James & Carine Ruder
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
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.”
Favorite Quote: “You gave your life to become the person you are today. Was it worth it?”
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.
Yellow Hats: Ever, Elmer, Oaxaca, Naw Lin
Sort & Reclaim
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?”