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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.  

Lysa McDaniels

Lysa McDaniels
Accounting

Lysa was born and raised in Littleton, CO. She graduated from Columbine High School and then pursued her passion for dance as a dance major in college. She has been in an Office Manager role for over 20 years as well as property management for about 5 years. She spends her free time with her family and friends trying new restaurants, attending the theater and ballet, or relaxing at home. She loves being pulled in 10 different directions which makes LDK a perfect fit for her.

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".  

Nathan Lake

Nathan Lake
Account Manager 

Nathan moved to Colorado from his hometown of Big Springs, Nebraska in 1995. Nathan is married with a 15-month old son and a 10-year-old dog. He loves hunting, fishing, camping and sports. Nathan is new to the industry and came from being an operations manager of a landscape company. He enjoys the day to day challenges of this industry and his LDK family.

 Scott Mague

 Scott Mague
Account Manager

Scott was born in Tucson AZ but has lived most of his life in Colorado. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends his time with family and friends enjoying all that Colorado has to offer. Scott has 15+ years in the logistics industry, primarily in domestic and international freight forwarding.

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.

 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!

 

 

 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.

 

 
 

 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.

 

 

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