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Judy R. McReynolds,
President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. McReynolds has been a Director of the Company and President and Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2010. She served as Senior Vice President–Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from February 2006 through December 2009. She was Vice President–Controller of ABC from January 2000 until January 31, 2006. She previously served as the Controller of the Company from July 1998 until December 1999. Ms. McReynolds joined the Company as Director of Corporate Accounting in June 1997. Ms. McReynolds has been a member of the Board of Directors of OGE Energy Corp. since July 2011 and serves on its Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. She has served on the Transportation Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis since June 2012.

As the only member of the Company’s senior management who serves on the Board, Ms. McReynolds provides significant industry-specific experience and unique expertise on both Arkansas Best Corporation and ABF Freight System, Inc. services, resulting from a 15- year tenure with the Company and 23 years of financial experience in the less-than-truckload (“LTL”) and truckload trucking industry. Her experience as Chief Financial Officer, Certified Public Accountant, Controller, and currently as Chief Executive Officer, have contributed to the Board’s insights in LTL and truckload transportation knowledge, labor and pension matters, investment and corporate banking, financial analysis, strategic planning, appropriate capital structures and shareholder value.











J. Lavon Morton,
Senior Vice President - Tax and Chief Audit Executive


Mr. Morton became Arkansas Best's Senior Vice President - Tax and Chief Audit Executive on January 1, 2010. Mr. Morton served as the Company's Vice President - Tax and Chief Internal Auditor from January 2000 through December 2009. From May 1997 to December 1999, Mr. Morton was Vice President-Financial Reporting of the Company. Mr. Morton joined the Company as Assistant Treasurer in December 1996. Mr. Morton has overseen the Company's tax reporting since 1996. From 1972 through November 1996, Mr. Morton was employed by Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Morton was a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP from October 1984 through November 1996. Mr. Morton is a Certified Public Accountant. From January 2003 to October 2005, Mr. Morton was a Director and a designated Audit Committee Financial Expert of BEI Technologies, Inc. BEI was purchased by Schneider Electric in October 2005. Mr. Morton is Vice-Chairman of the Tax Policy Committee of the American Trucking Associations.










Michael E. Newcity,
Senior Vice President - Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer


Mr. Newcity became Arkansas Best’s Senior Vice President - Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer in August 2013. He had previously served as the company’s Vice President – Chief Financial officer since June 1, 2010. In August 2013, he added the duties of Chief Information Officer with the expanded role of leading Arkansas Best’s corporate-wide information technology and economic analysis functions. From November 2007 through May 2010, he served as Director – Economic Analysis for Arkansas Best. He previously served as Director – E-Systems & Emerging Technologies from November 2005 through October 2007 for ABF. Between January 2005 and October 2005, Mr. Newcity served as ABF Freight’s Manager of E-Systems & Market Development, and Manager of E-Commerce from January 2000 through December 2004. He began his career with the corporation in June 1993 serving Arkansas Best’s subsidiary, Data-Tronics Corp. in various Systems Analyst/Programmer roles through December 1999. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master's degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Arkansas.










Michael R. Johns,
Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


Mr. Johns joined Arkansas Best in April 2007 as Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to that, he had a twenty-four year career as a practicing attorney in Arkansas. Mr. Johns came to Arkansas Best from the law firm of Dover Dixon Horne PLLC in Little Rock, AR where he was a partner of the firm beginning in 1991. Mr. Johns began his legal career in 1983 after earning a J.D. from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Johns holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas, and he is a certified public accountant. He has been a member of the State Bar of Arkansas since 1983. His professional affiliations include membership in the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. From 2000 through 2001, he served as the chair of the Commercial Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association.










David R. Cobb,
Vice President - Controller


Mr. Cobb joined the Company in April 2006 as Vice President - Controller. Prior to joining the Company, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller for a publicly traded international oilfield service company. Mr. Cobb's experience serving public companies includes seven years with the public accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Cobb is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of Abilene Christian University.










Christopher L. Burton,
Vice President – Economic Analysis


Mr. Burton has been Vice President-Economic Analysis for the Company since January 2008. Previously for ABF Freight, he served as Vice President-Economic Analysis from February 2006 through December 2007, Director – Economic Analysis from September 1995 through January 2006, and Manager – Pricing from February 1995 through August 1995. From January 1979 through January 1995, Mr. Burton served the Company's subsidiary, Data-Tronics Corp., as Manager of Services & Human Resources and Systems Analyst/Programmer and worked for ABC, as an economic analyst.










Dennis Anderson,
Vice President – Strategy


Mr. Anderson was named as Arkansas Best’s Vice President of Strategy on February 1, 2014. Mr. Anderson previously served as Director – Strategic Planning, Arkansas Best, since June 2011 and held positions at ABF Freight prior to that, including manager and analyst, ABF Pricing. He joined the company in 2003 after beginning his career at Walmart Logistics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.










Walter J. Echols,
Vice President – Real Estate


Since 1994, Mr. Echols has served in his current position as administrator of Arkansas Best and all subsidiaries real estate portfolios which includes owned and leased locations throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. Mr. Echols has overall responsibility for real estate, construction, maintenance, leasing and environmental compliance services. He joined the corporation in June 1975 with Data-Tronics Corp., Arkansas Best’s information technology subsidiary. He held various positions at Data-Tronics until 1987 when he began work in the Real Estate Department. Mr. Echols is a 1975 graduate of the University of Arkansas.










Donald W. Pearson,
Vice President – Treasurer


Mr. Pearson became Arkansas Best’s Vice President – Treasurer on January 1, 2010. Prior to that, he served from February 1996 through the end of 2009 as Arkansas Best’s Director of Cash Management. He began his career at Arkansas Best in November 1985 as an accountant in corporate accounting, serving for over ten years in various roles throughout that department. Mr. Pearson is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, holding a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration.










Erin K. Gattis,
Vice President – Human Resources


Ms. Gattis became Arkansas Best’s Vice President – Human Resources on October 1, 2011. From January 2010 through September 2011, she served as the company’s Chief of Staff to Ms. McReynolds. Ms. Gattis began her career at Arkansas Best in February 1999 and has held various positions in the areas of human resources, benefits, retirement services, corporate governance and executive compensation. Ms. Gattis holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Arkansas Tech University.










Kathy Fieweger,
Vice President - Marketing & Corporate Communications,
Chief Marketing Officer


Ms. Fieweger became Vice President – Chief Marketing Officer in May 2013. Prior to that, she held a variety of senior management positions at global public relations agencies, following a long career as a journalist. Ms. Fieweger began her career at the Reuters News Agency and led the national reporting teams focused on transportation, airlines, aerospace and defense companies. She has also worked in banking and in-house as a Director in the Corporate & Government Affairs group at United Airlines. Ms. Fieweger holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.










R. David Humphrey,
Vice President – Investor Relations


Mr. Humphrey became Arkansas Best’s Vice President – Investor Relations on January 1, 2010. From February 1998 through December 2009, Mr. Humphrey served as the company’s Director of Investor Relations. He began his career with Arkansas Best in the company’s Economic Analysis Department in 1983 holding various positions in that department until 1993 when he began work for an Arkansas Best subsidiary that was subsequently sold. Mr. Humphrey holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas.



 
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