ECA Board of Directors
The Express Carriers Association is governed by a Board of Directors elected by and from the general membership.
- Serve a three-year term and must be re-elected every 3 years to continue to serve on Board
- No two people from the same company can be on the board at the same time.
- Attend two meetings at the annual Marketplace, plus three other meetings (Summer, Fall & Winter)
- Participate in Conference Calls during months that we do not have a face to face board meeting.
- Individual board members are responsible for covering their own costs to attend the meetings. The ECA does not reimburse nor in any way, pay the members of the board of directors.
- When an unexpected opening on the board happens such as when a serving member resigns, the President of the board may appoint a new member at his or her discretion and then that person is voted upon by the entire board of directors.
- Those individuals who give so much of their time, talent and money to support the ECA, keep the organization running to the benefit of not only the membership but also the industry as a whole.
Members of the Board
Company: Relay Express, Inc.
Corporate Position: President And Chief Sales Officer
Jim Bernecker graduated from Ohio University in 1992. Prior to beginning his career with Relay Express, Jim worked as a Kindergarten teacher, an Executive for the Boy Scouts of America and a Director for the YMCA.
In 1998 Jim Bernecker began with Relay Express as a salesman for the Dayton, Ohio office.
In 2001 Jim was elected to the Express Carriers Association Board of Directors where he served his 2-year term on the Shipper committee.
In 2003 Jim was promoted to Operations Manager for Relay Express and moved into a daily role in the Company’s Headquarters located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 2004 Jim was promoted to General Manager.
Under Jim’s leadership, Relay Express was named to INC. Magazine’s top 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in America for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
In 2014 Jim was promoted to Chief Operations Officer.
In 2017 Jim was named President and Chief Sales Officer
Relay Express currently has 8 locations including company headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio: Columbus Ohio, Dayton Ohio, Cleveland Ohio, Romulus Michigan, Buffalo New York, Indianapolis Indiana, and Louisville Kentucky.
Jim has been married for 22 years to his wife Mindy. He has three children, Brett age 18, Brody age 16, and Kaylen age 13. When not at Relay Express, Jim enjoys exercising, cooking, working outside, and spending time with his family.
Address: 498 Commercial Dr Cincinnati, OH 45014
Phone: (800) 860-6288
Fax: (513) 860-2865
First Vice President, Marketplace Committee Chair
Company: Data Rush Couriers
Corporate Position: Major Accounts
Rod’s first paying job was in the distribution business as a newspaper boy for The Tacoma News Tribune, it was a rapid learning curve for customer service. No one ever wanted a late or wet paper and they never wanted an excuse. Everyone wanted the news every day, which made Rod realize being there every day made a difference no matter what the weather. Rod grew up as an Air Force brat, moving every few years, from Oklahoma, to California, to Scotland, back to California, and then onto Washington. While in high school his stepfather retired from the Air Force and Rod moved to his beloved Texas. In his senior year, his mother’s cancer returned and he gave up full time college to care for her. He found a job that would lend itself to working and caring for his mom, pursuing a career in music all at the same time. While working for a major manufacturing company, starting in the mail room, with an office right next to the President he had to frequently use a delivery service. This is when he got his first glimpse of the same-day local delivery business. Through the years Rod has owned a number of companies in different industries, learned great lessons from his Father and Uncle, but was always drawn back to the logistics business.
In 1988 Rod Co-Founded Supershot – The Delivery Service in Houston, Texas. Rod thinks that the relationships that have been formed with Shippers and Members of ECA transformed his company into a better customer service organization. Since selling Supershot in 2014, Rod is now proud to be working at Data Rush Couriers in their business development.
Rod served as President of TCLA – Texas Courier and Logistics Association. He helped lead the effort in getting Texas Business tax legislation passed that put TCLA members back onto a profitable and successful course. Under Rod’s leadership the association grew to its highest membership and annual conference attendance levels.
Rod feels that after the ECA has given so much to help him succeed, it is time to give back and help the association reach the next level. His goal on the board is to help ECA become a better association for all members. Rod has served on the ECA Board since 2011 and wants to help the members of ECA continue to be more successful than their competitors. Rod serves as the MarketPlace / Site Selection Committee Chair, Bylaws Committee Co-Chair, ECA Legends Committee Co-Chair, and is First Vice President. He lives in Seabrook, Texas, a coastal town just outside of Houston, with his wife Carol of almost 40 years.
Direct: (713) 600-1034
Cell: (281) 808-0852
Address: 1216 Silber Rd Houston, TX 77055
Phone: (713) 686-5252
Second Vice President
Company: Kid Glove Service, Inc.
Corporate Position: Vice President
I went to high school in Indianapolis, Indiana and I attended college at the University of Louisville. I have been in the transportation business for over 35 years and my background includes courier, small parcel, less-truck-load, and truckload freight experience. For most of the last 30 years, with the exception of a few years in the late 1990's, I have been employed by Kid Glove Service LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana, where I am the Vice President. I also oversee and handle the national accounts for our in-house 3PL, H & F Logistics LLC. I became a member of ECA in 2006 and I have been on the Board of Directors since 2010. I am proud to be associated with such an amazing organization and truly appreciate the opportunity to continue serving our membership.Email: JKING@KIDGLOVE.COM
Address: 6550 East 30th St. Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: (317) 547-6550
Fax: (317) 544-1470
Treasurer, Technology Committee Chair
Company: MANKO Delivery Systems, Inc.
