Servant Leadership

Coaches

James & Carine Ruder

Coordinators

Jay Doyle

Plant Manager

I was born in Grand Rapids MI, but lived most of my life in Memphis, Tennessee. I was basically born into this industry. My father owned a chain of pallet companies in the midsouth. I remember working there as young as 8 years old on the weekends and in the summers. I was a plant manager by the age of 21, and have been a plant manager in this industry ever since.

I moved to Colorado 6 years ago when I was hired as the plant manager at L&R Pallet. I have been married to my beautiful wife Teri for 23 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. The thing I find most rewarding about working at L&R Pallet is how we love our employees. This doesn’t mean we don’t take things like performance, production, and quality seriously, because we do. However, it is far more rewarding to come beside the employees and love them by helping them succeed not only at work, but in life rather than to simply force them to perform or replace them.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

Alan Jones

Office Manager

I grew up in Birmingham Alabama. After several work related moves around the country, my family and I relocated to Denver 20 years ago and love living here. My previous work experience was over 33 years with National Car Rental where I held several positions in Operations Management. I came to work at L&R Pallet 6 years ago and what a blessing it has been. Our team members are truly amazing. To be involved in such a spiritual workplace is personally rewarding. When away from work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and grandkids, as well as riding my motorcycle.

Adrienne Tafilowski

Care Team and Culture Director

I am a 4th generation Coloradoan and blessed to call this place home. I am married to my college sweetheart, Ryan, and we will welcome our first child in April! My background is in education. I am certified in special needs, I have experience in ESL classrooms, locally and abroad, and had the opportunity to do different social work and adolescent mental health roles over the years. I am also honored to be part of the 2017-2018 5280 Fellowship through the Denver Institute of Faith and Work.

My heart for the nations, a holistic approach to teaching and community navigating has come together in this very unique role at L&R Pallet. I lead our leaders in engaging our team members and growing a healthy company culture in every department. I keep a large focus on recruiting and retaining amazing team members. My favorite part of being at L&R are the amazing folks that I have the privilege of working with. We are lucky to have such a diverse company and I learn valuable lessons each and every day.

Jeremiah 29:7 “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

Steve Whitfield

Assistant Plant Manager

I was born and raised in Colorado. I have a wife of 16 years and 3 children and I enjoy fishing and anything to do with wood and metal craftsmanship. In this season of my life the verse that means the most to me is John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” I started in the transportation industry in 1997 as a mechanics helper. I have worked in many different transportation verticals including dealerships, fleet shop, mobile truck repair, specialty equipment service, independent repair shops and last but not least the pallet industry. I have been at L&R for 5 years and I help to manage the plant. I lead our maintenance department, hire new team members and help with equipment and pallet building training. I work at L&R Pallet because I enjoy a challenge and seeing the results of a dedicated team striving for excellence every day.

Joe Richardson

Logistics Specialist

I was born in Oregon and moved to Colorado when I was 12 years old. I have worked in the transportation industry off and on for 22 years as a driver and dispatcher. I worked at L&R previously and I came back 4 ½ years ago. I returned to L&R Pallet for the people and culture promoted here. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 2 sons, 19 and 15. In my spare time I enjoy four wheeling, fishing and pistol and rifle shooting competitions.

Favorite Quote: “You gave your life to become the person you are today. Was it worth it?”

Holli Clark

Controller

My family moved from Kansas to Colorado when I was 8 years old. I graduated from CSU with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Go Rams! After graduation, I took the additional accounting classes I needed to sit for the CPA Exam and held my Certified Public Accountant license for many years. I most enjoy the hands on Controller position in family owned businesses.

I have been blessed with four amazing children who range in age from 16 to 23. They are kind and caring people who make me proud everyday. And they make me laugh everyday!

I love working at L&R. There is such camaraderie and caring here. The faith and kindness of the people I work for and with make it a joy to come to work. The different cultures and backgrounds that are found on our team keep life interesting. It is rewarding when I have the opportunity to use my accounting background to help others on the team.

“Learn to love without condition. Talk without bad intention. Give without any reason.
And most of all, care for people without any expectation.”

Live simply. Dream big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots.

Chris Courtney

Care Team Lead, Safety and Recycling Coordinator

I was born and raised in Colorado by my two wonderful parents. I enjoy spending time with my family…laughing, playing games and listening to music while outside sounds like a perfect day to me. I have been blessed to have been married for almost 20 years. We have 3 beautiful children who are joy to us. I have been in the Recycling and Safety Field for over 18 years and I have been on Team L&R for 4 years. I have the privilege to be involved on a personal level with all the family’s here. I help in the homes and lives of the people who choose to work so hard for L&R Pallet every day. I enjoy working to make things better for others. I am on a team of people who choose to do the right thing, strive to be better and grow each day. This approach fits my character and keeps me motivated.

Jac Crutchfield

Customer Care Advocate

I have lived in Colorado for 44 years and have worked with L&R Pallet for 29 years. I am 24 years happily married, a father of 2 children and grandfather. Of the 29 years I have worked for L&R Pallet I have worked several positions. From driver to sales, dispatching, clerical and invoicing. My experience gives me a good foundation of knowing our customers and their needs. It is a great bunch of people that I work with that keep me coming to work everyday. The dedication of our people is awesome. James and Carine Ruder have not only made this a great place to work, but a great environment to work in!

Special Teams

Transportation

Maintenance

Custom Build

Sawyers

Sort & Reclaim

Pallet Repair

New Build

Envirocycle

Leadership

At L&R Pallet we strive to build key team of servant leaders. This model of leadership is transformational and builds a foundation for trust and growth. A servant leader is committed to the growth of people. Our leadership team believes that people have an intrinsic value beyond that of the work they do. They lead with a deep committed to both the personal and professional growth of each and every individual within their organization.

We do our best to ensure the welfare and well-being of our team members. Servant leaders are able to deeply understand and empathize with others. It is important to recognize and accept people for their uniqueness and understand their point of view. 

This posture allows servant leaders to have an ability to convince others as opposed to coercing them into compliance. Effective servant leaders are able to listen intently and respectfully to their employees and act on the information they receive. Servant-leaders model service. They aim to practice kindness and patience as they motivate and encourage others instead of using guilt or force. They model relationships based on mutual respect and free from coercion or abuse of power. They seek to create an environment that is warm, inclusive, and instrumental.

We must ask ourselves, “Are we creating a life-giving culture where employees feel valued, accountable, recognized, and find dignity in their work?”