ST. LOUIS (October 30, 2018) – The board of directors for UniGroup, a $1.7 billion transportation company, has elected the Suddath Companies’ Barry Vaughn as its chairman. Vaughn served as the chief executive officer of the Suddath Companies before retiring in 2015 and currently serves as vice chairman on the Suddath’s board of directors. As the parent company of both United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, UniGroup boasts the nation’s leading corporate mover and the most well-known name in the moving industry. Suddath has been a United Van Lines partner since 1981, driving hundreds of millions of dollars of business into the UniGroup system, and remains the company’s top booking agent.
“I am looking forward to working more closely with Barry in his new position as chairman of our board of directors,” remarked Marc Rogers, UniGroup president and CEO. “Barry has extensive experience as a leader in the transportation and relocation industry and we all look forward to his support and leadership as we grow and transform our business at UniGroup.”
As Suddath’s top executive, Vaughn was responsible for growing revenue by nearly 300 percent during his tenure, which marked one of the most significant periods of global expansion and profitability in Suddath’s nearly 100-year history.
Vaughn is an engaged and active key industry influencer and has served on the UniGroup board of directors since 2004 in numerous capacities. Most recently, he chaired the Technology & Innovation Committee, and served on the Executive Committee and the Risk & Compliance Committee. Vaughn also actively participates in FIDI and OMNI, most notably serving as a board member of AMSA, serving as chairman of its Government Affairs/Traffic Committee and serving on the Executive Committee.
“Barry’s 45 years of leadership experience in the industry provide him with deep insights that will help him tackle the challenges that face both UniGroup and our industry,” said Mike Brannigan, CEO of Suddath. “I’m confident that with Barry assuming the role of chairman and partnering with UniGroup’s new president and CEO Marc Rogers, UniGroup has the leadership necessary to create a bright future for the van line and the agency family.”
Vaughn will continue to serve as vice chairman of the Suddath board of directors as he takes on his new role as UniGroup chairman. Vaughn served as the CEO of the Suddath Companies for 12 years, and he served on the UniGroup board for the past 14 years. He has been a leader in the industry for over 45 years.
UniGroup is a $1.7 billion transportation and relocation services company with headquarters in suburban St. Louis. In addition to household goods carriers United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, logistics company UniGroup Logistics and international relocation provider UniGroup Worldwide Moving, UniGroup owns other subsidiaries that provide good and services to professional movers.
About The Suddath Companies
The Suddath Companies was established in 1919 and has grown into a $500+ million global transportation, relocation management and logistics company. Suddath employs over 2,000 people worldwide and has a presence coast to coast, with more than 30 locations throughout the United States and service to more than 150 countries across the globe. Suddath conducts over 50,000 moves a year, maintains 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space and is a freight broker with more than 600 carriers under contract. For more information, please visit www.suddath.com.
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