Former Schneider executive Arves takes reins at Transport America

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Transport America announced Monday, Nov. 20, that effective Jan. 1, Scott C. Arves will become president and chief executive officer of the truckload carrier, assuming those duties from Michael J. Paxton, now president and CEO, who will become chairman of the board of directors.

Arves, 50, was until July 2006 president of the transportation sector for Schneider National, the nation’s largest truckload carrier. He had served in that capacity for more than six years, with responsibility for all of Schneider’s trucking and intermodal business. Prior to becoming president, Arves served in positions of increasing responsibility in his 27-year career with Schneider.

“I was attracted to Transport America based on its solid reputation for service, the quality and safety performance of its driver force and the strong, positive company culture created by Mike Paxton and his team over the past few years,” Arves says. “I look forward to working with this talented leadership group to provide an array of highest-quality transportation solutions for our customers and to grow Transport America through our customers’ successes.”

Paxton, a former independent board member who became CEO of Transport America in 2001, led the Eagan, Minn.-based company back to financial health and operating stability, and was a leader in the group that acquired Transport America in a public-to-private transaction in early 2006.