OUR TEAM

Why We're Like a Family

It's true. We have generations of employees working at Jack Cooper. Our extremely low turnover rate, especially for our drivers, far exceeds others in the industry, so our heritage gets passed on.

We believe that the dedication, quality, and talent of our employees have been an integral part of our success. Our management team has unparalleled industry experience and our skilled, highly-trained professional drivers have the best safety records in the industry.

Careers

Jack Cooper Transport Company, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and will always endeavor to select the best qualified individuals based on job related qualifications.

Our policy is to provide employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, sex, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Occasionally we offer employment in the following classifications.

For position consideration, please complete the appropriate application and submit it to our human resources department at the address below. For other job opportunities, please contact the location(s) of interest to you, to see if they are accepting applications.

Non-Office Employment Application
Office Employment Application

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Completed applications and resumes can be submitted to:

Jack Cooper Transport Company, Inc.
Human Resources Department
1100 Walnut Street, Suite 2400
Kansas City, MO 64106
816-983-4000
816-983-5133 (Fax)
-- or --
resumes@jackcooper.com

Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator

In order to be considered for employment by Jack Cooper Transport Company, Inc as a driver, you must have:

  • At least two (2) years over-the-road experience or,six (6) months over-the-road in conjunction with a certificate of graduation from a PTDIA (Professional Truck Drivers Institute of America) Certified Driver Training School.
     
  • A current vehicle driving report must be submitted along with your completed application

Applications will be forwarded to the location of your preference. They will be reviewed and those that satisfy our minimum requirements will be considered for the interview and selection process.

Terminal Supervisor

  • Conduct and implement dispatch operations, supervise the loading of trucks and yard operations during peak loading and operation hours, perform duties as directed by Terminal Manager.

  • Effectively communicate with all staff including drivers, must be detailed oriented and able to multitask.

  • Basic computer skills to include some working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 
    -Willingness to work all shifts as needed, including weekends.

Applications will be forwarded to the location of your preference. They will be reviewed and those that satisfy our minimum requirements will be considered for the interview and selection process.

Yard Supervisor

In order to be considered for employment at Jack Cooper
Transport as a Yard Supervisor you must have:

  • Some supervisor experience

  • Experience in union environment helpful

  • Open to various shift and weekend work

  • Work in changing work environment (indoor and outdoor)

Applications will be forwarded to the location of your
preference.  They will be reviewed and those that
satisfy our minimum requirements will be considered
 for the interview and selection process.
 

Maintenance Supervisor

In order to be considered for employment at Jack Cooper
Transport as a Maintenance Supervisor you must have:

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent

  • High safety standards

  • Supervisor experience

  • Strong mechanical truck knowledge: Engine, electrical, hydraulic, Foundation brakes, etc.

  • Basic computer knowledge

  • Excellent People skills

  • Leadership qualities

Applications will be forwarded to the location of your
preference.  They will be reviewed and those that
satisfy our minimum requirements will be considered
 for the interview and selection process.
 

Mechanic Welder

In order to be considered for employment at Jack Cooper Transport Company, Inc. as a Mechanic/Welder you must have:

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent

  • Experience in highway diesel engines

  • Basic electrical and hydraulic knowledge

  • Good trouble shooting capabilities

  • Foundation brake experience

  • Stick and mig welding skills

Applications will be forwarded to the location of your preference. They will be reviewed and those that satisfy our minimum requirements will be considered for the interview and selection process.

Clerical

  • Organizes and completes all clerical duties
     
  • Detail oriented and able to handle multiple tasks
     
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel
     
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
     
  • Duties include answering telephones, data entry, and filing.

Applications will be forwarded to the location of your preference. They will be reviewed and those that satisfy our minimum requirements will be considered for the interview and selection process.

