Employee Spotlight: Chad Crawford

“When I think of Chad Crawford and how he has impacted our business and culture, I think of two Core Values by the way he lives, works, and conducts himself – One Team One Dream One Family and Commit, Be Tenacious, & Compete to Win,” said Kurt McLaughlin, VP of Sales & Marketing.  Chad believes in the success and accomplishments in his team and the Company before anything else.  Since the CDR plant and team is fairly new and still learning they still show up every day under his leadership with the #1Team1Dream1Family mindset they have thrived and flourished.

Due to Chad’s entrepreneurial attributes and competitiveness, the Cedar Rapids team has been one of the fastest growing teams in the Company due to their willingness to #Commit, Be Tenacious,  & Compete To Win attitude every day of the week.  We are a highly successful business in IA due to Chad’s leadership and his highly talented team.


When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

February 2018

What was your job title when you started?

General Manager

What is your current title?

General Manager

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

One Team, One Dream, One Family. This sums up our Company’s culture perfectly. We win, lose and learn, as a team, and that’s why we’ve been successful. While we certainly like to compete against each other, at the end of the day, everyone here wants their teammates to be successful.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

Just the recycling industry in general. It was all new to me when I started, and I quickly realized how fast market demand, economic factors, etc. can change. We have to constantly adjust and adapt our approach to ensure we’re offering the best solutions to our customer and vendor base. This is also what makes the job so fun, never a dull moment!

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

It’s been really cool to visit our many different customers and see first-hand how the recycled materials we provide them get converted into everyday products that you see in stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

I love that we’re given the freedom to operate with an entrepreneurial spirit. We are not afraid to try new things and possibly fail at them. We learn, adapt and usually find a better way forward because of this freedom. We don’t follow the play book at Quincy Recycle. We create our own.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

I couldn’t imagine working for a better company. If you’re a high-performing, team-first, problem-solver then this is the place for you!

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I love to spend time with my family and try to sneak in a round of golf when I can.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. We are in charge of our attitudes.” Charles Swindoll

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor