Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association. Each year an election is held at the Annual Meeting in May for one-half of the seats on the Board. Any current, Regular member of the Association is eligible to run for a position on the Board.

John Benko



President
 
Pace Runners - Birmingham, AL

John has over 32 years of logistics and transportation experience, both in the Private and Public sectors. He has senior management experience with multiple airlines, 3PL and warehouse/distribution operations, along with extensive knowledge in Air, Ground and White Glove/Threshold Logistics. In November 1999, John founded MANKO Delivery Systems, Inc. headquartered in Tampa, Florida. After 14 years of success, John sold MANKO Delivery Systems, Inc. After a four month sabbatical John has reengaged in the same-day transportation industry with Pace Runners, Inc. (Pace) headquartered out of Birmingham, AL. John new role with Pace is acting as the Director of Operations.

His entire career, John has always been very successful in building strong and efficient operating teams in fast paced growth environments. He has proven leadership abilities in delivering innovative solutions and consistent best in class service to all he associates and works with. His core competencies include but are not limited to long term strategic planning; short term and long term financial planning; in-depth understanding of all operational and sales aspects that are an integral part of any organization.

John’s wife, Sandra and he are blessed with three wonderful children in Kyle (18); Gavin (15); and Hailey “Cooey” (12) and he attributes a large part of his success in life to the support and stability that they have always provided him at home.

Since 2007 John has served on The Board of Directors of Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA). He has chaired multiple committees including State Association; Membership; Vendor and currently chairs the Government Affairs Committee (GAC).

   
Chuck Moyer



1st Vice President


 
LSO - Franklin, TN

Chuck has over 35 years of transportation experience and has served as a member of the CLDA Board of Directors since 1996. Chuck came to the customized logistics industry with 9 years of regional trucking and airfreight experience. His 30 years experience in the same day sector ranges from operating as an independent contractor to all positions up to and now including CEO for Express Courier International, Inc. (Nashville, Tennessee).

Chuck started his career in the courier industry with Priority Dispatch (Cincinnati) in 1983 and joined Express Courier (Nashville) in 1993. Express is a full service same day logistics provider that operates in over 40 markets with a fleet of 1,700+ vehicles.

   
Steve Howard



2nd Vice President



 
Esquire Express - Miami, FL

Steve has been in the expedited delivery business for the majority of his professional career. He started an on demand legal courier service in Miami, Florida at the age of 23 after completing his studies at Florida State University. Esquire Express, started in 1990, quickly became one of the largest legal couriers in South Florida. In 1992 Steve successfully launched Esquire Express Service of Process division which, along with his courier service, is still thriving today.

In 2000, Steve began Esquire Logistics, Inc. to capture a piece of the market that a small package courier company could not service well; large straight truck deliveries. Esquire Logistics has grown into a regional power house operating out of a 40,000 sq. ft. facility in Miami, Florida. From one dock they service the entire Southern Peninsula of Florida providing white glove, brown glove, air freight and general freight deliveries.

Steve is the treasurer of the Florida Messenger Association and would like to bring his 21+ years of experience in the delivery industry to the CLDA to assist in whatever capacity is needed to continue to move our association and industry forward.

Steve has been married to Anita Howard for 15 years and has three children, Austin, Sydney and Stephanie. He is an Eagle Scout and a Boy Scout leader and heads the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts honor society, for one of the largest troops in Florida.

   


Jason Burns



Treasurer



 
QCS Logistics - New Orleans, LA

Jason Burns is an up & coming civic and business leader in the New Orleans community. He is a 2006 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and selected as the recipient of the Head Coach’s Dedication Award (student-athlete in football).

Jason returned to his hometown in late 2007 to assume a key role in his family’s business enterprises, including Burns Management Group (BMG), Global Parking Systems (GPS) and QCS Logistics (formerly Quick Courier Services, Inc). Although Jason wears many hats, his true passion is leading the rebirth of QCS Logistics as one of the premier transportation & warehousing providers in Louisiana. As a second generation owner of QCS, Mr. Burns used his talents to reenergize the company by implementing a new state-of-the-art technology platform, he increased the companies’ service offerings to its growing customer base and expanded QCS’s footprint to new markets within region. These initiatives have resulted in record growth for the company over the past few years. As the director of business development, he recently led a marketing campaign to rebrand the organization to reflect its new growth in the logistics industry.

Mr. Burns’s civic duties include being a founding member of The Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals chapter and an active member in “504ward” (an organization dedicated to retaining young professionals in N.O.). Jason was also a member of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Transition team and was recently selected to participate in the nationally recognized Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.  Jason is married and has twins.
   
