Bart Middleton serves as Grammer Industries’ Chief Executive Officer, a role that he took on late in 2016, succeeding Shorty Whittington, the Founder of Grammer Industries. Middleton, previously the company’s CFO, grew up in an agricultural family and has been around trucking all of his life Prior to joining Grammer in 2013, Bart worked in a variety of roles for Celadon Logistics Services in Indianapolis, including Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer, and Corporate Controller. At Celadon, he was responsible for all SEC and tax compliance, and led the integration of six asset acquisitions. Other previous experience includes the public accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche LLP.
Bart graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Accounting & Finance Committee of the American Transportation Association and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Tax Committee, and also is a member of the Indiana CPA Society. Bart is the proud father of 6 and is a devoted family man. He is currently the Troop Committee Coordinator for his son’s Scout Troop.
Vice President of Government Affairs & Special Projects
John S. Whittington serves as Vice-president of Government Relations for Grammer Industries, Inc., as well as Vickery Transportation, a subsidiary of Grammer Industries. Mr. Whittington’s passion for advocating the interests of the transportation industry allows the company to have a strong voice when issues critical to the company and industry are under consideration. Mr. Whittington also manages Vickery Transportation (Vickery, OH), the hazardous bulk liquid waste trucking division of the company.
Mr. Whittington grew up near Columbus, Indiana. He has been part of the transportation industry from a young age, witnessing firsthand the rewards and challenges of trucking, as his father, Shorty Whittington, founded and built Grammer Industries. John S. Whittington graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Agricultural Business Management in 1996. Mr. Whittington is an active member of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) where he currently holds the office of Vice Chairman. Mr. Whittington was recently Chairman of the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) and the Agricultural Food Transporters Conference of the ATA.
Mr. Whittington is first and foremost an entrepreneur and is actively involved in many start-up ventures. These ventures include the fields of transportation, renewable fuels and real estate. He is also the co-owner of Van Wert Terminal LLC (Van Wert, OH), a rail to truck transfer facility and liquid storage terminal. Another important venture for Mr. Whittington is as co-owner of Integrity Biofuels, Central Indiana’s first Biodiesel plant located in Morristown, Indiana, just east of Indianapolis.
Mr. Whittington and his wife Lynn reside in Columbus, Indiana. They have two children, Stillman and Alexandria. They also head the Indiana chapter of The Cure Starts Now Foundation (CSN), which funds research for childhood brain cancer.
Grammer Industries Operations Manager Amanda Morrison joined the company in 1993. Her current responsibilities include managing all operational facets of the organization at all locations. Prior to becoming the operations manager, Morrison had worked as a billing associate, driver payroll and settlements associate, accounts payable associate, rate analyst and transitioned into operations as a dispatch coordinator. Morrision was promoted to Operations Manager in 2011 with over 20 years experience in the company in a variety of roles.
Morrison graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband Jeff and two children.
Grammer Industries Fleet Manager Scott McKeand joined the company in 1988. His current responsibilities include all maintenance activities at 5 of our terminals, all external repair maintenance, purchase and sale of equipment, and review of performance of our equipment.
Prior to becoming our fleet manager, Scott was a driver for an independent contractor, worked as a maintenance technician, as the maintenance supervisor and as a dispatch coordinator. Scott has tremendous experience with our equipment and maintaining our fleet to the highest possible safety standards.
McKeand is a member of the Maintenance council of the ATA, the National Tank Truck Association, and a member of the Young Gassers Association. Scott lives in North Vernon, IN with his wife Debbie and they have two grown children.
