Leadership

FAMILY OWNED | FAMILY FOCUSED | FAMILY DRIVEN

OUR TEAM

The story of McLeod Express started back in 1986 with CEO and Founder Mark McLeod. From the beginning, it was clear that McLeod Express would need a strong team and skilled leadership. Over the course of 35 years, the hard work of hundreds of drivers and other industry professionals has turned a small Midwest trucking company into a major leader in the transportation industry.

MARK MCLEOD

CEO/FOUNDER

Mark bought his first truck and started hauling his dad’s grain to ADM & Tate & Lyle when he was just 25 years old. Working behind the wheel, Mark noticed business opportunities and forged relationships that opened doors for him as an entrepreneur. Thriving on the risk and reward balance of growing a business, Mark built a team that shared his values, morals, and high standards. Mark credits his success to the teamwork and drive of all the dedicated professionals at McLeod Express.

COLT MCLEOD

PRESIDENT

Colt McLeod started working at McLeod Express when he was 14 years old, and he has filled several roles since then. Right out of college in 2011, Colt started our brokerage company, McLeod Logistics, which is still located in St Louis, MO today. In the Spring of 2017, Colt and his family moved to Decatur, IL to take a larger role within McLeod, where he currently serves as President. Colt participates in several transportation organizations, and he completed the Illinois Trucking Leadership Program in 2018. Colt’s wife, Katie, is a teacher in Mt Zion, IL, and he’s the proud father of his son, Brody, and his daughter, Hallie.

BETH SAMS

CFO

Beth Sams is the Chief Financial Officer McLeod Express. Beth graduated from Illinois State University in 1993, went on to pass the CPA exam, and spent the next 15 years working in the manufacturing industry. She joined McLeod in 2008 and was named CFO in 2014. She is a mom of three who enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and being outdoors!

MITZI HARTMAN

VICE PRESIDENT OF SAFETY AND PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

Mitzi Hartman is a Certified Director of Safety and has worked in the trucking industry for 30 years and started her career at McLeod in 1998. Mitzi completed the Illinois Trucking Leadership Program in 2016, sitting on the board of the Illinois Trucking Foundation in 2017 & 2018. She started the Teens Trucks & Traffic program in Decatur, IL, that educates teens on how to safely drive with commercial traffic. She is married to husband Glen, has 5 children, and 13 grandchildren.  

ALAN COX

DEDICATED ACCOUNT OPERATIONS

Alan has been with McLeod Express since 1998. He started his career dispatching and planning for all fleets. In 2000 Alan moved into the recruiting department where he dealt even more with the intricacies of our various trucking segments. For the last 2 years he has overseen all the dedicated moves of our Midwest trucking company.

AMANDA LONES

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER

Amanda joined McLeod Express in June 2019 with over 10 years of HR experience in manufacturing and transportation. Originally from the Decatur area, she recently relocated back home from the Greater New Orleans area with her husband, Stephen and their daughter, Eloise. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies, sitting on the couch watching television, and singing out loud in the office. She believes that laughter is the best medicine.

BRUCE GARNER

BULK SALES

Before joining our Midwest trucking company in 2011, Bruce had 24 years of experience in the utility business and 14 years in the bulk commodity trucking business. Bruce is married to his lovely wife, Bethany. He and Bethany have of 3 daughters and are the proud grandparents of 3 grandchildren.

TOM PADGETT

LAFAYETTE TERMINAL MANAGER

Tom started as a driver back in the 1990’s. Over the years, he worked in Operations, Recruiting, and Safety. Tom is the Terminal Manager at Lafayette, Indiana and works closely with the Recruiting Team in Decatur. Tom is passionate about helping people reach their full potential. He spends a great deal of time advocating for our Drivers, the professionals who keep our country moving. Tom, his wife, and family reside in Indiana and enjoy spending time with their kids, farming, and traveling when time allows.

LINDSEY WRIGHT

CUSTOMER SERVICE AND PLANNING MANAGER

Lindsey joined our team in May 2018 with 10+ years of Transportation and Customer Service experience. She started in our Logistics division and expanded into her current role with Customer Service and Planning. A Decatur native and Millikin University graduate, Lindsey resides in Mt Zion, IL with her husband Michael and two children Makynlee and Madox. Lindsey enjoys spending her free time with family, vacationing to the beach, and watching the Chicago Bears.

JOHN RITCHIE

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

John Ritchie joined McLeod Express in 2017 as Director of National Accounts. Ritchie brings over 30 years of transportation experience to the McLeod family of companies. He last served as Vice President of Sales for PMT Express. John attended Allegheny College and is a United States Air Force Veteran.

JILL KOTYS

DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING

Jill joined our team in September 2019. She is a Certified HR Professional (SHRM-CP), with a combined 14 years of experience in Human Resources, Recruiting, and Sales. As the Director of Recruiting, she is responsible for making sure we find the most qualified candidates to join our family. In her free time, she enjoys reading, game night with family and friends, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren

MIKE LEACH

DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE

Mike joined Mcleod Express in July 2020 with over 25 years in various aspects of the transportation industry, 17 of which were transportation management roles. He is also a military veteran. He is married to wife, Crystal, and has 4 children. He enjoys golf, watching high school sports, reading motivational books and sayings, and spending time with family and friends.

RHONDA DUCKWORTH

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

Rhonda brings 20+ years of logistics experience to McLeod, spending most of her career with ADM as the Marketing Service Manager of the Ethanol department. She is a Millikin University graduate and a die-hard Cubs fan. Originally from Decatur, Rhonda and her husband Jim relocated to the greater Cincinnati area in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing on the beach.

KEITH ZUBER

IT DIRECTOR

Keith Zuber joined the McLeod team in early 2018. He has spent 12 years in Information Technology in various roles including Network Administrator, Security Administrator, and IT Director. Keith and his wife Laura have 2 girls, Cassie, and Jenny. He enjoys Kayaking, fishing for Largemouth, traveling, and the Cubs.

MIKE MCLAIN

WAREHOUSE MANAGER

Mike McLain is the Warehouse Manager and has been with McLeod since 2004. He is married to Katy and has two children, Rhett and Kooper. He is a volunteer fireman and EMT and spends his free time involved with Central A & M athletics. He coaches youth football, basketball, baseball, and cheers on his Raiders at every opportunity. IAGDTBAR!!!!

AARON ESSERT

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Aaron joined McLeod Logistics in 2018 before becoming Operations Manager in 2020. He joins us with over 10 years of domestic transportation and brokerage experience in various roles. He ensures customer service, communication, and integrity are at the forefront of our brokerage division. In his free time, he enjoys spending days at the lake, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.