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Richard Hagemeyer - President
Richard Hagemeyer
President

Richard Hagemeyer

is the Owner and President of the Agmark Logistics Group, including Agmark Logistics, the American 3PL, Agmark Logistics North America the NAFTA 3PL and the global 3PL, Agmark Global Logistics. Richard’s role as an entrepreneur and founder has spanned all aspects of the business. Today, while he spends much of his time working with the externalities of government regulations and professionals, his most important time is spent with customers and key transportation suppliers.

With a degree in accounting from Lipscomb University, Richard learned entrepreneurship while working for Ryder Systems, a truck leasing and financial services company. There, as the Director of New Product Development he was tasked with developing a credit card billing company for Ryder’s leased tractor fleet as well as for marketing to independent trucking companies.

It was the late 1970’s and the world was experiencing the second OPEC oil embargo and trucking was being deregulated in the US. It seemed to be a bad time to sell credit cards to trucking companies as no credit cards at that time were electronically authorized.

Seeing the market need, Richard envisioned, developed and implemented the world’s first electronic authorization system for credit cards. This was accomplished by applying the first mag stripes to credit cards, developing phones with integrated mag stripe readers and modems and developing software on General Electric’s time share computer system for telecommunications and data processing.

After developing into a standalone organization, the division was sold to American Express. Later, American Express sold it to Comdata, a company that exists today selling some of the same features to the trucking industry.

In 1980, the railroads were deregulated by the Staggers Act. Shortly thereafter, Richard and his brother Duncan founded Agmark Intermodal Systems (AIS) as a grain merchandising company, buying, transporting and selling bulk agricultural commodities. This company ships grain and feed ingredients from the US Midwest to the US Mid Atlantic by CSX rail to Agmark transload facilities, where the grain is unloaded to trucks and delivered to local feed mills.

In the process of building AIS, CSX encouraged Agmark to get involved with their new (in 1987) intermodal trains. In the process, Agmark built their first tank container and shipped a load of raw milk from Wisconsin to Florida. Contrary to conventional wisdom at the time, it worked – and the rest is the history of Agmark.

Daniel Hudson
Daniel Hudson
VP of Sales & Marketing

Daniel Hudson

is Vice President of Sales and Marketing and chief commercial officer for the Agmark Logistics companies. Daniel’s key initiatives involve the strategic development of new markets while driving revenue growth in existing markets. With Agmark’s unique selling proposition – shipping perishable, time and temperature sensitive products in tank containers by truck, rail and ocean – Daniel works almost daily with rail and steamship partners to develop new lanes and maintain service consistency for Agmark’s transportation network. Daniel represents the unique needs of our customers to our key transportation suppliers to create markets and value for bulk liquid food shippers.

Daniel joined Agmark in 1999 after 6 years with ConAgra in both Mexico and the U.S., selling agricultural chemicals to the large scale vegetable growers. In this role, Daniel became involved in the transportation and distribution of agricultural commodities by rail and truck internationally. Daniel’s experience in Latin America and his fluency in commercial Spanish have enabled him to work at ease throughout the Americas. His knowledge of world trade enables him to design service to customers anywhere.

Karen Whiteaker
Karen Whiteaker
VP of Operations

Karen Whiteaker

is Vice President of Operations and is the chief operating officer for Agmark Logistics. Karen oversees the entire process of creating the Agmark transportation solution. From order entry to order completion, Karen’s department is the core of our customers experience with us. Our bulk liquid transportation customers expect and receive superior intermodal service created by her team of coordinators. As America’s largest tank container operator, Karen and her team can route sensitive bulk liquids across the country or the world, using precisely coordinated truck/rail/ship logistics.

Karen joined Agmark in 1988 as Controller, after working for Third National Bank as an auditor. Karen quickly mastered the intricacies of Agmark’s commodities business and in 1996 moved over to head the operations of the bulk liquid logistics business. Karen’s unique 20+ year perspective on rail networks, schedules and ocean sailings is a key driver enabling Agmark to supply a unique intermodal transportation experience to our bulk liquid customers.

Aaron Brewer
Aaron Brewer
VP of Technology

Aaron Brewer

is the Vice President of Technology at Agmark Logistics, developing and spearheading all phases of the IT department, including systems design, programming, installation, and operation. Aaron works with the President and rest of the management team in setting strategic objectives for the company. He then analyzes what technology and information is needed to produce the best results, and oversees that those requirements are implemented in the company.

Aaron ensures that each department in the company has the tools and technology needed to do more work with less effort, improving service for customers. To do so, Aaron stays up-to-date with the latest technology and business trends as well as government regulations so that the company can be in the best position to help customers when changes in those areas occur, as the world continues to embrace the “global view” of international product sourcing. He also works to improve the professional appearance of the company, its website, and marketing materials.

