Meet the Team
Once you join Wil-Trans you will come to know some of the most highly respected individuals in the industry. The inspiration you receive is second to none and if you are ready to learn something new, just keep your eyes and ears open and you will discover the secret to a successful career in transportation is not really a secret after all. At Wil-Trans, the choice to learn is yours.
DARREL WILSONChief Executive Officer / CEO
Darrel Wilson’s career in the trucking industry started in 1980. After ten years of hard work and successful planning, Darrel took a leap-of-faith in his ability to build a successful fleet and bought twelve trucks. In 1990, Wil-Trans of Springfield Missouri was officially in business and today they currently operate a fleet in excess of 150 trucks next door in Strafford, Missouri. Darrel is successful in more ways than just the business side of living; he is married with 5 adult children and 4 grandchildren.
MIKE WILSON / CPAChief Financial Officer / CFO
Mike Wilson graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BS/BA in accounting and is a licensed certified public accountant. He brings a diverse accounting background to Wil-Trans including seventeen years in public accounting and fourteen years working in the private sector. As Chief Financial Officer for over ten years, Mike is responsible for all facets of accounting for Wil-Trans.
Randy Breiner joined the Wil-Trans family in 2006 as a recruiter and brought over twenty-six years of experience with him. After giving up driving a truck for a living, Randy dove right into local operations, over-the-road dispatch, and recruiting. With CSA quickly approaching and the industries notorious ever-changing safety regulations, it is important to recruit quality, safety minded drivers to join the Wil-Trans family. Keeping things like this in mind when talking to drivers and owner operators every day is a talent learned through experience and it has made a big difference in the quality of the fleet. In his leisure time, Randy enjoys boating, motorcycle riding, and spending time with family and friends.
Chris Hilles joined Wil-Trans’ Recruiting Team in 2011. Chris works hard to recruit and retain experienced and entry level drivers. He is responsible for explaining all programs and benefits to new drivers while assisting them through the on boarding process.
Trevor Welsh joined Wil-Trans in 2011 as a recruiter. He is responsible for recruiting and retaining new drivers. He works hard to find drivers that are a good fit for Wil-Trans while ensuring we are a good fit for them as well. He explains all programs and benefits thoroughly so his drivers know exactly what to expect when they arrive for orientation.
Rhonda Thornton has been with Wil-Trans since 1998. She joined Wil-Trans after being Darrel Wilson’s personal banking assistant at the local bank for many years. Rhonda started off in the payroll and leasing departments before moving into the Recruiting Department. From there, she moved into her current position in the Safety, Recruiting and Permit Departments. She is responsible for ensuring that all applications are processed and approved in a timely manner. She handles safety issues, accidents, CSA training, and maintains our current safety ratings with the Department of Transportation. She also helps to ensure that all the drivers and driver files are compliant with DOT. Rhonda is also responsible for the Random Drug testing program, insurance and permits for over 150 trucks.
Lisa Wilson has been with Wil-Trans for nine years as a safety specialist. She provides leadership to drivers throughout the on-boarding process, processing new hire paperwork and providing CSA training. Lisa is also responsible for maintaining Wil-Trans' CSA safety ratings, and the safety of Wil-Trans drivers and other employees both on and off of the road. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State University in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in May of 2008 and is a member of Women in Trucking Association.
Julie LindsayApplication Processor
Julie joined the Wil-Trans family in 2011. She is responsible for processing driver applications and background checks. She works with drivers and assists them during their on boarding process to ensure that their applications are processed in a timely manner and drivers are scheduled for orientation.
Darrel LakeOperations Manager
Darrel Lake is the Operations Manager at Wil-Trans. He first joined Wil-Trans in 2004 as a Fleet Manager and brought several years of experience in the transportation industry including air freight and LTL. He is responsible for supervising the Operations Department as well as dispatching a fleet of 40 trucks. He really enjoys working closely with each driver and ensures the success of his drivers by making sure they are on time, profitable, efficient, and happy. He also enjoys working with new drivers in Onboarding, where he teaches the operations side of the company.
Jeff ThomasFleet Manager
Jeff Thomas started his career in transportation in 1980 and has experience as a driver, broker, sales coordinator and dispatcher. From 1982 through 1986 Jeff took a leave from the trucking industry by honoring his commitment to serve our country in the United States Air Force. Joining Wil-Trans in 1997 and running a productive, profitable fleet is something Jeff takes great pride in both professionally and personally. His commitment to his job shows every day as working relationships with his fleet are reinforced due to his ability to plan, coordinate and dispatch his fleet of drivers, owner operators and lease operators in a positive manner. At the end of each week when checks are cut and settlement sheets are printed for his fleet, his committment is shown once again.
