Our seasoned executive leadership team brings extensive experience in transportation, logistics and corporate management that enables Covenant to help customers engineer value-driven supply chains to get products where they are needed – quickly, seamlessly, and cost-effectively.
Parker is the founder and CEO of Covenant Logistics Group and has been in the trucking business since the age of 17 when he worked full time for his father’s trucking company. In 1985, after much preparation and prayer, Parker put his knowledge to good use and founded a trucking company called Covenant Transport. Over 30 years and several acquisitions later, Covenant Logistics Group is a $800 million enterprise with a network of over 2,550 trucks and 6,700 trailers moving up and down our nations’ highways.
Paul Bunn was appointed President & Chief Operating Officer of Covenant Logistics in January 2023; before that, Paul held the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer positions. Mr. Bunn served as Covenant’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary from April 2020 to April 2021, our Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from April 2019 to April 2020, and our Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer from January 2012 to April 2019. Previously, Mr. Bunn held his CPA and served as our Corporate Controller from July 2009 to January 2012. Before that, Mr. Bunn served as a Senior Manager for Ernst & Young, LLP, a global professional services provider.
Grant joined Covenant as the Corporate Controller in July 2019 and was promoted to Chief Accounting Officer in August 2019, then promoted to his current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2022. Previously, Grant worked at Chattem, Inc., from August 2007 to June 2019, during which time he served in multiple financial related roles including Corporate Controller and Assistant Controller. Prior to Chattem, Grant served as a Senior Internal Auditor at Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, an electric power distribution and telecommunications company from January 2006 to August 2007. Grant also served as a Senior Accountant at Neal, Scouten & McConnell, P.C. from August 2002 to January 2006. Grant received his undergraduate in business administration degree from Samford University and received a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.
Hough joined Covenant Logistics in February of 2013 as the Chief Operations Officer, the role he has held for nearly 8 years. Under his leadership, the company’s sales, operations, and safety business units have achieved industry-leading and award-winning excellence all while never losing sight of the company’s most important asset - the professional driver. Previously, Hough was the Vice President of Sales for Conway Truckload of Joplin, Missouri.
Doster joined Landair in 2013 and now has leadership responsibility for trucking and supply chain operations. Doster has 30+ years’ experience in transportation and logistics, with experience in van, flatbed, straight trucks and tankers, as well as dedicated contract carriage and warehouse logistics. After beginning her career as a terminal manager for Blair Cartage, Doster worked for 14 years at Penske Logistics in several positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice President of Operations in Dallas, TX. Doster holds a degree in Accounting with additional studies from Urbana University and Franklin University, has earned an IRS Enrolled Agent Designation, Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification, and completed the Executive Leadership Program at Penn State.
Ballard joined Covenant in the summer of 2018 with the acquisition of Landair Holdings. In May 2022 she was promoted to Executive Vice President, People and Safety, leading efforts in human resources, recruiting, corporate communications and safety. Prior to that role starting in May 1999 Ballard served as the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Talent Management which was invaluable during the merger and realignment of Landair and Covenant. Prior to joining Covenant, Ballard held various roles with Landair where she was accountable for implementing and overseeing the talent acquisition pipeline strategies for drivers and non-drivers, on site and online orientation for drivers, driver scorecards producing lead indicators for training/coaching, safety compliance, employee recognition/reward programs, deployment of an applicant tracking system, Affirmative Action Plan implementation, leave compliance, lead indicator manager/employee training, employee relations issues, labor relations, driver retention lead, implemented a trainer/trainee program, driver benchmarking process by geographic region, diversity pipeline development and performance management processes.
Whitton joined Covenant in 1997 and has leadership responsibility for the company’s technology team. He has more than 35 years’ experience in supply chain technology. Prior to joining Covenant, he gained 11 years’ experience in retail grocery distribution where he implemented inventory control and engineered labor standards systems. Whitton has an MBA from the University of West Georgia and has a PMP designation.
