Award honoring employers who actively support Guard and Reserve Service Members

A Department of Defense Patriotic Employer Award was presented to members of RJ Young in Nashville, Tennessee on September 9. Chip Crunk, Curt Gross, Doug Montgomery, and Phillip Woolery were nominated by Sergeant Edward Gathman, of the National Guard.

Gathman submitted the nominations in recognition of the support he received during his deployment conducting joint operation in the Middle East. Gathman, who works with Gross, Montgomery, and Woolery in the RJ Young Jackson, Mississippi office, said during the ceremony that the support of his coworkers made a difference for him and his family. He also thanked CEO and President, Chip Crunk, for his support and the use of his satellite phone during his service in Afghanistan.

“I’ve never worked for a company that truly cared for its employees. It really showed while I was deployed, and my family was well taken care of in my absence. To have not only my direct supervisors’ support, but the CEO as well, is truly amazing. When the CEO of the company asks you personally if you needed anything prior to leaving is unheard of these days. It’s an honor to work for a company like this.”

Sergeant Edward Gathman

Keith Hatton, ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) volunteer, discussed the importance of an employer’s support for a service member, and thanked RJ Young for their support of Sergeant Gathman.

Doug Montgomery, Curt Gross, Sergeant Edward Gathman, Chip Crunk, Phillip Woolery, and Keith Hatton

About Tennessee ESGR

Tennessee ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) promotes employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and assisting in the resolution of conflicts between employers and service members. ESGR grants a series of Department of Defense awards to promote furthering employer support of servicemembers.


About RJ Young

RJ Young is the largest, privately-held dealer in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation, specializing in managed IT services, document management solutions, managed print services, remote support, remote monitoring, fulfillment services, and office imaging for small to enterprise level businesses. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been partnering with businesses since 1955 and has over 650 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies.

Dorian is the Most Powerful Hurricane to Hit the Bahamas

On September 6 and 7, RJ Young’s President and CEO, Chip Crunk, flew his private plane to Treasure Cay on Abaco Island to deliver much-needed supplies to the stricken island. During his many trips back to the states he also transported hurricane Dorian survivors.

Chip loaded his plane in Nashville, Tennessee with supplies from Walmart including hot plates, chairs, cords, rope, chainsaws, water, blankets, and more. To make room for supplies he removed seats from the plane which allowed him to carry survivors to Palm Beach, Florida.

The United Nations reported Saturday that more than 70,000 residents in the Bahamas had lost their homes. Hurricane Dorian damaged or destroyed the majority of homes and businesses on Treasure Cay and knocked out all utilities.

“I’ve traveled to the Bahamas for years and I wanted to do what I could for the people affected by this tragic event.”

Chip Crunk, RJ Young President and CEO

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About RJ Young

RJ Young is the largest, privately-held dealer in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation, specializing in managed IT services, document management solutions, managed print services, remote support, remote monitoring, fulfillment services, and office imaging for small to enterprise level businesses. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been partnering with businesses since 1955 and has over 650 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies.

RJ Young awards employees’ children with college scholarship for the 15th year in a row.

RJ Young’s John T. Crunk Scholarship Program was established in 2004 to achieve a number of highly desirable objectives. This program seeks to assist the dependent children of their full-time employees with their college expenses. The John T. Crunk Scholarship is one way RJ Young helps support their employees.

The scholarships are awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and activities. The goal of providing these scholarships is simple – to help their employees’ children attain the education they deserve while preventing any financial strain on their employees.

Since 2004, the John T. Crunk Scholarship Program has provided over 59 scholarships to their employees’ children. They are proud to recognize the recipients of this year’s scholarships.

Genevieve Edwards – Navarre, Florida

Genna Edwards

Genevieve is the daughter of T.J. and Katharine Edwards. Genevieve graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in May 2019. While in high school, she was active in Swimming, Band, H.O.S.A, Ocean Hour, the Academy for Health and Medical Professions, and the Marine Science Club.