Mark Cossack



Secretary



 
Priority Courier Experts - St. Paul, MN

Mark Cossack has experience in the following industries; Courier and Trucking, Financial Services, Insurance, and Technology. He holds a BA in Computer Science along with an MBA, both from the University of St Thomas in Minnesota. Mark has held VP positions at multiple Fortune 300 companies and currently serves as the President of Priority Courier Experts – VANEX in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Priority started in 1997 and has grown into a 400+ vehicle fleet consisting of commercial vehicles including tractor trailers, straight trucks, and specialty vehicles, plus a full range of parcel vehicles. Priority’s operations are concentrated in MN and the surrounding states and is the dominant same-day carrier in the region.

Mark has been highly involved and dedicated at both the state and federal level to preserving the Independent Contractor model. He single-handedly moved the courier industry in MN to be included in a critical statutory definition of an Independent Contractor when trucking and labor forces were trying to exclude its inclusion. Mark continues to work closely with our federal sponsor of IC legislation.

   
Monte O'Hara



Director



 
Capital Express - Omaha, NE

Monte O’Hara founded Capital Express Inc. with his wife Debi in 1987 with two delivery vehicles. Today, Capital Express is a regional courier with operations in eight (8) states.

Monte is also a partner in Naparex, LLC. Naparex is a online national courier with operations in all U.S. States. Monte is President of Western Iowa Youth Sports Inc. which provides free tackle football to over 700 youth. He has been a member of CLDA since 1993 and has served on the ethics committee and the membership committee, as well as participating in the CLDA Lobby Days.

Monte enjoys golfing, boating, riding his Harley, and tennis in his free time. Monte and his wife Debi have been married 30 years and have two grown children, Zachary and Hayley who both work with Capital Express Inc. and Naparex, LLC.
   
Rick Chase



Director
OnTrac – Phoenix, AZ

Rick Chase, Chief Administrative Officer, OnTrac, has been with OnTrac since 1994. Rick has 34 years of transportation business management experience, and prior to joining OnTrac he held senior management positions with both Roadway and Emery Worldwide. Rick has been an active member of the association for 18 years, has been a member of the CLDA Board of Directors since 2005, and is currently a member of the Government Affairs Steering Committee. Rick chaired the very first CLDA Independent Contractor Committee which initiated the CLDA Advocacy Fund in 2006. The CLDA Advocacy Fund still finances all of the association’s political action efforts which are a major endeavor and contribution of the association. Some of Rick's accomplishments on behalf of CLDA include testifying at a Nevada Senate Hearing on pending IC legislation, and testifying on behalf of the association at NCOIL. Rick holds an MBA degree in International Business from Balwin Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio.
   
Errol Cvern



Director 



 
Select Express & Logistics, New York, NY

Errol, a CPA, has been in the courier industry over 30 years. Errol’s courier career began as an owner in Contemporary Courier. That business was sold to US Delivery in 1995. Errol worked at US Delivery until he started up Select Express & Logistics in 2001, where he serves as Select’s president. Select has grown to become one of the premier delivery companies in the home delivery business providing its services throughout North America to today’s leading retailers. Select has offices/warehouses in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Errol has also been very involved in the New York State Messenger and Courier Association (NYSMCA), where he served as president from 1996 to 1998 and 2012 to 2014. Overall, Errol has spent over a 15 years on the NYSMCA’s board. He also sits on their Government Affairs Committee and Technology Committee.
Errol has a wonderful personal life shared with his wife Mindy of 20 years and their three children Michael, Taylor and Alexandra. Errol takes great pride in being a member of our dynamic delivery community.

   
Thomas Jowers



Director 



 
ADL Delivery - Tampa, FL

Thomas began his career in logistics in 1994 serving as a service facilitator at U.S. Delivery (later purchased by Corporate Express Delivery Systems) in Houston, TX. Shortly thereafter, he became the director of Logistics for a small company known as Dedicated Services, Inc (DSI). After DSI was purchased by Noble International from Detroit, MI, Thomas stayed on as Director of Logistics for what became Noble Logistic Services where he developed and managed regional delivery systems all over the country, including the development of a distribution network for Toyota & Ford.

In July of 2003, Thomas ventured into a partnership with Advantage Delivery & Logistics (ADL) headquartered in Tampa, FL where he currently serves as the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. In addition to having developed the current corporate infrastructure, Thomas aided the firm in nearly tripling its business while expanding its coverage into 6 new states.

Placing a strong emphasis on the importance of creating strategic partnerships with customers and other carriers around the country, Thomas has spent the last few years helping to develop vendor relations that ensure strong participation and a solid membership for the Florida Messenger Association. He currently serves as President for the Florida Association and is also the Meeting Committee Chair. Thomas served in the Army prior to beginning his career in Logistics. He has been married for 13 years and has 4 children. In his spare time, Thomas coaches both Little League Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball and currently serves on the Board of Directors for a Little League. 
   
