Jaimey Malone is happy to be working with his old boss again.
Malone, formerly vice president of sales at USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren, is in his second month as vice president of development at Earl L. Henderson Trucking of Caseyville, Illinois.
If that company sounds familiar, it might be because that is where former USA Truck CEO and CFO (twice) Cliff Beckham landed as president and COO after he resigned from USA Truck in September 2014.
Beckham and Malone worked together for nearly a decade and suffered through USA Truck’s dark period of five consecutive years of annual losses. USA Truck finally reached the black again in 2014.
“Cliff and I, we’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly,” Malone said.
Henderson Trucking recently purchased Tennant Truck Lines in Colona, Illinois, and the two companies operate under the new umbrella name of Trekker Logistics, which will operate out of Caseyville.
“This was a great opportunity for me,” said Malone, who, like Beckham, is a former Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40 honoree. “We’re having a lot of fun. The culture is very much different; it is very relaxed and millennial. We have a chance to build a brand and an image.”
Malone said he left USA Truck on good terms and enjoyed working with CEO Tom Glaser, who was Malone’s fifth boss in his 10 years with the company. He just felt that it was time to move on.
“We made USA Truck profitable again when everyone, it seemed, was rooting against us,” Malone said. “With the change in management, it was a good time for me to end that chapter and start a new one.”