The Team Behind the Fikes Family
Gary Salisbury, Chairman/CEO
Gary Salisbury is among the select group of trucking executives who can claim to know the industry from behind the wheel and behind the desk. He began his multi-faceted career as an owner-operator operating under his own authority prior to leasing to Fikes, and in the 30 years since then, has worked in almost every aspect of the industry including sales, dispatch, and management.
In 1995, Gary accepted a position on Fikes' executive team where his leadership skills have been instrumental in growing the business from an 11-truck company operating in Arkansas to a $70+ million transportation firm servicing well-known manufacturers across the United States. Today, Gary is Chairman and CEO of one of the nation's premier flatbed specialists, contracting with a sizable fleet of Owner Operators and utilizing terminals in Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, and Texas.
His first-hand experience with the driver-side of the transportation equation makes Gary a sought after expert on recruitment and retention issues. At Fikes, he has instituted cutting-edge programs to attract and retain owner-operators, and the company has enjoyed a retention rate significantly higher than industry averages. He is also a leading proponent of shipper relations and serves on the Carrier-Shipper Committee for the Truckload Carriers Association where he advocates open dialogue and long-term partnerships.
Gary is a member of the American Trucking Associations, the Arkansas Trucking Association and the Texas Motor Transport Association. In 2011 he served as the Chairman of the Board for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) where he continues to serve on the Board. In 2012, he accepted the Chaimanship for the Arkansas Trucking Association. In 2014 he will become Chairman of hte Texas Trucking Association.