It started in 1971, when Richard Johanson left his managing position with the California Trucking Exchange. With the support of his wife Althea, loyal colleagues, and customers, JTS was launched on August 9, 1971.
Leveraging his decades of experience, Richard was intent on setting his own high standards of service in the JTS business model, and the company soon thrived under his leadership.
The promise of ethical personal and company conduct remains intact today as the basis of JTS’ business practices. It also extends to the local communities in our regional offices.
Richard’s son, Larry Johanson, joined JTS in 1972, learning the business from the ground up, then expanding their freight base from dry to perishable goods. When Richard retired in 1991, Larry was named the new President/CEO and still holds that position today.
With 30 years as the company’s leader, Larry credits JTS’ success to the loyal executive team with which he is proud to serve – many with over 30 years of tenure this year:
Jerry Beckstead – Chief Operating Officer – 44 years
Janice Spicer – Chief Financial Officer – 34 years
Rick Rattazzi – Senior VP – 36 years
Bruce Negri – Senior VP – 28 years
Dave Hiersche – VP Emeritus, Information Technology – 35 years
He encourages the entire staff to be innovative thinkers and empowers them to make decisions, driving many of the strategies to move JTS forward and stay competitive into the future.
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