Mr. Stewart is responsible for Business Development, Finance and Administration. After graduating from Lamar University with a B.S. in Marketing, he spent the next 23 years in international shipping with responsibility in all areas of transportation and logistics, with primary emphasis on commercial development. He has held Senior and Executive level positions with large international transportation companies both in the U.S. and Europe prior to co-founding Gulf Winds International.
Ron MessnerVice Chairman
Mr. Messner currently serves Gulf Winds International in various roles in Finance and Administration. Mr. Messner served as President of a large Houston-based distribution company prior to co-founding Gulf Winds and has over 30 years of warehousing and transportation related experience.
Todd graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.S. in Marketing and immediately joined Gulf Winds International in 1996. Beginning as a fork-lift operator, Todd has served within or led every department within the company, leading to his current position of President. Todd is responsible for working with key stakeholders to establish and maintain the mission and overall strategic vision for the organization, reporting directly to the board of directors.
BJ TarverVice President of Operations
BJ started his transportation and logistics career in 1994, holding various roles with a large intermodal carrier until joining Gulf Winds International in 1999. BJ has held many positions at Gulf Winds, which include Customer Service Representative, Dispatcher, Operations Manager, Director of Safety & Compliance, and General Manager of Transportation. In his current role as Vice President of Operations, BJ oversees day-to-day operations for Customer Service, Transportation, and Warehousing.
Buddy SextonVice President of Business Development
Buddy started his logistics career right out of college from the University of Tennessee with Shell. His group was spun off and Buddy ultimately became one of Gulf Wind’s customers with a company called Kraton Polymers. In 2004 Buddy joined Gulf Winds as the key account manager for The Home Depot. Buddy later moved into sales and in 2009 moved to Dallas to support Gulf Winds expansion in the Dallas area.
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