Our Team

Our Leadership and Customer Service teams bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and skill to every segment of our company, and to every interaction with our clients and customers.

Leadership

Troy Lautenbach

President

As founder and President of Lautenbach Recycling, Troy has taken a simple idea he had as a 24-year-old college student, and over the years grown LBR into an extremely successful and highly respected regional recycling company. Today, Troy continues as a strong leader and spokesperson within the solid waste industry; he currently serves as Chair of the Washington State Solid Waste Advisory committee and sits on 2 local solid waste advisory committees. He has also served as President of the National Construction Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), and on the Board of the Washington State Recycling Association.

Torrey Lautenbach

Vice President

As a partner with his brother Troy since 1999, Torrey focuses on the financial and operational side of the company. He’s been involved in the recycling industry for more than 30 years; his passion for the environment and a depth of waste stream knowledge are both key to Lautenbach’s continued success. Beyond his day-to-day operations responsibilities, Torrey lends a hand throughout the company, offering his knowledge and wisdom as an employee mentor.

Paula Birchler

General Manager

With 25+ years’ experience in hazardous waste, oil re-recycling, and alternative materials/fuels management, Paula brings a wealth of knowledge to Lautenbach Recycling. As GM, her responsibilities include overseeing operations and working with her department leads to increase growth effectively and efficiently. When asked what she loves most about her role, Paula says: “The continuing positive changes and learning environment in our industry – and being able to make certain that our employees know how much they are valued.”

Tanya Prentice

Transportation & Customer Service Manager

When it comes to managing the Transportation and Customer Service teams, Tanya and her entire service team always go the extra mile.  She says, “As a company, our Mission, Vision and Values Statement aren’t just words we hang on a wall. Every decision we make is based around the values we hold as a company, and the culture we foster with every employee in every department and every customer we serve. Lautenbach truly is an extended family for me.”

Jason Terwilliger

Driver Manager & Trainer

Jason has spent much of his life in the Skagit Valley and has been at Lautenbach Recycling since 2012. He started first as a driver, and through his hard work and commitment has risen to the role of Driver Manager & Trainer. Jason finds coaching newer inexperienced drivers one of the most rewarding aspects of his position – knowing that safe and reliable drivers are a critical part of Lautenbach Recycling.

Jay Lott

Yard Manager

As Jay’s skills and expertise have grown over the years, so has his leadership role at Lautenbach Recycling. When asked what he enjoys most about his position, he says: “I’ve been fortunate to build great relationships with the crew and management and to learn more about the entire recycling and waste industry. I never have a boring day; my job often challenges me in new ways, and I really enjoy that.”

Gary Marsh

Safety Manager

As Safety Manager, Gary brings 20 years of military service, a degree in Business Administration plus 13+ years of safety professional expertise, including his ASP certification, to his role at Lautenbach Recycling. When asked why he enjoys working at LBR, he says: “I work with a great leadership team. We have tons of growth opportunities, and that keeps me very engaged in my position.”

Annemarie Todd

Human Resource Manager

With a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Washington, plus her SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications, Annemarie brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as Human Resource Manager. She says: “To work for a company that has incorporated into its culture the importance of its employees, combined with a commitment to environmental stewardship, has an intrinsic value that truly cannot be quantified.”

Ryan Hope

Project Manager

Ryan joined Lautenbach Recycling in 2021, and manages all major projects and location improvements for our three locations.  He is responsible for design, implementation and delivery of projects ranging from equipment rebuilds, renovations, office expansions, facility expansions and project planning.

Kristen Hancock

Materials Manager

Kristen started with Lautenbach Recycling in 2019. In her role as Materials Manager, Kristen is responsible for finding recycling channels for all the materials we take into our facilities; on any given day you’ll find her developing new partnerships with innovative companies and increasing our ability to recycle more.  When asked what she enjoys most about working at LBR, she says: “Our ownership and leadership value all our opinions and are extremely open to new ideas – the culture here really is unmatched.”