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It takes know-how to build and guide a winning team. When it comes to experience, USA Truck fits the bill. Each member of our executive leadership team brings an average of more than 20 years of hard-earned industry experience to the table. With a proven track record of positive results at every turn, this elite group sets the tone for outstanding performance and sustained excellence. Their collective attributes, along with their dedication to growth and service, make USA Truck an industry leader in every sense.

USA Truck Leadership Team

James D. Reed

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Mr. Reed joined USA Truck in November 2016, bringing more than two decades of multi-faceted experience in trucking, logistics, finance and business development. He previously served as chief financial officer of Interstate Distributor Company (an asset-based trucking business), as well as president of its subsidiary, Interstate Distributor Logistics. As Interstate’s CFO, Mr. Reed was responsible for all accounting, financial planning and analysis and IT, and led the company’s strategic planning process. He joined Interstate in 2012 and served for a time as its senior vice president, sales, with full accountability for the company’s revenue growth and strategic account development. Mr. Reed’s extensive experience includes 15 years of leading finance in public companies.

Jason Bates


Mr. Bates has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since May 2017. He joined USA Truck from Swift Transportation Company, where he served as VP of Finance, Revenue Services and Investor Relations Officer. Mr. Bates started at Swift in 2003 and previously served in financial leadership roles including: responsibility for financial forecasting, planning and analysis, business analytics, strategic reporting, business intelligence, data analytics, treasury and investor relations. Prior to Swift, he served in a variety of finance and accounting leadership roles for Honeywell International. Mr. Bates earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Arizona State University. 

Jim A. Craig

Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and President, USAT Logistics

Mr. Craig joined USA Truck in February 2016 with over 30 years of experience in logistics and transportation. He was previously chief marketing officer for BNSF Logistics, LLC, where he was responsible for business development, customer solutions and marketing activities across the company’s worldwide organization. Prior to that, he held a series of executive positions, including senior vice president, corporate sales and marketing, for Yusen Logistics. Mr. Craig began his career in logistics and transportation with Con-way Truckload in 1983.

Werner Hugo

Senior Vice President, Trucking Operations

Mr. Hugo joined USA Truck in May 2017 from 7 Hills Transport, Inc., where he had served as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to 7 Hills Transport, he served as Vice President of Operations and Driver Retention at CRST International. Additionally, he has nearly 15 years of experience as President and Chief Operating Officer of three other trucking companies, where he and his teams were able to bolster each company’s respective value through effective operational execution. He is a graduate of Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa.

Cheryl Stone

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Cheryl Stone has more than 20 years of executive management experience in human resources and operations for global and domestic companies. Most recently she served as Chief Administrative Officer for Consolidated Technology Services. Previous to that, she was Vice President for Global Human Resources and Administration for Tri Marine International. Cheryl serves as an advisory board member for the Marriott Business School at BYU and as an adjunct faculty member in the Business Law program for BYU Idaho. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Taft Law School, MBA in Administration/Human Resources, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Business Administration. She is accredited as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), with certifications in Payroll and Mediation.

Richard Hainlen

Vice President, Revenue Operations

A veteran trucking pricing professional Mr. Hainlen joined USA Truck in May 2017. His extensive background in revenue management includes service with Red Classic Transportation Services, where he served as director of yield management and network optimization. He has held similar posts with several carriers, including P.A.M. Transportation, Celadon Group, CFI, and Anderson Trucking Service. Mr. Hainlen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Bethel University.

Kim Littlejohn

Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Ms. Littlejohn joined USA Truck in May 2017 after serving as Director of Information Technology for Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, Washington. She also has served as IT director for both Bishop, White, Marshall & Weibel, P.S., and NYK Business Systems Americas Inc. Her career as an IT professional began as a developer with Boeing and then with Security Pacific Bank. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington.

Allen Lowry

Vice President, Safety and Risk Management

Mr. Lowry joined USA Truck in July 2017 with more than 25 years of Safety and leadership experience in the transportation industry. Allen recently served as Vice President of Safety, Security, OS&D and Risk Management for Navajo Express, Inc. Previous to that position he held numerous leadership roles at Swift Transportation, Inc., Central Refrigerated Service, Inc., and Dick Simon Trucking, Inc. Mr. Lowry is NATMI certified, studied Law at Weber State University, and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, JAG.

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