Lake Polan III
Chairman of the Board of Directors
A pioneer in the tri-state area business community, Lake Polan III joined Allied Logistics, now REO Logistics, in 1972 when he founded Allied Warehousing Services, a subsidiary company. Defying the odds, wherein some 70 percent of family-owned businesses in the United States fail or are sold before the second generation takes over, Lake, the third generation to run the Allied family of companies, has grown it from a solitary West Virginia-based warehouse into a full-service global logistics provider with operations in 7 states.
REO Logistics’ success is a testament to Lake’s vision, his focus on diversification and resilience, and the culture of commitment he has fostered during his four decades of leadership; commitment to business partners, commitment to company employees, and commitment to the communities in which our company operates.
Building on the legacy started by his grandfather, Walter Lewis Sr. more than a century ago, Lake is deeply invested in the turnaround and success of Huntington, West Virginia. Lake currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Marshall University Foundation, a board member of INTO Marshall, a joint venture between the Marshall Foundation and INTO USA whose mission is to recruit international students to Marshall University, a member of the Executive Committee of the Huntington Area Development Council and the Chairman of its Biotech Alliance. Lake oversees the REO Logistics philanthropic activities, dedicated to giving back to communities and organizations.
A graduate of Columbia University, Lake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Chief Executive Officer
Rebecca Polan brings more than 20 years of organizational growth, strategic planning and leadership development experience to her role as CEO of REO Logistics, an internationally recognized full-service specialty chemical toll processing and global logistics firm. REO Logistics has evolved from a small family business founded in Huntington, WV in 1911 to today’s innovative network of businesses, four generations strong. Rebecca is the first woman to serve as CEO.
Rebecca is active in the community, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain State Chapter of YPO. She also manages REO’s Corporate Philanthropy program.
Rebecca holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s of Public Administration with a specialization in Leadership Development from The American University, a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College and a certificate in Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Michael J. Carroll
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Carroll has over 40 years of experience in the logistics field, 30 with REO Logistics. His extensive background in public warehousing, with experience with grocery, chemical, and pharmaceutical products, gives him an intimate understanding of the storage challenges facing clients in the ever-changing field of warehousing and distribution. He is responsible for warehouse assets in Huntington, Charleston, Kenova and Parkersburg, West Virginia; transportation services throughout West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Tennessee; as well as chemical blending, screening, and packaging services in West Virginia.
Michael has made presentations at the Warehouse Education and Research Council conferences, is active in the International Warehouse Logistics Association, and is a member of the Cabell-Wayne LEPC. Interested in giving back to his community, he recently served on the STEM West Virginia Council commissioned by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in April 2014 along with being active in many other civic organizations.
He is a graduate of Marshall University with Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and History.
Chief Technology Officer
Blaine Hess has been an information technology leader for more than 25 years with a record of defining, building, and improving IT infrastructure, operations and large-scale applications. His wealth of experience with enterprise technology strategies and solutions, as well as his ability to prepare, change, and lead large organizational programs makes him an invaluable addition to the REO leadership team.
Blaine joined REO last year as chief technology officer and was hired to further ramp up innovation and continue to improve the information technology assets of the company. As CTO, he is responsible for all technical decisions and implementations of the company with regard to software, hardware and security.
Before joining REO, Blaine was the director of IT for Quality Transportation Services, which is the leader in integrated rail logistics management solutions. He also served as the CTO of United Network For Organ Sharing, which manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. Prior to that position, Blaine spent more than a decade at Accenture serving in many roles, including engagement manager where he was responsible for the largest public-sector PeopleSoft Financials implementation, as well as the implementation of the State of Maryland, Department of Revenue’s Taxation System.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Gregg Frazier is a true veteran of the manufacturing industry with more than 30 years of experience and a strong background in quality management systems, including ISO 9000. He served as the chief operating officer of Concepts West for a decade before REO acquired the company in 2017 to combine it with its existing tolling business. While at Concepts West, Gregg grew the company from $4M to $13M, expanded their geographical footprint and increased the scope of work through new tolling and manufacturing processes.
Gregg is responsible for all tolling and contract manufacturing operations, which currently includes six facilities. Gregg manages all operations with a keen focus on customer solutions and quality while expanding our operating capabilities within new markets.
Gregg’s business tenure includes a variety of roles in engineering, quality management and leadership, which along with his degree in chemistry from Missouri State University, gives Gregg the experience and knowledge necessary for the complexities of his role today.
John David Fuller
Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Kevin Sweeney joined REO Logistics in 2016 with 30 years of supply chain sales and leadership experience with him. Kevin is a leader in business development for Contract Manufacturing and Processing, Warehousing and Transportation Services.
Kevin began his career with UPS where he held numerous senior level positions. After he spent nearly two decades with the transportation company, he joined Access Business Group, which is the supply chain division of the Amway Corporation, as their vice president of sales for the Access Logistics division. Kevin lead the sales organization, including account management, before moving to Schenker Logistics. At Schenker, Kevin managed all of the contract logistics sales efforts for the consumer packaged goods and retail vertical markets. After four years at Schenker, Kevin joined Schneider Logistics where he led their corporate sales division in the Port Logistics Group as their Corporate Sales Director, concentrating on growing both the warehousing and port drayage services.
Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and sales from Ferris St. University in Big Rapids, Michigan and holds an AAS from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Kevin is a founding board member of the Shamrock Foundation which a family charitable organization that supports both the youth and under privileged in Mecosta County in Michigan.
Vice President of Warehousing
Carl Vance joined REO Logistics in 1999 following a 15 year career in the transportation industry. Prior to joining REO Logistics, Carl served as General Manager of a highly successful truck leasing operation in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.
In his role as Vice President for Warehousing and Toll Services, Carl draws upon his deep roots in transportation services and operations to help REO’s Warehousing, Transportation, and Processing businesses provide exceptional and innovative customer solutions throughout the state.
A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Carl sits on the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Board of Directors and is a member of the Chemical Industrial Council. Carl has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Marshall University.