Robert E. Low

President and Founder

Robert E. Low founded Prime, Inc. in 1970 in Urbana, Missouri, as a 19 year-old engineering student at the University of Missouri. The company’s headquarters remained in Urbana until 1980 when they were moved to their current site in Springfield, Missouri. With nearly thirty years of experience, Robert’s keen instincts and intuitive managerial style have propelled Prime to the forefront of the transportation industry by providing safe, on-time delivery of goods throughout North America. As the company grew from a one-truck operation to its current fleet size in excess of 7700 trucks and over 13800 trailers, Robert performed numerous tasks. Under Low’s leadership, Prime’s annual revenues have increased each year since 1986. Today, Prime Inc. is recognized as an international leader in transportation of refrigerated and flatbed operations. Robert Low’s achievements and contributions to trucking are a tribute to his overwhelming personal and professional commitment to the transportation industry.

Steve Wutke

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Steve Wutke, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, is responsible for all Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service efforts for Prime – North America’s largest Refrigerated, Flatbed & Tanker trucking company. He started with Prime in 1984 as Director of Operations for the company’s Refrigerated Division. As Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Steve also manages all In-House Sales Associates and Outside Sales Representatives. Steve has a Master’s Degree in Administration from Pittsburg State University. His interests include family, golf, and basketball.

Pat Leonard

Refrigerated Operations Manager

Pat Leonard manages day-to-day dispatch operations for Prime’s Refrigerated Division, which include hiring, training, and management of Customer Service and Fleet Manager Associates. He also develops and implements solutions for owner operator and fleet manager situations. Pat joined Prime in 1989 as a Fleet Manager in the Refrigerated Division and later became Brokerage Manager and Regional Sales and Planning Manager. Pat earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

Dean Hoedl

Director of Finance

Dean Hoedl oversees financial and treasury functions including all financial statements, forecasts, cash management, debt placement, internal audits, purchasing, credit, and claims for Prime. He is also responsible for various associate benefits and amenities. Dean is a Certified Public Accountant and started at Prime in September 1991. He is originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Bill Boehning

Director of Corporate Security

Bill Boehning manages all security operations for Prime Inc. along with ensuring all C-TPAT and PIP certifications are in place. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. After graduation, he started his career in law enforcement. Bill also served on the SWAT team that was assigned to the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group and the St. Louis Major Case Squad. He received his Certified Protection Professional status from the American Society of Industrial Security. Bill has been with Prime since 2011 as the Director of Corporate Security.

Steve Crawford

General Counsel

Steve Crawford manages all legal affairs for the company. He has been with Prime since June, 1994. Steve earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Southwest Missouri State University and, in 1992, graduated from Whittier School of Law in Los Angeles, California. Steve is a member of the Missouri and California bars and is a Litigation Advisor for the American Trucking Association.

Aaron Ellis

Director of Human Resources

Aaron joined Prime in May of 1998 as an intern on the fuel desk. As the Director of Human Resources, he is responsible for the recruiting and hiring of non-driving associates, Prime’s employee benefits package, and compliance with federal and state employment law. Prior to becoming HR Director in September of 2016, Aaron was a fleet manager in the refrigerated division. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and watching his kids play sports.

Steve Field

Director of Safety

Steve Field is responsible for the safe operation of our fleet, logs, citations, driver personnel, hazardous materials and serves as liaison with the FMCSA. He earned a BS in Business Administration from Norwich University. Steve has been in the trucking industry for 25 years, working with Prime since 1996. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Noi, traveling, and exercising. 

Jim Guthrie

Director of Operations

Jim joined Prime in April 1999 and has experience in multiple areas of the company. Currently, Jim is responsible for all aspects of Prime’s Driver Recruiting Department. In addition to Recruiting Jim also works as the Director of the Refrigerated Division. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Rockhurst University and his MBA from Missouri State University. In his spare time Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, sports and the lake.

Patricia Hicks

Manager of Taxes & Permits

Patricia manages all aspects of tax-related issues, including research and compliance for all federal and state income tax returns, fuel, sales/use, excise, income tax audits, tax credits, and working with local, state and federal taxing authorities. Patricia is also responsible for managing Prime’s Permits and Registrations Department and Citations Department as well as overseeing Canadian border issues. Patricia has been with Prime since March 1997. Before coming to Prime, Patricia was the Tax Manager at Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (formerly Mid-America Dairymen, Inc.) for five years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Southwest Missouri State University and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1990.

Kevin Bergman

Director of Maintenance

Kevin Bergman leads a team of outstanding people that support many areas that matter most to Prime, specifically our drivers. Kevin and the Fleet Maintenance team oversee operations of truck and trailer repair and maintenance in house and on the road. With over 20 years in the transportation industry, Kevin is proud to work alongside the best when it comes to our shops and keeping Prime trucks safe. He is a Springfield native and loved playing baseball at MSU, Go Bears! Kevin and his wife enjoy spending time with their three kids at the lake and on the soccer field! 