Vice President of Finance
Mike Rees, Vice President of Finance, joined the company in 1995 as Technology Coordinator and Office Manager. As the Company expanded, Rees took on the responsibilities of the Finance, Billing, Human Resources and Payroll functions. Throughout his tenure with the Company, Rees has steadily expanded his knowledge of both the industry and the Company, while continuing to manage Finance and Technology. Rees was project lead when the Company implemented McLeod in the late 1990’s, a major achievement for the company. In 2013 Rees began his collaboration with Bart Middleton, then Grammer’s CFO, and was promoted to Controller in 2014. Rees was promoted again to Vice President of Finance in November of 2016. Prior to joining Grammer Industries, Rees owned and operated a restaurant. He also worked in the accounting department of Johnson Oil. Rees is a graduate of Indiana Business College, with a degree in Accounting. He and his family are long time residents of Butlerville, IN
Director of Safety, Security & Training
George Gerth, Director of Safety, Training and Security, joined the company in 2015. Gerth’s primary responsibilities include new driver orientation and ongoing training of Grammer’s approximately 225 drivers in the safe transportation of all of the hazardous materials products that Grammer hauls. Gerth also monitors the daily driving activities of the entire fleet to ensure the Company’s drivers are compliant with all Company policies, as well as all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) regulations enforced by the DOT. In his role of Director of Safety, Training and Security, Gerth also oversees employee drug and alcohol testing/reporting, OHSA reporting, truck insurance and IFTA reporting.
Gerth comes to us from Celadon Trucking Services, Inc. where he was responsible for Fleet Training, and prior to that, Driver Compliance. Gerth has been involved in the trucking industry for over 35 years, he has more than 1 million safe miles as a driver and is a Master Truck Driver with the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA). Gerth is member of the IMTA Safety Maintenance council and holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer for 2016-2017. Gerth is a retired Master Sergeant, United States Air Force Reserves, 1981 – 2002.
Chief Administrative Officer
Grammer Industries Chief Administrative Officer, Tracy Cottrell, joined the company this year. Her responsibilities include oversight of the administrative and human resource functions within the organization, as well as supporting the President on new projects and business development initiatives.
Prior to joining Grammer, Cottrell was the Director of Client Services and a Senior Consultant for Integrity HR, Inc., a human resources consulting firm headquartered in Louisville, KY. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Finance and Human Resources for Champalimaud Design, a New York based interior design and architecture firm to the hospitality industry. Cottrell was also Vice President of Operations for MFW Group Ltd., a menswear manufacturer and agent to the mass market, based in New York, with manufacturing facilities in Asia.
Ms. Cottrell is a graduate of Smith College with a BS degree in Economics. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), as well as the Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG.) She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Director of Business Development & Marketing
Grammer Industries’ Director of Business Development and Marketing, Sam Robinson, joined the company in August of 2015. Sam’s primary responsibilities are developing, maintaining and coordinating all sales activities within the company to maximize revenue, market share and profitability. He will also support the Leadership Team on new projects.
Prior to joining Grammer, Sam worked for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, based in Northbrook, IL. During his tenure at Potash, Sam was the Manager, Nationals Accounts in the Industrial Sales department, as well as Manager of Transportation (Purified Phosphoric Acid) in the transportation department. Prior to his roles at Potash, Sam worked in the Traffic Department for Albright & Wilson Inc., Richmond, VA. Sam started his career in transportation in the Tank Truck industry working in multiple management roles for Grace Logistics, Infinger Transportation, Eagle Transportation and Kenan Transport.
Sam will be relocating to the Columbus, IN area with his wife Kim. They have 2 grown daughters and 1 granddaughter.
founder & Vice Chairman
Shorty Whittington, the Founder of Grammer Industries, stepped back from his role as President of the Company in the fall of 2016 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Whittington established Grammer in 1977 and has been an active and prominent member of the transportation industry. Whittington served as Chairman of the American Trucking Association (ATA) in 2009, currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) and is a member of the Nominating Committee of the National Tank Truck Association (NTTC). In 2014, Whittington was awarded the Founders Award from the IMTA for his lifetime service and work in the transportation industry. A graduate of Purdue University, Whittington was named a Purdue Distinguished Agriculture Alumni in 2007. Whittington and his wife reside in Grammer, IN, not too far from Grammer Industries’ headquarters in Columbus, IN.