Founder & CEO
Josh Cohen Founder & CEO
As our company founder and CEO, Josh is the heart and soul of The Junkluggers. He started The Junkluggers out of his mother’s Dodge Durango in Trumbull, CT when he was 21, and has since grown the company into a multi-state franchised operation. He utilized his degree from the University of Connecticut in Business Administration and his ambition, passion for the environment, marketing savvy, and interest in building a strong company culture to help elevate the company to the level it is at today. Josh began with a firm vision of what he wanted The Junkluggers to become and continues to see it through every step of the way, never looking back. In his personal life, Josh enjoys spending time with his family and friends, including his wife, Peggy, their twins Jackson and Fiona, and our very own chief canine officer, Otis. He also loves outdoor sports and adventure, traveling, playing basketball, and office parties.
Chief Operating Officer
David Gullotti Chief Operating Officer
A native Bostonian, Dave comes to The Junkluggers with more than 20 years of executive level experience in marketing, sales, franchise, and entrepreneurial startups and growth. He has a proven record of successfully scaling service businesses. In addition to serving as a Sales and Marketing Director for a multi-billion dollar firm, he has served as Owner, CEO, President, and COO, for several entrepreneurial service businesses. In prior roles, he led the transformation an unprofitable $8 million company into a solidly profitable $25 million business in just four years. Most recently in just 3 years, he was instrumental in doubling the Franchise footprint of an international organization that serves CEO’s from 1MM to $2BB in annual sales. In addition to his leadership prowess, Dave is a seasoned life and business coach with a BA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and an MS in Counseling from Cairn University. Dave enjoys camping, golf, working out, and spending time at the beach with his (Queens NYC) wife and two school aged children. He is also an avid Boston sports fan.
Chief Financial Officer
Josh Krisher Chief Financial Officer
Josh is Finance Manager of The Junkluggers. His responsibilities include financial and cash management, budgetary planning, and accounting services. In addition, Josh is responsible for financial reporting and compliance. Josh joined The Junkluggers in December 2010. Prior to The Junkluggers, Josh was a senior associate with Ernst & Young. A Certified Public Accountant, Josh earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Washington. Josh hails from Seattle, Washington. He has lived in New York City for the past six years and is still a Pacific Northwesterner at heart, with a true love for hiking and the great outdoors. Josh is a regular jet-setter—flying around the country (and the world), often to see his favorite bands in concert or just to scope out a new adventure.
Director of Franchise Training & Support
Ronnie Esquivel Director of Franchise Training & Support
Ronnie provides training and operational support to our franchisees. Ronnie joined the Junkluggers family in 2011. Prior to that, he was in the US Army before moving onto Deere-Hitachi in North Carolina for the next five years. Ronnie was born in Virginia but grew up in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. He is a real outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, hiking, camping, kayaking, and mountain biking. Ronnie also spends much of his free time working with his hands. He enjoys woodworking and taking on restoration projects when he isn’t spending time with his two boys, Andrew and Aiden.
Tom Kinzer Marketing Manager
As Marketing Manager of The Junkluggers, Tom handles all aspects of marketing for the home office, as well as the entire franchise system. He has an M.B.A. in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to The Junkluggers leadership team. Tom’s previous venture was with a digital marketing agency. He quickly partnered with the owners to develop a SaaS platform, helping businesses to connect, automate and grow, while optimizing their online marketing efforts. Tom’s main goal is to create an integrated marketing mix, with the systems and processes in place to scale The Junkluggers entire organization. If he’s not reading about the latest marketing trends, he’s golfing, going to sporting events, concerts or relaxing with family and friends. He’s extremely excited about connecting The Junkluggers customers to their mission of enhancing lives, communities, and the environment by donating, recycling, upcycling and supporting local charities.
Steven Schick Franchise Developer
Steve Schick is a 20-year veteran of the franchise industry. He’s worked with hundreds of people looking at options in business ownership. He also has an extensive background in business coaching, helping franchise owners with strategic planning, marketing, and human capital management. Prior to his role as franchise development - Steve owned and successfully transformed and then sold a large Buick dealership for 5 years. Following that venture he was a top regional developer with The Entrepreneur Source for 13 years, one of the largest firms that helps people find franchise businesses that match their financial and personal needs and desires.
Sales Center Manager
Alex Manzuarte Sales Center Manager
As the Sales Center Manager, Alex is responsible for the managing a team of dedicated and ambitious sales agents who strive to consistently bring in revenue for each franchisee. He is in charge of overseeing the Sales Center, working with Senior Management on sales training, initiatives, improvements and last but not least, providing sales support for our growing family of franchisees. A born-and-raised Brooklynite, Alex joined The Junkluggers family as a recent college grad from NYU with a degree in Communications in 2012. When Alex isn’t pushing his Sales Team to strive for more, he spends his time camping, visiting local breweries, taking in live music, and keeping tabs on his favorite sports teams.
Director of People
Rachael Congdon Director of People
As Director of People at The Junkluggers, Rachael ensures that only the best and and brightest are recruited into The Junkluggers Family for our corporate territories and our franchisees. Rachael has a talent for thinking up new and exciting employee engagement strategies and ways to make working at The Junkluggers even more awesome. A Connecticut transplant from Ft. Lauderdale, Rachael came on board with Junkluggers in 2014 as a recent grad from Florida International University with a degree in Environmental Studies. She is able to combine her passion for the environment and enthusiasm for helping employees succeed with her work at The Junkluggers. When Rachael isn’t thinking up surprising ways to entice the newest talent into the Junkluggers, she enjoys lots of hiking, listening to old records, reading mysteries and hanging out at the beach in a big sun hat.
Franchise Support and Software Specialist
Stephen Cavallo Franchise Support and Software Specialist
Steve joined The Junkluggers team in the summer of 2016, fresh out of college. He is also a Connecticut native, born and raised in Bridgeport. Steve provides software training and support to our franchises and home office. Steve also handles the technology and computer maintenance for the home office, and finding digital solutions for The Junkluggers. Prior to working at The Junkluggers, Steve’s experience with computers and technology came from working as a phone support supervisor for Huskytech, UCONN’s IT support center, and studying for a computer science major. When Steve isn’t fixing the wifi or working on royalties, he spends his time trying new beers with friends, playing pool and playstation with his friend Derrick, binging a good Netflix show, and spending time with his many relatives.
Canine in Chief
Otis Canine in Chief
A sweet 16-year old, Otis hails from Atlanta. Though he has a commanding presence and photographs like a full-sized labrador, he actually tips the scale at just thirty pounds. In case you were wondering, he is, in fact, half lab and half beagle. Eight years ago, he was adopted into The Junkluggers family, and it was love at first sight. His other loves include milk bones and hiking, but strangely he dislikes puppies. He is an invaluable member of our team and brings extra happiness, hair, and his fabulous mellow personality to our Junkluggers headquarters.