Judy R. McReynolds is President and Chief Executive Officer of ArcBest CorporationSM, responsible for managing the multi-billion dollar freight transportation and logistics services company, including oversight of the operating companies ABF FreightSM, ABF LogisticsSM, Panther Premium LogisticsSM and FleetNet America®. Since 2010, Ms. McReynolds has also held the post of Director of ArcBest Corporation, and is the only member of the company’s senior management who serves on the board. Her nearly 25 years of transportation industry experience, including 17 years at ArcBest, provides significant value to the board.
During her tenure, Ms. McReynolds has evolved the ArcBest strategic focus to expand beyond its core less-than-truckload services in order to better serve customers across the supply chain spectrum. Building upon ABF Freight’s 90-year-old roots as an LTL leader, she is diversifying ArcBest into an all-inclusive transportation and logistics provider through the addition of non-asset-based and asset-light businesses. These include the 2012 purchase of Panther, which provides time-sensitive, mission-critical delivery and premium logistics, and the 2013 formation of ABF Logistics as a complementary sister company to ABF Freight.
Previously, Ms. McReynolds was Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Vice President – Controller, and Director of Corporate Accounting when she joined the company in 1997. Prior to joining ArcBest, she served as Director of Financial Reporting and Taxation with P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. and as a Senior Manager of Ernst & Young LLP.
Ms. McReynolds serves on numerous outside boards including OGE Energy Corp., First National Bank of Fort Smith, the Transportation Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Westark Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She also serves on the Dean's Executive Advisory Board of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the UAFS Foundation Board and is a member of the American Trucking Associations Board of Directors and Executive Committee. A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. McReynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.
J. Lavon Morton is Senior Vice President – Risk and Chief Audit Executive. Mr. Morton leads all tax-planning efforts for ArcBest CorporationSM for federal, state and international taxes, including acquisition-tax planning and restructuring efforts. Overseeing the Internal Audit Department of ArcBest since 2000, Mr. Morton has led efforts in the implementation and ongoing monitoring of the internal control aspects of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Throughout ArcBest’s growth into a full-service transportation and logistics services company, Mr. Morton has been heavily involved in restructuring transactions and acquisition financial due diligence efforts. This includes working with ArcBest’s Legal, Corporate Accounting, Internal Audit and Tax personnel, as well as outside advisors and specialists. In addition to his other duties, effective October 1, 2014, Mr. Morton became responsible for ArcBest’s Risk Management department which handles risk-related responsibilities across the corporation.
Mr. Morton joined ArcBest in 1996 as Assistant Treasurer. Beginning in 1997, he served as Vice President – Financial Reporting and later as Vice President – Tax and Chief Internal Auditor before being promoted to his current position in 2010.
Previously, Mr. Morton was a Tax Partner and an Audit Partner at Ernst & Young.
Mr. Morton was also a member of the board of directors of BEI Technologies, Inc. from 2003 to 2005, and he was a designated Audit Committee Financial Expert. BEI was an international publicly traded high technology manufacturing company based in San Francisco, which was purchased by Schneider Electric in 2005.
Mr. Morton is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently Chairman of the Tax Policy Committee and a member of the board of directors of the American Trucking Associations.
David R. Cobb was named Chief Financial Officer of ArcBest CorporationSM effective January 2015.
In 2006, Mr. Cobb became Vice President – Controller at ArcBest, and in 2010, his role was expanded to include the duties of Chief Accounting Officer. He served in those roles through the end of 2014. He has a wealth of experience, having worked with multinational and publicly traded corporations to startup operations in a vast range of business environments, including earnings-sensitive, fast-growth and acquisition integrations.
Before joining ArcBest in 2006, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller for a publicly traded, international oilfield service company. He also spent seven years with the public accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston.
Mr. Cobb is a Certified Public Accountant in Arkansas and Texas and a summa cum laude graduate of Abilene Christian University. Outside of work, he is active in church and mission-related activities, and is a former Director for the Arkansas Best Federal Credit Union.
Michael R. Johns joined ArcBest CorporationSM in 2007 as Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Throughout ArcBest’s evolution into a holistic logistics and transportation provider, Mr. Johns has directed the legal team supporting various mergers, such as ArcBest’s 2012 purchases of subsidiaries Panther Premium LogisticsSM and Albert Companies, Inc., a household-goods moving company.
