Jesse Merrell has been appointed chief operating officer for Medallion Transport Holdings. Merrell previously served as the company’s Vice President of Heavy Haul for the past five years and will now play a critical role in overseeing operations for all of Medallion’s entities; Medallion Transport & Logistics, NHH Services, ACE Heavy Haul, Medallion International and Medallion Hospitality.
“He’s a leader, he’s a great ambassador for the company,” said Gary Weilheimer, CEO and president, Transport Holdings. ”He brings the ability to merge what’s made us great and we need to do to be great going forward,”
Merrell will oversee a national agent network and a fleet of over 400 power units from the company’s newest corporate office located in Kokomo, IN.
“With Jesse as our COO and as a leader in our organization, we are positioned to meet the demands of the future of transportation and logistics in all different dynamics that we service,” added Weilheimer. “Jesse’s the complete package with knowledge, background and diversity, and brings us the experience and the new way of doing business.”
Merrell began his 20-year career in the trucking and logistics industry during college. At 18, he earned a CDL and drove a truck delivering building materials to pay for tuition. In the early 2000’s, just after earning an Agriculture degree from Purdue, he took a position selling semi-trucks throughout the Midwest.
After success in sales, he was hired as an operations and sales manager for a transportation company in 2003. In 2007, he opened his own agency along with his dad. The pair grew the agency, National Heavy Haul, significantly and became the largest exporter of construction equipment overseas, shipping over 5,000 tractors per year at the time. After almost eight years of managing trucks and his own agency, he made the decision to join Medallion in 2015.
As much as Merrell and the current management team have big plans to maintain an edge through technology and new programs, Merrell’s main focus is to create a better life for everyone affiliated with the company.
“Trucking is not a job, it’s a lifestyle,” said Merrell.