Nashville, TN (April 14, 2014) – On Sunday, April 13th, RJ Young and was honored to help dedicate a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville presented Youlonda Smith and daughter Ryan Smith with the keys to their new home in the Park Preserve subdivision to their partner homeowner during a dedication ceremony in the Park Preserve subdivision, Youlonda Smith. RJ Young and Habitat for Humanity executives and employees were on hand to present Youlonda the mortgage certificate and keys to her new home.

RJ Young and Habitat for Humanity executives and employees were on hand to present Youlonda the mortgage certificate and keys to her new home.

“Part of our mission at RJ Young is to invest in our communities, and what better way to do that than to help a young family build their future in their own home,” said Chip Crunk, President and CEO of RJ Young. “I am incredibly proud of our employees for lending their time and skills to this worthy cause.”

“The future holds boundless opportunities for me and my family,” said Youlonda Smith is a Nashville native and graduated from Tennessee State University enthusiastically said during Sunday’s ceremony. Smith is a Nashville native, Tennessee State University alumnus and currently works with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and she works for the Tennessee Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer for the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Her priority now is her young daughter, Ryan. Youlonda can’t wait to have a housewarming party and decorate her daughter’s room. “The future holds boundless opportunities for me and my family,” said Smith. Her priority now is her young daughter, Ryan. Youlonda can’t wait to have a housewarming party and decorate her daughter’s room.

Over 75 RJ Young employees, along with family and friends, volunteered to build the Smith’s home. RJ Young and Habitat for Humanity executives and employees were on hand to present Youlonda the mortgage certificate and keys to her new home.

Thise Park Preserve home marks is the 7th Habitat build home that RJ Young has participated in to datesponsored to date.

Over 75 RJ Young employees, along with family and friends, volunteered to build the home for Youlonda and her daughter.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Prior to becoming homeowners, Habitat partner families attend home education classes, work at the build site, and volunteer at Habitat’s retail outlet, the ReStore. Since 1985, Habitat of Greater Nashville has built or recycled more than 850 homes, over 600 locally, and served more than 2,000 family members including 1,400 children. To request an application or to receive more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, call 615-254-HOME (4663) or visit www.habitatnashville.org.

Southeast’s largest independent office equipment dealer expands footprint.

Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2014) – RJ Young Company reached a strategic agreement with Ricoh Americas Corporation to expand its footprint of key accounts in Pensacola, FL and Tallahassee, FL. Effective July 1, RJ Young assumes ownership for sales, service, and supplies of specified Ricoh direct channel commercial accounts in these territories.

Approximately 30 sales and service employees from Ricoh USA will be transferred to the RJ Young Company to continue the support of the accounts. These employees will join more than 450 employees of the RJ Young Company to assure the continued high expectations of standards in sales and service.

“This is truly a win-win for both Ricoh and RJ Young, but most importantly for the customers of both companies,” commented Chip Crunk, CEO & President of RJ Young Company.

Jackson, Tenn. (July 23, 2014) – RJ Young announced that Hannah Houck, a 2014 graduate of South Gibson County High School, is a winner of the 2014-15 John T. Crunk Scholarship, for academic achievement. Hannah is the daughter of Jeannie and Chris Houck, a RJ Young Assistant Service Manager in the Jackson, TN area.

“At RJ Young, our team members and their children are considered family and we are pleased to support one of them in achieving her goals,” said Chip Crunk, President and CEO at RJ Young.

The RJ Young Scholarship Program was established to assist the dependent children of our full-time employees with college expenses. The scholarships recognize these students for their incredible academic achievement and activities.

Hannah graduated Summa Cum Laude and 4th in her high school graduating class. She is an incoming freshman at the University of Tennessee-Martin this fall and is planning to attend law school at the University of Mississippi after obtaining her Bachelor degree.

To view previous recipents of the John T. Crunk Scholarship recipients click here.

New software leverages connected technology to certifiably reforest paper consumption

Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 5, 2014 – RJ Young, an independent office equipment and business technology provider, has become an authorized channel partner of the PrintReleaf Exchange [PRX], the first technology platform to enable cloud-based paper tracking and reforestation. This strategic partnership allows RJ Young to provide its customers with an innovative and authentic way to promote sustainable business practices and reduce the environmental impacts that can result from printing.

PRX measures paper consumption through a patent-pending aggregation process that uses the automatic transmission of device and fleet data collected by print management software on imaging devices. This allows end users to help neutralize paper waste, improve efficiency and certifiably participate in sustaining our global forests.

With PRX, customers “releaf,” or reforest, their paper consumption by planting new trees – equivalent to their paper use – at global reforestation project sites of their choice. Through PrintReleaf’s integration with Global Forest Watch, a platform hosted by the World Resources Institute, customer’s interface with heat map technology that represents forest loss and gain across the globe, showing them which areas the planet needs trees most. PrintReleaf reforests at a generally accepted rate of 8,333 sheets of paper per tree (this equation is detailed in PrintReleaf’s global standard for sustainability). After selecting where they want their paper releafed, customers can use their online portal to track the evolution, growth, and survival of their trees over an approximate eight-year time frame for each tree.

“As an industry leader, we are committed to maintaining our mission and our reputation of improving business processes and helping customers become more productive and effective,” said Chip Crunk, RJ Young president and CEO. “With PrintReleaf’s industry leading technology, RJ Young and our customers now have an automatic and transparent system to reduce the environmental impact of printing.”

Since the launch of PrintReleaf, the company has measured 32 million-plus pages and releafed more than 3,800 trees.

“Through our partnership with RJ Young and their customers, we’re excited to build on our momentum and further our mission to drive reforestation,” said Jordan Darragh, PrintReleaf founder and CEO.

This partnership also provides RJ Young’s customers with the option to integrate social media, automatically sharing monthly Twitter and Facebook announcements of releaf transactions that promote active participation in sustainable business practices.