Mr. Johns also handles the company’s government relations, provides legal counsel to the ArcBest Board of Directors and played an important role in ArcBest’s labor negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Prior to joining ArcBest, Mr. Johns had a 24-year career in Little Rock, Ark., where he was a partner at the law firm of Dover Dixon Horne PLLC. He holds an AV Rating, the highest ranking a lawyer can earn, from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating firm, and has served as Chair of the Commercial Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association.
He earned a J.D. from Southern Methodist University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Johns is a member of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Arkansas Bar Association.
Michael E. Newcity was named Senior Vice President - Chief Innovation Officer of ArcBest Corporation and President of ArcBest Technologies, a subsidiary of ArcBest, effective January 2015.
During his 20-plus year tenure with ArcBest, Mr. Newcity has led and progressed several strategic, cross-functional initiatives focused on enterprise-wide advancements in business intelligence, e-commerce, market research, and strategy management. The company has been recognized for information technology work under Newcity's direction in a number of publications, including CIO and Information Week.
Mr. Newcity began his career with Data-Tronics Corp. (now ArcBest Technologies) in 1993. He also served as Manager of E-Systems & Market Development and Manager of E-Commerce at ABF FreightSM and Director of E-Systems & Emerging Technologies and Director of Economic Analysis at ArcBest Corporation. He was named ArcBest’s Chief Financial Officer in 2010, and in August 2013, his responsibilities were expanded to oversee corporate information technology and economic analysis as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He served as ArcBest CFO and CIO through the end of 2014.
Mr. Newcity serves on several boards, including Student Mobilization, a non-profit collegiate organization, the Mercy Health Foundation and the Dean’s Leadership Council for the College of Business at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.
He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from the University of Arkansas, which awarded him the Senior Honor Citation, the university’s top undergraduate honor. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Walton College at the University of Arkansas and received the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup for promoting entrepreneurship.
Christopher L. Burton is Vice President – Economic Analysis, a title he has held at ArcBest CorporationSM since 2008. Mr. Burton is an accomplished analyst and information technology specialist. In the early 1980s, he helped establish the reputation of subsidiary ABF FreightSM as a technology leader when he wrote the less-than-truckload industry’s first PC-based rating program, a way for shippers to determine what their shipping charges would be. Mr. Burton also developed and oversaw numerous changes in ABF Freight’s shipment costing model, important to the company’s understanding of customer-level profitability. During the company’s labor negotiations, Mr. Burton played a key role in brokering a financially favorable agreement.
Mr. Burton got his start at ArcBest 35 years ago through its subsidiary Data-Tronics Corp. (now ArcBest Technologies), and held numerous jobs at the company including Director Economic Analysis and manager positions at ABF Pricing and Data-Tronics. Involved in his community, Mr. Burton is a former board member and treasurer of Bost Inc., a local organization that assists individuals with developmental and related disabilities.
He earned a computer science degree from Purdue University, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas.
Dennis L. Anderson II was named Vice President – Strategy of ArcBest CorporationSM in February 2014. Mr. Anderson was previously Director – Strategic Planning, ArcBest since June 2011 and held positions at ABF FreightSM prior to that, including Manager and Analyst, ABF Freight’s Pricing.
Mr. Anderson is responsible for the development of ArcBest’s aggressive growth strategy, which encompasses both organic growth initiatives and acquisitions. Most recently, he was integral to ArcBest’s 2012 acquisition of Panther Premium LogisticsSM, a time-sensitive and mission-critical delivery and premium solutions provider. He has also helped to spearhead the extensive market research undertaken in recent years to help uncover what customers want most from ArcBest, and was directly involved with the 2013 formation of ABF LogisticsSM, which merged the logistics and supply chain solutions of several ArcBest companies.
Mr. Anderson joined the company in 2003 after beginning his career at Walmart Logistics, a division of Walmart Stores, Inc.
Since 1994, Walter J. Echols has held the position of Vice President – Real Estate, managing all of the real estate assets of ArcBest CorporationSM and its subsidiaries, which include about 300 owned and leased locations throughout the contiguous United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
Mr. Echols’ responsibilities include overseeing real estate construction, maintenance, leasing and environmental compliance. Throughout ArcBest’s rapid growth into a full-service logistics and transportation provider, Mr. Echols has effectively consolidated or liquidated assets obtained through mergers and acquisitions, achieving a high return on capital employed.
