Working with ALS means you’re part of a family – not a corporate hierarchy. Our people are at the core of our success. We firmly believe the best investment you can make is in your people. The ALS commitment to talent is evident in each individual you work with on a daily basis and in the teams that will tackle the most complex solutions. We are dedicated to hiring and developing the smartest supply chain professionals the industry has to offer.

The family approach runs deep in our culture and is evident in the way that we interact with our co-workers, vendors, and customers. We have a genuine care for one another, and a competitive drive that moves us forward. This personal touch combined with an unwavering commitment to operational excellence is what truly sets us apart.

Executive Team

Joe Parker

President

Joe is the driving force behind ALS. Leading by example, he’s quadrupled the size of the company since 2004. He steers the company with a passionate belief in the power of amazing people, quality communication, process rigor, and effective implementation of useful technology. He’s been recognized by his peers with several accolades including the 2013 TMW Technology Award. Joe is… Read More…

Paul McDonald

Vice President of Business Development

Paul has over 30 years of end-to-end supply chain experience. Before joining Automated Logistics Systems, Paul spent 16 years of his career at Roadway Express, 7 years at Eagle Global Logistics, and 7 years at Menlo Worldwide Logistics. He is the leading expert on supporting multinational customers across the global logistics programs. Paul has broad exposure to… Read More…

Bob Ostrander

Vice President of International Sales

Bob specializes in sales and operations support for the vast array of ALS services. He’s an expert in border operations, brokerage, contract trans, and special projects. Bob’s responsibilities at ALS include; Outside Sales, Account Management, Operations management, and International Sales. Read More…

Justin Himebaugh

Controller

Justin graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.  He brings 22 years of experience in Management Accounting in a variety of industries including Warehouse Management Software, professional services (civil engineering, environmental consulting and staffing) and economic development.  His dedication to continuous improvement has earned him the ROI Investment… Read More…

Erica Wertanen

Human Resources Manager

Erica received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ferris State University and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certificate.  She has over eighteen years of experience in Human Resources, nine of those years in manufacturing.  This provides her with a great understanding of the logistics industry and the importance of customer… Read More…

Operations

Matt Eckler

Vice President of Operations

Matt is a TIA Certified Transportation Broker and was acknowledged as a Jackson Magazine 30 Under 30 Award Winner. He is recognized as a self-starter, creating and launching our Specialized and Flatbed department. In recognition of his achievements, Matt has risen through our ranks to become Vice President of Operations where he now oversees all Account… Read More…

Fred Botello

Director of Operations - Laredo

Fred’s expertise is in the U.S. Mexico border market with over 24 years managing LTL, FTL and Specialized market operations along with a deep understanding of U.S. Mexican Customs broker operations. Fred has been recognized several times throughout his career for professional excellence, including receipt of the Con-Way President’s Award for the station of the year in 2003. Read More…

Julie Hackworth

Director of Quality

Julie graduated from Central Michigan University with BSBA majoring in Purchasing Supply Chain. She furthered her education by obtaining her Masters of Business Administration at Spring Arbor University. Julie has extensive professional experience in 3rd Party Logistics. Julie drives lean thinking into the functional areas of the company to create enterprise level value stream management.… Read More…

Greg Karr

Director of Operations

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Valley State University.  He hails from a background in the United States Navy as well roles in Logistics Coordination, Operations Management, and Account Management on Enterprise level accounts. As Director of Operations for the Jackson and Grand Rapids teams, Greg strives to ensure the operations… Read More…

Nick Schaefer

Director of Process Management

Nick is a farm club employee of ALS. He has risen from the ranks of intern back in 2012 to Director of Process Management operating a portfolio of over 5 Million in annual revenue. He enjoys the deep relationships that are built when working close with customers and values the friendships he’s developed. Nick has invested… Read More…

Steven O’Keefe

Flatbed Team Lead

Steven graduated from Central Michigan University where he double majored in Supply Chain Management and Marketing.  After completing a summer internship with ALS, Steven joined the company full time in May 2014 and has held positions on the Specialized/Flatbed and Dry Van teams. Currently, as the Specialized/Flatbed Team Lead, Steven oversees all specialized quotes and… Read More…

Keith Schmidt

LTL Operations Team Lead

Keith attended Jackson Community College before working at Alro Steel unloading trucks and eventually was promoted to Inside Sales routing steel orders.  Before joining ALS, he also gained experience in freight brokerage at Con-way Multimodal.  Keith has proved to be a valuable asset for ALS through his efforts developing standard processes while holding positions in… Read More…

Cody Howard

Carrier Sales Manager

Cody graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Logistics Management and Marketing.  As Carrier Sales Manager at ALS, Cody works to create and sustain carrier relations in order to provide our customers with the best solution at a competitive rate to meet customer requirements. Read More…

Sales

Faye Coker

Outside Sales Representative

Faye is a supply-chain professional who enjoys her exciting career in the transportation industry. She has traveled throughout North America to determine and implement smart end to end solutions for her customers. She is Beyond Driven to provide the best customer experience. Read More…

Will Ferris

Business Development Manager

Will is a Central Michigan University graduate with over 10 years of logistics experience.  He is a founding member of the ALS Specialized and Flatbed department.  The specialized team takes care of the most challenging and demanding shipments ALS hauls as a company.  Will is responsible for many of our largest specialized accounts, and finding… Read More…

Jeremy Filar

Inside Sales Representative

Jeremy joined the ALS team after graduating from Hillsdale College in December of 2015. He is eager to gain professional experience in the fast paced logistics industry. He is a quick learner, grasping the industry specifics, learning and working with experienced team members, and implementing smart choices to ensures the customers’ needs are met and… Read More…

Andrea Garay

Inside Sales Representative

Andrea graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and has experience in athletic training and customer service.  She began at ALS as a sales intern and has since joined the team full-time.  As an Inside Sales Representative, Andrea reaches out to new customers in order to develop key relationships for business growth. Read More…

Olivia Lanctot

Outside Sales Representative

Olivia is an Outside Sales team member for Automated Logistics Systems and is experienced in talent management, CRM configuration, and process evaluation. She has an MBA from Western Michigan University with an emphasis in Supply Chain management. Customer service & satisfaction, and the delivery of a phenomenal experience are always at the forefront for her. Read More…

Colin McCloskey

Business Development Manager

Colin is a graduate of the Michigan State University Supply Chain program and a TIA Certified Broker. He’s dedicated and passionate about his work. He enjoys the satisfaction that comes from exceeding customers’ expectations. Two years ago he moved to Grand Rapids and started up our ALS Grand Rapids branch. He says the things he treasures most… Read More…

Jaime de la Paz

Inside Sales Representative

Jaime graduated from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Learning with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  He has experience working with domestic and international customers across multiple industries including oil and gas, power generation, the automotive industry and general manufacturing. As an Inside Sales Executive, Jaime employs a customer-oriented approach to… Read More…

Brian Potts

Business Development Manager

Brian is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in Business Administration – Accounting. He is also a graduate from University of Phoenix with an MBA.  He has nearly six years experience in logistics having held roles in operations, support, finance, lean, and safety.  His focus consisted of implementing and managing supply… Read More…

Luis Rivas

Outside Sales Representative

Luis is an international logistics expert with project management certification. He’s worked with a select group of organizations through his career in North America, both private sector and with the Mexican government. He manages logistics programs in industries like steel, automotive and retail. Luis is based in our Laredo, Texas office and manages international expansion efforts servicing Mexico and the Southern U.S. States.… Read More…