Aaron loves to be innovative; he is a great communicator, and his ability to persistently focus on even seemingly impossible tasks makes him an excellent problem solver. These qualities allow him to quickly and successfully address any new functional requirements customers may have and provide the technology and information needed to do business more efficiently.

Aaron began working at Agmark in April 2002. With a background in IT and development and the appeal of intriguing challenges, Aaron was drawn to Agmark’s vision of how they wanted to use technology to better serve businesses as well as the entrepreneurial innovation of the company itself. Today, Aaron still loves the limitless challenges his position provides in meeting the needs of customers in new and better ways, looking for new opportunities, and using technology to help various departments work better and faster.

Shane Scruggs
Shane Scruggs
Equipment Manager

Shane Scruggs

is Vice President of Transportation for the trucking affiliate, Agmark Transportation and is the equipment manager for all tank containers, chassis, tractors and other rolling stock. Shane joined Agmark in 2000 with experience in trucking, warehousing, equipment and safety. Shane has the primary responsibility for procurement, repair and maintenance of the truck related operations. He oversees the safety and compliance issues as they relate to highway, ocean and rail service for our drivers and equipment. Shane manages a fleet of over 1000 pieces of equipment and the associated vendors that supply service to the equipment.

 Carter Kaeser
Carter Kaeser
Market Development

Carter Kaeser

handles Market Development for the Agmark Logistics companies. As part of his sales and marketing position, Carter works with existing clients to expand their utilization of rail and ocean based bulk liquid shipping while finding new opportunities, new lanes, and new markets for both existing and new clients. Carter has his degree in Marketing and Management from Lipscomb University in Nashville. He began his career with Agmark in 2004, starting in Operations learning the “nuts and bolts” of the company; how tank containers work, how railway systems operate, how ocean carriers operate, and what the truckers go through. Armed with his thorough understanding of what is possible with tank containers in the intermodal world, Carter supplies Agmark’s customers with tailored solutions to their bulk liquid shipping needs.

Eric Hagemeyer
Eric Hagemeyer
Logistics Coordinator

Eric Hagemeyer

is the Logistics Coordinator for the West Coast, a region that includes Texas, California, Hawaii, and Kansas City. Being responsible for each Agmark tank container that moves through this region, Eric deploys drivers in the most efficient way possible, reducing overhead costs, and ensuring that each load is delivered when and where it is supposed to be. This includes translating customers’ orders into drivers’ dispatches, checking schedules, looking at railroad traces, scheduling appointments with plant personnel, and assisting drivers in executing their dispatches. Eric says it’s extremely rewarding to mark a load as “delivered” and know that his customer is satisfied with the effort he has made in getting their shipment to them. Eric had previously been an intern at Agmark Intermodal Systems during college, and then was offered a full-time position in operations for Agmark Logistics in April 2011. Of course, as the son of owner Richard Hagemeyer, Eric has been around Agmark his entire life. Although he has briefly worked at other places, Eric says that none of them have the atmosphere that Agmark has. Eric feels that the people who work at Agmark are like family, and some of them have even worked there since he was born. Eric earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Economics from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and he loves to cook.

Daniel West
Daniel West
Logistics Coordinator

Daniel West

serves as a Logistics Coordinator for Agmark Logistics coordinating, dispatching, and monitoring tank containers as they are in transit, from pick-up to delivery whether by rail, truck, or ship. Being well organized and able to resourcefully multi-task has helped Daniel to solve any logistics difficulties in an efficient and timely manner so that every product gets to where it needs to go, when it needs to be there. He ensures that customers are kept up-to-date with accurate information on where their product is in transit and when it is expected for delivery by continually monitoring each tank container. Daniel has worked for Agmark since March of 2008. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. his spare time Daniel enjoys playing basketball and tennis. He is also an avid University of Tennessee fan and enjoys keeping up with the basketball and football teams.

