About transcendent

Transcendent is a compliance management consulting group that works with any person or entity that uses, collects, sells, or processes electronic devices.  This includes but is not limited to recycling companies, original equipment manufacturers, retail stores, cities/communities, school districts, and/or universities.  We work with clients to obtain and maintain industry certifications.  We also have the expertise to help our clients improve operational processes, find viable methods to maximize value, and recycle material in an environmentally responsible manner.


Our commitment is simple.  We bridge the gap between big ideas and execution to help you control costs, manage risk and achieve profitable growth. From strategy development to implementation, we deliver solutions that give our clients a competitive advantage.  Our commitment to continuous improvement results in the identification of gaps and ultimately contributes to increased revenue over time.


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Meet the team

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Jerome H. Ross II

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Ben Waldron
Project Manager

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Christian Hightower
Lead Auditor

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Chris Reid
Chief Operating Officer

Jerome H. ROss II

After 22 plus years in the United States Air Force working in various law enforcement and sales positions, I retired and transitioned into the electronics recycling industry. In 2011 I was hired as a training specialist by ROUND2 INC.  After about six months on the job, the executive management team recognized my leadership and management ability and promoted me to the position of Director of Compliance and Training.  Within the same year I was also voted onto the Senior Management Team.  My duties included the training and development of 200+ employees and the certification of 4 facilities totaling over seven hundred thousand square feet.  I was also responsible for tracking over 70 million pounds a year of electronics recyclable material downstream.  

In 2012 ROUND2 was acquired by Avnet Inc., a fortune 500 company.  After the acquisition, I was promoted to the position of Director of eCycling Operations.  I was a key contributor to the Design Team for the largest facility within Avnet Inc., which opened in 2014.  My experiences within the private and public sectors have afforded me the opportunity to develop relationships with many original equipment manufacturers.  

In 2015 I resigned from Avnet Inc., to start a consulting company focused on helping eCycling companies develop an integrated approach to meeting compliance standards and bridge the gap between big ideas and execution. Transcendent offers many years of experience across different industries. Using the knowledge we have acquired, we can help you develop talent, control costs, manage risk and achieve profitable growth.


Chris Reid holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Northern Colorado and has over 10 years of auditing experience in the reuse, recycling, demanfucaturing as well as manufacturing environments.  He has completed the following courses: R2: 2013 Internal Auditor Course (PJR), ISO 9001:2015 Transition Course (PJR), R2:2013 Update Course for Trainers and Consultants (SERI) and RIOS Lead Auditor Couse (PJR). 

Additionally, Reid has held multiple positions in internet startups, real estate, forward & reverse logistics and served as the Vice President of Operations and Compliance at ROUND2 (Acquired by Avnet Inc., a Fortune 500 company). He was also the Founder & CEO of TakeBack, LLC, a consulting & software firm focused on Business Operations, QEH&S and Electronics Reuse / Recycling Systems.


Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University and a Master of Science in Education from Elmira College.  He is currently the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach for Vandegrift High School and spent the past four years as an Elementary School Teacher.  Before moving to Austin, TX he spent two years as the Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Elmira College where he assisted in the recruitment and development of student-athletes.  Ben has completed the following courses:  R2: 2013 Internal Auditor Course (PJR), ISO 9001:2015 Clause by Clause Training Course (PJR) and ISO 45001:2018 Clause by Clause Training Course (PJR).


Christian received his Bachelors in Public Administration from Miami University (Ohio) and Masters in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Christian joins the Transcendent Group with a diverse set of experiences as an educator, facilitator, and program manager. Prior to his current role, Christian designed co-curricular leadership development programs and services, and played an instrumental role in the formation of the Kent State Leadership Center and model for leadership development. With a desire to deepen his impact, Christian shifted from the university setting to manage the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship in Washington, D.C., a place-based, multi-site initiative that develops emerging leaders interested in creating transformational change and addressing the most compelling issues facing their communities.