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St. George Logistics has nearly 800 employees nationwide, all experts in the demanding logistics industry. We pride ourselves on our ability to retain our most knowledgeable and seasoned employees and respect the value they bring to all of our St. George customers. Our leadership team includes:
Hessel Verhage, President and Chief Operations Officer
Hessel brings more than 22 years of freight forwarding and logistics experience. Most recently Hessel served as Global President at UTi where he was responsible for its $2.7 Billion dollar freight forwarding business consisting of 153 offices around the globe and 12,000 employees.
Prior to UTi, Hessel was Vice President of International Operations for AIT Worldwide, a global shipping solutions provider. Before joining AIT, he served 6 years as CEO of Global Link Logistics, a mid-sized ocean freight forwarding company, and before that, held various sales and operational roles, including Director of Global Ocean Services at Emery/Menlo Worldwide.
Hessel started in the logistics business in 1994 as a forklift driver at a CFS. He has also served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm and holds a B.S. degree in economics from East Carolina University. Hessel graduated from an executive finance program from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Gary Holter, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Holter is a senior finance executive with over 30 years of experience with middle market companies across several industries including transportation, logistics and freight forwarding. He joined St. George as CFO in September 2014 following a short time as Interim CFO. His career has included industry time with LTL distribution, household relocation, freight forwarding and logistics and regional airline businesses. Most recently Mr. Holter operated his own professional services firm Double Eagle Advisors since 2012 serving as Interim CFO for middle market companies. Prior to that, Mr. Holter served for eight years in executive positions as President & CEO, and initially as CFO, at Creditors Interchange, a national accounts receivable management company. Mr. Holter began his career at Ernst & Young on the Chicago audit staff. He received his B.S. degree in Accounting from University of Illinois and is a CPA.
John McDonald, Chief Commercial Officer
John McDonald has been in the logistics industry for more than 25 years and was most recently with UTi Worldwide, serving as Regional Vice President of Americas Freight Forwarding. John started his career working cargo operations with Pan American World Airways, and in 1992, moved to Gateway Freight Services as the Los Angeles Station Manager. He joined Circle International in 1999 as the Global Service Center Manager, and during a 15 year career with the combined company (Circle, EGL, CEVA), John held several operational, sales, and staff positions, with the most recent being Vice President of Global Accounts and Vice President of Global Tender Management. John received his BS in Organizational Leadership from The Pennsylvania State University.
Anthony Mayor, Executive Vice President
Mr. Mayor is currently responsible for all Distribution Operations for St. George Logistics. He has been an invaluable member of the team since he began his career in customer service nearly 20 years ago. Mr. Mayor’s background in both logistics and technology has helped St. George to continually improve processes and systems that result in improved automation and increased productivity. Mr. Mayor has a BS in Global Logistics from the California State University at Long Beach and an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science Network Engineering from Long Beach City College.
Brian Galik, Vice President of Transportation
Mr. Galik is a logistics industry veteran with more than 40 years of freight forwarding experience. Prior to his partnership with St. George Logistics, Mr. Galik owned Explore Airtrans, a respected cartage and freight forwarding company in the New York metropolitan area. He is currently responsible for the operation and management of St. George’s domestic transportation business. Throughout his career, Mr. Galik has held executive positions at other leading freight forwarding companies, most notably Emery Air Freight and Federal Express.
Richard Sarcona, Vice President Air CFS
Mr. Richard Sarcona has worked in the air freight and transportation business for more than 25 years. He has focused on customer development on both the national and local levels. He brings a commitment of service excellence to the STG team. He also has extensive experience in the area of labor relations and was an early and active participant in the TSA pilot program for cargo screening in off-airport facilities. He graduated with honors from St Louis University and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University.
Robert Sarcona, Vice President Air CFS
Mr. Robert Sarcona has worked in the air cargo industry for over 30 years. After graduating from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree, he immediately started working in the air freight industry. In 1968, J&J was granted the first air CFS license from US Customs and expanded this service to other cities. In 1984, J&J began providing air cargo handling to the airline industry. Robert has assisted in the rapid growth of J&J, providing airline handling to such clients as UPS Air Cargo, Fedex and Polar. Throughout his career, Robert has maintained industry leadership in Air CFS, Export Handling, Air Freight Trucking and recently TSA screening to all his customers. J&J joined forces with St George Warehouse in 2011, and looks forward to expanding their services in the years to come.
Dave Graglia, Vice President Gulf Region
Mr. Graglia began his career with St. George Logistics in 1996 when he was charged with opening and managing their Houston location. He then opened the Dallas facility and has grown the two Texas operations to nearly 50 employees and more than 225,000 square feet of warehouse space. Previously Mr. Graglia has worked with Hapag Lloyd and other steamship lines including POL, Sea Containers (now part of GE Capital), China Ocean Shipping (COSCO) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Lines.
Ronald W. “Duke” Potts, Vice President Operations
Mr. Potts is a senior executive responsible for maximizing productivity, efficiency and quality for all St. George Logistics operations. He has significant experience improving the operational performance and profitability of supply chain and distribution operations, most recently serving as the EVP of North America for $1.8 billion digital technology leader Technicolor, where he started that company’s 3PL business. Mr. Potts has previously worked in manufacturing and distribution for Everest & Jennings, Huffy Corporation and Allied Chemical. He has a B.B.A. in Industrial Management from Georgia College and also completed an Executive Program in Management from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Salvatore DiDonato, Vice President Information Technology
Mr. DiDonato is responsible for St. George Logistics technology strategy, operations, infrastructure, electronic data interchange (EDI), and development of their data management platforms. Before joining the St. George Logistics team, he was the Director of IT Operations for QualCare, a subsidiary of Cigna, a leading provider of health care services, responsible for EDI, infrastructure, operations and application platforms.
Mr. DiDonato started his career in warehousing and logistics at Preferred Freezer Services, beginning in operations, before transitioning into technology roles supporting, developing and managing EDI, WMS, TMS and web platforms. Mr. DiDonato, has a M.S. of Information Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology and a B.A. degree in Multimedia Communication from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
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