The Unishippers executive management team is comprised of experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds that have also been successful Unishippers franchisees.
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Lathrop was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Unishippers in September 2016 after serving as President of Unishippers since January 2011. He began his career with Unishippers in 1992 as the owner of the Orange County North franchise and was a part owner of seven Unishippers franchise locations for over two decades. Prior to joining Unishippers, Kevin worked for Hughes Aircraft Company in a variety of engineering and management positions. He earned a Bachelor degree from California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles.
Steve Leavitt was appointed as President of Unishippers in May 2017. Steve began his Unishippers career as a franchise owner in Ohio in 1988 and was one of Unishippers first franchisees. In September 1999 he joined the corporate office, serving as Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President. Prior to joining Unishippers, Steve spent 16 years owning and managing six “Yankee Lunch” fast-food restaurants and has also worked as a real estate broker.
Executive VP, Freight Operations
Tim Story has served as Unishippers’ Executive Vice President of Freight Operations since October 2014 and also serves as the President of SGI, LLC. In 2001, Tim started his own integration specialty company, Story Group, Inc. which transitioned into SGI, LLC in late 2014. Tim has over 25 years of experience in transportation management software, including 10 years at Pitney Bowes in software sales and several years with the Arzoon Corporation.
As Unishippers’ Executive Chairman, Dan Lockwood focuses on the company’s strategic growth initiatives as well as carrier relationships and development. Dan has served as an executive at Unishippers since October 2002 and served as the company’s CEO for five years. In addition to his corporate involvement, Dan has over 20 years’ experience as a Unishippers franchisee. Prior to joining Unishippers, Dan was a General Manager with Traditional Concepts and also worked for Seaco as a dolphin trainer in a Navy contracted marine mammal program. He earned his Bachelor degree from San Diego State University.
Vice President, Technology
Alan Humpherys has served since September 2014 as Vice President of Technology after joining Unishippers in 2004 as Director of Technology. Previously, Alan was VP of Engineering at FutureSmart Networks and Director of Engineering at Citrix Systems and Novell. Alan started his career as a computer chip designer at Amdahl Corporation and earned a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Vice President, Operations
Alison Smith joined Unishippers in 2001 as the Manager of Marketing. She was soon promoted to Director of Marketing and quickly took on leadership roles in numerous departments including Franchise Development, Franchise Relations and Support and Products. Prior to Unishippers, Alison served as a Senior Marketing Manager for Hanley-Wood Publishing and the Travel Industry Association of America. She earned a Bachelor degree from the University of Virginia and a MBA from American University. Alison and her husband have owned a The Little Gym franchise in Utah, since 2006.
Chief Operating Officer
Robert Rodgers has served as Chief Operating Officer of Unishippers since May 2017. Prior to his role as COO, Rob served as Chief Financial Officer of Unishippers. He has an extensive background as a finance leader with several Fortune 500 companies and, prior to joining Unishippers, spent six years at Orbital ATK as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Previous to ATK, Rob spent five years at Lockheed Martin and 14 years in various finance roles at GE Capital. He earned a Bachelor degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a Master in Business Administration.