Our Business Leaders
President & Chief Executive Officerrcox@shipwithbest.com
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officerrhepler@shipwithbest.com
Chief Strategy Officerwreich@shipwithbest.com
Chief Financial Officergsurber@shipwithbest.com
Chief Information Officerjkauffman@shipwithbest.com
David Reich III
Vice President of Salesdreich3@shipwithbest.com
VP of Asset Managementsearnhardt@shipwithbest.com
& Specialized Services
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President & Chief Executive OfficerWrite to Roy Cox
About Roy Cox
Roy joined BEST in 1994. As the President & CEO, Roy is responsible for all six operating companies. Starting as a Driver Manager for Best Cartage, a 12 truck operation at the time, he’s held multiple positions along his drive to CEO including Operations Manager, GM, VP of Fleet Operations and EVP of Best Logistics Group. Roy serves outside of BEST as well within the North Carolina Trucking Association, TCA and is a member of the ATA. He was the Chairman of NCTA and still serves on the board today. When he’s not in the office driving BEST forward, he’s usually spending time with his wife Dee Dee and 2 wonderful daughters Elizabeth and Cooper. A Tarheels fan, attending sporting events and beach time with his family & friends typically fill his weekends.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating OfficerWrite to Richard Hepler
About Richard Hepler
Richard joined BEST in 2002. During his tenure here at BEST, he has held 8 different positions ranging from 3rd Shift Supervisor to now our EVP/COO. Richard is responsible for our Best Dedicated, Best Cartage, HR &Administration and our Safety Team across all business lines. His love of travelling often takes him into the mountains of NC but his favorite place to visit is Talkeetna, Alaska. Richard is an excellent cook but his true claim to fame is singing on stage with Patti Labelle.
Chief Strategy OfficerWrite to Will Reich
Chief Financial OfficerWrite to Gary Surber
About Gary Surber
Gary joined BEST in 2005. Gary is the financial guru and has been the BEST CFO since 2006. A Winston-Salem State graduate, he gained his CPA certification in 1985 and spent 7 years in public accounting prior to moving to the private sector. Gary enjoys spending time with his family at Ocean Isle Beach and golfing as much as possible. Married with 2 kids, 2 grandkids and a 3rd on the way. Familiar sounds from his office? “Go DUKE!”
Chief Information OfficerWrite to Joe Kauffman
About Joe Kauffman
Joe joined BEST in 2020. As the CIO for Best Logistics Group, Joe is responsible for all areas of technology and process improvements. An Arizona native, Joe spent the previous 11 years as the VP of IT for Knight Transportation and Knight-Swift Transportation post merger before moving to the Lake Norman area of NC and joining the BEST Team. Raised in the outdoors hunting, fishing and breeding livestock most of his free time revolves around these. Joe has 1 son in Texas in the livestock genetics & breeding field and 1 daughter who’s currently attending the University of Arizona.
David Reich III
Vice President of SalesWrite to David Reich III
About David Reich III
David joined BEST in 1998. D3 is the Vice President of Sales and quarterback’s the BEST sales Team in the business. He’s held positions ranging from the brokerage floor to outside sales and loves the challenges and moving pieces transportation brings day to day. D3 earned his BA in History from UNC Chapel Hill and enjoys making sales calls, learning how things are made and meeting interesting people. Loves spending time with his 4 kids, friends and extended family; his favorite past-times are traveling, attending sporting events and the luck (skill) of gambling.
VP of Asset Management
& Specialized Services
About Stacy Earnhardt
Stacy joined the BEST Team in 1999. As the VP of Asset Management & Specialized Services, Stacy is responsible for all areas of our Best Specialized and Best Distribution business units as well as our fleet maintenance and trailer rental services. Stacy is also very active in the industry outside of BEST, working with several diesel tech schools, the NC Trucking Association (NCTA), the American Trucking Association(ATA) and was named the 2021/2022 Chairman of ATA TMC.Stacy received the Silver Sparkplug Award in 2020. Married to his wife Tonya for over 24 years, he spends a majority of his free time enjoying sports with his daughter Camryn and son Dylan.
Vice President of
About Jay Garber
Jay joined BEST in 2003. Jay is currently the Vice President of Business Development and has served in a multitude of roles throughout his 18 years at BEST. Jay has been instrumental in the development of our Best Dedicated business since 2004 and continues to focus on growth opportunities. Most of Jay’s free time is spent on a baseball or football field with his 9 year old son Max. Married to his wife of 12 years, Julia, adulting time usually consists of travel opportunities and music concerts.