Melton Truck Lines Leadership

Melton Leadership

Melton Chairman and CEO - Bob PetersonMr. Peterson has served as Melton's president since July 1991 when he acquired the company. Prior to that, he served as President of GlasTran, Inc. a trucking company he founded in 1989. Mr. Peterson joined Contract Freighters, Inc., of Joplin, Missouri July 1985 and served in a number of capacities concluding as Executive Vice President.

Prior to CFI, Mr. Peterson's professional experience included executive management positions in venture capital, bank management, and public accounting. Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California; he is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Peterson's hobbies include golf and swimming. He is an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, the United Way, and various other organizations.

In 2014, Mr. Peterson was named “Healthy Executive of the Year” for leading the way for wellness in Tulsa County and Commercial Carrier Journal named Melton, "Innovator of the Year" for his efforts to promote driver health and wellness.

“As the CEO and owner, I take my business very personally. When describing my leadership style, I would say I am a participative manager. I empower employees at all levels to contribute ideas and make decisions based on ‘the right thing to do” – right for our customers and right for our business. This philosophy has made us nimble and responsive to our customers, retain talent, and earn numerous industry and community recognitions.”

Bob Peterson, President Melton Truck Lines
Angie Buchanan V.P. of Operations

She served in that capacity until October 1997 when she assumed the responsibilities of HR & Recruiting Manager. Four years later, she was promoted to Director of Human Resources. In April 2008. Ms. Buchanan assumed the VP of Safety and HR position, responsible for recruiting, staff and driver training, compliance, wellness, and other human resources and safety functions. She holds both a Bachelor of Business Management and MBA degree from Northeastern State University.

Mike Dargel -

Mike has over 30 years experience in litigation and claim management, including ten years of private practice in defense litigation and another ten years as associate general counsel to a national transportation insurer. In April 2008, Mr. Dargel was named Vice President of Risk Management and Claims. In addition to overseeing the company's claim department and insurance needs, he serves as legal counsel to the company and supervises all litigation and major claim activity. Mr. Dargel has a Bachelor of Science from Marquette University and his law degree from the University of Arizona; he is a practicing member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Russ Elliot - Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

He has since served within the Operations department as Manager, Director, Vice-President, and Senior Vice-President. He also previously served as Vice-President of Safety, Loss Prevention, and H.R. In his current role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Elliott assists the Operations, Safety, H.R., Recruiting, and Sales departments on a daily basis. Russ maintains a healthy lifestyle and is a daily visitor to Torque, (the Melton gym facilities.) Mr. Elliott holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Lisa Mason - V.P. of HR & Safety

and has steadily progressed, serving most recently as Director of Operations. “Lisa’s commitment to the continuous improvement of Melton’s outstanding Operations department is truly admirable. Her upbeat and positive personality, all-encompassing experience, and attention to detail will serve her well in her new position on the top leadership team. Lisa has more than earned this promotion through her hard work and dedication, and I am most appreciative of her efforts over the years.” said Bob Peterson, Chairman & CEO. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Human Resources from Northeastern State University.

Rhonda Meshew - V.P. & General Manager, Madrona Investment Co., LLC

In addition to designing, developing and overseeing the property management of Melton’s truck terminals, she also develops and oversees asset and property management of a commercial investment real estate portfolio. Rhonda is a Certified Commercial Investment Member Designee and has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Physical Education from Oklahoma Christian College.

Brice Peters - V.P. of Sales

He formerly held eight different job titles at Melton before sales management, including territory sales responsibilities as a Regional Sales Representative. Mr. Peters oversees the domestic sales force and pricing management to ensure customer expansion and satisfaction. He holds a combined Bachelor degree of Marketing and Management from Missouri Southern State University.

Robert Ragan - Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

He formerly served as Executive Director of Finance for a trucking specific software company. Mr. Ragan oversees all aspects of the Finance Department which includes accounting, treasury, tax, financial reporting, strategic financial planning and analysis, and risk management. Mr. Ragan holds a Bachelor degree of Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Oklahoma City University. He is the past Chairman of the National Accounting & Finance Council for the American Trucking Association.

Randy Rhines - Senior Vice President & Chief of Information Technology

After joining Melton in 1989 as an Information Services Manager, he was promoted to Vice President of Information Technology in November 1996. Mr. Rhines directs the functions of the IT department, which includes evaluating new technology applications for Melton and managing computer and communication functions. Mr. Rhines holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Missouri Southern State University.

Jeff Robinson - Senior V.P. of Maintenance

Prior to Melton, he served with Tulsa Transit Authority for nine years, and United Engines, Inc, for fifteen years previous to that. Mr. Robinson is responsible for managing our truck and trailer maintenance facilities in both Tulsa and Laredo, focusing on maintaining a customer friendly department that meets quality, timeliness and productivity goals. Mr. Robinson holds a degree from OSU in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Repair.

Dan Taylor - Senior V.P. of Sales & Marketing

He has over 22 years of experience in marketing and sales both domestically and internationally. Mr. Taylor oversees the management of the Sales and Marketing Department to ensure the continual growth and development of Melton's customer base and sales force. Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.

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