Emily Reeves
Emily Reeves
Logistics Coordinator

Emily Reeves

serves as Logistics Coordinator at Agmark Logistics for Florida, Yucatan Peninsula, South America, Canada, Caribbean and parts of Mexico. In this position, she oversees the loading, delivery, and scheduling of all business in and out of these areas and monitoring schedules daily to make sure everything is running smoothly. Good communication with customers, she feels, is very important. Having wanted to work in the logistics field, Emily enjoys that every day is different; that as the business evolves, there are always new things to learn and new areas to expand. Emily appreciates that Agmark is a relatively small company, based in her hometown of Nashville, but is also large in its global reach, doing business all over the world. She sees Agmark continuing to look for new and better ways to do things, expanding to new markets and regions. Emily began working at Agmark in 2008 after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, with a logistics minor. She enjoys running and staying active, reading, as well as being a big sports fan.
Having wanted to work in the logistics field, Emily enjoys that every day is different; that as the business evolves, there are always new things to learn and new areas to expand. Even when adjustments are needed because of unforeseen circumstances, Emily is able to roll with the changes and make things work so that every shipment will arrive on time. Part of what helps her keep things running efficiently is that Emily always keeps the big picture in mind. Scheduling weeks, often months ahead of time, Emily is able to not only take care of the immediate details but also see how best to fit every logistical piece together for the entire project to be successful.

Having a close-knit family herself with her parents and younger sister in Nashville too, Emily appreciates that Agmark is a relatively small company, based in her hometown of Nashville, but is also large in its global reach, doing business all over the world with large, well-known companies. She sees Agmark continuing to look for new and better ways to do things, expanding to new markets and regions. With a major in Marketing and minor in Logistics, Emily earned a degree from the University of Tennessee. She enjoys running and staying active, reading, as well as being a big sports fan.

Denise Rodgers
Denise Rodgers
Staff Accountant

Denise Rodgers

is the Staff Accountant at Agmark, Inc. and is responsible for maintaining vendor rates, ensuring that all outgoing payables are correct, handling month end reconciliation, and providing month end accruals reports. An especially organized and detail-oriented person, Denise is very careful with the company’s outgoing monies, is quick to correct any accounting issues, and holds firm regarding agreed vendor rates. She ensures that Agmark never pays more than should be paid, thus being able to pass its savings on to the customer. To do this, Denise maintains daily worksheet reports and uses both a detailed cost analysis system and a payables system. With a total of 16 years at Agmark, Denise has worked to improve the company and its customer service by setting in place a means to handle a large workload efficiently and quickly., Denise says the best part about her job is being able to interact with so many people every day. As a people person, she really enjoys working closely with carriers and vendors to maintain good relationships.

Gene Smalley
Gene Smalley
Software Developer

Gene Smalley

works as a software developer for the Agmark Logistics companies writing multifaceted software for our intermodal logistics system. He oversees the AQUA Application system, which tracks trucking and transportation information for all intermodal shipping to ensure customers continually receive their products on time. Gene says he loves his position and the true family environment here where everyone works as a team to accomplish their goals. Gene says there’s a great sense of camaraderie at Agmark that you simply cannot find in every work environment.
With a friendly, easy-going nature combined with an eagerness to learn and create new things, Gene uses his variety of technical skills to continually improve Agmark’s systems to better serve our customers. In managing the technological systems at Agmark, Gene says he enjoys being able to put his problem solving and creative abilities to work while also learning about the intricacies of the Agmark transportation business and assisting his co-workers. As a central link to providing affordable food transportation, Gene feels that Agmark helps the economy overall and is eager to assist the company to accomplish this global intermodal transportation. Working as part of the close-knit Agmark team, Gene plans to continue to improve the technological systems at Agmark, creating innovative systems that streamline the processes of his fellow staff members, thus creating an even better Agmark transportation experience for our customers.
Gene studied Computer Information Systems at Nashville State Technical Community College. When he’s not managing the computer systems at Agmark, Gene enjoys beekeeping, gardening, computer programming, and songwriting.

Stacey Stoddard
Stacey Stoddard
AR Manager

Stacey Stoddard

is the Accounts Receivable Manager and Benefits Coordinator for both Agmark Intermodal Systems and Agmark Logistics. As an accounts receivable/collections manager for AIS, Stacey oversees all accounts receivable receipts, collections calls, aging, and invoicing. She also oversees the soybean meal claims for Agmark Intermodal as part of the company’s quality control management. For Agmark Logistics, Stacey also handles the accounts receivable, aging, and collections. She is also the benefits coordinator for both companies, administering benefits programs for both office employees and drivers. Needless to say, Stacey stays busy throughout the day keeping in contact with customers, making sure everything is well documented and all the company accounts are in order, as well as ensuring that both employees and customers have the information they need to thrive in the intermodal transportation market. Stacey is adept at streamlining accounting processes so that everything works more efficiently for the company and Agmark’s customers.

Having lived on a dairy farm her entire life has given Stacey the experience to relate well with her customers and fellow employees. She understands the needs and demands that farmers have to meet and can easily relate to them in many ways. With her love of agronomics, Stacey wanted to work in the agricultural sector and so chose Agmark in 2001, not only for its agricultural roots, but also its “hometown” values as a small company, locally owned by hard-working people.

