At The Junkluggers, it is our mission to save the Earth, one piece of junk at a time. By 2020, we aim to donate and recycle 100% of all items we remove from residential and commercial jobs, setting the standard in the United States for eco-friendly disposal practices. We are working towards this goal every day, searching for new charities to donate to and more environmentally friendly ways to dispose of materials we lug away that can be neither donated nor recycled
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.
Josh KrisherChief Financial Officer
Josh is CFO 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, but has lived in New York City since 2006. Despite his relocation, he is still a Pacific Northwester 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.
Ronnie EsquivelDirector of Operations
Ronnie oversees all aspects of daily operations for our corporate territories. He also 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 restoration projects when he isn’t spending time with his two boys Andrew and Aiden.
Catherine WernquestMarketing Manager
Another Connecticut native, Catherine handles all aspects of marketing from digital to print to everything in between for our corporate territories and assists our franchisees in planning and executing on their marketing plans. She is an expert in SEO and internet marketing and with her degree in Graphic Design from Fordham University, she also acts as our in-house designer. Prior to joining The Junkluggers in 2013, she handled marketing for a beer startup based in Brooklyn and before that she was a designer and production / marketing coordinator for a building conservation company based in NYC.
When Catherine isn’t reading about the latest trends in digital marketing and changes to Google’s algorithms, she loves to travel (especially through the desert in a big blue bus), enjoys brewing (and drinking) beer, hiking, reading, and basking in the splendor of her sneaker collection.
OtisCanine in ChiefA sweet fourteen-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.