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Leadership

“Virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character.”
John McArthur

Loyalty, commitment, work experience and ethics drive our leadership team. Those attributes are valued and trickle down throughout our culture. We’re proud to introduce you to our leadership team.

Chip Crunk, RJ Young CEO

Chip Crunk
President and CEO

Chip 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 started officially at RJ Young as a sales representative after graduating from the University of Mississippi. In 1989, he was promoted to director of sales, then eventually executive vice president, and chief operating officer.  

 In 1995 Chip was named president and CEO of RJ Young. Guided by an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, Chip has led the company to see double-digit annual growth – now ranking as the largest, privately-held dealer of office technology solutions in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation. He oversees an operation that covers nine states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee, and employs more than 600 people in 30 locations.  

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Chip Crunk serves as the president of the School of Business Board for Ole Miss, is a founding member and past president of the Nashville Entrepreneur Organization (EO), and serves on the board of directors of Fourth Capital Bank. Throughout his career, he’s also been an active member of the Ricoh Executive Steering Committee, the Canon Dealer Council, and the Copier Dealers Association. He is active in the 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.  

RJ Young COO, AJ Baggot

AJ Baggott
Chief Operating Officer

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 currently serves on the advisory board for The Cannata Report.  He has 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 and Deloitte. He and his wife, Miranda, live in Hendersonville with their two boys, Aiden and Brady. 

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Ralph Mello
Atty. – General Counsel

Ralph brings a broad range of business and legal expertise to the RJ Young Team. He has been integral in structuring RJ Young’s acquisitions across the Southeast. 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 graduating 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. 

Chris Bethea

Chris Bethea
Regional Vice President
South Region

 A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Chris joined the RJ Young family in 2003 through an acquisition 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 the Sunshine State. 

Chad Lagrone, VP of technology at RJ Young

Chad Lagrone
Vice President of Technology Services

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. Prior to that, he served as a sales manager in the Gulfport and Jackson, MS branches. He and his wife, Katie, live in Kingston Springs, TN with their children, Hayes, James, and Clark. 

Lauren Kail RJ Young leadership

Lauren Kail
Regional Vice President
Northwest Region

Joining the team in 2015, Lauren began her career at RJ Young as an account representative. Just three years later she was promoted to a sales manager leading the Huntsville, Alabama team. In December 2020, Lauren was promoted to regional vice president of the Northwest region. The newly formed region includes Memphis, Tennessee, Jackson, Tennessee, North Mississippi, and Arkansas. Lauren lives in Jackson, Tennessee where in her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and being a cool aunt to Alden, Brendan, and Colton.

 

Jason Bordwine, RJ Young VP of Business Ops

Jason Bordwine
Regional Vice President
North Region

Jason began his career in the imaging industry in Bristol, VA. 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. Prior to his current role in the organization, Bordwine served as the general manager of RJ Young’s Eastern branches, sales administration manager, senior operations manager, and most recently, VP of Business Operations. In his free time, Bordwine enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, camping, and fly fishing with his two sons. 

Justin Chancellor, RJ Young West Region VP

Justin Chancellor
Regional Vice President
West Region

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, live in Brandon, Mississippi with their children John Walt and Lynlee. 

Keith Burrell, RJ Young East Region VP

Keith Burrell
Regional Vice President
East Region

With 35 years in the industry, Keith Burrell joined RJ Young in 1998. He began his career with RJ Young as a service manager and In 2007 was promoted to 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, leading 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 of the eastern region. In April 2020, he was named the regional vice president of the East. In his free time, Keith enjoys playing golf and riding motorcycles. He lives in Ooltewah, TN with his wife Jennifer. 

Chris Clark, Central Region VP

Chris Clark
Regional Vice President
Central Region

In 2011, Chris began his RJ Young career 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 earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and master’s degree in sports management from Delta State University. Chris played baseball at the university and was a graduate assistant coach from 2006-2011. He and his wife, Kate, live in Hoover, AL with their children, Ryker and Ridley. 

Danielle Eldredge RJ Young leadership

Danielle Eldredge
Marketing Director

Danielle joined the RJ Young team in 2020. She brings more than a decade of marketing and communications experience to the team. Previous roles include VP and director-level marketing roles, primarily in the startup and health tech spaces. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. Active in the Nashville community, Danielle has served on the TEDXNashville speaker committee and was a founding member of the Nashville Public Library’s Next Chapter Society. When she’s not leading RJ Young’s marketing team, Danielle is spending time with her husband, Ryan, and her two kids, Spencer and Kate.

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