Kirk WilsonFleet Manager
Kirk Wilson, a fleet manager, has been with Wil-Trans since October of 2001. He first began his career with Wil-Trans in the parts department, before moving into dispatch in 2007. He oversees and manages a big part of the training program once they get in a truck all the way to the end of their training. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Skip WilsonFleet Manager
Skip Wilson joined Wil-Trans in 2007. He began his career working in the shop, before moving to dispatch in 2009. Skip worked evenings in dispatch while he attended Missouri State University to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. After graduating with his degree in 2011 he moved to a Full-Time position in dispatch. He obtained his own fleet of trucks in 2012, in which he works close with each driver to ensure they are efficient, profitable, and happy.
Jim "JP" PowellFleet Manager
Eleven years ago, Jim Powell brought thirty-five years of transportation experience to the table when he joined Wil-Trans. Currently, Jim works with operations as fleet manager on the night shift and is available to assist drivers and owner operators with any problems they may face on the road that could cause delays in loading or on-time delivery. Jim takes improving profitability for drivers, contractors and the company seriously and his fleet can attest to that.
James "JJ" JenningsFleet Manager
James "JJ" Jennings has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of operations in the transportation industry. Joining the Wil-Trans family 4 years ago was a win-win situation for James, Wil-Trans, and the fleet of drivers that profit from his industry knowledge and productive nature. James enjoys working closely with his drivers to ensure their success and to help meet their expectations. He believes that good communication is the key to a good working relationship with his drivers, and strives to ensure all his drivers are safe and productive while away from their homes and families.
Justin CoxOnboarding Director
Justin Cox has been with Wil-Trans since 2011. He completed his internship at Wil-Trans while obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Missouri State University. After training in operations, he brought those skills to driver orientation. He now directs Wil-Trans’ on-boarding process. Justin educates and trains drivers on how to succeed as a professional driver in the trucking industry. His goal is to arm drivers with the knowledge and support to run a safe, efficient, and profitable operation at Wil-Trans.
Tyler Smith has been with Wil-Trans since October of 2001. He began his career with Wil-Trans as a diesel mechanic, before moving to road assist in April of 2009. Tyler graduated from OTC’s diesel technology program in 2004 and is very knowledgeable when it comes to diesel trucks. Tyler is responsible for the maintenance and FMCSA vehicle related regulations on all Wil-Trans trucks. He works hard to maintain our trucks so they are safe and reliable.
Ron Swearengin began working at Wil-Trans in the Spring of 2012. He graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1995 with a Bachelor Degree in Automotive Technology. He has over 18 years of experience working in transportation maintenance. At Wil-Trans, he is responsible for the maintenance and FMCSA vehicle related regulations on Wil-Trans’ trucks.
SAFETY & TRAINING DEPARTMENT
Mike Tettamble, Jr.Director of Safety
Mike started in the trucking industry in 1984 working in operations and then crossed over into the safety, risk management, and loss prevention fields before becoming a Certified Director of Safety in 2005. He is passionate about everything related to safety, and everything is, his goal and objective is to provide all professional drivers and associates the tools and resources to support and sustain a strong safety culture. Through continuous training and education, recognition and reward, and the ability to adapt in an ever changing regulatory environment, we are all accountable for providing safe operations, compliance and ultimately protecting others.
He has been a past chairman of the MOTA Council of Safety Supervisors, TCA Independent Contractor Division, and recipient of the MOTA Distinguished Safety Director of The Year Award. He credits the opportunity to work with these associations and other safety professionals for sharing additional resources and risk management strategies for years to come.
He enjoy interacting with professional drivers, especially in the area of safe operating, education and training so they can achieve many continuous years of safe driving. His training in the field of facilitation and mediation have proven useful in training and enforcement with positive results with an emphasis on excellence rather than perfection. In his off duty time, he enjoys the outdoors, any time with friends and family, especially around a grill, playing music, and Cardinals baseball.
Maryann Smith, an Hours-of-service and DOT compliance specialist, has been with Wil-Trans since March 2007. Maryann manages the log department, proactively educating drivers to stay in compliance with the latest FMCSA rules and regulations. She is also responsible for log orientation and driver counseling. In her free time, Maryann enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Payroll and Accounting Personnel
Wil-Trans Payroll and Accounting personnel have a behind the scenes role that is very important to our drivers. They are responsible for issuing weekly settlements and payroll, answering driver’s questions concerning their payroll or settlements, preparing independent contractor agreements, and handling all facets of accounting. They have the experience and longevity with Wil-Trans that it takes to be certain that their work is flawless since it is so vital to drivers’ financial well-being. Their longevity shows their dedication is with Wil-Trans. Our payroll and accounting personnel include; Dawn Taylor, since 2002; Kathy Hill, since 1996 and Mike Wilson, since 2000.
Marie HamiltonSenior Accountant
Marie Hamilton graduated from Pittsburg State University with a BSA in accounting. She has over 10 years of accounting and auditing experience. Marie has been with Wil-Trans since 2012.
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