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Raymond Graczyk - President Robert E. Robert - Vice President
   
 
     
   
   

Raymond Graczyk began his career in the electrical industry in 1969.  In 1977 at the age of 25, he founded Graco Electrical Supplies, Inc., an electrical wholesale business.  After 18 successful years, Mr. Graczyk noticed the need for responsible recycling of used mercury-containing fluorescent lamps, which prompted the start-up in 1994 of Connecticut’s first and only DEP-permitted lamp recycling facility, Northeast Lamp Recycling (NLR).  Within the past 16 years of steady expansion, serving clients from Maine to Maryland, Northeast Lamp Recycling has also become a permitted recycler of electronics, as well as batteries, ballasts and mercury devices.  In order to reflect expanded services, Northeast Lamp Recycling re-launched in 2007 as “NLR, Inc.”. NLR was recently named to the 2008, 2009 & 2010  Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the United States and is a two time recipient of the Department of Environmental Protection's GreenCircle award for excellence in universal waste recycling.

Currently, Mr. Graczyk serves as president for the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers (ALMR).  ALMR provides educational and informational resources to government agencies, municipal authorities, industries and other business entities, Universal Waste handlers, waste generators, environmental groups and industry trade organizations.  ALMR’s goal is to identify, develop and expand market opportunities for recycling products that contain mercury and to promote programs, policies and practices that divert mercury-bearing wastes from the solid waste stream and the environment.

Over the last decade, Mr. Graczyk has been instrumental in the passage of legislation in Washington, D.C. for the Universal Waste Rule, and has worked with Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project, for Vermont's Mercury Labeling Law, whose effort led to the national law for the labeling of all mercury containing lamps.   Mr. Graczyk continues to be a staunch advocate in Washington for issues related to mercury. <top>

 
     
     
 

There is relatively a small segment of business leaders whom believe the difference between success and failure is attitude. Individuals whom build relationships with customers and employees by means of motivating forward momentum to “do your absolute best”.

Robert E. Robert is one of those people who vanguards this philosophy each and every day.  Having earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology in 1988 from University of Hartford, Robert’s goal was to complement his vast knowledge of information systems and software programming in the wholesale business environment.  He accepted his first full time position with Graco Electrical Supplies in 1988 where he gained extensive experience in RPG programming, file specifications, Data Structures and dimensional arrays as well as server management and design.  Armed with his understanding of “customers needs” Robert found himself intrigued by the desktop computer revolution and in 1989 Robert’s ambitions lead to the forming of Graco Data Systems.  This business venture quickly earned a positive reputation among electrical contractors with the focus of inventory control and accounts receivable management.

In 1994, Robert’s career took another leap forward when Raymond Graczyk invited him to join him in a business startup venture to develop Connecticut’s first mercury-containing lamp (lightbulb) recycling facility. Deciding to make the life-changing decision that could make a positive impact on the environment, Robert was instrumental in bringing from concept to market construction and operation of Northeast Lamp Recycling Inc. in 1996.  Deeply involved in driving the organic growth of the company to one of the most well respected universal waste recycling companies nationwide, NLR has been recognized as Inc’s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Appearing on numerous television talk shows advocating the proper management of light bulbs, batteries and electronics. Robert has also been featured in 2005 The Hartford Courant Money and Business as well as 2008 University of Hartford’s Observer, Keeping Mercury out of the Environment.

Outside of NLR, Robert has been involved since 1984 in martial arts and is currently The National Jukido Jujitsu Director for the International Kokondo Association. Focusing on authentic, traditional jujitsu instruction for self-defense, Robert has instructed thousands of students worldwide. He owns and operates House of Kokondo in Newington, Connecticut instructing classes six days weekly.  In 2005 he co-authored Sankosho, A Warrior’s Path to Kokondo Martial Arts.

Today, Robert resides in West Hartford, Connecticut with his wife and daughter. He is presently working on his second martial arts book Mémoire of doing your best! <top>

 
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