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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:
90%

Bill Morris, Founder
Start Date: 2009

Bill Morris co-founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 after discovering people with Autism and other disabilities possess innate skills for tasks involved in the recycling of electronics. Blue Star is a nationally recognized social enterprise with a mission of creating jobs for people with disAbilities.

Bill was named Colorado Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Businessperson of the Year, ARC Employer of the Year, and Recycler of the Year. Blue Star was named Colorado Nonprofit of the Year, Social Enterprise of the Year, and Social Venture of the Year.

Samuel Morris, CEO
Start Date: 2017

Sam Morris is the Chief Executive Officer for Blue Star Recyclers, a Colorado-based social enterprise founded in 2009 with a mission of recycling electronics to create jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities.

Sam joined Blue Star in 2015 as Director of Operations based out of the Colorado Springs Recycling Operations. In 2017 he became Chief Operating Officer for all three of their Colorado operations, and in 2019 became President of Blue Star Recyclers.

Sam believes in providing clients with a simple way to embrace environmental accountability and invest in their local communities.

Blue Star Recyclers was named 2018 Colorado Nonprofit of the Year, 2017 Social Impact Business of the Year, and 2016 Social Venture of the Year.

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.

Lorin Marco, Business Development Director
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.

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 has expanded his team to 11 employees.

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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