Our Clients, Service Providers, colleagues and Advisors are consistently commenting and praising our Leadership Team for what we already know is the single largest differentiator of our business and most essential to our collective achievement of building a truly world class company from the top to the bottom. Not only do we have our very first Client of over 20 years, we also have our first employee with us today. Although we have grown relentlessly, nearly all of the original dozen individuals remain as pillars of TPS. The uncommon degree of trust, loyalty, humility, shared vision, work ethic, collaboration and respect is to such extreme is truly rare. This spirit has permeated our entire culture which affords us the additional advantage of being able to attract the absolute best professionals to our Firm as we have thoughtfully built out our next generation Leadership which is certain to be of equal caliber.
Brandon Stallard, CEO
Brandon oversees the TPS Logistics Leadership Team while maintaining a strategic focus on establishing and maintaining key relationships through company, community and the industry as a whole.
After spending the early part of his career in the air freight sector, Brandon completed his Logistics Management degree at Michigan State University while working for Dr. Don Bowersox (the Dean of the Eli Broad School of Business and grandfather of this Logistics Management Program). Prior to becoming a founder of TPS, Brandon went on to work in Logistics Management in Mexico City, focusing on the Import /Export industry. He also spent time in logistical management within the Health and Beauty Aid field.
Brandon recognizes the importance of giving back to his community, and has served on several philanthropic boards, including past chairman of the Greater Detroit Young Presidents Organization, board member of the YMCA and several other worthy organizations.
He spends most of his free time with his wife and son, who together often take trips to their favorite part of the world – Northern Michigan.
Jeff Lau, COO
Jeff has pioneered the enduring and evolving core operating procedures of TPS including the client engagement, carrier and service provider interactions. He has overseen internal accountability and has been the key architect in establishing the way that TPS Logistics does business and provides customer service, which has clearly differentiated our service offerings as the best in class. Jeff has been the operational lead in diversifying our client base that had traditionally been over reliant on the automotive sector.
Today TPS Logistics has evolved its business to include clients in health and beauty aids, retail, home appliances, energy, heavy manufacturing, IT, chemical, after market and publishing to name a few. Because of his vision Jeff has proudly evolved into the face of TPS Logistics and an internal and external leader for the company. Jeff entered the world of full platform logistics management after earning his degree at Western Michigan University before moving into a very successful tenure within the less than truckload sector.
Aside from his passion for the TPS Logistics family, Jeff’s heart clearly resides with his entire family and spends all of his free time with his wife, son, daughter and his extended family. Jeff quietly and often anonymously supports many philanthropic efforts within his community.
Sharon Zhou, Chief Financial Officer
As part of the executive team, Sharon Zhou oversees the full cycle of freight bill processing as well as financial reporting, tax planning and human resources. Sharon exhibits all the core values the entire TPS organization was built upon: Integrity, Transparency, Humility, and Client Advocacy.
Sharon is a CPA and earned her Master of Accounting Degree from University of Michigan and remains very dedicated to her alma mater and a loyal Wolverine fan. Her international financial experience coupled with her State and US accounting training gives Sharon a unique holistic view to our business and industry.
Sharon exemplifies the modern American dream as she moved to the U.S. from China four years ago. She enjoys working in Michigan. Her goal is to reunite with her family and continue building on our world class freight bill and audit payment center and financial institution.
As part of the leadership team, Drew oversees all things operational; including the load operations, account management, and compliance department of TPS Logistics. Drew’s core focus is providing a best in class experience for our clients. In addition to his time at TPS, Drew brings with him many years’ experience from the logistics and supply chain industry which has always centered on advocating for the best client experience at the best value.
As an integral part of the company’s growth strategy, Drew truly possesses the core values of the TPS organization. A proponent of our corporate principle of full transparency and humility, Drew instills this philosophy in his interactions with clients, carriers, and his colleagues each and every day.
When he is not on the road visiting clients, Drew enjoys spending time with his wife and dog and staying active. He and his wife love traveling the country throughout the year to find the next best 10k and to visit family and friends.
Drew earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in Business Management. He also holds a MBA from Michigan State’s Eli Broad School of Business and is an active participant in the MSU Alumni Association.
Parker has spent his entire life in and around the supply chain industry, from the dinner table as a child to the boardrooms today. He initially took interest in politics during his time at the University of South Carolina, but eventually his pedigree took over. After several years working at a national logistics provider outside the company, Brandon approached Parker to take on a role with TPS as an Account Manager in North Carolina. Parker’s time with TPS has taken him across the globe in each facet of the business from Europe to Mexico, and all around the US, finally settling in Detroit in 2010.
Today Parker oversees the Sales and Business Development of TPS. His industry expertise, national and international experience, relationship building abilities, coupled with his strategic and analytical mindset helps potential clients bridge the gap between their needs and our services have resulted in significant growth of the TPS client base during his tenure.
Parker married his childhood best friend in 2013, and they love spending time with their dog, golfing, traveling and tennis. When time permits, Parker and his wife enjoy as much family time as possible back home in Statesville, NC.
Cecil Stallard, Founder and Senior Advisor
In 1982, Cecil founded Central Air Freight as president and part owner. In little time, he established a worldwide operation and grew at a pace which exceeded the growth rate of any prior air freight company in the world.
After leaving Central Air Freight, Cecil founded what is now TPS Logistics, widely regarded as the best-in-class, full platform logistics management firm in the world. TPS remains a wholly owned business of Brandon Stallard, who currently operates the business as the CEO, and is the oldest son of Cecil and Susan, who joined the company in 1994.
Two of Cecil and Susan’s other three children presently work at TPS Logistics. Their youngest daughter is in the education profession.
Cecil was one of twelve children of David Stallard, a coal miner, and his wife Opal. Cecil moved to Michigan where he began in transportation as a route driver for Railway Express (REA). Beginning in 1965 Cecil was promoted rapidly through the ranks of sales to the vice president of national accounts at REA.
In 1974 Cecil resigned REA and joined a small group to establish Burlington Northern Air Freight (BNAFI) that became known as BAX Global and has since become a part of Schenker. Cecil succeeded there as the vice president of national sales.
Today, TPS continues to operate on its founding principles: “Be fair, Be firm, Be consistent, Be loyal and always best protect the interests of the Client who is your employer.” Cecil founded TPS on the philosophy that you can’t wait for good things to happen, you need to make them happen.
Cecil and Susan reside in the Carolinas and are actively engaged in various organizations as board members and major donors to various charitable organizations, such as Detroit’s Presidents Organizations, World Presidents Organizations, local Rotary Clubs, The Boys and Girls Club, Power Cross, local Museums and their church. In addition, Cecil is in his second four year Term as City Councilman at Large in his hometown.