Seasoned leaders.

At the helm of CRST is a senior management team with more than 250 years of combined leadership experience. Our leaders are:

John Smith

John M. Smith
Chairman of the Board
CRST International, Inc.

John Smith began his career in the family business in 1971. Over the years, Smith held various roles in the organization, including his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1987 and most recently, Chairman of the Board in 2010.

Smith has been actively involved in the transportation industry, including appointments with the American Trucking Association, Inc. (Executive Committee and Secretary), Truckload Carriers Association (Executive Committee, Officer and President) and Iowa Motor Truck Association (Executive Committee and Past Chairman).

An active member of his community, Smith has held numerous roles, including, Chairman – Cornell College Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees – Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Board of Directors – U.S. Bank, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chairman—Economic Planning and Redevelopment Corporation, Investor – Block by Block Flood Recovery Program, Past Chairman – Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Past President – Cedar Rapids Symphony, Past President – Cedar Rapids Symphony Foundation, Past Chairman – Young Presidents’ Organization – Iowa Chapter, Past Chairman – Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Past Chairman – Red Cedar Chamber Music and Past Chairman – Priority One.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell College and an MBA from Cornell University School of Business.

Hugh Ekberg

Hugh Ekberg
President and CEO
CRST International, Inc.

Hugh Ekberg was appointed President and CEO of CRST International in October 2018. He joined CRST in 2016 as Group President/Chief Operating Officer of CRST’s western region of operating companies. Ekberg brings over 25 years of strategic business leadership to the CRST family of companies. He last served as President – Kitchen & Bath Americas for Kohler Company.

Prior to Kohler he was Division President and a Board Member at Weitz Company, (a full service general construction and design build firm). Prior to Weitz, Ekberg was with Hirsh Industries (manufacturer of consumer and commercial storage products), in various progressive roles, including EVP of Operations, COO and President. Ekberg holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and MBA in marketing and organizational design from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ekberg is a Member of the Advisory Boards for Master of Product Design and Development Management Program and MMM Program at Northwestern University and an educational counselor for MIT.

Mike Gannon

Michael Gannon
COO
CRST International, Inc.

Mike Gannon is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CRST’s Fixed Asset companies. In this role, Gannon oversees the following CRST operating companies: CRST Expedited, CRST Dedicated, Pegasus Transportation and Gardner Trucking.

Gannon began his career at CRST International in 1983. He has held a variety of progressive leadership roles, including President of CRST Malone, President of CRST Expedited, Group President of CRST’s Fixed Asset Division, and most recently as Group President/COO of the eastern region operating companies.

Gannon holds a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Logistics from Iowa State University and an MBA from The University of Iowa.

Andrew Hadland

Andrew Hadland
Group President
CRST International, Inc.

Andrew Hadland is Group President for CRST’s Asset Light companies and is responsible for: CRST Specialized Transportation, CRST Malone, CRST Logistics and BESL Transfer Company.

Hadland joined CRST in 2012, as President of CRST Specialized Transportation, Inc.

Prior to joining the CRST operating company, Hadland held several successive management roles with Exel, a contract logistics provider in the Americas. Prior to Exel, he was with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and London.
Hadland graduated from City University in London with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Management and earned his MBA from Imperial College in London.

David Souza

David Souza
Chief Financial Officer
CRST International, Inc.

David Souza was appointed Chief Financial Officer of CRST International in 2016. Prior to joining CRST, Souza worked for CEVA Logistics holding successive management roles including CFO for the Americas and Senior Vice President of Internal Audit, with both domestic and international responsibilities. He started his career at KPMG. Souza holds both bachelors and masters of Accounting degrees from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jerry Kilgore

Jerry Kilgore
CIO
CRST International, Inc.

Jerry Kilgore was appointed Vice President of Technology for CRST International in 2016.  He has overall responsibility for leading the strategy, vision, and execution of technology initiatives, operations, and people across the entire CRST footprint.