Matt Lawrence



Director



 
Pace Runners - Birmingham, AL

Matt began his logistics career in 1997 shortly after graduating from The University of Montevallo with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Business. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Matt joined PACE as a courier in the summer of 1997 and took ownership in April 1999. In 1999, operations existed in Greater Birmingham and annual sales were under $100,000. Today, PACE is blessed to operate throughout the Southeast with additional operations in Indianapolis and Detroit. The company has over 140 employees, 300 Independent Contractors, and more than 40 Agent Relationships. Annual Sales are greater than $35,000,000. PACE is a diverse logistics service provider filling expedited as well as scheduled and routed deliveries in vehicle types from a Tractor Trailer to a Compact Car. There are 11 physical locations in the Southeast providing Cross Dock, Break Point Solutions.

PACE’s mission is “Serving and Improving Lives through Logistics”. PACE has been a member of the CLDA since 2007. Matt believes the CLDA has a responsibility to serve its members and the industry. Matt aspires to earn a position on the Board and use his experience in the industry, leadership, and passion to support the future of the organization.  Matt lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife, Robyn, and two children, Jake and Mia.

   
Kelly Picard



Director




 
Hackbarth Delivery Service, Mobile, AL

Kelly Picard has been in the delivery business since 1994, and in her current role, as CEO, is responsible for strategy, leadership, growth and management of the company. She has held a variety of leadership positions, including most recently VP of Sales & COO. In her time with Hackbarth she helped orchestrate the evolution of the firm from an employee based bank courier, to that of a last mile, routed distribution and dedicated line haul carrier, growing the business from 4 locations to 25. An active member of her profession, Picard has been involved in the CLDA, ECA, HDMA, the Southeastern Warehouse Association, Mobile United, Leadership Mobile, Mobile Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Picard received her MBA from The Ohio State University with a concentration in leadership and her BA in International Politics and Spanish from Louisiana State University (LSU).

In addition to industry organizations, Picard is heavily involved in local community activities, participating in St. Ignatius Church, Junior League of Mobile, L’Arche, America’s Distinguished Young Women, and St. Mary’s Home, where she has served on Boards and advisory committees for many years. She and her husband Larry Picard have five children and live in Mobile, AL.
   
Julie Thomas



Director
Priority Logistics Group - Cincinnati, OH

Julie Thomas is President of Priority Logistics Group.

Priority Logistics Group is a recognized leader in third party logistics solutions, specializing in last mile management services. We provide customers with a simple, effective single sourced solution for managing critical time sensitive shipments--coast to coast. Our “Last Mile Management System” streamlines high quality delivery execution through better expertise, quality control and technology.

   
Charlie Wolfe



Director

 
Blaze Express Courier Service - New Orleans, LA

Charles Wolfe grew up in the transportation industry. His career started while still in High School when he worked summers for his father’s delivery service. In 1981 he joined the company full time. Over the years he has had the opportunity to work in every area of the business from warehouse operations and dispatch to sales and administration. In 2008, along with his brother Paul, Charles formed Blaze Logistics, LLC and purchased the old company from his family.

Today, Blaze Express Courier Service serves Southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast for several industries including the Medical and Pharmaceutical industries as well as several third party logistics companies. Blaze Express Courier (with the former company) was a charter member of the CLDA. Charles has supported the CLDA with its efforts of maintaining the integrity of the Independent Contractor business model. In addition to visiting with his State Senator to help defeat harmful legislation affecting worker classification, he is also a regular at the CLDA Lobby Day events to help support this cause.

   
Ben Kaplan



Director



 
Rightaway Delivery - Detroit, MI


A Detroit native, Ben started Rightaway Delivery in December 1999 with 2 vans,  a computer and an idea to be the first web order entry and tracking delivery company in Michigan and launched 3 months before Fedex.

Rightaway Delivery's niche has always been on time sensitive deliveries. From  medical deliveries of organs to operating tables and medicine to patients. The company has grown to include a full service trucking operation and has become a full service logistics provider coordinating challenges for its customers all across the country.

Ben thanks all the people who he's met over the years and is honored to be working with and learning from these incredibly knowledgeable people.

   
Kirk Godby



Immediate Past President



 
Corporate Couriers & Logistics - Austin, TX

Kirk is a partner of Corporate Couriers & Logistics, which he founded in 1993. The company provides time critical same day delivery, scheduled route delivery, and warehousing and logistics services within Central Texas.
 

Kirk is the founder and partner of FM2 Logistics Solutions, which connects Shippers and LTL companies to a nationwide network of final mile carriers through a seamless technology platform.  He also owns SmartIcon Technologies LLC, which is the developer of SmartLogin, a patented 1-Click Login application.

Since 2006 he has served on the Board of Directors of CLDA and currently chairs the Shipper committee. He has also served and chaired the Technology, Vendor, Magazine, Public Relations, Fall Forum, and Convention committees.  Kirk received his BBA degree from Texas Christian University, and resides in Fort Worth, TX with his wife, Kelley, and two daughters.

   

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