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 manager, Josh Mills is a true HR professional with more than eight years of experience specializing in small to mid-size organizations. Mills is charged with building out Velocity’s human resource function including development of the policies and practices needed to ensure the company remains within compliance. He also led the talent acquisition strategy for the startup.
In his career, Mills has successfully built and launched startup human resource departments for two organizations, acquiring extensive hands-on experience leading human resources initiatives such as benefits, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisition and management operations.
Mills has a bachelor’s of business administration in organizational behavior and human resource management from the University of North Texas. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Outside of work, Mills is an avid mountain and road cyclist and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He volunteers with United Way of Metro Dallas and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
Aaron Keister serves as Velocity Transport’s director of sales. In this role, Keister leads the inside sales operation, account management and pricing functions for the organization and is ultimately responsible for designing and achieving strategic business development goals for Velocity.
Keister brings more than 12 years of brokerage sales experience, beginning with a nine-year run at C.H. Robinson, where he worked in both the Oklahoma City and Dallas markets, to his role at Velocity. Later in his career, he gained valuable experience working with strategic accounts across all verticals, developing employees and gaining exposure to various business models with companies like USA Truck, Inc., and the Celadon Group. For Celadon, he opened a new logistics brokerage office in DFW as their general manager. In this role, he led the office to profitability within the first quarter of operation and continued that successful growth trend over the next two years.
Keister received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Oklahoma.
Jimmy Merida has more than 20 years of accounting experience serving in a variety of roles for Vantix Logistics and Tenet Healthsystem. During his time at Vantix, he re-designed and streamlined the financial reporting processes, improved the financial reporting package and oversaw the full-cycle accounting process. For Velocity, Merida leads all accounting and finance functional areas and is responsible for the implementation of our accounting platform as well as the policies and procedures that will result in successful startup.
Merida holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is licensed in Texas as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is married and the father of a busy middle-school-aged son. In his spare time, Merida enjoys spending time with family, attending his son’s sporting and band events and serving at church.
As director of operations for Velocity, Seth Arnoux brings 12 years of supply chain and logistics leadership experience to his role. Prior to Velocity he held director and manager positions at Oldcastle Inc. and C.H. Robinson in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Whitefish, Montana, markets. He is responsible for developing and leading Velocity’s carrier sales team and providing a differentiated service offering to our carriers and customers. He contributes to the overall success of the company and plays a valuable role in the establishment of our culture, hiring the best and brightest talent, creating best-in-class operational processes and championing Velocity’s aggressive growth strategy.
Arnoux believes strongly in a hands-on approach to leadership and leading by example, continuously challenging his team to be innovative in their approach to managing our customers’ business with absolute integrity. Away from his commitments at Velocity, Arnoux enjoys golf, skiing and spending quality time with his family. He holds bachelor of science degrees in business administration and management from California Coast University.