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.
VP of Sales & Marketing
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.
VP of Operations
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.
VP of Technology
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.
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.
is the Controller for Agmark Intermodal Systems and provides accounting services for the Logistics companies. Tish, a Certified Public Accountant, began working for Agmark in 2003 after 16 years in public accounting. Tish’s experience working for Agmark’s auditors enabled Tish to quickly understand the uniqueness of the companies and develop a complex financial reporting system. Tish is the primary point of contact between the Agmark companies and the outside auditors, Lattimore Black Morgan and Cain as well as our banking partners, First Tennessee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Dorothy 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, Dorothy maintains daily worksheet reports and uses both a detailed cost analysis system and a payables system. With a total of 14 years at Agmark, Dorothy has worked to improve the company and its customer service by setting in place a means to handle a large workload efficiently and quickly. Dorothy says she likes that in this exciting work environment her job is never routine, and Agmark, as a company of integrity, is a forward-thinking place to work. Before working for Agmark, Dorothy worked in the transportation department at Waldenbooks in LaVergne, TN. She enjoys participating in church activities, small figurine painting, yard work, and maintaining her home.
is the Benefits Coordinator for Agmark Logistics. She administers all employee benefits, manages the screening and drug testing process for new hires, maintains driver personnel and qualification files and workers compensation claims as well as assisting in payroll and accounts receivable billing for Logistics, Global, North America, and Capitol Holding. Leslie says she enjoys this fast-paced position, “bouncing” back and forth from Human Resources to Accounts Receivable throughout the day. Leslie joined Agmark more than 8 years ago because she was looking for a challenging and exciting career. As a people person, Leslie loves to communicate and work with others and being able to relate to other employees in this way has made her adept at her job. Fully understanding her duties and role at Agmark has also aided her to successfully manage her busy job schedule. Leslie believes that Agmark provides an easy, efficient, and cost effective means of transportation with its custom-designed service using Agmark’s own drivers or leased carriers. Customers simply make a phone call to Agmark’s operation team, and they’ll do the rest. Leslie enjoys staying active and being involved in her children’s sports. She has a perfect and complete family with 2 “rambunctious” boys.
Nicole Stump serves as Logistics Support Specialist at Agmark, processing invoices, driver logs, and driver documents to keep Agmark’s logistic operations running most efficiently. With a background in FMCSA regulations, DOT, and transportation subcontractor management, Nicole will also be helping to streamline the IFTA reporting process as well as continually improve the subcontractor selection process at Agmark. This, in turn, will help Agmark maintain its vital role in getting products to customers on time for mass production. Being a very organized person, working straight from point A to point B, Nicole says, has helped her fulfill her various roles at Agmark. Nicole previously worked at Gas Field Specialists, Inc. and graduated from Buffalo State College with an Associate’s Degree. Originally from New York where her parents still live, Nicole had wanted to move to Nashville, TN. Thus, when a position opened up in her background of transportation at Agmark, Nicole jumped on board. Nicole says she loves waking up, traveling into a city, yet still feeling as though she works within a small community. And she was attracted to this company, she said, because of its country-wide, even global reach, all from one central location in Nashville. Nicole plans on utilizing her transportation skills to the full at Agmark as well as finishing her degree so as to apply it within the Agmark business, always revising the logistics process to assist customers more fully with their product needs. Nicole enjoys softball, water sports, reading, as well as attending live events