Prior to this role Jerry was an executive in CRST Expedited with responsibility for Customer Service, Inside Sales and After Hours Operations.  Prior to CRST, Jerry worked for Rockwell Collins where he started as a Project Architect and Lead Systems Engineer and went on to hold roles of progressively increasing responsibility in program management leading a portfolio of military technology programs.  Prior to Rockwell Collins, Jerry held roles with Northrop Grumman and Raytheon and was an Officer in the US Navy.

Jerry holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

Lisa Stephenson

Lisa Stephenson
Vice President and General Counsel
CRST International, Inc.

Lisa Stephenson is General Counsel of CRST International, Inc. Lisa’s role is focused in the areas of transportation and logistics, employment and agency law, corporate transactional work, real estate matters, regulatory law, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining CRST, Stephenson was in private practice with Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman. She also served as a federal law clerk in the Northern and Southern districts of Iowa. Lisa practiced primarily in employment and labor law, as well as commercial litigation.

Stephenson earned her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude, with honors) from Mt. Mercy College in 1995 and graduated (with distinction) from the University Of Iowa College Of Law in 1998.

Brooke Willey

Brooke Willey
Vice President – HR
CRST International, Inc.

Brooke Willey joined CRST International in 2010 as Vice President of Human Resources. She is responsible for leading all Human Resource functions across the 6,000+ employee organization.

Prior to joining CRST, Willey held leadership roles in both operations and human resources at Yellowbook and Target Corporation.

A graduate of The University of Iowa with a degree in Communications, Willey is a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and Iowa Senior SHRM. She is actively involved with non-profit organizations in her community and a current board member for United Way and Young Parents Network.

Cameron Holzer

Cameron Holzer
President
CRST Expedited, Inc.

Cameron Holzer was appointed President of CRST Expedited, Inc. in 2011, where he oversees all facets of the organization. Holzer joined CRST in 2007, where he has held progressive management roles, including; Director of Operations for CRST Expedited, VP/GM for CRST Capacity Solutions and most recently Vice President Operations at Expedited. Prior to CRST Cameron held several successive management roles with at CR England.

Holzer is a graduate of The University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Kimberly Maes

Kimberly Maes
President
CRST Logistics, Inc.

Kimberly Maes joined CRST in 2017 as President of CRST Logistics, Inc.  Prior to CRST, Maes was President of Swift Logistics.   Prior to Swift, she was with Schneider National Inc, where she held several successive management roles.

Maes is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and Finance.

Bill Clement

Bill Clement
President
CRST Specialized Transportation, Inc.

Bill Clement was appointed President of CRST Specialized Transportation, Inc. (STI) in 2018, where he oversees all facets of the organization in North America.

Prior to joining this CRST operating company, which is a specialized, white-glove transportation provider, Clement held a series of senior management roles within CSX Transportation. The last decade of his career at CSX was spent overseeing Intermodal Operations, including a 400-unit, owner-operator trucking business, Intermodal Sales & Marketing, and most recently leading the $1.8 billion Intermodal Business Unit.

Clement holds a bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Jacksonville University, an MBA from the University of North Florida, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Chris Deschaine
President
CRST Malone, Inc.

Chris Deschaine was appointed President of CRST Malone, Inc. in 2018, where he oversees all operations and growth strategies for this CRST operating company that is a growing flatbed carrier serving the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to joining CRST, Deschaine was the Chief Operating Officer of Bennett International Logistics. He previously held leadership positions with Network FOB, PLS and Landstar Systems, Inc.

Deschaine studied Business Management at the University of Windsor.

Chad Brueck
VP/General Manager
Pegasus Transportation 

Chad Brueck was appointed to VP/General Manager of Pegasus Transportation in 2018. Brueck began his career at CRST Expedited in 2003, where he held a multiple progressive leadership roles, including Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Customer Service.

Brueck is a graduate of The University of Iowa where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and MBA.