EAGAN, Minn. - December 6, 2019 - Dart Transit Company, in its 85th year as one of America's leading nationwide transportation service providers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Ables as the company's new President and CEO. Chosen through an extensive national search process that was overseen by Dart Chairman Donald G. Oren, Mr. Ables will be responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of Dart Transit Company. Mr. Ables will lead Dart's management team, and he will report directly to Mr. Oren, who will continue his daily involvement in the overall operation of the company that the Oren family has owned since its founding in 1934.
Mr. Ables brings 25 years of transportation experience to his new position at Dart, serving in executive leadership positions for the past six years with premier truckload carrier PAM Transport. Prior to his appointment with Dart, Mr. Ables was the Vice President of Operations & Marketing for all 13 operating divisions at PAM Transport.
"We focused our search on finding an executive leader with the right depth and breadth of experience within all of Dart's markets and facets. In Dave Ables, we found the right person who possesses the full range of skills and values needed to continue to move our organization forward. Over his career in transportation, Dave has established an impressive track record of success, and I am confident that Dave will bring valuable insights and innovative approaches that will benefit our entire organization and all our customers," said Mr. Oren. "In reviewing his experience and during the interview process, we were particularly impressed with the leadership Dave has exhibited within the truckload market, and his ability to work well with employees, owner-operators, customers and the community alike. In our view, he has the right mix of experience working with all aspects of operations, customer service and sales, and he will be a high-quality leader for Dart."
In addition to his time with PAM, Mr. Ables held truckload leadership positions with other quality carriers including Barr-Nunn, CRST and Stevens Transport. Mr. Oren and the Dart management team also took note of Mr. Ables' prior experience in other key areas of business currently offered through the Dart Network. In serving as the Retail Supply Chain Practice Leader for Ohio's Global Executive Solutions, Mr. Ables oversaw strategic sourcing, global purchasing, network optimization and a variety of logistics functions. Outside of trucking, Mr. Ables has been the managing member of his family-owned hardware store as well as other small businesses.
"Dave's expertise in logistics and supply chain solutions, along with his experience as a business owner and entrepreneur, will serve him well as the president and CEO of our company," observed Mr. Oren. "Between his wide range of career experience and the insights he shared with us, we found that Dave is an ideal fit for Dart and its variety of services, including logistics and intermodal services.
"My wife Bev and I, along with our children, David, Daniel, Bradley and Angela, are very proud of what we've built together at Dart, and we couldn't be more excited to bring Dave Ables in to be Dart Transit's President and CEO and next successful leader," expressed Mr. Oren. "We are looking forward to working with Dave in the years ahead as our entire organization stays focused on being the best service provider in the business for drivers, owner-operators, employees, technicians and customers alike."
Mr. Ables and his wife, Lori, both have family ties to the Midwest, growing up in Iowa where Dave attended the University of Northern Iowa. They are the proud parents of three sons, David, Samuel and Nicholas.
About Dart Transit Company:
Founded in 1934, Dart has grown to become one of America's largest and most successful truckload dry van carriers. Dart provides shippers with a wide variety of transportation related services through the Dart Network of companies. For more information, please visit www.Dart.net.
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