Corporate Position: President/ceo
Dave Armitage is owner of MANKO Delivery Systems, Inc. and is an experienced professional in the Last Mile Delivery service arena. Current experience as President / CEO of MANKO Delivery Systems, Inc. with facilities in Tampa & Fort Myers, Florida.
Prior experience as COO with Hackbarth Delivery Service covering numerous SE US market areas. Key executive experience in national route service businesses (Trugreen, Suntory / Dannon). Extensive experience in air freight with Emery Worldwide prior to sale to CF.
Address: 8326 E Adamo Drive Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: (813) 638-5131
Fax: (813) 886-8229
Secretary, Vendor Committee Co-chair
Corporate Position: President
I have been President at Bonded Transportation since June 1, 1999. Started at Bonded Messenger in 1979 as an account receivable clerk while attending college. Was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager in 1989 and General Manager in 1996. Purchased the company with Carrie Ehlers who was the Operations Manager in 1999.
Graduate of U W – Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business degree.
Address: 418 N 27th St. Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: (414) 933-4500
Immediate Past President, Electoral Officer
Corporate Position: Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Jim was the Vice President of Fastrucking, a California-based company specializing in scheduled deliveries. In this role, Jim was charged with leading Fastrucking from $1.5 million to $10 million in sales in less than five years. He also collaborated with Fastrucking's IT team to develop technology that provided the company with a significant competitive edge. Because Fastrucking served Fortune 500 companies, Jim gained experience managing large and complex accounts.
Prior to Fastrucking, Jim served in various roles at Corporate Express Delivery Systems. He began his career in the delivery business at 2-Point Courier as co-owner and Chief Executive Officer.
Jim Luciani joined CXT Software in 2008. Along with leading CXT Software's sales, marketing, and account management efforts, Jim cultivated business partnerships in the expedited delivery and last-mile distribution markets.
Jim is based in San Diego, California, providing a West Coast presence for CXT Software.
Address: San Diego, CA
Board Member, Sponsorship Committee Chair
Company: CDL Last Mile Solutions
Corporate Position: Operations Support
With over 35 years of operations management experience, Mike has planned, executed, managed and transformed various types of operations for some well- known U.S. companies. As an operations leader for companies such as TForce Logistics, Avon Products, QVC Network, Aetna Insurance and United Parcel Service Mike has developed numerous processes, operating plans and organizational successes. As a distribution center manager for Avon Mike was responsible for servicing 65 retail outlets in the Northeast U.S. as well as the repair of high tech medical equipment. At QVC Mike held several positions as Third Party Fulfillment Manager, Capital Projects Manager and Manager of Corporate Services. While at Aetna Life Insurance as Director of Fulfillment Services, Mike developed technology and processes to distribute all forms of collateral to 16 million HMO subscribers. Mike held several positions at RMX/UPS as VP and GM for the Northeast U.S. before moving into the position of Manager for New Products in the corporate marketing department in Atlanta. Mike has held several positions at Ensenda/TForce Logistics most recently as the Director of Carrier Services where he managed a network of over 500 active courier and delivery partners and another 1,000 where he has direct relationships. Mike has a BS from La Salle University. Mike lives near West Chester, PA.
Address: 18 Memel Drive Thornton, PA 19373
Phone: (610) 506-0847
Board Member, Education Committee Chair
Company: Crossroads Courier
Corporate Position: Vice President
Liz Klein grew up on a farm in Southwest Missouri where she excelled in athletics and played the saxophone in the school band. After high school she moved to Springfield, Missouri where she earned her B.S. in Marketing from Missouri State University. In 2004, with a desire to make her own path, she moved to St. Louis where she had no personal or professional ties.
In 2005 Liz was hired as the St. Louis Account Executive at Crossroads Courier, which had opened in 2002 and, at that time, had approximately 10 employees and 10 drivers. In 2009 she was promoted to Senior Account Executive and in 2010 was again promoted to Sales Manager. Her title was changed in 2013 to Director of Business Development and in 2015 she was promoted to Vice President. At current, Crossroads Courier has 62 employees and 300+ drivers with offices in 4 cities.
Prior to joining the team at Crossroads Courier, Liz worked in the restaurant industry through high school and college. Liz was working as a bartender when she took her first position at Crossroads and continued to bartend on weekend nights until she enrolled in the MBA program at Webster University which she completed in 2011. Between 2009 and 2015, Liz married and became a mother of two. Her daughter, Shelby is now 7 and her son, Sully (Sullivan) is 3. Liz adores her family and has found endless lessons and rewards in parenting from which, she believes, all of her successes flow.
