ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- After noticing a need while working at his family's trash hauling company, Miles Harter, with the help of his high school classmate Curt Greeno, started Dynamic Recycling 11 years ago.
Today, the company does full service IT asset dispositions, electronics recycling, scrap purchasing and data security corporation.
This week Harter, the CEO, and Greeno, the President, were announced as Wisconsin's Business Persons of the Year.
"When you start thinking about all the small businesses in Wisconsin, it's a really humbling experience and I think it's just, Miles and I might be being recognized, but it's really Dynamic as a company. All the great people we have working for us, it's not Miles and I, it's all the work that they do every day and it's all the work that's happened over the last 11 years," said Greeno.
There are more than 440,000 small businesses throughout the entire state of Wisconsin.
Dynamic Recycling currently has over 200 employees and is close to opening a new Onalaska facility.
"I think it's really cool for our team to say that they were apart of one of the best businesses in Wisconsin and the whole United States. So I think our team should wear that proud and it should be something to be proud of and to celebrate that," Greeno said.
Because it has not always been an easy road for the company.
"You're going to have to work hard, you got to throw life out of balance to get that balance back if you want to be successful and have a successful business. You basically have to be extremely dedicated, I mean the first two years we had to pay just to go to work everyday, it's like, that's not super exciting," said Harter.
Harter and Greeno are always looking towards the future.
"Sometimes we don't celebrate as much as we should, some of the things, cause we focus so much on the journey and where we're headed," said Greeno.
The duo will be honored in Washington D.C. at the end of April.