Genevieve initiated and headed a project called “Conservation Stations” to reduce the amount of single-use plastic wasted generated on her high school campus by installing several water bottle refilling stations.

Genevieve is attending the University of West Florida and is studying Cultural Anthropology in the Honors Program.


Mallie Claire Alfano – Homewood, Alabama

Mallie Claire Alfano

Mallie is a 2019 Homewood High School Honor Graduate with an Advanced Academic Endorsement and a Seal of Distinction. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Beta Club.

She was a cheerleader and captain of the varsity squad. She lettered in varsity golf, SGA representative, Math Team, Peer Helper, Key Club, Diamond Dolls, Latin Club, and Relay for Life.

She served the Overflow Foundation, Service Over Self of Memphis, Bell Center Youth Alliance, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and Trinity United Methodist Church. She has also served in Cienaguita, Panama.

Mallie Claire will attend The University of Alabama where she will major in Mathematics in the University’s Honors College and the STEM MBA program.


Jenna Williams – Columbus, Mississippi

Jenna Williams

Jenna is the daughter of Wendell and Kim Williams. She graduated from homeschooling in 2018 with a 4.0 average. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Columbus Girl Choir, Mississippi Baptist All-State Youth Choir and Orchestra, Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra, and Distinguished Concerts International New York Vocal Colors at Carnegie Hall. 

She has logged hundreds of hours of community service and is spending this summer in Salcha, Alaska doing mission work with the Mississippi Baptist Association.

Jenna will pursue her Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in Multicultural Studies at Winters School of Music at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


Cooper Stanley – Caledonia, Mississippi

John T. Crunk Scholarship

Cooper is a 2019 graduate from Caledonia High School and the daughter of Todd and Patti Stanley. Cooper logged 150 hours of community service including Salvation Army kettlebell, special needs cheerleader volunteer, tornado relief volunteer, and much more.

She was a varsity cheerleader, tennis captain, Beta Club treasurer, Student Government Class Representative, World Language Club Secretary, Future Career and Community Leaders of America, CHS Ambassador, and GameTime Athletics competitive cheerleading team, and more.

Her honors include Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence, Universal Cheerleading Association four-time All-American, Mississippi Scholars Academic Excellence and Community Service, The University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship, ACT Achievement Award, and more.

Cooper is excited to be attending The University of Alabama in the fall and majoring in Marketing.

Congratulations to the recipients who were awarded the John T. Crunk Scholarship for 2019/2020.

To view the 2018 John T. Crunk Scholarship recipients click here.

Knox County Businesses Equipment Purchases Lead to $6k Donation

RJ Young Knoxville is proud to donate $6,750 to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Knox County. Through the purchases of RJ Young equipment, donations were made in the name of Knoxville businesses to the library.

RJ Young is not only committed to providing businesses with the right tools, but they also take great pride in investing locally. As part of their core values, they are committed to investing resources back into the communities they serve.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Pictured left to right: David Mooney, Vic Stacy, Caly Causey, Angus McGill, Danielle Velez, Grant Gentry, Conny Naugher, Brad Holmes.

“Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County is extremely grateful for the support of RJ Young. We rely on the entire community to get books in the hands of our youngest readers. Learning to read begins at birth and receiving high-quality books at home is vital to the process,” said library Program Manager, Danielle Velez.

“Part of our mission at RJ Young is to invest in our communities, and what better way to do that than to help children receive quality books,” said Chip Crunk, President and CEO of RJ Young. “I am proud of our business partners in Knoxville for contributing to this worthy cause.”

For more information and to donate please visit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

About RJ Young

RJ Young is the largest, privately-held dealer in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation, specializing in managed IT services, document management solutions, managed print services, remote support, remote monitoring, fulfillment services, and office imaging for small to enterprise level businesses. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been partnering with businesses since 1955 and has over 650 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies. To learn more about RJ Young, visit https://www.rjyoung.com.