Jim Wilkins

Director of Flatbed & Tanker Operations

Jim Wilkins has been in the trucking industry for 42 years. He started with Prime Inc. in 1988. Jim works closely with the Flatbed and Tanker Divisions overseeing Operations, Sales, and Service. Jim ensures Prime’s service is second to none from a customer and a driver perspective.

Darrel Hopkins

Director of Leasing

Darrel Hopkins joined Prime in December 1994. Darrel’s primary function at Prime is the management and expansion of Success Leasing, Inc. In so doing, Darrel oversees the delivery of trucks to Success Leasing and the leasing of each truck to operators. Darrel received his MBA from the University of Kansas and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

David Pfitzner

National Pricing Manager

David Pfitzner is responsible for the contracts and tariffs of National Accounts as well as the Rating of new business opportunities. In addition, he maintains existing customer’s tariffs and contracts and works with the regional sales coordinators evaluating the most profitable use for equipment in their respective areas. He joined Prime in October 1990 as a Financial Analyst. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems minor.

Mark Piley

Director of Facility Maintenance

Mark Piley joined Prime in June of 2014, in the Facility Maintenance Department. As the Director of Facility Maintenance, he coordinates all facility repairs and upgrades at the Springfield facilities. Other responsibilities include providing technical & expenditure over-site, for building maintenance at Prime, Inc. Satellite Facilities. Mark also coordinates Capital Projects involving major site upgrades for Prime, Inc. locations, ensuring all goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frames and budget parameters. Mark has over 30 years of Maintenance and Engineering experience, most recently as Maintenance Manager at a Kansas Cement Manufacturing Plant, and Plant Engineer at a major Building Products Manufacturing Company in Joplin Missouri. Mark is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Andrew Martin

Manager of Leasing

Andrew joined Prime in September 2007 in the accounting department.  He is responsible for coordinating and managing the purchases, leasing, and sale of the tractors of Success Leasing.  Additionally, Drew is responsible for improving and building a lease program that has been one of the most successful in the country.  He graduated in 2003 from Southwest Missouri State with a degree in Finance.

Keith McCoy

Director of Marketing

Keith McCoy is responsible for all account representatives, public relations, special events, new business development and special projects. He joined Prime in November 1990. Keith attended Oklahoma Baptist University, Missouri Southern State College, and the College of Advanced Traffic.

Rodney Rader

Director of Technology

Rodney Rader manages/oversees all technology systems and MIS (Management Information Systems) associates. Rodney was Prime’s MIS Project Manager for several years before becoming Director. Rodney has been with Prime for over 32 years. He worked in Technology Project Management with a retail gas company prior to Prime. Rodney has a Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University — double Major in MIS and General Business.

Shaun Ryker

Director of Driver Payroll and Imaging

Shaun Ryker is the director of Prime’s Driver Payroll Department as well as the Imaging Department. He has been with Prime since February, 2006. Shaun earned his Bachelors of Science in Administrative Management from Missouri State University. Shaun worked in the Permits Department overseeing TWIC and Retention & Rewards for several years. He has also worked in Prime’s Safety Department.

Brett Vonwiller

Manager of Tanker Division

Brett Vonwiller oversees Tanker Sales and Operations to assure outstanding service for its customers and driving associates. Brett joined Prime in 1996 as a Fleet Manager in the Flatbed Division. In 2004, Brett was a Regional Sales Coordinator in the Flatbed Division. Brett earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Missouri State University in 1993.

Zach Whitehead

Manager of Credit

Zach Whitehead first joined Prime as a Credit Analyst in February 1997. As Manager of Credit he is responsible for credit extension and collection of invoices. Zach is a native of Willard, MO, and graduated from Drury University in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration /Economics. He now resides in Springfield and enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Brian Brown

Manager of Flatbed Sales & Logistics

Stan Auman

Refrigerated Operations and Training Program Manager

I work with the fleet manager group and our drivers in a coaching/mentoring role. I work with Matt Rachel and Stan Kasterke who manage our orientation and driver training associates. Lowering driver turnover and increasing fleet manager confidence and satisfaction in their role are my primary goals. Our group of drivers and fleet managers are what fuel prime’s success.

Ryan Harrington

Manager of Intermodal Division

Ryan has been in the trucking industry for over 20 years and joined Prime Inc. in June of 2010. Currently, he is responsible for the operations, fleet managers and sales for the Prime Inc. Intermodal Division. Ryan graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S), Marketing/Marketing Management. In his free time, he enjoys a good game of golf and spending time with his wife (Leslie) and two boys (Ryker & Trace).

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