Former USA Truck executive Burton Weis said it was his decision to resign from the Van Buren trucking company and he hoped to stay in northwest Arkansas with his next job.
Weis stepped down as USA Truck’s vice president of human resources on Aug. 13 after 22 years with the company. USA Truck promoted Kandice Harshaw from director of human resources to replace Weis.
Weis joined his good friend Cliff Beckham, who stepped down as CFO after 20 years with the company in September.
In Beckham’s case, it was pre-determined that he would leave after then-CEO John Simone established his program to turn around USA Truck.
Weis said he decided recently to tell CEO Tom Glaser, who replaced Simone when he resigned for health reasons, that he wanted to step aside.
“I had been talking to our CEO recently and let him know that it was time for me to make a change and [I] felt Kandice was ready,” Weis wrote in a message to Arkansas Business. “I am going to take some time to look at opportunities and hope to stay in the area.”
Weis said when Simone was hired, he started a program to make sure that each executive position had depth of personnel to strengthen the company’s leadership.
In that vein, Harshaw had been groomed for Weis’ position.
“I recently made a personal choice to make a career move and felt that I could do it having my replacement ready,” Weis said.