Our People

Rich Waryn

Rich Waryn
President

After spending 20 years in private equity Rich came to his senses and jumped head first into the logistics business. He moved to Denver after living in Dubai, Moscow, London and DC.  He heads up the LDK team and is focusing on growing the business and creating outstanding customer service and a positive work environment for all employees.

Liz Katkin

Liz Katkin
General Counsel 

Liz joined LDK as a “recovering partner” from one of the world’s largest law firms.  Her specialty is corporate law and she supports the whole LDK team on its negotiations with new customers, vendors and general LDK business. She is highly over-educated with two graduate degrees from Columbia and a BA from Yale. 

Doug Melvin

Doug Melvin
VP of Operations 

Doug  was raised in Illinois and moved to Colorado in ’91.  He has a passion for animals and rescues full size Greyhounds as well as Italian Greyhounds.  He also has a love for cats.  When not tending to the animals he also enjoys the Colorado weather and the beauty of the mountains and also loves to catch a great car show when the summer brings them around the city.  He has been in the freight industry 20 years and says once it’s in your blood it’s tough to do anything else. 

Ryan Benis

Ryan Benis
Operations Manager

Ryan was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He moved to Denver  in 2010 to be close to the “Rocky Mountain High” as John Denver said so well. He enjoys camping, hiking (with his dogs), snowshoeing, rafting, canoeing, and anything outdoors! With both a shipper and forwarder background, Ryan has been in the industry for over 18 years.  

Armando Monson

Armando Monson
Managing Director of Sales

Armando joins LDK with over 15 years of experience in data center and corporate environments. He has negotiated and maintained contracts with many well known logos in the financial, technology and beverage industry. In his free time, you'll find him enjoying the Southern California weather with his wife, kids and two dogs. Did we mention he rescues and bottle feeds abandoned kittens? Yeah, that's a cool guy.

Rob Tate

Rob Tate
Transportation Development

Rob Tate is a Colorado native who enjoys all that the state has to offer like, skiing, boating, hunting and camping. As a family man, father of two, he has been given a second chance at being a kid and enjoying it!  Rob’s logistics background started while serving in the Marine Corps during the end of Desert Storm, his main concentration was logistics and embarkation. He also has over a decade of experience in international logistics which might be the reason he has no hair left!

Robin Pettit

 Robin Pettit
Account Manager

Robin is a St Louis native and came to Denver 9 years ago to join LDK. She has been in Logistics for 28 years and is knowledgeable about most aspects of the industry.  She has 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.  Robin is an avid reader and also enjoys camping and is a lover of history.

 Jonna Melvin

Jonna Melvin
Account Manager 

Jonna Melvin moved to Colorado in 2006 where the weather is great and scenery is fantastic, from Illinois, where the humidity drowns you and cornfields are as far as the eye can see.  While in IL, she received her B.S. in psychology from Western Illinois University which she puts to good use every day.  She loves dealing with new challenges every day helping to solve logistics "puzzles".  

Laurie Foster

Laurie Foster
Account Manager 

Laurie is a Colorado native and has been in the logistics industry for 25+ years. She grew up in a small ranching community where she had horses and participated in rodeo.  She is passionate about customer service and logistics. She enjoys spending time with her family (two and four legged ones), entertaining, windshield time with friends and family, movies (old & new) and working on her home.

 Pierrette Cisneros

 Pierrette Cisneros
Account Manager

With over 25 years of logistics experience Pierrette is no stranger to the industry! She has had a wide variety of experience including perishables, freight forwarding, international import/export, high tech and white glove. When she isn’t busy navigating complex moves for her customers, Pierrette loves to navigate the trails and waterways of her native Colorado where her passions include hiking, camping, and fishing. She also has her own private herd including 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

Bill Hampton 

 Bill Hampton
Business Development

Bill has been in the logistics business since before dirt was invented. He has extensive experience in sales and operations as well as product development for a large international freight forwarder.  He is a “rare” (please see other natives below) Denver native (please see other natives below) and loves to travel which suits LDK really well.

 Jase Saxelby

Jase Saxelby
Home Delivery Specialist

Jase was born in 1990 in San Mateo, CA and moved to Colorado in 1999. He is always eating and everything he does is centered around what and when he is going to eat. He loves going to the movies and sees, on average, one movie a week. When he's not being a homebody and sticking to himself he thoroughly enjoys working out and hiking. He has summited eight 14ers so far in Colorado and hopes to do all 58 within the next 5 years. He has been in the industry for what feels like an eternity but is really just shy of a decade, going on year 8.

 

 Gina Carollo-White

Gina Carollo-White
Home Delivery Specialist

Gina is our resident goofy granny of girls. With a daughter and two grand daughters and stepping in to be mom and grandma of our operations department, Gina’s sparkling eyes and mischievous expressions make everyone wonder what she’s up to next. Born in the St. Louis area, she decided an adventure was at hand and she moved to Colorado in '82. She returned to the Midwest (the blistering cold of Minnesota) for a few years, making ducks there quack for joy, when she realized Colorado is where she loves to be. With multitudes of hobbies from painting, sewing and making jewelry, we never know what tool she’ll get her hands on and create with next. Watch out Harbor Freight!

 

 

 Lori Contreras

Lori Contreras
Accounting

You will find Lori wandering the office asking about money…”When will they pay this? Are you going to pay this? We already paid this!” She has an education in art, yet has worked in accounting for many years, a dichotomy which she attributes to a mild case of OCD. A Colorado native, she lives with her mother and husband, and has two adult step-daughters, three grandchildren and three cats.

 

 

 Sarah Steffen

Sarah Steffen
Account Manager

Sarah was born and raised in Chicago. After attending CU Boulder, she begrudgingly moved back to Illinois. Another six years of polar vortexes and agonizing humidity, and she was ready to call it quits. She packed up her life and moved to Denver. Unsure what to do with her business degree in the real world, Sarah stumbled upon logistics. They’ve been in a love-hate (usually love) relationship ever since. Other than sarcasm and cynicism, her one true passion is her pup, Anna Bear Link Steffen. Occasionally she will engage in other “Colorado” activities like skiing, hiking, or tripping over rocks.

 

 

 Pam Kiatoukaysi

Pam Kiatoukaysi
Account Manager

Born and raised in Denver, CO and really family oriented, Pam has 2 kids and 2 dogs. Her favorite weather is winter, she loves the cold and the snow. Pam has been in the logistics industry since 2013. When she’s not working, she’s usually with family or friends out eating. Pam is a real introvert, quiet and as sweet as can be but don’t let it fool you…hahahaaha. “Life is too short to be anything but happy” because if you don’t like where you are or what you’re doing then do something about it because no one can make you happy if YOU’RE not happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caricatures provided by Dexter Rothchild at Over The Line Art  www.otlart.com