President and CEO
Chip Crunk, the company’s President and CEO, has worked at RJ Young since he was fourteen years old. In his own words, working for RJ Young is “the only life I’ve ever known.” In 1987, Chip became a Sales Representative after graduating from the University of Mississippi. He became Director of Sales in 1989, then Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer.
In 1995 Chip was named President and CEO of the company. Guided by an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, Chip has led RJ Young to see double-digit annual growth, now ranking as the largest, privately-held dealer in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation. He oversees an operation that covers eight states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee, and employs more than 600 people in 30 locations.
Chip Crunk is currently a member of the Ricoh Executive Steering Committee, the Canon Dealer Council, and the Copier Dealers Association. Chip also serves as the President of the School of Business Board for Ole Miss. He is active in community and civic organizations and enjoys flying, boating, golfing, and the Tennessee Titans. Chip and his wife Gina reside in Brentwood, TN, and have two children.
Chief Operating Officer
AJ Baggott serves as Chief Operating Officer for RJ Young. Joining the team in 2016, AJ previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for RJ Young before being named COO. AJ is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Lipscomb University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants, served as a board member and treasurer for Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee and is a Young Leaders Council graduate. Prior to joining RJ Young, AJ held senior positions with Diversicare Healthcare Services Inc. and Deloitte. He and his wife, Miranda, reside in Hendersonville with their children, Aiden and Brady.
Vice President of Service
Steve Huff is Vice President of Service for RJ Young. After joining the company in 1981 as Assistant to the President, John Crunk, Steve rose within the organization to his current position in just four years. Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Lipscomb University and is an MBA graduate of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Prior to his employment at RJ Young he had business experience at Bell South and IBM. Within the industry, Steve is known nationwide for the excellent service programs he has overseen. He has hosted Copier Dealers Association service management meetings and is often contacted to make presentations to industry groups. A member of the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club, Steve is very active in the community. He has coached numerous youth baseball, softball and basketball teams and is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic. Steve and his wife Lisa reside in Brentwood, TN, and have two grown children.
Atty. – General Counsel
Ralph Mello serves as General Counsel of RJ Young. Ralph has a broad range of business and legal experience and has been actively involved in the structuring of RJ Young’s acquisitions. After operating a private practice in Nashville for 16 years during which time he represented many businesses, including RJ Young, Ralph joined the company in 2007. Prior to attending and graduating from law school Ralph was a commercial real estate broker in Nashville. In addition to being actively involved in the company’s acquisitions, Ralph handles the company’s contract and litigation needs and provides business and legal counsel to other members of management. Ralph and his wife Linda reside in Brentwood, TN.
Vice President of Business Operations
Jason Bordwine, Director of Operations for RJ Young, began his career in the imaging industry in Bristol, VA in 2002. Prior to joining the RJ Young family, Bordwine worked in accounting positions and executive roles at Bristol Office Supply Inc, which was acquired by RJ Young in 2017. In addition to serving as Director of Operations, Bordwine has served as the General Manager of RJ Young’s Eastern branches, Sales Administration Manager, and the Senior Operations Manager. In his free time, Bordwine enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, camping, and fly fishing with his two sons.
Regional Vice President of Sales
Mike is RJ Young’s Vice President of Sales. Mike is responsible for all office equipment sales as well as the company’s High Volume/Production Print, and Wide Format divisions. He joined RJ Young in 2003 as a Sales Representative for the Digital Printing Services division and was promoted to management first in 2004. In 2005 Mike moved to the Nashville Ricoh team. He then moved to Memphis in 2007 to act as Sales Manager for the Memphis branch. In 2012 he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager and relocated back in Nashville. In 2015 Mike was promoted to Regional Director of Sales – East and added to the executive leadership team. In 2016 Mike was promoted to VP of Sales for the entire company. In 2010 Mike was awarded the John T. Crunk Leadership award, the company’s highest honor. In his spare time, Mike enjoys Kentucky Wildcats basketball and is an avid mountain biker. A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Mike attended Murray State University and resides in Hendersonville with his wife and two children.
Vice President of Technology Services
Chad Lagrone serves as VP of Technology Services for RJ Young. Joining the team in 2007, Chad previously served as the Regional Sales Manager in our North Region. Chad is originally from Mississippi and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi. Chad began his career as a Sales Representative in the Jackson, MS office. He has held the position of Sales Manager in the Gulfport and Jackson, MS branches. He and his wife, Katie, reside in Kingston Springs, TN with their children, Hayes, James, and Clark.
Regional Vice President
Chris Bethea serves as the Vice President for the Southern Region which includes all of the Florida locations and Mobile, AL. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Chris joined the RJ Young family in 2003 through an acquisition of Copy Graphics in Hattiesburg, MS. He was promoted to Sales Manager in 2014 and helped develop many teams in Mississippi and Florida with the acquisition of offices in Pensacola and Tallahassee. As the RJ Young footprint grew in Florida, Chris was promoted to a Regional Sales Manager in 2019 and to Vice President in 2020. Chris lives in Pensacola Florida with his wife and has two children, both in college. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors and on the water in Florida.
Regional Vice President
Keith Burrell joined RJ Young in 1998. He has been in the industry for 35 years and has held multiple positions. He began his career with RJ Young as a Service Manager. In 2007, he became the Sales Manager of the Chattanooga, TN and Rome, GA branches. In 2008, Chattanooga was awarded branch of the year and Keith received the John T. Crunk Leadership Award, the company’s highest honor. He transitioned to a Regional Service Manager in 2012 over RJ Young’s Southern branches. In 2018, Keith once again received the John T. Crunk Leadership award. In 2019, Keith was promoted to the Regional Business Manager (eastern region) position. In April 2020, he was named the Regional VP of the East region. In his free time Keith enjoys playing golf and riding motorcycles. He lives in Ooltewah TN with his wife Jennifer.
Regional Vice President
Justin Chancellor serves as Regional Vice President for RJ Young’s West Region. This region consists of Louisiana, central and south Mississippi. Justin began his career in sales at RJ Young shortly after obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry with a Biology minor from the University of Mississippi. Justin is a product of RJ Young’s “promote from within” mantra. Since accepting an entry level sales position with RJY in 2008, Justin has been promoted six times; eventually landing in his current role as Regional Vice President. When not working, Justin can be found playing golf, attending a ballgame, or spending time with his family. He and his wife, Brandi, reside in Brandon, Mississippi with their children John Walt and Lynlee.
Regional Vice President
Chris Clark serves as Regional Vice President for Alabama and North Mississippi. In 2011, Chris began as a Business Development Rep on the Nashville Ricoh team before being promoted to Account Executive later that year. He was then promoted to Sales Manager of the Nashville Canon Team in 2012. Chris relocated to Birmingham in 2017 where he became the Regional Sales Manager. He is a native of Paducah, Kentucky, and he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Delta State University. Chris played baseball and was a Graduate Assistant Coach from 2006-2011. He and his wife, Kate, reside in Hoover, AL with their children, Ryker and Ridley.