Our Team

Our Company has one of the strongest and most experienced management teams in the industry.

 

John Harrington, Chief Executive Officer

John Harrington joined JHT in late 2011 and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Mr. Harrington has more than 21 years of transportation industry and executive leadership experience in complex situations. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Harrington served in various positions at Allied Holdings, Inc., one of the largest automotive transportation companies in North America; most recently he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Allied’s union business, a role in which he was responsible for the North American Operations that were comprised of 115 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Mr. Harrington also served as President of Allied’s non-union Logistics Company, Axis Group. He has held numerous leadership roles throughout his career, which began with Ryder Automotive Systems in 1993. Mr. Harrington is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin System where he earned a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. He is formerly an executive member of the Automotive Industry Logistics Steering Committee.

 

Christopher Reehl, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Christopher Reehl serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of JHT. A nine-year employee of the Company, Mr. Reehl is responsible for the Company’s accounting and finance, quality, and risk management organizations. Mr. Reehl has more than 26 years of in-depth accounting and finance experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He began his career with GE Capital as a field auditor and went on to serve in various accounting and finance positions of increasing responsibility at a predecessor company to and various subsidiaries of USF Corporation over a 19 year period. His positions included Controller of USF Logistics, CFO of USF Worldwide, CFO of USF Logistics, and CFO of USF Holland. Mr. Reehl is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

 

James B. Jones, Chief Information Officer

James Jones serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer of ATC Transportation. In this role, Mr. Jones has responsibility for the Information Technology needs for each of the JHT Holdings family of companies. Mr. Jones has over 20 years of experience in IT in various roles and industries. Prior to joining ATC, Mr. Jones was the Chief Information Officer at a national provider of ignition interlock devices. Throughout his career, he has built on his expertise in business systems, industrial systems, and mobile data collection. Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from California State University and an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University with a specialization in Information Technology and Operations Management.

 

Brian Varano, Vice President of Strategy

Brian Varano joined JHT in 2017 and serves as the Vice President of Strategy. He brings over 30 years of experience in transportation, logistics, operations, distribution, manufacturing, and financial planning & analysis. He is recognized as a business leader able to drive strategic organizational and operational efficiencies and change. Prior to joining JHT he held the roles of Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of Operations Planning at Jack Cooper Holdings Corp. where he oversaw Capital Expenditures, Labor Relations, Information Systems, Risk Management, Purchasing, Real Estate, Acquisition Integration, Fleet Planning, and Operations and Field Infrastructure improvement programs. Brian has held multiple executive leadership roles in distribution and manufacturing companies in both the public and private markets. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University with additional graduate studies in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and former board member of the Missouri Trucking Association and Prime Advantage Buying Group.

 

Bruce Jackson, President

Bruce Jackson currently serves as President of JHT subsidiary Active Truck Transport (“Active”), a role he has held since 2002. Mr. Jackson began his career in the trucking industry with Nu-Car Carriers in 1971, where he served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including President, a role in which he was responsible for a $130 million, 22-terminal car haul business. After 19 years with Nu-Car Carriers, Mr. Jackson joined Jupiter Corp. Transportation Systems (“JCTS”), a precursor to the Company, as Executive Vice President of its KAT car haul division. After the acquisition of JCTS by JHT, he became Vice President and General Manager of the Car Haul and Navistar accounts, followed by his current position. Mr. Jackson is a graduate of Villanova University and also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division (“NATLD”), which is responsible for negotiating the National contract with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for the automobile, light truck, and heavy truck transportation industry.

 

Keith Rentzel, President

Keith Rentzel joined the Company in 2012 and currently serves as President of Auto Truck Transport (“ATT”). He is a seasoned executive with almost 40 years of experience in vehicle transportation and logistics services. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Rentzel was an Executive Vice President at Allied Holdings, where he was responsible for customer relations and business development. He also served as Terminal Manager, Region Operations Manager, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Senior Vice President of North American Operations at Allied Holdings. Mr. Rentzel also managed Fleet Carrier / Ryder’s U.S. specialized operations for more than 15 years. He began his career with Janesville Auto Transport Company in 1976.

 

Mark Wentlent, President

Mark Wentlent currently serves as President of Unimark Truck Transport, a position he has held since 2014. Mr. Wentlent joined Unimark after having served as President of L3’s Army Sustainment Division, which was responsible for providing maintenance and logistical support for aircraft and ground vehicles for the military and other government entities. Previously, Mr. Wentlent was the Vice President & General Manager of Army Fleet Support and Regional Vice President at Allied Automotive, where he managed a $350 million transportation logistics business. Mr. Wentlent is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and has a Master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

 

Scott Vallier, General Manager & Vice-President

Scott Vallier has been managing different aspects within the trucking industry since 2002. Mr. Vallier has been with the JHT Holdings family of companies since 2005 in various roles of increasing responsibility. Those roles have included Vice President of Operations at Auto Truck Transport, Director of Process Engineering at ATC Transportation, and Operations Analyst at Active Truck Transport. Prior to JHT Holdings, Mr. Vallier served as an Account Manager with National Freight where he managed numerous facilities across the country and began his trucking career at Roadway Express holding supervisory responsibilities in dock and dispatch roles. Mr. Vallier is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business.