A great company has great leadership

Our management team collectively represents over 150 years of industry experience. On average, our team members have called DJJ home for more than 25 years.

Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer

President

Mark Schaefer joined The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ) in 1985.  He has served in a variety of roles including a Brokerage Representative and District Manager in the ferrous trading business, Vice President of Logistic Services, and President of U-Pull & Pay (UPAP), DJJ’s self-serve auto parts business.  He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2013.  He was appointed General Manager of Nucor Corporation in 2013.  In 2018, Mr. Schaefer was appointed to Executive Vice President, Brokerage & Services.  In 2021, he was promoted to President of the Company.

Mr. Schaefer is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and earned his MBA from Denver University.

Chris Bedell

Chris Bedell

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Chris Bedell joined the Company in 1990, serving in an engineering capacity before leaving to attend law school in 1992. In 1996, he returned to The David J. Joseph Company as Director of Environmental and Safety Services, then served as Vice President. In 2002, Mr. Bedell was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel for the Company.

Mr. Bedell holds a B.S.E. degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer.

Karen Luther

Karen Luther

Senior Vice President, Employee Services

Karen Luther joined DJJ in 2001 as HR Manager for Corporate Services.  After leaving the company in 2004, Karen rejoined DJJ in 2011 as the HR Director for the Brokerage & Services Group.  In 2013, in addition to supporting the Brokerage & Services Group, she became the HR business partner for the Corporate and Recycling Administration groups.  In 2020, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Employee Services. 

Ms. Luther holds a BS degree in HR from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

Kelly Poellein

Kelly Poellein

Senior Vice President, Finance

Kelly Poellein joined The David J. Joseph Company in 2002 as a Controller supporting both DJJ Corporate Accounting and Brokerage & Services.  She was promoted to Vice President, Finance for Brokerage & Services in 2005.  In 2018, Ms. Poellein was appointed to Senior Vice President, Finance.

Prior to joining DJJ, Ms. Poellein was an audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Ms. Poellein holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

David Steigerwald

David Steigerwald

Executive Vice President, Recycling Group

David Steigerwald joined DJJ in 1998 and held various financial roles in the Corporate and Brokerage Groups before moving to Salt Lake City in 2002 as Vice President, Finance for Western Metals Recycling.  In 2008, he returned to Cincinnati when he was promoted to Vice President, Finance for DJJ’s Recycling Group.  He was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and was appointed General Manager of Nucor Corporation in 2014.   In 2018, Mr. Steigerwald was appointed to Executive Vice President, Recycling Group.

Prior to joining DJJ, Mr. Steigerwald worked at Coopers & Lybrand.  he holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Accounting from Miami University in Oxford Ohio.