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Our Story

Who We Are, What We Do and Why We Do It

GDS Express is a family-owned trucking company that believes in the value of people. We know our drivers by name, and we care about our customers’ businesses. GDS provides superior capacity, technology and service, while still maintaining long-term personal relationships with our owner operators, drivers, office staff and vendors.

 

 

Our History: The Dream of One Man

GDS Founder Jack Delaney began his transportation career in 1961 at Roadway Express. Working as a dispatcher in Roadway’s Kearney, New Jersey, terminal, he advanced through the ranks to executive vice president. As such, Jack helped to build the nation’s leading LTL company.

In 1990, Jack was ready for a new challenge. With just seven owner operators and 35 trailers, he founded GDS Express to handle garment-on-hangers (GOH) shipments for Montgomery Ward®. Two years later, Jack’s son, J.P. Delaney, joined the effort. Together they enforced core values like respect and communication, as well as an open-door policy, to grow GDS as a successful business and supportive, family-friendly employer.

In 2010, Jack retired, answering a different kind of call of the open road – riding horses. J.P. took over as GDS president and continues to lead the company through exciting expansions. Today, with the help of our valued people, GDS has more than 160 drivers and offers dedicated lanes across the country. And, J.P. is still looking ahead. In 2014, he and CEO Craig Stacy formed GDS Express Group, a focused division that drives growth in all markets. Through its efforts, GDS now offers a more diverse range of services including dry van, logistics and bulk service.

Our Mission: Get it Done

Simple but effective, our mission is to deliver our customers’ freight – safely and on time – while providing our employees, owner operators and company drivers a secure and rewarding career.

Our Team: The People Who Lead Us

At GDS, we know exactly what our most valuable asset is – our people. From leadership to maintenance, drivers to dispatch, our people are what make us such a strong presence in the industry. Get to know some of the people who lead our team.

TopJack DelaneyFounder

A self-made man, Jack Delaney was born to a humble New Jersey family in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army for two years before beginning his career in transportation as a driver for Chicago Express out of its New York City terminal. In 1961, Jack joined industry giant Roadway Express as a dispatcher. He soon entered Roadway’s management trainee program, and enrolled in night school to begin a degree that took him six years and many late nights to complete. He worked his way up to terminal manager, divisional vice president and, finally, vice president of operations before leaving Roadway in 1989. Jack founded GDS Express in 1990 and headed the company until he passed it on to his son, J.P., in 2010. Jack is enjoying his well-deserved retirement as a self-proclaimed cowboy, and his open-road adventures now involve riding his beloved horses.

TopCraig StacyOwner

An entrepreneur at heart, Craig Stacy is CEO of GDS Express Group, which owns GDS Express. GDS Express Group was formed through the merger of several companies in 2014 and serves as a platform for continued growth and expansion in the transportation industry. With a strong business sense and excellent management skills, Craig quickly expanded GDS Express through acquisition and organic growth. He successfully transitioned GDS Express into a dynamic niche-based organization with revenues in excess of $40 million. Craig also currently serves as principal/CEO of Nuway Logistics Group, a bulk transportation company. Prior to these roles, Craig served as president and CEO of Bronx International, Inc., a manufacturing company with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and China. While there, he helped develop equipment solutions for the oil, gas and automotive industries. Craig and his partners acquired Bronx out of bankruptcy from a UK-based holding company in 2001. Prior to the Bronx acquisition, he was CFO of Shiloh Industries, a publicly traded company. Craig holds a BS in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He enjoys boating and fishing, as well as spending time with his wife and three daughters.

TopJ.P. DelaneyC.E.O.

J.P. Delaney was raised on trucks. In fact, he learned to drive a tow motor at the age of four on Roadway’s Kearney, New Jersey, dock and grew up among teamsters, longshoremen and gangsters. In high school and college, J.P. worked as a casual on the Yellow Freight dock in Richfield, Ohio, and as a package handler for RPS (now FedEx Ground) in Toledo, cultivating a lifelong passion for the industry. He later gained management experience at FedEx Ground where he oversaw dayshift deliveries, as well as nightshift inbound and outbound operations in exotic locales such as Cleveland, Ohio, and Erie, Pennsylvania. J.P. joined GDS Express in 1992. He holds an MS in business administration and finance from Bowling Green State University and is committed to building and sustaining GDS as a successful, family-friendly trucking company.

TopMark WhitacreOperations Manager

Mark Whitacre joined GDS in 2001 and was recently promoted to dispatch manager. With 20 years of industry experience both as a driver and dispatcher, he is a natural at synthesizing the efforts of the dispatch department, freight coordinators and management. Mark’s main priority is to keep trucks moving, customers happy and daily operations running smoothly. He loves the family atmosphere at GDS and enjoys solving the day-to-day puzzles of the vibrant transportation industry. In his free time, Mark can be found spending time with his wife and daughter, restoring classic cars and motorcycles, or cruising in his ’69 Cadillac.