Today Liz is responsible for Crossroads’ business development and account maintenance efforts as well as their I.T. department. She works closely with her team to maintain loyal relationships with the current client base and capture profitable opportunities. Liz is focused on keeping her finger on the pulse of our quickly changing industry and analyzing the competition to learn best practices.
Address: 2008 Altom Ct. St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: (314) 764-2503
Board Member, Vendor Committee Co-chair
Company: Avalon Risk Management
Corporate Position: Regional Vice President
Deirdre has spent many years cultivating relationships and creating programs & coverage for the courier industry. She is a vocal advocate of supporting the ever changing last mile delivery model. A position on the board of directors will allow her to proactively create the necessary insurance coverage and programs to protect and serve this vital niche of the transportation industry. Deirdre has over 20 years in the transportation insurance business. Specializing in couriers, truckers, freight forwarders, property brokers, etc. She has been an employee of Avalon Risk Management since 2002 as a producer and currently holds the position of Regional Vice President of the San Francisco/Seattle territory. She is the Avalon resident expert in all things courier related.
Address: 2632 S. 83rd Avenue, Suite 100‑441 Phoenix, AZ 85043
Phone: (650) 652-4100
Board Member, Marketing Committee Co-chair
Corporate Position: Chief Marketing Officer
In 1974 Larry earned a BS in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served in various sales and management roles in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry from 1974 through 2008 at 3M Healthcare, Glaxo-Smithkline, Amgen Inc, and biosStrategies Group Inc. Larry became an investor in Pace Runners Inc in 1999, and held the positions of Director and VP of Sales and Marketing for Pace from 2010 through 2018. He currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Pace. Larry has been married for 49 years to wife Beth, and has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.Email: LLAWRENCE@PACE-USA.COM
Phone: (404) 867-0720
Board Member, Shipper Committee Chair
Company: A-1 International, Inc.
Corporate Position: Vice President Of Sales
Mike has been with A-1 for 39 years, and has been instrumental in helping the company to grow from a 4-person office into a still-growing company with 4 warehouse facilities in 3 geographic markets. Now, as a part of the Need It Now Delivers group of companies, Mike is able to leverage an even greater array of services for his clients. During his career with A-1, Mike has held positions in operations, administration and sales. This diversified background along with A-1’s varied portfolio of customers in the medical, pharmaceutical, critical parts, retail, and final mile residential industries helps him to understand all aspects of the courier, warehousing and logistics world.Email: Mpollack@a1international.com
Address: 10 Park Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (908) 376-1053
Fax: (908) 688-3733
Company: Condor Express
Corporate Position: Ceo
Rick loves to be around people and loves what he does, and excels at bringing the two together. Rick views the opportunity to serve on the board as a way to utilize his skill sets and talents to join his passion with people in hopes of growing the ECA and spreading the word.
Rick proudly worked his way through college in the service industry as a driver where he continued to work his way up into management after college remaining for many years until 8 years ago when he was recruited by a national logistics company where he worked his way through aspects of the company. Rick has recently become the COO of Condor Express.
Address: 502 W Wrightwood Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Phone: (815) 735-3512
Fax: (630) 388-0276
Board Member, Carrier Committee Chair
Company: Crosstown Courier, Inc.
Corporate Position: President
Steve is president of Crosstown a company providing courier, freight, and warehouse services in the southeast. Prior to becoming president, in 2007 Steve worked in operations and financial management for 15 years. Additionally he served on several state and national associations.Email: email@example.com
Address: 1450 Gould Blvd LaVergne, TN 37086
Phone: (800) 727-5871
Board Member, Marketing Committee Co-chair
Company: Pillow Logistics
Corporate Position: Vice President Of Strategy And Development
Matt was enlisted in the U.S. Army, and proudly served as a Military Police Officer. In 1993, he started his career in retail, where he held every position from Delivery Driver to National Training Manager for one of the largest appliance/electronic companies in the country. Since 2010, Matt has progressed from the roles of Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and Director of Business Development, prior to taking on the new role of Vice President of Strategy and Development for Pillow Logistics.
Address: 5128 West 79th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (317) 415-4000
Company: Eveready Express
Samantha is currently the Business Development Manager for Eveready Express. She started as a customer service rep in 2013, was promoted to Customer Service Manager, then Account manager, before becoming Business Development Manager in 2017. Samantha has been integral in growing Eveready’s customer base, and in opening new business lines including NE Regional Expedite, and most recently through attending the ECA, to open our Pool and Retail Distribution business. Samantha graduated Emerson NJ high school in 2003, became an E.M.T, and was licensed for almost 10 years. During her time as an E.M.T she has been credited with several awards, including E.M.T of the year by HUMC. In 2007 she enlisted in the Army National Guard and was looking forward to becoming a Military Police officer until medically discharged due to injury. She also worked at MetLife Stadium and earned the employee of the year award in 2010. Samantha’s passion in life is to help those in need and is involved with several fundraising organizations. Samantha and her daughter Hailey have Neurofibromatosis so she has become an advocate in dedicating her free time to fundraising for the Children’s Tumor Foundation as well as the Brain tumor foundation.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 233 Clifton Boulevard, Clifton, NJ 07011
Phone: (973) 928-8998