RJ Young is pleased to announce the opening of the newly renovated Winston-Salem, North Carolina office. Guests and RJ Young staff gathered on May 2, 2019 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm for our Winston-Salem Grand Opening including a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebration. Members from the local community, clients and Winston-Salem Chamber members all attended the event. Food was provided by local Winston-Salem catering company, Mrs. Pumpkin’s, and all beer options were provided locally.

Each room at the Open House featured a different piece of equipment on display – from wide format printers, and projectors to Ricoh 360 cameras. Attendees were given the opportunity to interact with the new touchscreen interactive whiteboards and projectors, as well as view hands-on, interactive demonstrations by Ricoh representatives.

“We are very excited to show our Winston-Salem customers our newly renovated office, as well as introduce them to our new products. This was a successful event and we had an amazing turnout,” said RJY Young Territory Sales Manager, Eric Hooks. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Winston-Salem community and looking forward to helping local businesses in the area grow to their full potential.”

RJ Young also encouraged guests to register to win local prizes such as an Echo Dot, Glow Skincare Studio Gift Certificate, Mozell’s Gift Certificate or a 75” 4K Multi-Touch Ricoh Interactive Whiteboard.

At present, RJ Young has 30 sales and service locations across nine states throughout the Southeast.

About RJ Young

RJ Young is one of the largest independent office equipment dealers in the country, specializing in document management solutions, managed print services, mobile office solutions, fulfillment services, and office imaging. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been helping small to enterprise level businesses since 1955 and has over 600 employees in over 28 sales and service locations across eight states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies.

RJ Young is pleased to announce the opening of the new Asheville, North Carolina office. Members of the local community, Asheville Chamber members, and RJ Young staff members gathered on April 30, 2019, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebration. The RJ Young Asheville Grand Opening Asheville included a local catering company, Colorful Palate, who provided the hors d’oeuvres and local beer options.

Guests were encouraged to stop by and interact with RJ Young’s new Ricoh touchscreen whiteboards and ultra-short throw projectors. Sales representatives from Ricoh were at the event providing interactive demonstrations of the interactive whiteboards to attendees. Representatives from Mimaki were also available to do hands-on, test printing demonstrations on their wide format printers for customers.

Guests were given the chance to enter to win local prizes including Day Spa Gift Certificate, Cúrate Gift Certificate as well as an Echo Dot or a 75” 4K Multi-Touch Ricoh Interactive Whiteboard.

“We had an amazing turnout and the local Asheville Chamber was extremely supportive throughout the entire process. We’re happy our Asheville customers were able to stop by and check out our new office, take a look at some of our new products, and meet our Asheville team members,” said RJ Young Territory Sales Manager, Eric Hooks. “The entire RJ Young family and I are excited to be a part of the Asheville business community and we are looking forward to playing a role in the growth of this city.”

At present, RJ Young has 30 sales and service locations across nine states throughout the Southeast.

About RJ YoungA

RJ Young is the largest, privately-held dealer in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation specializing in managed IT services, document management solutions, managed print services, remote support, remote monitoring, fulfillment services, and office imaging for small to enterprise level businesses. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been in business since 1955 and has over 650 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states. Under the corporate tagline “Your Productivity is Our Mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading technologies.

RJ Young is pleased to announce that on April 3, 2019, RJ Young completed the acquisition of Business Electronics. BE is a privately-owned total office technology and solutions provider in Birmingham, Alabama.

Founded in 1988, Business Electronics ­­­serviced the greater Birmingham area providing products and services including document management solutions, IT solutions, digital interactive whiteboards and displays, AV, imaging and unified communications systems. BE also offers the industry’s best in multifunction copiers and printers, while placing a strong focus on customer relationships.

“Business Electronics has a history of providing superior customer service and top-quality office solutions,” said RJ Young President & CEO, Chip Crunk. “We look forward to further expanding our presence in the Birmingham area and furthering our mission of providing excellence in office technologies.”

In order to continue supporting and servicing customer accounts, sales and service employees from BE will remain in Alabama. These employees will join the 650 employees of RJ Young to continue the high expectations of standards in sales and service.