TopMike CadyRecruiting Manager

Mike Cady brings 24 years of industry experience to GDS. After working as a freight broker for nearly a decade, he joined GDS in 1998 as east-coast dispatcher. Mike was promoted to lead dispatch and eventually worked his way up to operations manager. As such, he oversees day-to-day operations including driver management and relations, recruiting, and customer service, as well as all initiatives that contribute to company goals. Mike loves that although the days seem similar in the transportation industry, they are never quite the same. And, a people person, he values the friendships he has made during his career. When he’s not at work, Mike enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife and three children. 

TopGeorge HopkinsMaintenance Director

Growing up in a shop and around drag racing, George Hopkins has always been interested in mechanical things and how they work. Early highlights in his 30-year career in transportation include winning a nationwide automotive contest, opening his own repair shop and purchasing a truck. George joined GDS in 2001, working in the safety division, and now serves as maintenance director. He grows relationships with vendors from coast-to-coast and focuses on keeping drivers on the road where they can best service GDS customers. In his spare time, George enjoys hunting, fishing and learning about Native American culture. He also loves spending time with his wife and five children.

TopMissy WytosickDriver Retention Manager

Missy Wytosick says she has the best job at GDS. As driver retention manager, she has a broad range of responsibilities including running social media, assisting with IT and supporting other departments. However, her main role – and the one that gives her the most joy – is building relationships with drivers and ensuring their success. Missy stays in constant contact with all GDS drivers, assisting them with problems and even reaching out to their families to help them stay connected. She truly loves working with such great people in a genuine family atmosphere. Missy has been married for 24 years and devotes her personal time to her children and grandchildren. She also has the travel bug and says, “If it has a beach, I want to go there.” 

TopMarty EhmerDriver Manager, Southwest Region

Marty Ehmer has 18 years of industry experience enhancing his role as driver manager at GDS. This comes in handy since he describes his diverse job responsibilities as “doing everything it takes to get the drivers’ job done.” Marty maintains open lines of communication between customers, suppliers and drivers. He balances customer timelines with driver equipment needs and day-to-day challenges to ensure successful delivery in the Southwest region. Marty’s favorite aspect of his job is offering drivers support, finding it rewarding to help them make a good living. When he’s not working, Marty enjoys taking his three children to amusement parks, zoos and other adventure spots. He also likes brushing up on sports trivia and playing the stock market.

TopJosh EsqueDriver Manager, Southeast Region

A rookie to the transportation industry, Josh Esque is eager to learn and grow at GDS. As driver manager, he oversees southeastern operations, working with customers, suppliers and drivers to coordinate on-time deliveries. He maintains daily communications and responds to equipment needs. Josh is happily settling into the comfortable family atmosphere at GDS and enjoys the way each day is different from the one before it. Welcome to the transportation industry, right?! At home, Josh likes to watch sports and spend time with his family. 

TopRachael IrwinDriver Manager East Coast

An industry newcomer, Rachael Irwin is excited to be a part of a fast-moving environment where each day brings new challenges. Centered on strong problem-solving skills, her role as Driver Manager involves establishing relationships with her drivers and to get them the best runs possible – and keep them moving. Rachael takes pride in contributing to others’ success, making her a natural fit for the GDS team. Her hobbies include flying airfoil kites, playing with her dog and cat, and strumming her guitar.  

TopJim StaffordNight Dispatch

The son of a truck driver, Jim Stafford grew up in the industry and has nearly 25 years experience. He worked as a driver for 12 years, gaining valuable insights into the driver perspective and industry workings, before moving into his current role of Night Dispatcher. His top priority is getting drivers the help they need and keeping those loads moving. Jim takes comfort in the fact that no two days in transportation are ever the same. His hobbies include gaming and working on computers.

TopTracey SommersAccounts Payable Manager

Tracey Sommers joined GDS in 2014 as an accounts payable manager. With more than 30 years of experience in accounts payable, as well as a BS in business administration from Kent State University, she is highly skilled at managing payroll, payables and reconciliations. Tracey has a passion for numbers and loves that her job allows her to exercise her brain. She also appreciates that GDS challenges her daily to find new ways to work smarter, not harder. In her spare time, Tracey spends time with family and friends.

TopSandi CrittendonAccounts Receivable Manager

Sandi Crittendon has worked as clerk in the transportation industry for more than 30 years, gaining experience from industry leader YRC Worldwide. She is well versed in all aspects of accounts receivable, including freight auditing, cash processing and overcharge claims. As accounts receivable manager, Sandi oversees invoicing and collections, as well as customer service. She values the team environment at GDS and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets when she’s not in the office.

TopDispatchThe Real Boss

Sassy and strong-willed, but with a heart of gold, Dispatch joined GDS on her own terms. She presented herself as a vulnerable stray, tugging at employees’ heartstrings and, ultimately, earning herself a position indoors. As office cat, Dispatch was responsible for greeting drivers, boosting team morale, stealing any food scraps that fall to the floor and providing a wonderfully soft surface for petting. When she was not working, Dispatch enjoyed looking out the window and sleeping on warm surfaces. She will be missed.

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