Lydia Keith – St. Paul, Minnesota

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Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Lydia Keith is the CEO of Recycle Technologies INC. Her organizational skills, ability to learn quickly, and familiarity with government requirements and guidelines will be immeasurably beneficial to Recycle Technologies and its path forward in the changing and growing world of recycling. 

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Minnesota based CEO

Lydia Keith was born and raised in rural Minnesota. She graduated from Braham Area High School in 2006. Her high school years were filled with theatre and softball. An avid performer, Lydia was a leading member of her school’s theatre program, even directing during her high school years and returning after college to direct and choreograph at the very place her passion for theater began.

After high school, she attended Bethel University where she graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts. Lydia was involved in a number of productions during her two years at Bethel, including spending one summer touring with Bethel University’s Royal Players, a summer troupe that traveled to the west coast, and back performing at various churches and camps. 

Lydia Keith graduated from Bethel University in 2008 and spent the next four years as a freelance actor in the Twin Cities. She spent those years finding work in all areas of the creative community including acting, directing, teaching, and choreographing both dance and stage combat performances.

For 18 months Lydia was a fit model for Target, spending a few hours each week as the live model for fittings for Target brands. In 2013, Lydia started work as a temp at the freight forwarding company Global Transportation. Two weeks in she moved from an administrative assistant and began the start of her career in International Ocean Exports.

In 2015, she was headhunted and offered a position to come on board at UTi, a European Freight Forwarder, and manage their largest Minneapolis client, Aveda.

 For the next four years, Lydia managed, monitored, and improved the ocean export processes in place at Aveda and kept product moving smoothly from Minnesota to a dozen countries around the world. 

In 2016 UTi was acquired by DSV Air and Sea, another European freight forwarder, and Lydia made the move to the new company, working her way to Ocean Export Supervisor of the Minneapolis branch of what became the 4th largest Freight Forwarding company in the world.

 In addition to her handling of Aveda, Lydia Keith worked to improve processes and procedures for other major accounts. Including Stratasys (a leading producer of 3D printing products and innovation) and Wiebke Fur (a local Minnesota, family-run company, that exports deer hides to China and Thailand for glove manufacturing.) 

Through all of the major account handling, Lydia learned more about US Fish and Wildlife regulations and the logistics of government regulations than she ever would have thought as a 19-year-old theatre major!

Her organizational skills improved dramatically as did her competence at Excel and understanding of software programs. It was these learned skills, along with a sense of personal determination and motivation that led her to her new career-CEO of Recycle Technologies, Inc. 

Recycle Technologies, Inc is an electronics and lightbulb recycling company that operates out of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Lydia Keith started at Recycle Technologies after the company was purchased in March of 2020. Her organizational skills, ability to learn quickly, and familiarity with government requirements and guidelines will be immeasurably beneficial to Recycle Technologies and its path forward in the changing and growing world of recycling. 

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With an extensive background in Theatre, Lydia knows how acting onstage teaches you how to be comfortable speaking in front of large audiences. In theatre, what you can learn from using creative processes to solve problems can be directly applicable to virtually any job you may have.

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With over 10 years of experience as an actress and director, leading a team is one of the most inspiring things someone can accomplish in their lives. I want to help you reach your goals and aspirations. 

St. Paul, Minnesota

CEO Of Recycle Technologies, INC.

Lydia Keith