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Leadership

Leadership

Richard Lafreniere

PRESIDENT & CEO - THE GTI GROUP

Richard Lafreniere leverages over two decades of experience leading and driving the success of both large and small companies in high-level Finance and Operations positions. A veteran of numerous business acquisitions and divestitures, Richard has led corporate and business infrastructure improvements from managing the build and start-up of new manufacturing plants to company-wide ERP systems implementation. Fully bilingual in English and French, Richard holds a CPA/CA designation as well as an MBA, Bachelor of Commerce and Chartered Accountancy diploma from McGill University.


Kent M. Jordan

PRESIDENT - GTI USA

Kent M. Jordan has experienced many changes in the transportation industry over his 40 years. He has been a leading change maker in the logistics arena.

While holding senior level positions Mr. Jordan drove the development of “the concept to functionality” process for several organizations in total supply chain.

Take care of your people, they will take care of your customers. This is done with communication, motivation and the support of your team.


Kevin McNicol

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER - THE GTI GROUP

With more than 20 years of experience, Kevin McNicol is a specialist in business development and leading strategic growth. A founding member of The GTI Group, Kevin joined GTI in 2002 to drive vertical market expansion and new business with key customers across diverse industries. He later founded GTI’s international freight forwarding division and developed its ocean/air cargo capabilities and global partnerships from start-up to support the successful transformation of GTI into a true full service, global logistics organization. Today, Kevin oversees all aspects of Sales and Marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University.


Tyson Bourke

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - THE GTI GROUP

Tyson Bourke empowers customers with two decades of transportation industry experience in sales and project management. After working at MSAS Global Logistics (DHL) and one of North America’s leading transport brokerage companies, he joined GTI in 2008 to substantially develop corporate accounts and drive new business across each of the company’s divisions. With GTI’s acquisition of an Ontario-based specialized transportation company in 2010, Tyson was made a partner to lead GTI’s presence, business and capabilities in the Ontario market.

Joe Cardoso

VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS - THE GTI GROUP

Joe Cardoso leverages over 35 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry. Prior to joining GTI in 2010, he excelled in progressive operational leadership positions for the air and ocean freight divisions of multinational organizations Schenker, Panalpina and MSAS Global Logistics (DHL). In addition to managing daily operations and best practice implementation, Joe’s extensive international expertise includes program development, project cargo, specialized shipping projects, export management and carrier negotiations and relations.


Danny Desjardins

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS - THE GTI GROUP

Danny is a veteran at GTI with more than 15 years with the group. He is now VP of operations after having successfully managed GTI’s fleet.


Laura Watson

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS - THE GTI GROUP

Laura is an experienced operations manager with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation/trucking/project cargo . She has an advanced Certificate in International Freight Forwarding focused in CIFFA from Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Inc.


Brandon Theunissen

VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC OPERATIONS - GTI USA

With more than 28 years of transportation and logistics industry experience in sales, project management, business development and leading strategic growth, Brandon Theunissen is committed to supplying logistics solutions to fit each individual customer’s needs. Brandon is a great addition to our team with his experience in warehousing, supply chain management, international implementation and his belief in our core culture, “if you take care of your people, they will take care of our customers.” Brandon is committed to building long term relationships with our customers.


Bryan Von Roden

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION - GTI USA

Bryan is responsible for overseeing all back-office support including Accounting, Human Resources and Information Technology. Bryan graduated from Mount Mercy University with three Undergraduate Degrees: Accounting, Finance, and Business Management along with completing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Over Bryan’s professional career he has an extensive background in financial statement preparation, analysis, payroll accounting, and logistics. His strong understanding of process flows, risk mitigation, and continuous improvement philosophies are critical to GTI USA’s growing operation.


Brandon D. Bradley

GENERAL MANAGER, DES MOINES DIVISION - GTI USA

Brandon Bradley is the General Manager of our GTI USA Des Moines division. In his role, Brandon leads all aspects of the branch development from customer development, carrier procurement, and team building.

Brandon is well regarded in the transportation industry for leading teams with his professional approach, energy, and his attention to detail. Brandon has held multiple roles in brokerage, that gives him the background and network to help lead his team in the transportation industry. Brandon has also had the opportunity to work for some of the biggest transportation companies to give him an understanding of what makes for a successful organization.


Chad G. Collins

GENERAL MANAGER, CINCINNATI DIVISION - GTI USA

Chad Collins is the General Manager of our GTI USA Cincinnati division. In his role, Chad leads all aspects of the branch development from customer development, carrier procurement, and team building.

Chad is well regarded in the transportation industry for leading teams with his positive energy, fist pumping, chest bumping, professional hand shake approach. Chad has held progressive roles leading courier on-demand, FTL, warehousing, and brokerage, that give him the background and network to help lead his teams with the evolving transportation industry. Chad has also had the unique opportunity to work for private, public, and non-profit transportation companies to give him a better perspective of the chemistry that makes each organization successful.


Randy Yuska

GENERAL MANAGER, EASTERN IOWA - GTI USA

Randy Yuska is the General Manager of our GTI USA Eastern Iowa division. Randy has been in the Transportation Industry for over 34 years. Even though Randy has worn multiple hats throughout the years, his primary focus has always been on the customer’s needs. Being in the service industry, Randy is a big believer that if we take care of the customer, we take care of ourselves by being a team partner. Randy has always strived at a being a go-to person for each and every customer when in need. This is his passion for our business. Every day we handle each load like it is the first load for a new customer. We do this by handling every aspect of the shipment and making the customer’s job as worry free as possible. We want our customers to be able to rely on us.


Steve Reyes

AGENT PARTNER - GTI USA

Steve Reyes is the President and Owner of Marker7 LLC, an independent freight agent company. In this role, Steve leads a team providing logistics services to customers exclusively for GTI USA.

Prior to joining GTI USA team as an agent partner, Steve was a veteran steel industry executive with proven success managing multi-site P&L’s, developing and executing sales and operational strategy for near-term and long- term growth, and develop strategic customer and supplier partnerships.

A big believer in networking, Steve has served as an MSCI Chapter President, MPMA Associate Member, and MN Governors Manufacturing Advisory Council Member.

Steve is a graduate of Bemidji State University and Washington University Executive Management Program.