Trucking firm vice president resigns

usa-truckUSA Truck Executive Vice President Jeff Lester resigned from his position on Aug. 24 after Chief Executive Officer Tom Glaser asked him to change his weekly routine and work from the company’s Van Buren offices on a daily basis.

Glaser said Monday that Lester — who had been with the company for two years — regularly commuted between his home in Dallas and Van Buren under an agreement with former CEO John Simone, who resigned earlier this summer to concentrate on his health after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Glaser said he had been speaking with Lester about making a commitment to the community as well as the company for the past month.

“The way I operate as an executive, I think the executive team needs to be in the home office and part of the team,” Glaser said. “That’s a word that is used sometimes offhanded. But having the executives in one location to help mentor the group and being part of that executive team means you’ve got to be here for a full-time basis. Jeff was only here on a part-time basis.”

USA Truck announced Lester’s resignation in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Lester, who oversaw risk management and safety with the Van Buren-based trucking company, became the second USA Truck executive to resign in August.

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