This acquisition further widens RJ Young’s footprint in Alabama and allows RJ Young to offer new technology solutions to better serve their customers.

About RJ Young

RJ Young is the largest, privately-held dealer in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation, specializing in managed IT services, document management solutions, managed print services, remote support, remote monitoring, fulfillment services, and office imaging for small to enterprise level businesses. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been partnering with businesses since 1955 and has over 650 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies. To learn more about RJ Young, visit https://www.rjyoung.com.

RJ Young announced today it has completed the acquisition of Automated Imaging Systems, a privately-owned office technology and equipment dealer in Louisiana.

Automated Imaging Systems

Founded in 1969, AIS has serviced the greater Monroe and Alexandria areas with the industry best in multifunction copiers and printers, as well as top customer service. The acquisition of AIS further expands RJ Young’s footprint throughout the southeast as they move into a new territory and state.

“This deal brings RJ Young together with one of the industry-leading office technology providers in the state of Louisiana.”  said RJ Young President & CEO, Chip Crunk. “The AIS team has grown a fantastic business and an impressive network of customers over the years and we are confident their customers will benefit from the expertise and service for which we are known.”

All sales and service employees from Automated Imaging Systems (AIS) will remain in Louisiana to continue to support and service customer accounts and ensure they are running smoothly. These employees will join more than 600 RJ Young employees to assure the continued high expectations of standards in sales and service.

About RJ Young

RJ Young is one of the largest independent office equipment dealers in the country, specializing in managed IT services, document management solutions, managed print services, remote support, remote monitoring, fulfillment services, and office imaging for small to enterprise level businesses. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been partnering with businesses since 1955 and has over 600 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies. To learn more about RJ Young, visit https://www.rjyoung.com.

RJ Young announced today they had completed the acquisition of Digitec, a privately-owned office equipment dealer, specializing in multi-functional printers, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. Digitec is a family owned and operated business that has been operating for over 30 years. Primarily a Canon and Ricoh dealer, they serve customers throughout the entire state of Mississippi.

“We are excited to expand our presence in Jackson, MS and further our mission of providing excellence in printing technologies.” President and CEO of RJ Young, Chip Crunk said. “Digitec is an excellent business and has an impressive network of customers. Customers will benefit from the expertise and service for which we are known.”

Employees from Digitec will remain in place to continue their support and service for customer accounts. These employees will join more than 600 RJ Young employees to ensure the continued high expectations of standards in sales and service in Jackson, MS location are met.

At present, RJ Young has 28 sales and service branch locations, as well as two distribution warehouses located in Nashville, Tennessee and in Jackson, Mississippi.

About RJ Young

RJ Young is one of the largest independent office equipment dealers in the country, specializing in document management solutions, managed print services, mobile office solutions, fulfillment services, and office imaging. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been helping small to enterprise level businesses since 1955 and has over 600 employees in over 28 sales and service locations across eight states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies. To learn more about RJ Young, visit https://www.rjyoung.com.

RJ Young is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new Knoxville, Tennessee office. Customers, regional staff members, and the Knoxville Chamber gathered on December 4, 2018 for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebration at the new location.

“We had a great team of people working to make this grand opening event a success. This was the first time the Knoxville community was able to see our new office and we could not be happier about the overwhelmingly positive response we received from customers,” said RJ Young Regional Director, Brent Kakwitch. “We are excited to be part of the local business landscape and play a role in the future growth of this great city.”

RJ Young acquired the office imaging side of Paxis Technologies, a privately-owned office equipment dealer in Knoxville, TN, in June 2018 to expand their presence throughout the entire state of Tennessee. At present, RJ Young has 30 sales and service branch locations in 9 states throughout the southeast.

About RJ Young

RJ Young is one of the largest independent office equipment dealers in the country, specializing in document management solutions, managed print services, mobile office solutions, fulfillment services, and office imaging. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been helping small to enterprise level businesses since 1955 and has over 600 employees in over 28 sales and service locations across eight states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies. To learn more about RJ Young, visit https://www.rjyoung.com.