She feels that Agmark Intermodal is a real asset to the farming industry by being a major supplier to large facilities without rail capabilities as well as to co-ops and small farms, thus being able to conform to what these companies need in a grain company. Agmark Logistics, she says, has changed the way many companies think by transferring raw and finished products with its specialized ISO tanker to places that were not thought of before as being cost-effective. Stacey graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture.

Stephanie Black
Stephanie Black
AR Specialist

Stephanie Black

serves as an Accounts Receivable Specialist at Agmark Logistics. In this position, she is responsible for processing client invoices, managing weekly payroll for Agmark drivers, and updating fuel rates weekly to ensure accurate invoicing for clients.

With more than 10 years of experience as an accounting professional, Stephanie is skilled at organizing and maintaining precise financial records so that Agmark can operate more efficiently and offer its customers a more cost-effective means to transport their bulk liquids.

Stephanie joined Agmark Logistics in 2016 after having worked as an accounting/billing clerk for a large healthcare company for the past eight years, although in fact she started out working in the trucking industry as an accounts payable clerk. She was drawn to the smaller, family-like atmosphere at Agmark and says she was looking for a change from the healthcare field when the position at Agmark Logistics became available. Now back in the trucking industry, Stephanie enjoys learning new, “behind the scenes” aspects of bulk liquid transportation and how Agmark’s unique intermodal service provides its customers with economical, flexible, and environmentally sustainable transport options.

A very diligent and self-motivated individual, Stephanie looks to constantly refine her skills in the receivable side of accounting so that Agmark can continue to provide its customers with surpassing intermodal service. Holding an associate degree in accounting, Stephanie is currently working toward earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. As a team player and detail-oriented person, Stephanie works hard to see that all of Agmark’s customers are treated fairly and given the personalized and professional service Agmark is renowned for in the intermodal transportation industry.

Stephanie enjoys spending time with her children as well as reading, crocheting, and cooking.

Tisha Cothran
Tisha Cothrans
Support Assistant

Tisha Cothran

serves as the Equipment & Trucking Support Assistant for our trucking affiliate, Agmark Transportation and manages the accounts payable processes for this affiliate including drivers’ daily records and expenses, trucking documentation, IFTA taxes, and vendor payments. As an exceptionally organized person who can easily multi-task, Tisha knows exactly what outgoing payments should be and are being paid and ensures that these are paid on time so that Agmark Transportation can run efficiently and continue to provide the exceptional customer service it’s known for in the bulk liquid transportation industry.

Her naturally friendly demeanor and experience in customer service working with people in various age groups and from diverse backgrounds – from the insurance industry to serving as a substitute teacher and PTO President – has made Tisha adept at communicating effectively and successfully resolving problems in a wide range of areas. With these strong customer service skills, Tisha plans to continually improve customer interactions at Agmark to further strengthen the superior intermodal service our bulk liquid customers receive.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science, Tisha enjoys the variety of different tasks and responsibilities she has at Agmark. Coming from a large family herself, Tisha appreciates the close-knit family environment that this global intermodal transportation company maintains. Transportation, she says, is one of the key ingredients in economic growth and is a real need for our country today, so she’s excited to have a role in this vital industry.

Having been married for more than 30 years, Tisha has three sons, two daughters-in-law, and a beautiful granddaughter. She enjoys crochet, reading, and walking.

Tabitha Grieb
Tabitha Grieb
Accounting Specialist

Tabitha Grieb

serves as an Accounting Specialist for Agmark Logistics. In this position, she processes invoices for the company, manages driver payroll as well as all documentation for customer loads.

As an exceptionally organized and detail-oriented person, Tabitha is meticulous in managing the company’s billing accounts and ensures that Agmark maintains accurate records and operates most efficiently. Having previously worked for a family-owned trucking company for over 20 years, Tabitha understands the transportation industry and its particular accounting needs well. Tabitha is also an excellent multitasker and thus enjoys the variety of responsibilities and the everyday challenges that her position brings. As a hard-working, thorough individual, Tabitha says that she is driven by the goal to ensure that customers are always well satisfied with her customer service and their Agmark intermodal experience as a whole.

Tabitha joined Agmark in 2016 and was drawn to the company’s small family- friendly environment. Tabitha and her husband, Rodney, who have been married for more than 22 years, have one son, Braeden. She enjoys camping, crafts, and attending her son’s sporting events and functions.

Ethan Vines
Ethan Vines
Logistics Coordinator

Ethan Vines

serves as a Logistics Coordinator for Agmark where he oversees the transportation of bulk liquid commodities from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii and from the Southern United States to Mexico. He also manages the transport of tank containers by railroad to maintenance facilities across the country when inspections or repairs are needed.

