Eric Wolfe- President
Eric, who has worked in the supply chain industry for over 26 years, began his career in at J.B. Hunt as a billing clerk while attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Eric has either led or played a key role in the launch of four separate third party logistics companies during his career, including J.B. Hunt Logistics, Cardinal Logistics, Clicklogistics, and BNSF Logistics, where he led the company for many years and eventually served as the Chief Operating Officer.
“What makes Supply Chain interesting is that there is a story about everything. Every consumer product, every piece of heavy machinery, anything on a retail shelf, anywhere in the world has a supply chain story. To think of the supply chain that way makes it very interesting.”
Eric was born in Neosho, MO and raised in Southwest City, MO. Eric graduated from the University of Arkansas with an undergraduate degree and then went on to obtain an Executive MBA from TCU. A “Dance Dad”, Eric’s youngest child Summer is a nine-time National Champion soloist and he travels often to watch her compete in dance competitions all over the United States.
Lynda Patterson- Vice President, Growth Strategies
Lynda is a small town girl from Kansas who has worked in the logistics industry for over 20 years and has joined our team at Watco Supply Chain Services as Vice President of Growth Strategies. Lynda led Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management initiatives as an expert in the formalized sourcing process to create a competitive advantage for BNSF Railway, including realizing over $15M in sustainable savings and $20M in free cash flow impact. During Lynda’s career at BNSF Logistics, she led acquisition strategy from 2003-2009, successfully purchasing 5 companies, adding over $150M in revenue and broadening the service portfolio. She also held key leadership roles in acquisition and growth strategy, marketing support, business development, ocean procurement and Supply Chain operations.
Lynda has been valued as an intermodal expert through years of increasing responsibility including implementing a closed-loop ocean container match-back program and leading a North America based sales team responsible for over 300 Consumer Products based intermodal accounts.
“The most rewarding part of working in the supply chain industry is that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. I am continuously learning and adjusting my thinking to solve the newest challenge.”
Lynda recently married her high school sweetheart, 20 years after they graduated. Better late than never right? She has 2 children and 4 step-children ranging in ages from 16-22. She has her hands full! When Lynda is not growing our company, she enjoys gardening, reading, and get this… fantasy football!
Judd Gilgen- Vice President, Risk Management
Judd has worked in the supply chain industry for over 21 years and has experience in many areas including Risk Management, Compliance, Operations, and Project Management. Judd began his career by helping launch J. B. Hunt Logistics in the early 1990’s. During this time Judd was instrumental in the successful implementation of several high profile transportation outsourcing agreements and helped design and implement some of the first proprietary web-based track, trace, and reporting applications used in the industry. In 2000, Judd was part of the executive team that worked to form and integrate Transplace, a transportation focused 3PL which was formed in July 2000 through the merger of the six logistics business units of the nation’s largest publicly held truckload carriers at the time.
At BNSF Logistics, Judd held many roles, including overseeing operations to most recently serving as Vice President of Risk Management for BNSF Logistics. In this role,Judd was responsible for over-seeing the regulatory compliance of over 20,000 domestic and global suppliers, including serving as the Anti-Corruption Compliance Officer for FCPA related matters.
“I have always found it exciting to work in a fragmented industry. An asset light approach enables a pure focus on customer value and global solution creation.”
When Judd isn’t working, you can find him with his wife and three children supporting the Razorbacks, right here in Northwest Arkansas!
Amy Parady- Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Liaison
Before she began her career with Watco Companies, Amy served as the Marketing Manager for Cardinal Logistics Management where she supported the sales force over dedicated, van and delivery divisions. Later in her career with Cardinal, she also served as Operations Coordinator for the Cardinal Home Depot account, supporting 40+ Home Depot Stores and their delivery program.
Amy started with Watco Companies in May 2003 and has worn a few different hats, most recently Vice President of Marketing for the Gulf/Southeast region. Amy led the marketing efforts in 15 acquisitions of new Watco Railroads over the past 11 years, adding an excess of $90M in revenue to the company portfolio. She pioneered organic growth efforts in the Gulf and Southeast U.S. where she provided solutions to customers not only on a rail basis but also across the entire supply chain.
“The supply chain in every industry can be very complex and working in this industry on behalf of our great customers to find solutions to those complex situations is my passion.”
Amy has 15 years in the transportation industry and currently serves as Board member (Secretary) of Alabama Railway Association and participates in governmental affairs on behalf of the railroad industry in Washington, D.C. and on state levels in her current region. A girl from a long line of railroaders, Amy has a deep heritage and passion for understanding customers, creating relationships, and finding solutions for transportation needs.
Amy was born and raised in West Virginia. She attended Cameron University in Oklahoma and Bluefield State College in West Virginia where she obtained a degree in Liberal Arts. She has two grown children, Nick, 18, and Conor, 21. In her free time Amy enjoys gardening, exercising, decorating, and pretty much anything outdoors.