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 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.
Chief Marketing Officer
Kristy Ferguson Chief Marketing Officer
Kristy is a Midwesterner at heart and originally hails from Cleveland, Ohio. She has more than 20 years of experience in building local and global brands, most notably as a member of the Edible Arrangements leadership team for over 10 years. Kristy helped grow the fresh fruit franchise from 10 stores in North America to over 1,200 stores in 13 countries. Her leadership roles spanned marketing, innovation and strategy. As The Junkluggers Chief Marketing Officer, Kristy is responsible for bringing our story to life as we take customers along our buyer’s journey. Along with our dedicated marketing team, Kristy provides tools, resources and coaching to franchisees so they can they increase brand awareness and drive revenue in their local markets. She holds a business degree from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business and resides here in Connecticut with her husband, two sons and their energetic puppy, suitably named Maverick. As the lone female in her household, she is well versed in college and professional sports and is a huge Michigan Wolverines fan.
Director of Franchise Training & Support
Ronnie Esquivel Director of Franchise Training & Support
Ronnie facilitates the onboarding process for new franchise partners and also leads the Franchise Support Team which provides training and operational support for partners once they have launched their businesses. Originally from Virginia, Ronnie has always gravitated towards entrepreneurship. In 2008, Ronnie moved to Long Island NY to work full-time on his second business start-up with this his father. In 2011, Ronnie joined the Junkluggers team to lead the start-up and growth of the Long Island NY territory and shortly after moved on to manage the NYC and Northern NJ territories. In 2013, Ronnie moved to Connecticut to manage the Junkluggers' flagship territory from what was then a 6 truck junk removal operation to a 15 truck Junk and Moving operation, while also serving as Director of Operations for the corporate office, managing the sales center for a couple of years. In 2017, Ronnie began to work exclusively with new franchise partners, leveraging his experiences to help them along in their exciting new journey as Junkluggers business owners. Ronnie spends much of his free time working on restoration projects, milling lumber and building with it, or buying and flipping anything from cars to heavy equipment. He also enjoys SRT and DDRT climbing techniques to traverse the treetops, mountain biking, kayaking, and long hikes when he is not spending time with his two boys, Andrew and Aiden.
Director of Operations
Derrick Martinez Director of Operations
Derrick oversees our company operations which includes The Junkluggers, Luggers Moving, and Remix Market. An integral part of our growth, Derrick has worked his way up the company ladder from his days on the truck to having a seat at the leadership table. Grateful for his flexible schedule, Derrick was able to finish his Master's in Psychology while also leading a team of dedicated individuals who strive daily to keep as much out of the landfill as possible. When not at work, he is continuing his education and looks to pursue his PhD with goals to be the Junkluggers first Junk Doctor! Outside of that, Derrick enjoys spending quality time with his loved ones, traveling the world, and keeping up with his favorite sports teams.
Steven Schick Franchise Developer
Steve is an experienced franchise professional with more than 20 years of franchise coaching, consulting and development experience. He began his franchising career as a regional developer with a nationally recognized franchise brand. Steve has also worked as a director of development for a multi-brand franchisor prior to Junkluggers in 2015. Steve’s consulting expertise helps franchisors to determine a mutual fit for the brand and prospective franchisees and aligns very well with the Junkluggers development standards.
Michael Samson Franchise Development
Having spent more than 20 years in retail leadership, Mike adds yet another layer of management and development expertise to the Zee Sprout team. Stints as a district manager and national director for Best Buy have primed him for a leadership role in franchise development, where he is able to put his years of knowledge and experience in the industry to use. Building relationships and moving franchises forward is where Mike thrives, and our clients benefit from his ability to assist them in all areas of development.
Sales Center Manager
Alex Manzuarte Sales Center Manager
A native of Brooklyn, New York Alex joined The Junkluggers family as a recent graduate of NYU with a degree in Communications in 2012. Starting out as a dispatcher and eventually working his way up to the role of Operations Manager for our Fairfield home territory, Alex learned all aspects of the Junkluggers field Operations. Alex has since transitioned to leading the Sales Center, which is the Sales and Customer Service hub at the Junkluggers. The Sales Center is directly responsible for handling all customer calls, including calls from new customers as well as providing exceptional customer service to our rapidly growing existing customer-base. In his free time Alex enjoys being outdoors, traveling to new and exciting places, camping, and enjoying live music. He is an avid New York Sports fan and commissioner of the Junkluggers Fantasy Football League.
Franchise Development Advisor
Michael Debenham Franchise Development Advisor
Throughout his career, Michael has achieved success in almost every area of franchise ownership and development. He has founded and built national brands from the ground up, has served as the vice president and a regional developer for Liberty Tax Service, and is the current owner of multiple franchises. A seasoned industry leader, Michael understands the ins and outs of franchising, and it’s this experience and expertise that allows him to spearhead the Zee Sprout team. Michael is passionate about helping entrepreneurs take control of their time and income through the power of franchising.
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.