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GARY D. SASSER

CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO)

After serving in the United States Marines Corps reserves, Gary Sasser attended the University of Tennessee while working part time in the transportation business. In 1971 at the age of 21, Gary purchased Averitt Express, which at the time consisted of two associates, three tractors and five trailers.

Since that time, Gary Sasser's vision for Averitt Express has been to maintain a strong focus on people, demonstrated by providing the best service to its customers and developing the full potential of its associates. With the support of the local communities in which Averitt operates, Gary's vision has allowed the company to grow into one of the nation's leading providers of freight transportation and supply chain management. Today, Averitt's team consists of more than 8,000 associates, and its equipment numbers have grown to include more than 5,700 tractors and 13,000 trailers.

Gary Sasser's commitment to serving and developing people extends beyond the company of Averitt Express. He is well known personally for his community-minded philanthropic efforts. Gary serves on the board of several local, state, and national charitable organizations.

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BARRY BLAKELY

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO)

Barry came to Averitt in 1986, joining our sales team in Atlanta. He was named Service Center Director in Birmingham shortly thereafter, and he has also served in our regional operations leadership and as Vice President of Operations. A native of Mobile, AL, Barry earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University.

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KENT WILLIAMS

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SALES AND MARKETING

Kent began his Averitt career in 1987 when he joined our Cookeville sales team. Since then, he has served as a Service Center Director in both Birmingham and Orlando, as well as Regional Vice President for our Florida operations. Originally from Orlando FL, Kent earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University.

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JOHNNY FIELDS

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO)

Johnny joined Averitt in 1996 and was promoted to his current position in 2018. A native of Millport AL, Johnny graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984.

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