Meet the Leaders
Lipsey Logistics Worldwide Executive Team
Johnny Jones Sr.
Chief Executive Officer, Lipsey Logistics Worldwide and Lipsey Trucking
Johnny is the Chief Executive Officer of Lipsey Logistics Worldwide and Lipsey Trucking. Johnny’s executive leadership roles with Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking have spanned many years, and he has helped to lay the foundation for a growing and successful company. In late 2014, Johnny launched asset-based Lipsey Trucking, which has grown to over 100 employees in four short years. Johnny is highly engaged in the day-to-day operations of both companies and works closely with his executive leadership team to establish strategy and direction that exceeds customer expectations, while building partnerships with carriers and suppliers. With his innate leadership and ability to engage with and cultivate the full potential of employees, Johnny has built a successful $300 million-plus logistics and trucking business.
With over two decades of transportation and logistics experience, Johnny began his career at U.S. Xpress as a dispatcher and worked his way up to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Upon his departure in 2007, Johnny joined the Hub Group where he led the business development department for three years.
A native Chattanoogan, Johnny strongly believes community involvement and support is critical to the development of our youth. Johnny is an active supporter of several local charities, including spending his time and resources as a boxing mentor at the YMCA’s Community Action Project, and with The Forgotten Child Fund.
President, Lipsey Logistics Worldwide and Lipsey Trucking
John began leading the Flatbed division, Lipsey Transport, in March 2019 as President. John’s President responsibilities expanded to Lipsey Logistics LLC and Lipsey Trucking in April of the same year.
John’s career has spanned the last 35 years starting from his humble beginnings as a transportation manager for a small film manufacturing firm in Rochester, New York. Pursuing his passion for sales and marketing, he worked as a regional sales manager for both JB Hunt Transport and MS Carriers (acquired by Swift Transportation). For 10 years (1995 – 2005) he worked as the Vice President of Marketing Services for Swift Transportation overseeing Marketing and Pricing for one of America’s largest Truckload carriers. Most recently, he worked for US Xpress and held various roles over his 13-year career including Vice President and Executive Vice President of Operations, Chief Marketing Officer and culminating as President of US Xpress, Inc. overseeing all Truckload Operations. Beyond this he has served the industry as a Board Member for various organizations including The American Trucking Association as well as Women in Trucking.
He is a 1984 Graduate of The State University of New York at Geneseo and holds a BS degree in Management Science with a concentration in Marketing.
Vice President, Human Resources, Lipsey Logistics Worldwide and Lipsey Trucking
Kendal joined Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking as Vice President of Human Resources in April 2017, bringing more than ten years of experience in multiple HR capacities. In her role, Kendal is responsible for providing strategic leadership in all areas of HR, driver recruiting, and project management.
Previously, Kendal held various roles with the City of Chattanooga’s human resources department, including serving as Human Resource Quality Assurance Officer. Kendal received her IMPA-SCP certification and served as a board member for the Tennessee Public Management Association prior to leaving the public sector. Kendal began her HR career at U.S. Xpress in 2008, starting as a Compensation Analyst and progressively promoting into supervisory and management roles in compensation and talent acquisition.
Kendal is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources.
Stephen A. Grace
Executive Vice President, Operations, Lipsey Logistics Worldwide
Stephen has served as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Lipsey Logistics since October 2013. Stephen manages all aspects of our operations and sales team, and has played a vital role in our growth by developing creative engineering solutions and demonstrating an overwhelming commitment to servicing our customers and employees.
Before joining Lipsey Logistics, Stephen held leadership positions at Arnold Transportation and U.S. Xpress. During his time at Arnold Transportation, he served as Vice President of Operations as well as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2010 to 2013. Previously, during his seven year tenure at U.S. Xpress from 2003 to 2010, he held roles in customer service and operations, and was the Director of Planning.
Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Vice President, Finance, Lipsey Logistics Worldwide
Marc joined Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking in January 2014 as the Vice President of Finance. Previously, Marc was Controller for a large construction firm and a Chief Financial Officer at a small, growing trucking business. Marc graduated from the University of Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant. Marc qualified for his CPA at age 22, making him one of the youngest CPA’s in Texas at the time.
Marc is passionate about the trucking industry and enjoys the dynamic and family-oriented culture at Lipsey Logistics.
Vice President, Safety, IT, and Training, Lipsey Logistics Worldwide
Darlene joined Lipsey Logistics and Lipsey Trucking as Vice President of Safety, IT, and Training in April 2015. With a background in secondary education and computer science, Darlene left academia for the transportation industry in 1994. Darlene has 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry and is known for her training, leadership, and management capabilities.
Throughout her career, Darlene has served in many capacities including operations, training, and safety. She has more than 20 years of experience in safety and driver training and holds many relevant certifications, including: Certified Manager of Safety (CMS), Certified Director of Safety (CDS), Professional Human Resources (PHR), Certified Director of Training (CDT), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration Certification (OSHA). Darlene is also certified in leadership and management training and holds a certification in Lean Six Sigma.