Blue Star Recyclers

Blue Star Recyclers exists to create meaningful jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities by ethically recycling electronics. Our earned income covers more than 90% of our expenses. However, we rely on funding-raising to expand to other communities and create more new jobs. Your donation also qualifies for Enterprise Zone Tax Credits.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
31
Full Time Staff:
11
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
28
Retention Rate:
100%

Bill Morris, CEO/Executive Director
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, COO
Start Date: 2017

Blue Star Recyclers promoted Sam Morris to the role of Chief
Operating Officer effective April 1, 2017. Since joining the organization in March of 2015, Morris has served as Operations Director in Colorado Springs.As Operations Director, Morris improved inventory management while personally embracing the culture and mission of Blue Star Recyclers. Perhaps more importantly, he became a leader that team members in all Blue Star locations respected and trusted as demonstrated by their banter and friendly conversations. As COO, Sam will lead our current operations and standardize our processes to support additional expansion.

Jackie Winger, Business Development Manager Denver
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.

Dave Fry, Plant Operations Manager
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
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.

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."

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
11
Term Length:
3 years
Term Limit:
0
Total # of Board Members:
9
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:
2

Board Demographics:

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

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
7
Hispanic or Latino:
1
Multiracial:
1
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

78%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

25%

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

30%

Committees

Executive
Finance
Operations

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