USA Truck, Inc. has appointed Chris Parsons Vice President of Maintenance. He will oversee USA Truck’s fleet of nearly 2,000 tractors and eight maintenance terminals.
Mr. Parsons, who has more than 17 years of fleet management experience, joins USA Truck from Navajo Express, Inc., a Denver, CO-based company that provides transportation solutions across 48 states. At Navajo Express, Mr. Parsons oversaw fleet maintenance operations nationwide, with responsibility for nearly 800 power units.
Mr. Parsons also served as Director of Maintenance for Alliance HealthCare Services and Assistant Director of Maintenance & Equipment for Stevens Transport, where he was responsible for maintenance nationwide for 1,800 power units and 3,000 refrigerated trailers.
Tom Glaser, President and CEO of USA Truck, said, “Enhancing our company’s maintenance program is a key initiative for accelerating USA Truck’s turnaround program. To ensure that we make headway in this important area, the Company has undertaken a comprehensive review of our maintenance facilities as well as our approach to managing preventative maintenance expenses and over-the-road repairs. Chris has the credentials and skillset to lead these important efforts and to help accelerate the pace of operational improvements in our Trucking operations. We are delighted to have Chris join our team.”
Mr. Glaser added, “For a native of the Fort Smith River Valley, the chance to return home is especially compelling. We welcome Chris back to the Fort Smith area.”
Mr. Parsons began his career in fleet management with Mobley Construction in 1997 and served as Fleet Maintenance Shop Manager for Walmart Transportation from 2004 – 2010.
USA Truck presented personalized, military-themed tractors to four of its military veteran drivers Friday, Sept. 11, during a celebration at the company’s headquarters in Van Buren, Ark. David Bell (U.S. Navy), Robert Decker (U.S. Air Force), Michael Powell (U.S. Marines), and Jodie Yoder (U.S. Army) each received a custom 2016 International ProStar with patriotic highlights, along with a personalized dog tag decal bearing their name and branch of service. The recipients were selected based on their tenure and safety record. The company also continued its support of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund with a donation on behalf of the entire driving fleet.
USA Truck, Inc. has appointed Gary Nichols Vice President of Mexico Operations. Mr. Nichols will manage operations and sales processes related to the Company’s Mexico-U.S. truckload business. He brings 35 years of industry experience to USA Truck, including more than 20 years involved with Mexico/NAFTA supply chain issues.
Prior to joining USA Truck, Mr. Nichols was Director of International Sales for U.S. Xpress, Inc. He also served as Director of Business Development for Con-Way (CFI). Mr. Nichols is a U.S. Navy veteran and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Missouri State University.
“Our growth plan includes expanding our footprint in Mexico and Gary will facilitate that expansion,” said Tom Glaser, President & CEO of USA Truck. “He brings a wealth of international transportation knowledge and experience to USA Truck. We look forward to Gary leading our efforts as we build on our already solid foundation south of the border.”
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