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PAVING THE WAY TO SUCCESS

Meet Our Leaders

Brent Nussbaum

Brent Nussbaum

Chief Executive Officer

Guided by faith. Inspired by culture. Brent Nussbaum is building a better trucking company.

Prioritizing family, putting people first, shaking the hand of every driver in the company – these are just some of the things Brent does differently.

When Brent became CEO in 2000, he began transforming the company his father had founded into an industry standout. From innovations in equipment and driver compensation models, to a hands-on approach to driver retention, Brent has the foresight to do things in new ways.

Brent began his Nussbaum career in 1970, working in equipment maintenance. After graduating from high school, he began driving a truck before transitioning into the operations area of the company. In 1990, he left Nussbaum to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international business from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. He went on to receive a master’s degree in international business management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

Brent returned to the family business as VP of Sales for the truckload division in 1997. From there, he assumed the role of CEO. With his hands-on leadership, Nussbaum has enjoyed record growth and has been recognized with multiple accolades within the transportation industry for its innovative spirit, exceptional driver retention rates, and commitment to integrity. Nussbaum Transportation’s state-of-the-art corporate headquarters and maintenance facilities, opened in 2013, are a manifestation of Brent’s ideals and vision for the company’s future.

The media frequently looks to Brent for insights into real-time industry issues, and his expertise makes him a sought-after panel participant and speaker for the many organizations of which he is a member including: American Trucking Association, Truckload Carriers Association, and Illinois Trucking Association.

Under Brent’s leadership, Nussbaum Transportation has earned numerous awards including: Top 50 Green Fleet, Top 100 Trucker, Innovator of the Year (100-500 trucks), and Pella Corporation’s Carrier of the Year.

Brent and his wife, Cheryl, live in Bloomington, Illinois, They have been married for 31 years and are blessed with five children. Outside activities include ministry, travel, biking and hiking.

Bill Wettstein

Bill Wettstein

Chief Financial Officer

Bill Wettstein is not your typical CFO. Yes, he has an impressive knack for numbers, a talent that has served Nussbaum Transportation well. He tends to financial strategy and manages the company’s banking relationship and taxes. But the majority of Bill’s time is spent on sales and pricing for customers. By analyzing every single lane the company travels, and adjusting pricing or terms if needed, Bill creates win-win contracts with customers that keep Nussbaum and our drivers profitable.

After graduating from Illinois State University in 1997, Bill was working as an accountant when he heard about an opening in the Nussbaum accounts payable department. He was well-aware of the outstanding reputation of Nussbaum, so he jumped at the opportunity to join the team.

Bill was promoted to the role of CFO in 2001. With his financial guidance, Nussbaum weathered the recession of 2008-2009. As a short-term strategic change during those years, Bill and his team rethought pricing structures to keep all of their trucks on the road, while simultaneously switching from short-haul to long-haul. The tactics proved effective, and since then, Nussbaum has prospered, achieving record fiscal growth while simultaneously offering industry-leading driver pay.

Bill has numerous certifications and affiliations including:

  • Certified public accountant (CPA)
  • Certified management accountant (CMA)
  • Chartered global management accountant (CGMA)
  • American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

While financials and balance sheets are important in his role as CFO, character is Nussbaum’s most valuable asset, in Bill’s opinion. He appreciates the people he works with at Nussbaum and the trust, integrity, and respect they exhibit toward one another.

Married with seven children, Bill enjoys spending time with family on their farm, complete with goats, pigs, cows, rabbits, and chickens! He also likes to spend time outdoors hunting and fishing.

Doug Bradle

Doug Bradle

Director of Operations

What probably drives me the most here is bringing satisfaction to the lives of others.”

Our Director of Operation, Doug Bradle, has a passion for serving people. Whether helping to provide a good work atmosphere or bring resolution to a customer’s problem, he is driven to help others succeed.

Doug was born and raised on a grain farm in Secor, IL.  After high school, he received his CDL and drove a truck hauling grain while attending college. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in Agriculture Science from Illinois State University.  Soon after, he accepted a job at Nussbaum as a Load Planner/Driver Manager in Operations.

In 2007, Doug was promoted to Operations Manager where he was involved in the planning, design, and implementation of PeopleNet, a fleet management tool combining communications, safety compliance, and electronic logging tools.   Other projects Doug has had direct responsibility include; the redesign of operations into three areas, driver managers, load planners and customer service, the planning and implementation of Nussbaum’s driver scorecard, a maintenance planning software, and a driver app that allows a driver to access load, pay and benefit information from a smartphone.

In his free time, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, working around his home, traveling, and church activities.

Jeremy Stickling

Jeremy Stickling

Director of Human Resouces & Safety

As director of human resources and safety at Nussbaum Transportation, Jeremy Stickling ensures Nussbaum is a company people will want to work for. Honoring the corporate values of honesty, integrity, and character, his team’s innovative ideas have put Nussbaum on top of the industry when it comes to hiring the best drivers and offering competitive pay and benefits.

Although Jeremy was exposed to commercial trucks while working at a gravel pit during college, his first role at Nussbaum was with the accounting department. As his responsibilities at the company expanded to include human resources functions, he was involved in instituting processes for more effective internal driver communications and insurance administration. Jeremy was promoted to the HR director role in 2013.

As the first point of contact for new driver recruits at Nussbaum, the human resources department serves a critical role. Jeremy believes in the “No Surprises” recruiting philosophy, a manifestation of Nussbaum’s values of honesty, integrity, and respect for its employees. Jeremy also has helped develop a comprehensive driver orientation program and overseen the restructuring of the company’s compensation plans. Combined, the efforts and leadership of Jeremy and his team have contributed to Nussbaum’s industry-leading driver retention rates.

Jeremy graduated from Western Governor’s University with a double-major in accounting and finance in 2010 and received his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2011. He is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM).

A native of Peoria, Illinois, Jeremy enjoys music, especially playing guitar, and is a history buff (ask him what book he’s currently reading!). He is active in his church and likes to spend his free time with his wife and children.

 

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