Our Team

Steve Smith – CEO

Attended the University of Missouri at Rolla and Southwest Missouri State University with focus on Engineering and Business Management.

Thirty-two year progressive LTL transportation industry leadership experience with two major national carriers. Region Vice President the last twelve years with responsibility covering fourteen Midwest states. Extensive experience with Transportation Operations Process Discipline – Local and Marketing National Sales – LTL Network Engineering and Functionality – Labor Negotiations – Management Team Building.

“Our vision at Cove Logistics LLC is to provide our business partners the FINEST  service offering available at the most competitive rate. Our business ethics are guided by OUTSTANDING customer  service and UNCOMPROMISED integrity.”
Frank Rodriguez – President

Indiana University Graduate,  degreed in Public Finance and Accounting. Thirty years of diverse Transportation experience serving in various roles, including Field VP and Director of Operations for global Fortune 500 carrier.  Concentrated experience in LTL Carrier Operations and Management,  International and Third Party Supply Chain, and Network optimization.

“Our goal is to provide our Customers with an uncompromised level of Service and Value, specifically tailored to each client’s needs.  We realize there are many choices when selecting a provider, and  our mission is to ensure that the decision to Partner with Cove Logistics is never regretted!”
Kent Anselment – VP Operations

Graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Transportation and Distribution.  Over thirty-one years of progressive, multi state LTL experience in the Transportation industry.  A Successful record of Managing Operations, Leading large workgroups, motivating, team building, Safety Compliance, and goal attainment.  A proven track record in achieving operational improvements and meeting customer satisfaction.  Strong analytical skills and driven to find solutions to specific customer needs.

“Our goal at Cove Logistics LLC is to use our vast experience and knowledge to provide our customers with the best service and value in the market place.  We are committed to treat each customer individually and strive to meet or exceed their expectations each and every day.  We will do this with 100% integrity.”
Dan Hatzenbuhler – VP Business Development

Graduated from Western Illinois University and completed advanced education programs at Ohio State University and Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business that focused on Supply Chain Logistics.  Thirty Five years leadership and management experience working for a major national  LTL carrier.  As a Senior Vice President primary responsibilities included Sales, Pricing and Marketing.

“At Cove Logistics LLC we are guided by extensive industry experience that brings tremendous and lasting VALUE to our business partners!  SERVICE and MEETING OUR COMMITMENTS serves as our business foundation.”
Dick McBride – VP Sales West

Bachelor of Science Western Michigan University. Thirty seven year transportation industry leadership experience in both sales and operations roles.  Director of Business Development – Truckload and Regional Sales Director for sixteen years at Fortune 100 LTL industry leader.  Regional Sales Manager – Terminal Manager – Linehaul Manager for the largest LTL Service provider early in career.

“Our objective is to help the customer manage their transportation in the most cost and service efficient manner possible allowing them more time to spend managing their core business.”
Eric Smith – Director of Operations

Quickly established himself as a leader in the RETAIL sector with management experience the past three years. Gained leadership recognition for revenue growth, inventory control, and store management early in his career.

” We take PERSONAL ownership in EVERY business transaction and place outstanding customer service as a top priority!”
Randy Thomas – VP of Sales Central

Indiana University School of Business graduate in 1978.  Forty one year’s transportation leadership experience including both Sales and Operations.  Last twenty five years with leading transportation and logistics company.

“Our goal is to remove customer pain points from their supply chain.  To be an extension of their organization and a source for logistics solutions.”
Vic Skaar – Director Partnership Development