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Executive Team

Dan Lockwood Dan Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer and Franchisee
Dan Lockwood has served as an executive at Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC since October 2002. The Unishippers Board of Managers appointed Lockwood Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Prior to being named CEO, he was President from April 2006 to December 2010, and Chief Products Officer and Executive Vice President from October 2002 to April 2006. In addition to Lockwood's corporate responsibilities, he remains a part owner of seven Unishippers franchise locations including Orange County South, Orange County North, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego South, San Diego North, and Whittier. Prior to joining Unishippers, Lockwood was a General Manager with Traditional Concepts from 1988 to 1991, managing the expansion and development of McCormick & Schmick's locations in California. Prior to his tenure with McCormick and Schmick's, Lockwood worked for Seaco as a dolphin trainer in a Navy contracted marine mammal program. Lockwood earned his bachelor's degree from San Diego State University.
Kevin Lathrop Kevin Lathrop, President and Franchisee
Kevin Lathrop has served as President of Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC since January 2011. Lathrop began his Unishippers career as a franchise owner, initially purchasing the Unishippers of Orange County North franchise in 1992. In September 1999 he joined the Unishippers corporate offices, serving as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President. In addition to Lathrop's corporate responsibilities, he remains a part owner of seven Unishippers franchise locations including Orange County South, Orange County North, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego South, San Diego North, and Whittier. Prior to joining Unishippers, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company in a variety of engineering and management positions. Lathrop earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles.
Steve Leavitt Steve Leavitt, Executive Vice President, COO and Franchisee
Steve Leavitt began his Unishippers career as a franchise owner in Ohio in 1988. In September 1999 he joined the corporate office, serving as Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President. Prior to joining Unishippers, Leavitt spent 16 years owning and managing six "Yankee Lunch" fast-food restaurants. He also has worked as a real estate broker, and from 1984 to 1988 owned and managed a one-hour photo shop called "Snap Shot Express."
Dennis Heaps Dennis Heaps, Vice President, CFO
Dennis Heaps joined Unishippers in 1996 as a Controller, managing all aspects of accounting, payroll, budgeting and employee benefits. In July 1999 he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President. Heaps has been instrumental in developing and implementing a budget structure which is used for both forecasting future expenditures and reviewing current ones. Prior to joining Unishippers, he worked for two other franchise systems in the sporting apparel and restaurant industries. Heaps earned a bachelor's and a Masters of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Utah.
Dennis Heaps Joe Curtis, Vice President of Sales
Joe joined Unishippers in 2008 after a 17-year career at DHL, where he worked in various capacities such Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Regional Director, Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Field Sales, and, most recently, Vice President of Channel Sales and Telesales. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.