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 15 years of logistics expertise, organizational growth, entrepreneurial spirit, and leadership development experience to her role of CEO and Board Director of REO Logistics, an international supply chain solutions and 3rd party logistics provider that specializes in helping its customers exceed their own goals faster, better and for less money. Reliable, effective, original- REO is built around the idea that manufacturers’ supply chain needs are ever changing and require constant innovation.
With an eye on safety, quality, value and integrity, Rebecca focuses her attention on delivering her customers a world class experience and building a powerful and sustainable culture that will drive REO towards a second 100 years of success.
Rebecca was drawn to REO in 2004 with a promise by then CEO Lake Polan that she would be able to make a tangible impact on people’s lives in the communities in which REO resides, both by creating jobs and by donating a portion of the company’s profits back into the community. She has made good on this opportunity and continues to keep community involvement at the forefront of REO’s annual goals.
Rebecca is a Director on the Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia Chamber of Commerce and a vocal proponent of bringing high tech jobs and other economic opportunities into the local, mostly rural, communities in which REO Logistics operates.
With a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s of Public Administration with a specialization in Leadership Development from American University, a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College and a certificate in Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rebecca is well prepared as she leads REO into the future.
In her “free” time Rebecca is an accomplished equestrian competitor, an avid dog lover, and a voracious reader with an insatiable appetite for travel and adventure.
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 Business Development Officer
Clayman Edwards has extensive experience in domestic and international business and brand development. He has successfully led domestic and international public companies and held a number of board positions and C-Level roles with both U.S. and worldwide organizations. Prior to REO Logistics, Mr. Edwards served as the Global Chief Executive Officer of Matth. Hohner AG, a German publically traded global musical instrument company.
Mr. Edwards has served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations for Design Master Associates, Inc., (an international gift and collectibles distributor) and as Senior Vice President CCA Financial Services, Inc. (a technology leasing company). He has also held senior management positions with Burlington Industries and Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company.
Mr. Edwards has supported a variety of charitable endeavors including the American Cancer Society, the YMCA, the Greater Richmond ARC and Harmonikids. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and was a member of Board of Directors of the Western Henrico Rotary Club.
Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia, as well as an M.B.A. in General Management from the College of William and Mary.
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.
Chief Human Resource Officer
A Human Resources executive with more than 30 years of experience, and with deep ties to the Waynesboro, VA community, Sue joined REO Logistics in February 2014 as the Corporate Human Resources Director. She brings to the company extensive experience managing employee relations, organizational development, talent acquisition, staff education, leadership training, and the implementation of benefits and compensation programs. A lifelong learner, Sue is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) and Six Sigma.
Jason Reitsma, CPA CGMA
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Jason Reitsma is responsible for all of the accounting and financial reporting for REO Logistics. While he joined the company in late 2017, he has more than 20 years of solid financial experience. Over the course of his career, Jason has held various interesting roles. Prior to joining REO, Jason was controller for a startup company, Castle Hill Gaming, where he established all of the company’s accounting procedures from scratch. On the other end of the spectrum, Jason served as CFO for Yves Delorme, which is one of the most prestigious luxury brands in France. His experience working with both large and small companies has given him unique insight to the many dynamics of business.
Jason is an exceptional leader who has managed teams on the consulting side, as well as implementation side of things. He’s particularly skilled in merging the latest technology with accounting practices, and he brings a level of accuracy and timeliness that’s necessary for the success of any company.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Science in accountancy from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, as well as the Virginia Society of CPAs. When he’s not crunching numbers, he enjoys investing his time in the community as a volunteer firefighter. He’s also a nationally certified rider coach by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, teaching people how to navigate the roads ahead.
Executive Vice President of Business Development
Kevin Reilly brings over 30 years of global logistics, distribution and transportation experience to REO Logistics, joining the team in January of 2017. Over his career he has built a reputation for delivering innovative, client-focused strategies that provide continuous improvement, strengthen partnerships and improve margins, and he has a strong background in P&L management and business development. Kevin holds a degree from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with a focus on transportation and logistics. He served as president of both Delta Nu Alpha and the National Defense Transportation Association Professional Chapter.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Gregg Frazier is a true veteran of the manufacturing business 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.
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 Transportation
Jason Eversole is directly responsible for all transportation operations including brokerage and asset based freight as well as all Virginia warehouse operations. Jason joined REO Logistics at the beginning of 2017 He previously serves as director of operational excellence and utilized Six Sigma and Lean principles to guarantee that REO’s business ran in the most efficient and cost-effective manner for customers.
Before joining REO, Jason worked with Smithfield Foods and held several positions over the course of six years, including senior manager of transportation services and senior network strategy manager. In addition to his logistics experience, he has a proven track record of completing strategic plans and analysis in diverse settings ranging from governmental to academic and for-profit environments.
Jason is an intellectually curious and natural leader who can accurately assess data for upfront visibility. This is a skill that was learned and refined during his eight years serving in the United States Marine Corps. Over the course of his career, he has become recognized among his peers as a “fixer.” He is adept at identifying cost saving opportunities, executing mergers, enhancing operational plans, re-aligning processes, and managing customer relationships.
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.