Teams

We are proud to be working with the following:
Teamster Locals: 5, 25, 41, 89, 106, 120, 213, 215, 299, 312, 315, 327, 332, 355, 362, 395, 414, 449, 512, 548, 560, 580, 592, 604, 612, 614, 651, 710, 745, 891, 927, 964, 979, and 984 Machinists Lodges:
947 and 776
And Unifor Canada Locals: 0698, 1044, and 1090
Bob Griffin has been our Chief Executive Officer since December 2009, a member of our Board of Directors since July 2010 and was previously our President from July 2009 to December 2009. Prior to joining us, Mr. Griffin served at Leggett & Plant Inc. (“L&P”) as Senior Vice President and President of Fixture & Display Operations from July 1997 to July 2009 and as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions from 1992 to 1997. In those roles, Mr. Griffin was responsible for the strategic and operations management of L&P’s commercial furnishings business. Mr. Griffin was involved in the planning and conception of the business and grew it to its current size of $800 million annual revenues and 5,000 employees in 35 manufacturing (wood, sheet steel, wire fabrication) and distribution operations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe. Mr. Griffin is a graduate of West Chester University and earned his MBA from Temple University.
T. Michael Riggs has been our Chairman, President and Treasurer since January 2010 and was previously our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from May 2009 to December 2009. Mr. Riggs is currently our largest stakeholder, controlling over 70% of our outstanding voting securities. Mr. Riggs possesses over 20 years of trucking industry experience, and prior to that, was an executive in manufacturing companies for almost 20 years. From January 2008 to June 2009, Mr. Riggs served as President of Active. In October 2007, Mr. Riggs founded Innovative Equity Partners, LLC (“IEP, LLC”), a private equity firm focused on transactions involving partnerships with management teams, and continues to serve as its Chairman and Managing Partner. In this capacity, Mr. Riggs is responsible for the strategic planning and capital structures for all investments and acquisitions made by IEP, LLC, and has worked and/or partnered with a variety of corporate strategic investors such as Caterpillar and several private equity firms. Prior to founding IEP, LLC, from January 2005 to October 2007, Mr. Riggs served as the Chief Executive Officer of JHT Holdings, Inc. (“JHT”), a holding company focused on providing truck hauling and other logistics services to manufacturers including Freightliner, International and Mack, where he was responsible for over 4,000 employees. In June 2008, JHT reached an agreement with its lenders to restructure its balance sheet through a voluntary, pre-negotiated Chapter 11 reorganization, from which it emerged in October 2008. Mr. Riggs is a graduate of General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael S. Testman has been our Chief Financial Officer since April 2010 and a member of our Board of Directors since July 2010. Prior to joining us, from October 2008 to April 2010, Mr. Testman served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of JHT upon JHT’s emergence from Chapter 11 reorganization. Mr. Testman also served on the Board of Directors of Mexicana Logistics, a subsidiary of JHT, from October 2008 to April 2010, and served as President of ATC Leasing, Inc., a subsidiary of JHT, from February 2005 to October 2008. JHT’s revenues ranged from $230 million to $550 million during Mr. Testman’s employment. Mr. Testman is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University.
Theo A. Ciupitu has been our Executive Vice President, Assistant Secretary, and General Counsel since July 2010. Prior to joining us, Mr. Ciupitu was a corporate attorney in private practice, representing public and private companies and private equity and venture capital firms in, among other things, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, tax free reorganizations, private and public offerings, debt and equity financing transactions, and outsourcing, licensing, and general commercial transactions. From July 2006 to June 2010, Mr. Ciupitu was an attorney in the Corporate and Securities Department of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC. Prior to July 2006, Mr. Ciupitu was an attorney in the Corporate Services Department of McGuireWoods LLP. Mr. Ciupitu graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 1998 and earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2001.
Craig D. Irwin has been our Chief Operating Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Jack Cooper since May 2009 and has over 15 years of operational experience in the drive-away truck hauling industry. Prior to joining us, Mr. Irwin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Active from February 2008 to May 2009. He also served at Auto Truck Transport Corp. (“ATT”) as Vice President of Operations from August 2002 to February 2007, and later as President and Chief Operating Officer from February 2007 to December 2007. At ATT, Mr. Irwin was responsible for overseeing the profitability of the company, which had revenues of $309 million and included 1,500 drivers, 350 decking mechanics and 55 office staff in 9 terminals in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Irwin is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University and received his MBA from Southwest Baptist University.
Don Herring has been our Executive Vice President, Operations since May 2009 and has over 30 years of carhaul and automotive logistics experience. Mr. Herring has operational responsibility for various U.S. locations and manages the Network Planning group, which oversees resource assignment and planning on a daily basis. Prior to joining us, Mr. Herring served in numerous roles for Performance Transportation Service Inc. and Penske Logistics. Mr. Herring is a graduate of Montclair State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree.
Thom R. Cooper, Jr. is Vice Chairman of the Board. Prior to becoming an officer and director, Thom served as chairman and an executive officer of Jack Cooper Transport. He is the son of the founder Jack Cooper and has been with the company since 1979.
J.J. Schickel, Jr. has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2010. Mr. Schickel is the co-founder of EVE Partners, LLC, a boutique merchant bank focused exclusively on the transportation and logistics industry. Prior to co-founding EVE Partners, LLC, from July 1999 to November 2002, Mr. Schickel served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of ATC Logistics, Inc. (“ATC”), a privately-held conglomerate with numerous businesses serving the automotive industry supply chain. Mr. Schickel's background includes deep experience in the automotive supply chain industry and logistics business, including advising in over 80 corporate finance and acquisition transactions in such industry and business, enabling him to assist the company as a director in understanding our customers’ needs and in pursuing our acquisition growth strategy and the related financings. At ATC, Mr. Schickel executed a bottom-up operational restructuring that resulted in a 325% increase in operating cash flow. Mr. Schickel also completed numerous debt financings, acquisitions, divestitures and a private equity placement to support the growth of Americas Management and Logistics Inc., ATC’s international port processing division, which sold for $430 million in 2007. Mr. Schickel received undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from the University of Florida.

