The CLYNK Team
Drawing on deep experience from a range of retail, manufacturing, marketing, and service backgrounds, the CLYNK leadership team shares a passion for the environmental potential of easier, cleaner, more efficient container recycling.
We work closely with a range of stakeholders, including government officials, policymakers, beverage manufacturers, distributors, retailers and you, the consumer, to explore new, innovative ways to increase the efficiency and impact of what we do. We’re passionate about the work we do, and we’re always ready to share what we’ve learned to encourage others to join in our efforts to make recycling work better – for everyone.
Alison VanderhoofChief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Alison’s expertise lies in bringing new-to-the world technology to a global end user base. She has held Executive roles at tech leaders Vistaprint, Navteq and WEX where she spent 13 consecutive years navigating hypergrowth (>20% annually) driven by in-demand products and high-performance teams. Her expertise is in vertically integrated operations (production through go-to-market) with a product/customer solution orientation. Her early career was spent as a Strategy Consultant at both the Boston Consulting Group and Gemini Consulting.
Phil GrantChief Information Officer
Chief Information Officer
Phil Grant is the Chief Information Officer at CLYNK. He began working with CLYNK in 2006 as President of IC Solutions, a vendor providing software development and consulting services to CLYNK. In 2007 he led the design and implementation CLYNK’s current information technology platform. Beginning in 2008 IC Solutions under Phil’s leadership provided a complete range of technology consulting services to CLYNK from advising CLYNK’s senior management on IT related issues to software development and network engineering services. In 2011 CLYNK acquired IC Solutions and Phil joined CLYNK as its Chief Information Officer.
Prior to joining CLYNK, Phil served as President and CEO of Scarborough, Maine based IC Solutions, Inc. From 1998 through its acquisition by CLYNK in 2011 IC Solutions provided a broad range of services to organizations located in the US and Canada. Other notable clients of IC Solutions included the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the State of Rhode Island, and the State of Maine.
Bridget O’BrienChief Commercial Officer
Chief Commercial Officer
Bridget is a multi-faceted marketing, business development and brand strategy leader with deep consumer, retail, and technology roots. With experience in global markets through Executive roles at Ethan Allen, Vistaprint, and Fidelity Investments, Bridget distinguishes herself as a customer-centric executive skilled at designing exceptional end-to-end consumer experiences that are true to a brand’s purpose, resulting in behavioral loyalty, advocacy, and revenue. Bridget is an enthusiastic and visionary leader skilled in building and unifying great teams that are capable of conceiving “signature moments”, brand campaigns that resonate, and the creation and amplification of great stories that provide an advantage in the heart of the consumer.
Alex CurrieDirector of Information Technology
Director of Information Technology
Alex has 20+ years of broad IT experience, with a large portion in the SMB space helping <$100m companies scale. Alex has helped non-profits to publicly traded companies and many more in between with verticals in Business Intelligence to Financial Research. He most recently held a senior IT Operation role at MSCI, Inc., an American finance company providing equity, fixed income, hedge fund stock market indexes, multi-asset portfolio analysis tools, and ESG research. Other companies he’s worked or contracted at during his journey include SoftArtisans, National Assoc. of Social Workers of MA, The Corporate Library, GMI Ratings.
Jim GardnerDirector, Partner Development
Director, Partner Development
Jim is a business operations leader with 35 years of consumer package goods sales, operations and service experience. A results driven professional focused on business development through strong analytical, communication and relationship building skills. Jim has held leadership roles with Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola where he focused on building partner relationships and leading successful business teams. He holds a B.S. in Business from Babson College and a M.S. in Administration from Boston University. Jim and his wife have recently relocated home to New England from the Midwest and are enjoying Portland, ME.
Micah KimballPlant Manager, New York
Plant Manager, New York
With over 11 years of progressive operations management and start-up experience and prior to joining CLYNK, Micah held operational leadership positions at CHEP where he was a plant manager and Target where he held both Production Controller and Operations Manager roles. Micah is highly skilled at developing, organizing and implementing staffing and operational goals among multiple departments and shifts while creating and applying yearly budget to daily warehousing, transportation and store operations. Micah has deep expertise and demonstrated ability to lead large-scale change initiatives in distribution and supply chain logistics combined and has an innate ability to motive, develop and lead teams.
Bob LessardPlant Manager, Maine
Plant Manager, Maine
Bob is a multi-faced Operations Manager with over 24 years of experience managing fast-paced warehouses/operations in high-volume environments. Bob is highly skilled at managing multi-faceted manufacturing plants, six-figure budgets, and hundreds of employees across multiple locations. Bob’s expertise lies in driving efficiencies across plant operations and labor while operating as an inspirational leader adept at training, mentoring, and ensuring safety procedures and standards are in place and effective. He’s a seasoned executive with proven results in lean manufacturing, revenue generation and cost cutting activities in complex operations.
Molly RenaudHead of Retail Services
Head of Retail Services
Director of Retail
Molly is a seasoned community relations professional with over 15 years of experience working in the food retail industry and with non-profit organizations. Having held customer-facing roles at Hannaford Brother and BlueShield of Northeastern New York, Molly has deep expertise in developing and executing integrated community relations programs designed to attract new customers while inspiring customer loyalty. She played a key role in the launch Guiding Stars™, an education-based customer navigation tool and outreach program that has subsequently become a significant brand differentiator for Hannaford.
Nate BourgoinDirector of Software Engineering
Director of Software Engineering
Nate is a software engineering leader with over 10 years’ experience managing technical teams and building software products. Having held both individual contributor and senior management roles at companies like Microsoft and Amazon, he is adept at building the right solution, at the right scale, for the right customer. Most recently acting as CTO and technical staff of multiple seed round startups, Nate has built the technology that funds seed rounds, created iterative roadmaps for testing product market fit, and helped organizations identify and fill staffing and skill gaps.
Eric WinterProduct Marketing
Eric has 20 years’ experience developing and deploying technical programs to delight customers. Originally a Product Manager for leading eCommerce companies, he has led go-to-market strategy, value propositions and positioning for new and establish products at both small and large companies. Eric also has extensive project management experience and helps translate CLYNK’s expertise to a variety of project settings by overseeing project schedules, operational KPIs and reporting. He has led both technical and customer-facing projects at multinational, publicly traded companies such as TD Bank and IDEXX Laboratories, as well as smaller startups. Eric is a father who is passionate about reducing greenhouse gases to address climate change. He began his career at an environmental protection organization leading carbon fixation initiatives.
“CLYNK makes it easy, and I like that I can control when I get my money back. It’s like a savings account in some ways.”
“The second one… CLYNK makes it easy, and I like that I can control when I get my money back. It’s like a savings account in some ways.”
“I appreciate that you’ve essentially gamified recycling.”
“Great idea for business, environment, and everyone seems to win. This is a simple concept for consumers, suppliers, and producers that picks up all the pieces and the end product is returning the cash back so it can be spent over and over.”
– Barry Craig, Portland, ME