Daniel Cushman, 61
President and CEO
PAM Transport Services, Tontitown
Daniel Cushman was named CEO of PAM in 2009 when the company was in the midst of losing more than $30 million from 2008-09. Since then PAM has posted annual profits since 2011, including $13.5 million in 2013 and a record $21.4 million in 2014. Cushman earned $1.38 million in 2014 and received a salary raise to $500,000 in 2015. Cushman is a member of the Arkansas Trucking Association’s board of directors and has more than 34 years of industry experience.
Bryan Day, 53
Little Rock Port Authority, Little Rock
Bryan Day replaced Paul Latture as executive director of the Little Rock Port in June 2014. Day manages the 2,600-acre industrial park, the Port Authority Railroad and two harbors that handle as much as 500 tons of cargo per hour. Day is a member of the transportation advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Day worked 20 years for the city of Little Rock, including eight years as assistant city manager. He was also assistant director of the city’s Parks & Recreation Department. He was twice president of the board of directors of the Arkansas Recreation & Parks Association and was elected to the Little Rock School Board.
Ron Mathieu, 53
Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport, Little Rock
Ron Mathieu has been in charge of Clinton National Airport since 2008 and manages approximately 160 employees. The number of enplaned passengers has dropped nearly 22 percent in the past 15 years to approximately 997,000 in 2015, but the airport made a profit. The airport reported net income of $14.7 million in 2015 and paid $7 million in December to become debt-free. The airport has completed $70 million in renovations and is scheduled to start a $20 million concourse improvement plan later this year.
CORRECTIONS: The number of employees Mathieu manages was previously reported incorrectly. In addition, the number of enplaned passengers — those who boarded flights — at Clinton National Airport was nearly 997,000 in 2015. This number was previously incorrectly stated as the number of total passengers at the airport.
Judy McReynolds, 53
Chairwoman, President and CEO
ArcBest Corp., Fort Smith
Judy McReynolds joined the company in 1997 and served as controller for six years before earning a promotion to CFO in 2006. She was named CEO and president in 2010 and was recently appointed chairwoman of the board of directors. McReynolds earned $2.3 million in 2014 and $2.26 million in 2015 when ArcBest reported income of more than $91 million. She has been a member of the transportation advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis since 2012.
Shannon Newton, 37
Arkansas Trucking Association, Little Rock
Shannon Newton joined the ATA in 2003 to manage the organization’s $11 million insurance fund. She became vice president in 2008 and replaced Lane Kidd as president in June 2014. She served on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Working Group on Highway Funding. Since Newton was named president, membership in the ATA has increased 12 percent and income 23 percent. The ATA represents companies that employ more than 80,000.
Dennis Oakley, 53
Bruce Oakley Inc., Little Rock
Dennis Oakley, the son of the company founder, became president of Bruce Oakley Inc. in 1993. Oakley Inc. manages 11 river ports in four states and has terminals in Little Rock, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico as well as ports on the Arkansas, Red and Mississippi rivers. Oakley owns Johnston’s Port 33 in Catoosa, Oklahoma, the largest private port on the Arkansas River. Oakley employs 700 directly and another 650 owner-operator truck drivers. As recently as 2014, the media-shy Oakley Inc. was the sixth-largest private company in Arkansas with revenue of $1.2 billion.
John Roberts III, 51
J.B. Hunt Transport, Lowell
John Roberts joined J.B. Hunt in 1989 and served in a variety of executive positions, including president of the dedicated contract services unit from 1997-2010, before being named to the board of directors in 2010. Roberts earned $5.38 million in compensation in 2015 when J.B. Hunt reported income of $427.2 million on revenue of $6.2 billion. Roberts serves on the board of directors and on the audit committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Randy Rogers, 53
President and CEO
USA Truck, Van Buren
Randy Rogers was named CEO and president of USA Truck in January to replace Tom Glaser. Rogers, who is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, ran operations in Mexico, Brazil, China and southern Europe for DHL Supply Chain, and his expertise in logistics is expected to help USA Truck expand its asset-light businesses. Rogers is the company’s fourth CEO in three years and will earn a salary of $425,000. USA Truck has reported profits of $17.1 million from 2014-15 after annual losses from 2009-13.
Tracy Rosser, 50
Senior Vice President, Transportation
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville
Tracy Rosser has been in charge of Wal-Mart’s transportation division since 2012. He oversees all domestic transportation, private fleet and global transportation. He joined Wal-Mart in 1997 and has served in a variety of executive positions after spending nine years in the private trucking sector. He manages more than 77,000 employees, including 7,500 drivers, in 150 distribution centers and 87 offices. Wal-Mart trucks travel more than 700 million miles a year, and the division has won numerous safety awards from the American Trucking Associations. Rosser is a member of the board of directors of the Arkansas Trucking Association.
Scott Van Laningham, 65
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Scott Van Laningham worked 18 years in the newspaper industry at the Arkansas Gazette, Springdale News and Northwest Arkansas Times. He joined the campaign to bring an airport to the region and became the public relations director for the Northwest Arkansas Council. He was named executive director of the airport in 1998, the year it opened. XNA had more than 1.2 million passengers in 2014 and 2015. It operates more than 50 flights daily.