Brice Peters - V.P. of Sales & Marketing
Mr. Brice Peters joined Melton Truck Lines in August 1994. 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.
Angie Buchanan - V.P. of HR & Safety
Ms. Angela Buchanan joined Melton Truck Lines in 1996 as a Recruiter. 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, and other human resources and safety functions. She holds both a Bachelor of Business Management and MBA degree from Northeastern State University.
Randy Rhines - CIO, Senior V.P of Information Technology
Mr. Rhines has over 20 years experience in trucking management information systems. 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
Mr. Robinson joined Melton as our Director of Maintenance in October 2001. 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.
Bob Peterson - President
Mr. 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.
Dan Taylor - Senior V.P. of Sales
Mr. Dan Taylor joined Melton in September 2003. 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.
Russ Elliott - Senior V.P. of Operations
Mr. Elliott joined Melton in 1991 as a Customer Service Representative. He served in this capacity until September of 1992 when he assumed the responsibilities of Operations Manager. In December 1994, he was promoted to Director of Operations. After serving two years with a communications firm, Mr. Elliott rejoined Melton in June 2001 as Vice President of Operations. In a strategic move in November 2004, Mr. Elliott moved to the Safety department as Vice-President of Safety, Loss Prevention, and H.R. After a successful tenure in the Safety department Mr. Elliott returned to the Operations department in March 2008 and was promoted to Sr. Vice-President of Operations. Mr. Elliott holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Russ maintains a healthy lifestyle and is an active participant in several transportation associations in addition to local charitable organizations in the Tulsa area.
Robert Ragan - CFO, Senior V.P. of Finance
Mr. Ragan joined Melton Truck Lines in November of 2000. 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 accounts payable, billing, credit, fuel, benefits, licensing, payroll, purchasing, taxation and financial reporting. 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.
Mike Dargel - V.P. of Claims
Mr. Dargel joined Melton in December 2004. Mike has over 25 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.