Tweed was appointed to this position in September 2020. She joined the Company in July 2018 following Covenant’s acquisition of Landair and previously was the Vice President of Accounting with the company. Prior to the acquisition, Tweed served as the Vice President of Accounting of Landair since 2012. She also held various positions there, including Staff Accountant and Controller. During her tenure at Landair, beginning in 1998, Tweed has been accountable for all accounting functions, asset and non-asset procurement, information technology, contract administration, risk management and claims, budgeting, financial improvement, continuous improvement, maintenance, and financial performance.
Porterfield has extensive experience in heavy duty truck fleet vehicle maintenance, along with specialties in financial and data analysis. Since his career began with Covenant in 1995, he has served in the roles of Vice President of Maintenance for nearly six years, Director of Maintenance for nearly eight years, Shop Manager for more than seven years, and Manager of Satellite Communications for nearly three years.
Since April 2012, when he was named Vice President of Supply Chain solutions with Landair, Massengill has led the teams that manage and implement contract distribution, transportation management and specialty warehousing programs. He and his teams bring Six Sigma process discipline to helping customers achieve higher performance through operational efficiencies and value-added services. Massengill came to Landair in 2006 as Director of Operations and Safety. Prior to Landair, he spent 18 years with Sears Logistics Services, where he served as Director of Logistics for the East Region and was a 3PL Procurement Manager and Regional Trainer/ISO Auditor. Massengill attended Walter State College, holds Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Lyndal is responsible for all operational aspects for our Freight Brokerage, Managed Transportation, and Capacity Management service offerings. Covenant’s Freight Management team provides logistics solutions to fit any need. Our sound judgement, solution creativity, cost management, and consultative approach allows Covenant to balance critical factors allowing you to focus on your business. Lyndal joined Covenant in 2012 from a different national logistics provider, where he held various roles in fleet management, dedicated logistics management, and transportation management for eight years. Lyndal has a combined industry experience of over 18 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Accounting Technology from ITT Technical Institute and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Cartright has more than two decades of experience in leadership in transportation and logistics, with prior career stops at USA Truck and CFI. At USA Truck, he served as Vice President of Safety and Recruiting and Senior Vice President of Operations. At CFI, Cartright served as Director of Business Development, Director of Recruiting, Director of Safety and Senior Director of Operations over a 15-year period. Cartright is experienced in both domestic and international shipping. A native English speaker, he is also fluent in Spanish. Cartright previously served as COO of Southern Refrigerated Transport (SRT) where he guided a tremendous turnaround, making the leap from consecutive negative quarterly financial outcomes in 2016 and 2017 to a return to profitability in 2018. In 2019, SRT was absorbed into Covenant operations, and he assumed responsibility of approximately $150 million in dedicated operations across the Enterprise.
Yates joined Covenant in June 2017 and has oversight leadership responsibility for all non-asset Sales and Operations in our Managed Freight Division. Yates has over a decade of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, holding multiple leadership roles in Driver Recruiting, Carrier Sales, and Operations Management at US Xpress and FreightWaves. Yates is a veteran of the United States Army, serving seven years at the rank of Sergeant as a Non-Commissioned Officer in Light Infantry and Electronic Warfare Units. Since joining Covenant, Yates has led our Capacity Solutions to grow from 50 million to over 320 million in Revenue.
Long has significantly impacted Covenant since joining the team in 2021. As a co-founder of Ad Information Technology, LLC, he provided co-sourced internal audit, process improvement, and software development services to Covenant. With over 23 years of experience in public accounting and the private sector, including time at top companies such as KPMG and The Coca-Cola Company, Long has developed a diverse portfolio of skills. His advisory, audit, and information technology services have benefited private and publicly-held companies in various industries, including manufacturing, software as a service (SaaS), financial institutions, not-for-profits, real estate, logistics, retail, and healthcare. As a certified public accountant, Long's expertise has proven invaluable to Covenant's operations.
Robertson, a licensed attorney and member of the Missouri Bar Association, joined Covenant in February 2022, bringing over two decades of experience in transportation and logistics. He started his career with Yellow Freight System in Overland Park, KS, before moving on to Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI), where he spent over 15 years. During this time, he held positions of increasing responsibility at CFI and Con-way Truckload, culminating in his role as General Counsel, overseeing Legal, Risk and Claims, and Government Relations. Before joining Covenant, Robertson was the General Counsel for USAT Logistics and Groendyke Transport, Inc.