2017 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Debra Hamlin, Environmental Manager; Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC


Debra Hamlin, Environmental Manager; Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC

Debra Hamlin is Environmental Manager for Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), where she provides oversight and leadership of remediation activities, environmental compliance, energy efficiency and resource conservation at the company's more than 2,200 company-owned retail stores in the U.S, which include Firestone Complete Auto Care, Wheel Works and Tires Plus.


Since joining BSRO in 1997, Hamlin has conceptualized, developed and implemented the company's scrap tire management program in response to a voluntary tire safety recall, a program so successful it was published as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) TREAD Act. Additionally, she was instrumental in the development of the Bridgestone Tires4ward program, which works to assure that for every new tire Bridgestone sells in the U.S., one used tire is recovered and put to valuable new use. She also spearheads and organizes volunteer community clean up events for the company.


In addition to her role as an environmental manager, Hamlin is currently leading the BSRO Committee of the Bridgestone Women Women's Initiative Network (BWIN) and was actively engaged in developing the mentoring program at BSRO. Hamlin also serves on the Board of the Associate Assistance Fund at BSRO, which is a program designed to assist fellow Teammates in their time of need. Hamlin is also a member of the Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation, Inc., Board.


Hamlin holds a bachelor's degree in resource development from Michigan State University. She lives in Nashville, TN where she is an active volunteer in her community.

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