NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WasteExpo, North America's largest solid waste and recycling industry event, and Wunderlich Securities today announced the first-ever "Waste Industry Investor Summit" to be held Monday, May 20, one day before the opening of WasteExpo 2013, in New Orleans. The 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 this $85 billion revenue industry. Michael E. 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 currently confirmed to present include: Advanced Disposal, Covanta Holdings (NYSE: CVA), Progressive Waste Solutions (NYSE/TSX: BIN), Republic Services (NYSE: RSG), Waste Connections (NYSE: WCN), Waste Management (NYSE: WM), Macquarie/Waste Industries, WastePro USA, Heckmann Corp, Casella Waste Systems, Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ: HCCI) and Caterpillar. "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 K. Wunderlich, CEO 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." About Penton's Waste Industry GroupPenton's Waste Industry Group harnesses the power of its many properties to serve the $85 billion solid waste and recycling industry. The industry widely consumes this content in the form of print, live events, online learning and digital opportunities and more and includes: Waste Age, WasteExpo, The Global Waste Management Symposium, The Healthcare Waste Conference, the Waste360 OnDemand Library, The Waste Training Institute, the Circular File and five other topical and timely e-newsletters. For more information, visit www.waste360.com. About Wunderlich Securities, Inc.Established in 1996, Wunderlich Securities Member FINRA, SIPC is a full-service brokerage firm based in Memphis, Tenn. Wunderlich Securities is a full service broker dealer catering to individual and institutional client with wealth management, equity and fixed income capital market services. The firm operates from 26 offices across 15 states and has over 450 associated professionals. For more information about the organization, please visit the Wunderlich website at www.wunderlichsecurities.com or Robin Oegerle, Director of Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org. About Penton For millions of business owners and decision-makers, Penton makes the difference every day. We engage our professional users by providing actionable ideas and insights, data and workflow tools, community and networking, both in person and virtually, all with deep relevance to their specific industries. We then activate this engagement by connecting users with tens of thousands of targeted providers of products and services to help drive business growth. Learn more about our company at www.penton.com. Penton is a privately held company owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.