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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:
Prior to joining the WindPoint Partners backed STG Holdings in July 2016, Chris has been President and COO of GardaWorld ("Garda") Cash Services since 2010. Under Chris’ transformational leadership, Garda has become #1 currency supply chain, secure logistics and cash business services provider in North America having nearly doubled its revenues to reach a $1 billion run-rate. Today Garda is the fastest growing secure transportation and cash vault services provider in North America and the largest private sector currency processor in the US and Canada. Garda’s 12-year $1.4 billion cash vault outsourcing contract with Bank of America in 2013, has been reported as the most significant in the history of the industry in the US. Chris has executed over 13 acquisitions and led Garda operations through massive restructuring culminating in the merger of the US and Canadian Cash Services businesses to execute operational synergies and create the industry exclusive fully integrated cross-border service delivery platform. Across the board, Chris has led unprecedented investments in people and technology including a comprehensive JD Edwards implementation to fully integrate ERP and CRM systems. Chris oversaw 15,000 employees, 300 secure operations centers and 3,500 armored trucks and 215 fixed wing cargo aircraft making 100,000 pickups daily for 12,000 clients.
Previously, an executive at one of the best-established investment banking groups, globally, as the Head of JPMorgan's corporate finance practice in Canada. Mandated to establish, build and grow the Canadian Corporate Finance practice with exclusive responsibility for the Firm’s corporate client portfolio; trusted advisor to CEOs and Boards. Chris served as an advisor for public and private companies across a broad spectrum of industries including, consumer products, business services, retail, media, software, technology, transportation & logistics, forestry, paper and packaging, manufacturing, and diversified industrial. Facilitated over $10 billion in capital raising and advised on $5B in corporate finance and restructuring transactions.
Chris has a BA in Business Studies with First Class Honors from Birmingham City University in the UK; and an MBA with Distinction from York University in Canada. He is a lifelong advocate of education, promoting diversity and inclusion, and mentorship. Chris has been a tenured mentor to students at Schulich School of Business. He has also been an active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and Greater Miami. He was the Chair of Junior Achievement programs and served as Co-Founder and Chairman at United Foundation for the Education of Children. He also serves as a member of the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of CMS Info Systems, a Baring Private Equity Asia portfolio company and the largest secure currency logistics services provider in India. In 2013, he was awarded the Florida Governor’s Business Ambassador Medal. In 2016, Chris was appointed to Co-Chair Canada 150 Advisory Committee to oversee the preparations to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary of confederation.
President and Chief Executive 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.
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.
Chief Integration Officer
Dave Buss is a proven logistics and transportation executive with more than 24 years of experience in Domestic and International Operations, Global Business Development, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Dave is currently responsible for strategically integrating all existing and future businesses under the St. George umbrella. Most recently, Dave served as an Executive Board member, and Executive Vice President, Global Development, at Pegasus Logistics Group. Prior to his experience with Pegasus, Dave was an Area Vice President, U.S. & Canada, for UTi Worldwide. Dave’s responsibilities at UTi included P&L ownership over Operations and Sales for the U.S. and Canada, an area that included 1,200+ employees and $600 million in revenue. Dave began his career at Eagle Global Logistics (now CEVA) where he opened their thirteenth office in San Diego. He continued with Eagle, being promoted to the level of Vice President, as they grew from $48 million to over $1.6 billion. Dave holds a Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Cal State University, Long Beach.
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.
Senior Vice President of Transportation
Mr. Napolitano is responsible for the St. George Logistics national IPI Ocean Freight Transportation network. He brings over 25 years experience in domestic transportation, customer service and ocean CFS management. James also has helped manage several different technology initiatives including our tablet based warehouse bar code, and cargo photo recording system. James started his career at AZ CFS in 1993 and quickly created the east coasts first Ocean IPI transportation network for Import Cargo, which helped grow AZ into one of the industry leaders. James also has an extensive knowledge of the Ocean Export Consolidation business and has worked with international clients to grow this product for the STG network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President Information Technology
Mr. DiDonato is responsible for St. George Logistics technology strategy, operations, infrastructure, electronic data interchange (EDI), and development of their CFS, WMS, TMS and EFT 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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