Mr. Schickel's background includes deep experience in the automotive supply chain industry and logistics business, including advising in over 80 corporate finance and acquisition transactions in such industry and business, enabling him to assist the company as a director in understanding our customers’ needs and in pursuing our acquisition growth strategy and the related financings.
Kirk Ferguson has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2010. Mr. Ferguson is the founder and Managing Director of Stonehouse Capital Partners, a private investment firm formed in 2005, focused on structured equity and debt investments in middle market companies. Prior to founding Stonehouse, Mr. Ferguson was a partner of American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in companies with potential for value creation from operational and financial restructuring initiatives. Mr. Ferguson currently serves or previously served on the Board of Directors of a number of private companies, including several transportation or automotive related companies: Erickson Air Crane, JHT and Stanadyne Automotive. Mr. Ferguson also has been a management consultant with Monitor Company. Mr. Ferguson is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Ferguson brings significant investment and management experience to our Board, particularly in the automotive and trucking industry. In combination with his prior experience as a director and/or owner of numerous businesses, he brings significant expertise in business strategy formulation and execution.
J. Kevin McHugh is currently the President of JKM Management Development, a leadership development and executive coaching firm he founded in 1990. He has worked with thousands of CEOs and executive teams around the world to increase leadership effectiveness. Mr. McHugh helps executives increase organization performance by developing leadership competencies that build emotional self-awareness, open interpersonal communication, skillfully manage conflict, and address unspoken tensions in the C-Suite. Mr. McHugh is an internationally known and respected education resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization (“YPO”), a global organization of Presidents and CEOs with more than 15,000 members. He is a former member of the organization and is a regular speaker and facilitator at YPO’s Global Leadership Conference. This annual event assembles more than 3,000 Presidents and CEOs from around the world to learn how to lead other CEOs at local chapter levels. Prior to starting JKM Management Development, Mr. McHugh performed in a variety of executive sales and marketing positions in closely held corporations and served for six years as the President and CEO of a regional capital goods distribution company. As an entrepreneur, Mr. McHugh also founded and operated a chain of retail candle stores from 1994 to 2003. Mr. McHugh holds a BS in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University and has received extensive post-graduate education in personality assessment, leadership development and executive coaching. He is an National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow, and is certified in numerous behavioral assessment methodologies.

