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Blue Star Recyclers

Blue Star Recyclers exists to create meaningful jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities by ethically recycling electronics. Earned income covers more than 90% of our expenses, but we rely on fundraising to help create more jobs. Your donation qualifies for Enterprise Zone Tax Credits.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
29
Full Time Staff:
15
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
28
Retention Rate:
100%

Bill Morris, Founder/CEO
Start Date: 2009

It could be said that Bill is just one of the many resources recycled at Blue Star Recyclers, because after a 25 year career in the telecommunications industry Bill wasn't sure where he was needed. Co-founding Blue Star Recyclers in November, 2009 with Tony and Mary Fagnant was the culmination of a long string of developments spanning the coincidental to the miraculous, and everyone on the founding team knew they were onto something special. Bill says, "I am the luckiest guy I know - to love your work and your team this much, while having an opportunity to lead an organization that produces such a positive human, economic, and environmental impact in the communities we serve.

Bill was named Recycler of the Year from the Colorado Association for Recycling, Employer of the Year from the Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, and Small Business Person of the Year from the Colorado Springs Better Business Bureau. He was invited to the White House as a "Champions of Change" finalist and was a Colorado Biz Magazine "CEO of the Year" Award finalist. Most recently he was selected as a Beanstalk Foundation Leader.

Samuel Morris, President
Start Date: 2017

Five years ago Sam worked a few events at Blue Star but he decided joining the Marine Reserves looked easier. After his tour of duty and four years at Liberty Wire & Cable Sam returned to Blue Star to fill the much needed position Recycling Operations Director for Denver and Colorado Springs. His skill in management and systems operations helped us improve efficiency at both locations. After opening our third location in Boulder, Sam was promoted to President to bring managerial oversight across all our operations. Sam credits the team and says, "The work ethic and productivity of our team of people with autism and other disabilities is amazing."

Janet Morris, Finance Director
Start Date: 2011

With over 25 years in the finance and accounting industry, Janet joined Blue Star Recyclers in 2011 when we became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition to working directly with our Board of Directors Finance Committee and CPA, Janet manages all of our accounting functions, financial reporting, HR and payroll, and annual coordination of our financial audit and 990 preparation. She also is responsible for implementing and maintaining our web-based database program that manages material flow, inventory control, and customer accounts. Janet says that, "By far the best part of my job is the daily interaction with all of the wonderful people that work at Blue Star. The hugs and the conversations can quickly turn a stressful day into a great one. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with the best people in the world."

Clyde Killingbeck, Director of Operations
Start Date: 2018

Clyde is a Colorado Renaissance man who holds a BA in ceramics and began his manufacturing career in a clay pottery company. He then transitioned to the electronics recycling industry where he managed recycling operations, material, production processes, and assisted in developing safety and health procedures for a national company. In the past eleven years he became National Operations Manager over six US locations and then VP of Operations.

His expertise in managing multiple facilities helps Blue Star as we expand our recycling footprint in Colorado and other regions. Clyde is excited to contribute to the Blue Star mission of creating jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities.

Jackie Winger, Events Coordinator
Start Date: 2017

Jackie is hitting the ground running in the Blue Star Recyclers' Denver office. She brings 5 years of experience in electronics recycling sales and marketing where she worked with governments, aerospace, medical and other leading Colorado companies. She is passionate about the environment and humanitarian interests and is excited to help Denver area organizations discover the benefits of working with Blue Star Recyclers.

Jackie built her career in project management, network design, operations management and technical sales in the telecommunications industry. She was also instrumental in launching two wireless start-up companies.

Lorin Marco, Business Development Manager Denver
Start Date: 2019

Lorin was born in Denver and raised in South Georgia. He is half country and half mountain man; a self described "Mountain Neck". A proud father of three, he enjoys saltwater fishing, swimming, snowboarding, and camping. Lorin previously worked in home oxygen for 16 years providing excellent patient care and leadership and now wants to make a difference with Blue Star.

Dave Fry, Plant Operations Manager Colorado Springs
Start Date: 2012

Like so many Blue Star employees, Dave started out as a CI employee. When he first started at Blue Star as the CI Enclave Supervisor, he was a polite and reserved young man. In quick order, he has now become a complete goofball, always willing to make a fool out of himself to keep the mood light.

Dave was hired by Blue Star Recyclers as the Enclave Coordinator to help us grow and develop additional vocational programs. In addition to this duty, he also acts as EHS Coordinator, ensuring the team maintains a safe workplace. Under his leadership, the Blue Star separation team has more than doubled its level of productivity. Dave is a calm and attentive supervisor, who uses positive reinforcement and humor to keep the team on point. Dave is originally from Minnesota, but spent much of his childhood in Senegal.

Zach Bowen, Plant Operations Manager Denver
Start Date: 2014

Zach joined our team in 2014 as our front desk manager in Colorado Springs. Due to his excellent work ethic and supervision of the production crew, he was promoted to head our production team in Denver in 2015.

Zach was born in St. Louis, Missouri but spent the majority of his upbringing in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He enjoys the sciences and nature. Zach says it is a great honor to work at Blue Star Recyclers, helping to preserve the environment, and assist people with disabilities.

Craig McNeal, Plant Operations Manager Boulder
Start Date: 2017

Craig started his career with ten years with the Army, spending six years as a small group leader and two as his company's human resources manager. After the Army, Craig returned to Colorado where he joined EcoCycle as a warehouse technician. Blue Star works in partnership with EcoCycle in Boulder so we were able to see Craig's work ethic and rapport with the Blue Star team. When our Boulder supervisor position opened, we knew Craig would be a great fit. He joined our team in July 2017 and he has already hit the ground running!

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
12
Term Length:
3 years
Term Limit:
0
Total # of Board Members:
9
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
3
Male:
6
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
8
Hispanic or Latino:
1
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

3

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

79%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

11%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

30%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive

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