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.