In addition to serving as the president of Velocity Transport, where he provides executive leadership and oversight, Ross Grier also serves as the president and general manager of Vantix Logistics, a McLane Foodservice entity. In this role, he has led his organization through major growth of more than 300% and contributed significantly to broad-based McLane Foodservice business strategies for inbound freight management. Grier was also instrumental in bringing significant growth for Vantix in the 3PL, agent model and freight brokerage arenas that supported the business case for implementation of Velocity as a stand-alone McLane company.
In addition to his background in transportation and logistics, Grier brings many years of operational experience gained at Wal-Mart, Gap Inc. and Hub One Logistics, where he was responsible for the McDonald’s redistribution network.
Outside of his business experience, Grier has served as an officer for several non-profit youth programs and on various city boards and projects. His other interests revolve around family time, sports and the outdoors. A native of Central Texas, Grier completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.
As vice president of operations for Velocity, John Lower brings more than 20 years of experience in logistics operations, transportation procurement and carrier management to his role. He is responsible for the overall performance of the business and provides leadership and direction to the Velocity team.
Prior to his work at Velocity, Lower served in a variety of senior leadership roles at top 3PL companies such as Transplace, Schneider Logistics and Transfreight. Serving in roles such as director of transportation procurement and strategic carrier management, and general manager of transportation services for these large asset-based 3PLs, Lower was responsible for strategic sourcing, contracting and risk management of multi-modal North American freight spends in excess of $2 billion. At Transfreight (later acquired by Penske Logistics) he also led the launch of a successful brokerage operation that provided traditional truck brokerage and inbound expedite services to automotive OEMs and other JIT manufacturers.
Lower has true breadth of experience, having worked with clients and carriers in the chemical, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods and building products industries to solve a wide range of unique transportation challenges. At Transplace, Lower consulted on implementation of carrier management and sourcing strategies for shippers such as the Kellogg Company, Campbell Soup Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Del Monte Foods, Cummins and the Eaton Corporation. With a deep background in the automotive industry and transportation support of JIT supply chains, Lower has also implemented logistics solutions for Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Honda Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kubota, Arvin Meritor and Bombardier Recreational Products.
Lower is a veteran of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. He holds bachelor’s degrees in History and English from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Cameron University. He also possesses certifications as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and as a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) through APICS.
A native of Alaska, Lower spends much of his free time trying to avoid the extreme Texas heat, but does enjoy mountain biking and competitive shooting sports. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two children at their home in McKinney, Texas.
Serving as Velocity Transport’s human resources director, Beth Strong is responsible for the overall tactical and strategic direction of our HR department including talent acquisition, training, employee relations, compliance, payroll, benefits and employee engagement. Strong is an energetic HR professional bringing more than 8 years of experience as a national headhunter in for supply chain professional and executive roles. Working for a variety of asset and non-asset based transportation firms, Strong also worked to develop dynamic training programs for sales and operations professionals. Her strong track record in recruiting within the supply chain industry and passion for talent development culminated in her most recent role as Director, Talent for a large transportation company in DFW. Strong believes in the power of an engaged workforce and maintaining a culture that values, supports and encourages the employees to exceed expectations.
Strong has a Bachelor of Science degree in human development from the University of North Texas. She holds her SHRM-SCP and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Outside of work, Strong enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Plano, Texas.