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Jul 17, 2019

Pilot Freight Services Announces Two Promotions to Regional Vice President

GLEN MILLS, PA – July 17, 2019 – Pilot Freight Services (Pilot), a worldwide provider of transportation and logistics services is pleased to announce the promotion of Shawn Burrell and Tony Ponder to regional vice president. Burrell will oversee Pilot’s Western Region from Salt Lake City, UT while Ponder will manage the Central Region from New Orleans, LA. Both regional vice presidents will report to Zach Pollock, chief operating officer.

A 27-year veteran of the transportation industry, Burrell began his career at Pilot Salt Lake City, as a district manager in 2003. Burrell has been recognized as a mentor and leader as a recipient of Pilot’s Rising Star and Simply the Best awards to celebrate his dedication to his team’s professional development while maintaining a focus on aligning sales growth with operational excellence. Burrell has overseen double-digit growth thereby securing several long-term clients, and most recently, helped implement a national dealer direct program for a high-end appliance manufacturer. In his new role, Burrell will work to enhance and support district managers with a clearly defined goal of increasing sales in the Western Region while continuing to reach new levels of operational success.

Ponder joined Pilot in 2017 as the international sales director for the Central Region and over the last year has grown international revenue in the territory by over twenty percent. Prior to Pilot, Ponder opened MIQ Logistics New Orleans location and also served as the company’s interim district manager for Atlanta. Earlier in his career, Ponder earned sales recognition awards while at BAX Global and DB Schenker. In his new role at Pilot, his deep understanding of the complexities of sales and operations combined with a proven track record of working with clients, Pilot team members and industry peers throughout his twenty-plus year career will be an enormous asset to the management of the Central Region. He will continue to work closely with district managers to grow Pilot’s client base and implement new opportunities.

“Both Shawn and Tony have the knowledge and experience to lead their respective regions and provide a level of support and insight that will elevate the sales and operational performance,” says Zach Pollock, chief operating officer. “It is so exciting to be able to draw upon Pilot’s deep bench of talent to promote from within and foster a culture of leadership.”