Transportation and logistics industry veteran Jim Gillis was recently promoted to CEO of California-based Progressive Transportation Services (PTS). Previously, he worked for Gulf Intermodal Services (GIS) from 2011–2018 as regional manager and then regional vice president. Gillis got his start in the industry working for Intermodal Cartage (IMCG) from 1997–2004 in roles ranging from gate clerk and dispatch supervisor to customer service, fleet supervisor and regional manager. PTS, GIS and IMCG are all part of the IMC Companies family of brands. IMC Companies’ acquisition of PTS in 2016 completed IMC Companies’ national footprint and secured its position as the largest container drayage company in the nation.
“Jim has been a valuable leader in every role in which he’s served,” says Mark H. George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “I’ve always been a proponent of ‘promoting from within’ whenever possible – and having Jim serve as CEO has already proven to be a solid decision for PTS and our valued customers alike.”
During his time away from IMC Companies, Jim held various leadership roles in the intermodal industry including president of Global Group Logistics/Double G Transportation and general manager of TCI Trucking and Warehousing.
In his new role as CEO of PTS, Gillis works alongside the company’s president, Kevin Dukesherer, and executive vice president, Mike Stanley, both of whom were existing owners when IMC Companies acquired PTS. “Kevin and Mike have been exceptional leaders in the California market for more than two decades,” says Gillis. “I enjoy working with them and the PTS team to bring our offerings to more customers while attracting and retaining quality drivers.”
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Gillis is already leveraging his operational and leadership skills to help PTS benefit from the efficiencies provided by the back-end support available via IMC Companies. “Our investments in technology and support staff will help ensure that PTS continues to be the industry leader on the west coast.”
Gillis and his family moved to California last year. They enjoy traveling and enjoying the many outdoor activities that California offers.
With offices located in the key markets of Los Angeles and Livermore, Progressive Transportation Services (PTS) has focused exclusively on international shipments in the western United States since 2001. Services include container drayage and transloading. PTS is a member of the IMC Companies family of brands.