Leadership Team

Melinda Powelson

CEO

Melinda is a leader with 30+ years’ experience building strong teams, developing innovative technologies, and executing growth strategies for our business.  She is responsible for ensuring our clients’ success and creating a rewarding place to work for our employees. Melinda enjoys collaborating with forward-thinking individuals who want to build win-win partnerships. 
  
Melinda joined Sales Star in 2004. Prior to that, she founded o2 Group, one of the first web development agencies in Colorado. It was there that she learned about the power of the internet and how it could be used to make business much more efficient. 

Outside of work, Melinda enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She loves to travel and relax in the Colorado mountains.

David Powelson

Business Advisor

With nearly 40 years of experience in the shredding industry, David Powelson helps the DataGuard management team plan short and long-term strategic initiatives. David originated the concept for the Shred Nations/Record Nations marketing program in the early 1990s when his company, TRI-R Recycling, launched its first website. When TRI-R sold to Waste Management and Cintas in 2004, he launched DataGuard as an independent entity.  
 
David has extensive experience in business management, strategic planning, forecasting and finance. He began his career at the Ford Motor Company and later Keene Lighting. In 1977, David founded TRI-R Systems, which became a regional powerhouse in the shredding and recycling industry. 

David graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1965 and earned his MBA from the University of Buffalo in 1969.   He is also a published author with his daughter, Melinda.  They co-wrote The Recycler’s Manual for Business, Industry and Government, published in 1992.

Rand LeMarinel

President

Rand started his career in marketing in 2004 in the auto industry. Since, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies, cutting edge marketing agencies and owns his own marketing consultancy. He has worked on clients including Intuit, Dish, DaVita, Rocky Mountain Health Plans (now United Healthcare) and Lillian Vernon over the years. He landed with Shred Nations in 2014 and is now in charge of marketing and PR for numerous brands owned by Shred Nations parent company. Rand has a passion for marketing by building brands and connecting people.
 
“It is important to relentlessly seek the cutting edge of marketing strategies and techniques to find new ways to bridge the gap between customers and businesses,” Rand says. 
 
Rand lives in Littleton, CO with his wife Lauren, daughter Ella, son Carson and dog Leilah. He enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, camping, watching sports and playing golf. 

Diane Janson

Director of Technology

Diane has been working in the technology field for over 30 years.  After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, she worked in hardware circuit board design and micro/machine code development before eventually transitioning exclusively to software development 20 years ago.  She has worked with Sales Star Networks since 2004, and also own’s a technical consulting business with her husband.  In her current role at Sales Star Networks she oversees and actively participates in all aspects of technology, doing everything from software development to server administration.  If there is a technological puzzle to solve, Diane is most likely in the center of it working closely alongside her team.
 
Outside of work, Diane’s two main passions are family and ice hockey.  The best of both worlds is when she has the opportunity to play and watch hockey with her husband Craig, and two sons, Andrew and Wesley.  She currently lives in Denver with Craig and near by Andrew, and travels as much as possible to visit Wesley in Ottawa, Canada.  Other important family members she wouldn’t be without are her cat Tillie and her black lab Penny.

Jennie Gift

VP of Business Development

Jennie Gift, has been involved in the Records Information Management industry for over 20 years.  Starting her career in the RIM industry at The Paxton Companies in Northern Virginia, a full-service Records and Information Management provider. She has led complex records management projects and developed record retention programs for local, regional, and multibillion-dollar companies. She served as the company’s ISO auditor, overseeing the processes and procedures for the company’s secure destruction processes, HIPAA protocols and Privacy+ certification. In 2017, Jennie achieved the ICRM designation of Certified Records Analyst (CRA) and the NAID designation of Certified Secure Destruction Specialist (CSDS).  In 2018,  Jennie joined Shred Nations and Record Nations as the Vice President of Network Development.  She currently resides on the i-SIGMA (International Secure Information Governance & Management Association) Board of Directors and serves as the Program Director for the Denver Mile High ARMA Chapter.
 
Over the past two decades, the records management and shredding industries have shifted from a family business to one that is dominated by large corporations.  While consolidation has been a theme, Jennie believes the future is in the hands of independent businesses because of their unique ability to serve the customer.  Jennie has a unique blend of experiences from both worlds, having had the opportunity to work on both sides of the industry. She is happy to share this expertise with our partner network.

Cindy Laczkowski

Director of Sales

Cindy spent much of her career in the trucking industry. After taking time off to spend with her son, Sean, and daughter, Jordan, she started her “part-time Mom” position at Sales Star Networks in March of 2007. At that time, she was the only person in the sales department. Cindy is now the Director of Sales with a department of ten!

“I feel blessed to be a part of Sales Star Networks. I’m surrounded by a team of passionate, intelligent individuals who are dedicated to take care of our customers. We are committed to providing excellent customer service and to listen to our customers’ needs in order to give our partners every opportunity to win their business. Meeting our partners’ expectations is crucial to maintaining long-term relationships,” Cindy said.

Cindy lives in Littleton and enjoys spending time with her family and grand-dog, Kai. Watching Sean and Jordan coach basketball is a favorite pastime along with going to concerts and Denver Broncos games.

Forrest Morgan

General Counsel

Forrest Morgan has worked as an attorney in the Denver area for over 30 years. His practice has emphasized commercial litigation; real estate; the formation and operation of corporations and business associations; employment law, information security; and the purchase and sale of privately held businesses. His experience includes serving as General Counsel for a local oil and gas staffing company, as well as representing international, national, and local firms in litigation, creditors’ rights, information and security law, and employment issues. Mr. Morgan has represented DataGuard USA, LLC as outside counsel since its inception, and is very happy to join the leadership team as General Counsel. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and the University of Denver College of Law where he was a member of the Board Editors of the University of Denver Law Review.