We built our business on service
Catherine Ezzell, the eldest daughter of Grover and Louise Ezzell, is our HR Manager and joined the team in 2013. She received her BSBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA at Wake Forest University. Leading our ever-evolving recruiting strategy, she is tasked with the challenge of finding our team of qualified, professional drivers.
Penny Ross is our Information Technology and Projects Manager. Penny graduated with an associates degree in Applied Science of Engineering. She helps keep our systems running, and to ensure the data-flow between the trucks, our dispatch, and our safety department continues to run smoothly. She has been with the Ezzell team since 2006.
Mitch Baird is our Operations Field Manager. Currently managing the Dudley, Hanrahan, and New Bern operations, he oversees our service to both Georgia Pacific and Weyerhaeuser. He graduated with his Commercial Recreation degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Mitch originally joined the Ezzell team in 2002 in sales and transitioned to the field in 2010.
Donna Justice is our Central Dispatch Manager and has led our logistics team for many years. Donna coordinates our dispatches company-wide as well as overseeing our service to International Paper. In addition, she manages our Owner Operator and Independent Contractor Divisions. She became part of the Ezzell Trucking family in 1991.
Mary Banks has been our Driver Trainer Manager for three years, and has been with Ezzell Trucking for 22 years. She has served our company as a driver, shop clerk, billing clerk, driver supervisor, and operations manager. She is currently working on the NATMI Driver Trainer Certification. She helps train all our driver trainers at each site to ensure our drivers are operating safely.
Alan Darr has operated as the Safety Manager for five years, and has been with Ezzell Trucking for 20 years. He is certified in Methods of Continuous Improvement, North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) Motor Fleet Safety Basics, and NATMI Managing Motor Fleet and Safety Programs. He is currently working on his Safety Director Certification. He serves on the NC Safety Council and is the former chairman for the Down East Chapter of the North Carolina Trucking Association (NCTA).
James Hairr is our Accounting Manager and joined our team in 2006. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with his BSBA, specializing in accounting. James manages all aspects of our Accounting Department and currently oversees our financials, payroll, and 401(K) plan.