U•Konserve is the result of two mothers’ struggle to be environmentally conscious as their families grew. As they packed school lunches, they knew the plastic baggies, drink cartons and single-use containers leaving their homes were destined for landfill. With this in mind, they created a waste-free lunch kit, and in 2008 U•Konserve was born. The desire was to have an impact beyond just creating durable, long-lasting products. The goal was to offer reusable and innovative solutions to change behavior and help the planet. That’s the same goal that drives our mission today.
Lynn Julian | Co-Founder
Lynn began her career with an institutional financial advisor, later became a manager for a large mutual fund company, then accepted another challenge when a new company emerged. In her role as Senior Vice President, she grew the financial services organization to over 100 branches nationwide, and recruited and managed over 500 brokers and advisors. While raising her children, Lynn became increasingly aware of the tons of lunch trash that was being added to landfills every year. In 2008 she partnered with her co-founder to address this pressing issue, and their new venture was born.
Chance Claxton | Co-Founder
Chance was an original team member for the launch and positioning of the contemporary retail furniture company Design Within Reach. Prior to that she co-launched Pentimento, an architectural series of ceramics, and has been a merchandising and marketing consultant for start-up companies. After the birth of her daughter in 2003, she became increasingly concerned about the environment, so she partnered with her good friend to create a product line that would educate families about the importance of ‘reuse’ and reduce the staggering amount of trash that was headed to our landfills.
Lori Langdon | Director of Sales
Lori joined in 2012 as National Sales Manager after working as their Northern California Sales Representative. Now as Director of Sales Lori brings many years of experience working as a sales manager and rep in multiple regions and key accounts in all channels selling sustainable housewares products. Her focus is on sales growth and support including introducing new products and opening new stores. Lori is responsible for managing and training the regional sales reps and growing the company’s representation in all regions as well as creating and managing the sales plan for the U.S. market, developing sales strategies and forecasting.
Courtney Timblin | Operations Manager
Courtney joined in 2009 as an administrative assistant, and immediately added value and efficiency to many areas of the company. In 2011 she transitioned to Operations Manager, and is tasked with the day-to-day operations of the company, is a key account manager for many of our large customers, runs the operational systems, manages fulfillment and wholesale sales/operations, and supports reps in the field, wholesale customers and international distributors. She also assists the co-founders in multiple aspects of running the business including finance, marketing, technology and customer service.
Wendy Murphy | Marketing
Wendy joined in 2009 to manage the company’s school program, and has since taken on several key roles to help grow the business. Her design and marketing expertise and her passion for the environment have been important assets to help develop and communicate the message. Wendy’s primary focus is graphic design, marketing planning, brand strategy, product development, photography and research. Before U•Konserve, Wendy took eight years off to raise her kids, and before that she spent several years as a Creative Services manager at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco.
Liz Haney | Customer Service Relations
Liz joined in 2015, bringing an extensive administrative background to the team. Her work over the past 15 years has been in the real estate and legal industries. Liz brings her organizational experience and heavy multi-tasking abilities to the Scottsdale office to assist with daily operations, customer service requests and general office support. For many years she has had a growing desire to do something more meaningful in her workplace. She is excited to be a part of the U•Konserve team and to contribute to something that protects the environment.