As one of the longest-tenured ArcBest executives, he joined the company in June 1975 with the subsidiary Data-Tronics Corp. (now ArcBest Technologies). He held various positions there until 1987 when he began work in the Real Estate Department of ArcBest.
Throughout his career, Mr. Echols has served as chairman on numerous boards, including the trade organization Terminal Properties Exchange, the United Way of Fort Smith Area, and Mercy Hospital Fort Smith. Mr. Echols is a 1975 graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Donald W. Pearson is Vice President – Treasurer of ArcBest CorporationSM, a role he assumed in 2010. He handles all debt financing for ArcBest, including acquisition debt, equipment financing, lines of credit and letters of credit. He also manages fiduciary responsibilities for the company’s cash and investment activities.
Nearly a 30-year veteran of ArcBest, Mr. Pearson got his start in Corporate Accounting, where he served in various capacities for a decade. In 1996 he was promoted to Director of Cash Management, a position he held through 2009. Mr. Pearson is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Treasury Professional since 1999. He scored so well on the CTP exam that he was asked by the Association for Financial Professionals to join the Item Writer’s Task Force, assisting with future exam creation. AFP also invited him to be on its Treasury Policies Oversight Task Force and to be a contributor to the AFP Manual of Treasury Policies.
Mr. Pearson is a graduate of the University of Arkansas; he holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration.
As Vice President – Human Resources, Erin K. Gattis manages benefits, retirement services and payroll, as well as talent management areas of recruiting, training and development and executive compensation for ArcBest CorporationSM and several of its subsidiaries. Various corporate governance responsibilities also fall under her domain. Previously, she served as the company’s Chief of Staff to ArcBest President and CEO Judy McReynolds.
Ms. Gattis began her career at ArcBest in 1999 in the Human Resources department. She has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification, the senior-most human resources certification for those who have demonstrated a strategic mastery of the HR body of knowledge and practical experience.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Arkansas Tech University. Ms. Gattis is a Board member of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce and United Way and a member of the University of Arkansas College of Business Dean's Leadership Council.
Kathy Fieweger became Vice President – Chief Marketing Officer at ArcBest CorporationSM in May 2013. She is responsible for integrating marketing and communications at the corporate level and across ArcBest’s operating companies, including establishing a new corporate identity, brand architecture and positioning.
Ms. Fieweger came to ArcBest as a nationally recognized consultant and expert in media strategy, crisis and issues management, and has held a variety of senior management positions at global public relations agencies, following a long career as a journalist. She’s also well versed in litigation support, transactions and restructurings, investor and labor relations and general positioning.
She began her career at the Reuters News Agency and led the national reporting teams focused on transportation, airlines, aerospace and defense companies. Her other career experience includes roles in banking and serving as Director in the Corporate & Government Affairs group at United Airlines.
The recipient of multiple awards over the course of her career, Ms. Fieweger was most recently honored with a “Bulldog Stars of PR” award for her expertise in financial communications and investor relations. She serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Ms. Fieweger holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
R. David Humphrey is Vice President – Investor Relations, a 30-plus year veteran of ArcBest CorporationSM and one of the longest tenured IR executives in the trucking industry.
He began his career with ArcBest in the company’s Economic Analysis Department in 1983, holding various positions there until 1993 when he began work for an ArcBest subsidiary that was subsequently sold. He moved to Investor Relations in 1998.
Mr. Humphrey has strong philanthropic ties to his community and is involved with several organizations including the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce; Economics Arkansas, an educational foundation that trains K-12 teachers on how to integrate principles of economics and personal finance into classroom curriculum; the local chapter of Girls Inc., a national organization dedicated to empowering girls through afterschool programs; and the University of Arkansas – Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering (AAIE), which recognizes the achievements of the school’s industrial engineering graduates, and provides them with continuing guidance and support. He is on the board of AAIE and chairman of the board’s website and publicity committee.
As co-chair of his church’s recent capital funds campaign, he helped raise more than $650,000 for repairs and maintenance of the church facilities. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas.