Board of Directors


Kevin P. Knight,  Executive Chairman of the Board,  

Director Since 1990

Kevin P. Knight has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 1999 and served as our CEO from 1993 through 2014. In addition to his role as Chairman, Mr. Knight currently serves as a full time executive officer.  He has been one of our officers and directors since 1990.  From 1975 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1990, Mr. Knight was employed by Swift, where he served as Executive Vice President and President of Cooper Motor Lines, Inc., a Swift subsidiary.  Mr. Knight currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Trucking Association.  The selection of Mr. Knight as a director was based, among other things, upon his extensive experience in business operations and exemplary executive leadership.  Mr. Knight also has exhibited commendable dedication to our financial and operating performance.


Gary J. Knight, 

Director Since 1990

Gary J. Knight has served as a Vice Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2004.  Mr. Knight served as our President from 1993 to January 2004, and has been one of our officers and a member of our Board since 1990.  From 1975 until 1990, Mr. Knight was employed by Swift Transportation Co., Inc. (“Swift”), where he was an Executive Vice President.  The selection of Mr. Knight as a director was based upon, among other things, his significant leadership experience and knowledge of the Company.  Mr. Knight’s qualifications to serve on our Board also include his extensive knowledge of the transportation industry.


G.D. Madden, 

Director Since 1997

G.D. Madden has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 1997.  Since 1996, Mr. Madden has been President of Madden Partners, a consulting firm he founded, which specializes in transportation technology and strategic issues.  Prior to founding Madden Partners, he was President and CEO of Innovative Computing Corporation (“ICC”), then a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Corporation.  Mr. Madden founded ICC, a privately held company, which grew to be the largest supplier of fully integrated management information systems to the trucking industry.  Mr. Madden sold ICC to Westinghouse in 1990 and continued to serve as its President and CEO until 1996.  Mr. Madden is also Chairman of the Board of Clay Crossing Foundation, Inc., an extended chemical dependency treatment center.  The Board concluded that Mr. Madden is qualified to serve as a director based upon his experience in the transportation industry and his skills and expertise with respect to overseeing financial reporting and developing financial administration systems.


Michael Garnreiter, 

Director Since 2003

Michael Garnreiter has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2003.  Mr. Garnreiter is currently the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Shamrock Foods Company, a privately held manufacturer and distributor of foods and food-related products based in Phoenix, Arizona.  From January 2010 until August 2012, Mr. Garnreiter was a managing director of a Scottsdale-based financial consulting organization, Fenix Financial Forensics LLC, which provides financial analysis, forensic accounting, litigation support, and other dispute resolution services to a variety of businesses and organizations.  Mr. Garnreiter is also the Chairman of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Taser International, Inc., a manufacturer of non-lethal protection devices; chair of the audit and governance committees for Amtech Systems, Inc., a supplier of horizontal diffusion furnace systems; a member of the board of directors of GlobalTranz, a privately held trucking brokerage and software company; and a member of the board of directors of Banner Health Systems, a nonprofit multistate hospital system based in Phoenix, Arizona.  Mr. Garnreiter also formerly served as the sole director of Syntax Brillian Corporation, a dissolved company that designed, developed, and distributed high definition televisions and as chair of the audit committee and member of the nominations and governance and compensation committees for IA Global, Inc., an Asian business processes outsourcing company.  He was previously the managing member of Rising Sun Restaurant Group LLC from August 2006 until January 2010 and President of New Era Restaurants, LLC from December 2008 until December 2009, both of which are privately held restaurant operating companies.  From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Garnreiter was also formerly the Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Main Street Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Main Street”), a publicly held restaurant operating company.  Prior to joining Main Street, Mr. Garnreiter served as a general partner of Arthur Andersen LLP (“Arthur Andersen”).  Mr. Garnreiter began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1974 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State University at Long Beach.  In 1986, he became the managing partner of Arthur Andersen’s Tucson, Arizona office, and he was a senior audit partner at Arthur Andersen from 1986 to 2002.  Mr. Garnreiter is a Certified Public Accountant in California and Arizona and became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2010.  As a member of our Board, Mr. Garnreiter offers solid financial and managerial expertise gained from the various executive and supervisory roles he has held throughout his career.  In addition, the experience acquired through Mr. Garnreiter’s positions as a director of several publicly traded and privately held companies benefit the Company, the Board, and our shareholders.


Kathryn L. Munro, 

Director Since 2005

Kathryn L. Munro has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2005.  She is a principal of BridgeWest, LLC, a private equity investment company specializing in wireless technology companies.  Ms. Munro was the Chairperson of BridgeWest from February 1999 until July 2003.  Prior to BridgeWest, Ms. Munro spent over 20 years in the banking industry with Bank of America.  From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Munro served as CEO of Bank of America’s Southwest Banking Group and was President of Bank of America Arizona from 1994 to 1996.  Ms. Munro has served on the board of directors of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, the holding company of Arizona Public Service and Pinnacle West Energy, since 2000.  Ms. Munro also serves on the board of Premera Blue Cross, a privately held health insurance company.  Ms. Munro served on the board of Capitol Bancorp Limited, a Michigan-based multi-bank holding company, from 2002 to 2006, and she served on the board of directors of Flow International Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial tools, from 1996 to September 2011.  From her distinguished career in the commercial banking industry, Ms. Munro brings business acumen and financial knowledge to our Board and provides insightful guidance regarding our business.


Richard J. Lehmann, 

Director Since 2006

Richard J. Lehmann has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2006.  Mr. Lehmann serves as the founding principal and a director of the Biltmore Bank of Arizona and is the Chairman of the Biltmore Bank of Arizona.  Until December 1999, Mr. Lehmann served as Vice Chairman of Banc One Corporation, when it acquired FCNBC, creating the fifth largest bank in the United States, with responsibility for all consumer banking and credit card operations.  Mr. Lehmann’s previous positions include Chairman and CEO of Valley National Bank.  Prior to that, Mr. Lehmann spent 20 years with Citigroup in various positions, including ten years in the International Division, with more than three years as a Senior Corporate Officer in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Mr. Lehmann is presently a member of the board of directors of both the TGen Foundation and Cole Real Estate Investments.  He also served previously as a director of Banc One Corporation, Valley National Corporation, eFunds Corporation, iCrossing, Inc., and Moore Corporation.  Mr. Lehmann brings to our Board strong leadership, finance, and global experience developed throughout his career in the banking industry.


Richard C. Kraemer, 

Director Since 2012

Richard C. Kraemer was appointed to our Board of Directors in May 2012 by unanimous vote of the Board to fill a vacant directorship position, and he was elected by our shareholders at the 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.  Mr. Kraemer currently serves as President of Chartwell Capital, Inc., a private investment company.  From 1975 to March 1996, Mr. Kraemer served as an officer of UDC Homes, becoming a director and President in 1985 and CEO in 1994.  Mr. Kraemer also served on the board of directors of America West Holdings Corporation from 1992 until the merger with US Airways Group, Inc. in 2005.  Mr. Kraemer then served as a director for US Airways Group, Inc. from 2005 until the US Airways Group/American Airlines Group merger in 2013. Mr. Kraemer currently serves on the board of American Airlines Group as the Chairman of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. The Board believes that Mr. Kraemer is qualified to serve as a director based upon, among other things, his financial acumen, executive insight and corporate governance, human resources and labor relations knowledge.  Mr. Kraemer’s comprehensive board and investor experience with a publicly traded airline transportation company contributes to the collective qualifications, skills, and experience of our Board.


David A. Jackson, 

Director Since 2015

David A. Jackson became our Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors on January 1, 2015. He has served as our President since February 2011. Mr. Jackson previously served as our Chief Financial Officer from January 2004 until May 2012. He has been with the Company since 2000. Mr. Jackson served as our Treasurer from May 2006 to February 2011 and our Secretary from November 2007 to February 2011.  Prior to his appointment as the CFO, Mr. Jackson served in several positions at Knight between 2000 and 2004.  The selection of Mr. Jackson as a director was based, among other things, upon his extensive transportation, leadership, and finance experience and his deep understanding of the Knight culture and commitment to our financial and operating performance.


Roberta Roberts Shank, 

Director Since 2016

Mrs. Roberts Shank currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Chas Roberts A/C and Plumbing. For her role at Chas Roberts, Ms. Roberts Shank was named the 2014 CEO of the Year by the ACE Awards, in addition to previously being named one of Arizona's most dynamic women in business, winning the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Award, and being a named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. In addition, Ms. Roberts Shank has served in multiple civic and community roles, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix and the City of Phoenix planning commission.


Robert Synowicki, Jr, 

Director Since 2016

Mr. Synowicki brings to the Company significant experience in the transportation industry, having served in multiple roles with Werner Enterprises, Inc., including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Executive Vice President of Driver Resources, as well as having served as a member of the Board of the American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association. Mr. Synowicki is a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield – Nebraska, as Finance Committee Chairman and a member of the Audit Committee.


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