Mr. McHugh brings his deep experience in management and leadership development to the Board.
Samuel Torrence is the retired President and Chief Operating officer of Just Born, Inc. (“Just Born”), a privately owned confectionary candy manufacturer distributing its products nationally and in over 50 countries worldwide. Prior to Just Born, Mr. Torrence was Executive Vice President of Mack Trucks, Inc. (“Mack”). At Mack, Mr. Torrence’s responsibilities included parts warehousing and distribution, quality and administration (human resources, labor relations, health and welfare, training and development). Mr. Torrence was also chief spokesman for national union negotiations with the United Auto Workers during his tenure with Mack. Mr. Torrence was active in the integration and consolidation of Mack with Volvo Trucks North America after Mack’s purchase by Volvo in 2001. From 1985 until his appointment at Mack, Mr. Torrence was Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Total Quality Management for Bridgestone USA. For a period of time, he also oversaw the purchasing and warehouse & distribution functions. He was active in Bridgestone’s acquisition of Firestone in 1989, and subsequent integration and consolidation. Mr. Torrence was chief spokesman for national negotiations with the United Rubber Workers during his tenure at Bridgestone. He began his career with General Motors Corporation in 1969. Mr. Torrence previously served as an adjunct professor at DeSales University, instructing undergraduate business, strategic planning and MBA courses. Mr. Torrence currently serves as a guest lecturer at DeSales and several Universities in the Lehigh Valley. Graduating from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), Mr. Torrence went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree and is licensed to practice law (now retired) in Ohio.

Mr. Torrence brings significant leadership to the Board, particularly with respect to the automotive and trucking industries.
Jim Chapman James N. Chapman is non-executive Advisory Director of SkyWorks Capital, LLC, an aviation and aerospace management consulting services company based in Greenwich, Connecticut, which he joined in December 2004. Prior to SkyWorks, he was associated with Regiment Capital Advisors, LP, an investment advisor based in Boston specializing in high yield investments, which he joined in January 2003. Prior to Regiment, Mr. Chapman acted as a capital markets and strategic planning consultant with private and public companies, as well as investment advisers and hedge funds (including Regiment), across a range of industries. Prior to establishing an independent consulting practice, Mr. Chapman worked for The Renco Group, Inc. (a multi-billion dollar private corporation in New York) from December 1996 to December 2001. Prior to Renco, he was a founding principal of Fieldstone Private Capital Group in August 1990 where he headed the Corporate Finance and High Yield Finance Groups. Prior to joining Fieldstone, Mr. Chapman worked for Bankers Trust Company from July 1985 to August 1990, most recently in the BT Securities capital markets area. Mr. Chapman has over 27 years of investment banking experience in a wide range of industries including aviation/airlines, metals/mining, natural resources/energy, automotive/general manufacturing, financial services, real estate and healthcare. Presently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of AerCap Holdings NV (NYSE: AER), Tembec Inc. (TO: TMB) and Tower International, Inc. (NYSE: TOWR) in addition to several private companies. Mr. Chapman received an MBA with distinction from Dartmouth College and was elected an Edward Tuck Scholar. He received his BA degree, with distinction, magna cum laude, at Dartmouth College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, in addition to being a Rufus Choate Scholar.

Mr. Chapman has significant experience as an executive and board member of numerous public and private companies, and has unique experience in investment banking and capital raising activities.
Sarah Amico is an Entertainment Marketing & Brand Integration Department agent at APA Talent and Literary Agency in Beverly Hills, where she was hired to launch and lead the department in 2008. Ms. Amico is the wife of Andrea Amico, the President of Jack Cooper Logistics, LLC, and Ms. Amico is the daughter of T. Michael Riggs, the Company’s Chairman, President, and Treasurer, as well as its largest stakeholder, controlling over 70% of the Company’s voting securities. At APA, Ms. Amico specializes in representing corporate entities across their entertainment endeavors, from negotiating promotional license agreements with Hollywood studios and television networks, to building brand-to-brand partnerships. Prior to joining APA, Ms. Amico worked at the William Morris Agency (“William Morris”) in both Beverly Hills and New York, where she got her start in the agency's famed Mailroom trainee program. While at William Morris, Sarah had responsibility for the day-to-day management of The Mailroom Fund, a seed capital venture fund focused on early stage media investments that the agency formed in partnership with AT&T, Venrock and Accel Partners. Ms. Amico has represented some of the world's largest and most recognizable brands, including General Motors, Time Inc, Starbucks, Reader's Digest, Amtrak, OPI, Harry & David, and Virgin America Airlines. Prior to joining the talent agency business, Ms. Amico served as the Associate Director of Business Development at Solutions Inc, a dual-shore (New York and New Delhi) consulting firm servicing marketing organizations in the pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Amico received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her BA in Politics from Washington & Lee University. She currently serves as a director for the non-profit, Celebrate Cancer-Free Kids, which helps families celebrate victory over cancer.

Ms. Amico has significant expertise in marketing, and brings deep general business experience to our Board.