Memoriam - Joseph P. Frola, EVP Operations

May 1,1972 - June 18, 2022

June 20, 2022

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you Joe Frola passed away from a heart attack on Saturday. Joe’s family has a farm in Latrobe, PA where he was cutting down a tree (“work” Joe considered “fun”). He unexpectedly laid down and passed away.

As many of you may know, Joe and I had a decades-long personal and professional relationship. As a friend, he was somebody that has always been there for me and someone whose counsel I will miss, especially during challenging times. Professionally, Joe was pure genius around every aspect of our operations. His caring and personal connection with me and so many of the people within SCA was unmatched.

I have heard from many of you who have shared wonderful memories of Joe and I appreciate your condolences. I have passed your thoughts, prayers, and stories on to Joe’s mom and brother. I know this loss is hard news to hear, especially for all the employees Joe worked so closely with over the years.

Joe was a great man whose contributions to the people of SCA will be sorely missed.

-Christopher M. Valerian, Chief Executive Officer

To view Joe’s obituary, please click here.







Joe’s Legacy:

To honor Joe’s relentless pursuit of operational excellence in everything that SCA does, the following initiatives are being launched:

  • Our new main conference room at our Field Service Office (FSO) will be named the Joseph P. Frola Conference Room in Joe’s honor and include some photos and memorabilia that Joe had in his office.
  • custom JPF  (Joseph P. Frola) decal will be placed on every vehicle in the SCA fleet to remember Joe’s commitment to safety, efficiency, and productivity.
  • The highest company award presented at our annual Leadership Summit has been renamed The Joseph P. Frola Operational Excellence Award and is given to our District General Manager that was nominated and selected for overall operational performance.
    • Joe had a knack for understanding our operations, and connecting in the most genuine manner with all levels of field operations, while communicating needs, desires, and results across every level of the business to ensure continued improvement as the industry leader.

Joe’s Bio:

Joe is the Executive Vice President of Operations. He has responsibility for our overall operational excellence and efficiency as well as oversight of fleet management, procurement, and acquisition integration. He has more than 21 years of experience in leading operations for construction and solid waste businesses. For the last ten years, he has worked in both a publicly traded and private equity-backed setting to deliver results through operational improvement in fleet efficiency, maintenance process control, and driving safety culture. Mr. Frola is a hands-on manager who is experienced in recruiting, hiring, and managing a diverse labor force, including union labor, across a broad geography. Joe is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and has a BS from The Ohio State University. Additionally, he has both a BS and MS in civil engineering from The University of Akron.

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Joe's Celebration of Life

On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, SCA gathered for a Celebration of Life in Joe’s honor at Collision Bend Brewery in downtown Cleveland.  Over 60 SCA team members plus members of Joe’s family attended to talk about Joe, reminisce, and share wonderful memories.   Comments were made by both Chris Valerian, our CEO, and Joe’s mom, Cynthia.  It was a beautiful evening and a special night to honor, Joe.

To watch the tribute video, please click here.


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