USA Truck hires execs for Dedicated Freight Team

by The City Wire staff ( 18 views 

Greg Lutes has been hired as vice president and general manager to the Dedicated Freight Team at Van Buren-based USA Truck. Steve Kendall was hired as vice president of dedicated sales for the expanded freight team.

Lutes’ career includes 18 years with Ryder Integrated Logistics, where he most recently served as director of customer logistics. He also served as director of transportation at AutoZone and vice president of operations at Greatwide Logistics, where he provided dedicated contract carriage and freight services for a wide variety of industries nationwide and managed 1,400 employees and owner operators. Prior to joining USA Truck, Lutes was the vice president of operations at Dedicated Transportation Solutions Inc.

“Our dedicated carriage business has grown significantly over the past year as ongoing capacity shortages in our industry have prompted increasing numbers of shippers to seek dedicated capacity,” USA Truck President and CEO John Simone said in a statement. “Greg’s addition to the USA Truck team reflects our strategy of capitalizing on this trend, and will enhance our ability to provide consistent, customized capacity for this growing segment of our customer base.”

Kendall’s 25 years of industry experience includes work with UPS, Emery Worldwide and Con-Way Multimodal. He most recently served as vice president of business development-transportation logistics services at Jacobson Companies.