Corporate Management and Operations


Elliot Pearlman began his career in 1962 steel drum reconditioning, and in 1994 founded National Container Group in Chicago, launching what would become the first large-scale reconditioner of plastic drums and IBCs. Mr. Pearlman assembled the management team and shepherded NCG’s growth in both the US and throughout the world as it was acquired as a division of the global manufacturer Mauser Group, headquartered in Brühl, Germany. In 2012, Mr. Pearlman was selected to serve as Mauser’s Chairman of the Advisory Board. In this capacity he led a global reorganization, culminating in 2016 with the successful sale of Mauser Group to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R).

Mr. Pearlman brings unparalleled vision and insight to the Centurion team and serves as an advisor to all management functions.

and CEO


Prior to joining Centurion, Michael Chorpash served as CFO and CEO of National Container Group beginning in 1994, growing the organization from three US locations to a global footprint of over 40 facilities in 11 countries.



Prior to founding Centurion, Michael Verzaleno and David Pearlman each built successful businesses in container distribution and transportation, and both have decades of experience as 3rd and 4th generation members of family-owned steel drum reconditioning companies



Michael Porreca has managed container reconditioning operations since 1981 and served as Global Chief Operating Officer of National Container Group prior to joining Centurion.



Tony Meadors (Midwest) and John Swigart (Texas) have worked in the reconditioning industry since 1992 and 1983, respectively, and each has extensive experience managing IBC reconditioning operations.

Engineering and Technical
Resources: Best in Class

Manufacturing and Engineering Director


Steve Wilcox brings 35 years of experience in maintenance and engineering of reconditioning process equipment. Including over 10 years with Mr. Porreca designing, building and installing process systems for IBC reconditioning throughout the US, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Led by Mr. Wilcox, Centurion designs and fabricates its own processing equipment, leveraging this experience to build faster, more efficient and reliable systems.

Safety, Health,
Environment and
Quality (SHEQ)


Beginning in 2000, Kay Robinson has served as Corporate EH&S director for both Industrial Container Services (ICS) and National Container Group (NCG). She has served as a technical consultant to the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA), and as a RIPA board member. In total Ms. Robinson has over 30 years of experience in EH&S and quality programs management. She has implemented company-wide programs to ensure Centurion offers the most secure, risk-free option for container collection, a safe and secure environment for employees and a strong supply chain partner for all customers.