Having always wanted to work either abroad or with customers from abroad, Ethan was excited to work for a company with such a global footprint, and at the same time being able to stay in his hometown of Nashville. He enjoys learning about and working with various cultures, and his desire to understand the different thought processes of other cultures helps him to adapt and collaborate with customers from exterior markets to provide them with the best intermodal service possible.

As a true team player, having played team sports his entire life through college, Ethan recognizes that not everything can be completed on your own. This aspect of his personality works well with the close-knit environment at Agmark where everyone works as a team to continually improve the transportation experience of their bulk liquid customers. And Ethan is a person who is driven by continuous improvement, both personally and professionally. Thus, he enjoys the challenges that arise in the transportation industry and finding more efficient solutions for his customers.

Agmark, he says, offers a niche service in the transportation industry in that it allows links in the supply chain to source bulk liquids from markets outside their own. Agmark can thus reduce shipping costs for customers, even when the products are sourced from great distances, all without compromising the quality of the product. This unique intermodal transportation experience, serving a worldwide cliental, is what Ethan feels sets Agmark apart from other companies in the industry.

Ethan began his career at Agmark Logistics in 2015 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. At the university in Knoxville, Ethan majored in Supply Chain Management with a dual concentration in International Business and minored in Economics. While completing his schooling, Ethan interned at the distribution center of Alpha Industries where he managed outgoing product preparation and distribution to large and small retailers around the world, as well as managing product inventory and the coordination of incoming and outgoing third-party logistics providers.

Ethan enjoys various kinds of sports from winter mountain sports to fishing, canoeing, and playing golfing during the summer. As an avid hockey enthusiast who has played the sport his entire life, Ethan still plays on an adult league hockey team and plays tournament paintball in regional and national series.

Ben Smith
Ben Smith
Logistics Coordinator

Ben Smith

serves as a Logistics Coordinator at Agmark where he oversees the transport of various Agmark tank containers by railroad across the United States and Canada. Ben works closely with customers, drivers, and both American and Canadian railroad personnel to ensure these containers are transported in a timely and precise manner. Successfully managing these sensitive bulk liquids while they are in transit requires good organization, communication, and problem-solving skills. His proficiency in these areas can be seen in his ability to quickly and effectively find solutions to any transportation challenges that might arise while at the same time going above and beyond in the area of customer service.

Having previously worked as a freight broker with a transportation company in Nashville, Ben has a thorough knowledge of the shipping industry and how to manage complex logistics. He joined Agmark Logistics in 2015 and was drawn to the company’s family-like atmosphere along with the exciting growth Agmark is experiencing as a global tank container operator. Ben says that along with this growth, he gains a great deal of satisfaction from being able to effectively assist customers with their intermodal transportation needs. In fact, the exceptional and personalized customer service Agmark provides to each and every customer is what Ben feels makes this company so different from the rest.

Ben earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain Management with a collateral focus in Marketing from the University of Tennessee. While he is originally from Knoxville, Ben loves living in the “Music City.” He enjoys sports, particularly baseball and football, as well as being out on the many beautiful lakes in the area during the summer.

Zach Baker
Zach Baker
Equipment Manager

Zach Baker

serves as the Equipment Manager for Agmark Logistics and ensures that all company equipment is properly maintained and continues to meet all state and federal safety compliance regulations. As a hardworking, detail-oriented person, Zach is quick to catch any maintenance or compliance issues as they arise and promptly implement the best solution so that Agmark runs efficiently and our customers always receive the dependable intermodal service they deserve. Zach is a people person who enjoys working with a variety of individuals across the country to make sure Agmark’s equipment is kept in good working order.

Zach joined Agmark in January 2017, excited to learn details of how the intermodal transportation industry functions. He had previously worked for a commercial heating and air company in Nashville as well as working part-time as a home remodeling contractor. Although he is new to the industry, Zach’s eagerness to develop his skills further, and his diligence and strong work ethic make him perfect for the job. Zach says he strives to always have a positive effect on everyone he meets. Thus, he’s constantly endeavoring to improve service for his customers and enjoys working as a team to keep Agmark’s intermodal transportation running smoothly.

Zach says he was drawn to Agmark because of its family-like environment. The tremendous amount of teamwork and the thorough communication Agmark maintains with its customers, Zach says, is what sets Agmark apart from the rest. He plans to continue sharpening his skills, learning various facets of the intermodal transportation industry so that he can be a helpful addition to the Agmark team and its bulk liquid customers.

Zach enjoys spending time with friends, playing soccer, hiking, and just being outdoors.