The Story of REO Logistics: Constantly Evolving

REO Logistics began in 1922 as Allied Realty Company. Nearly 40 years later, the company acquired a 100,000-square-foot warehouse in West Virginia and Allied Warehousing Services, Inc. was born.

Since then, REO Logistics has grown into a true third-party logistics (3PL) supply chain solutions provider. In 1989, REO Logistics, then called Allied Logistics, acquired a global freight management company, adding a network of warehousing, distribution, transportation, freight management and 3PL services to the company’s portfolio. In 2001, REO further expanded its capabilities with the creation of REO Processing, a toll processing and contract manufacturing business.

In 2017, REO continued its expansion of geographic footprint and offerings with the acquisition of Concepts West, a tolling, contract manufacturing and warehousing services provider. The acquisition added operations in Texas and Louisiana and augmented REO’s tolling and contract manufacturing capabilities in the chemical, petroleum, and consumer products industries.

As it approaches 100 years in business, REO Logistics continues to evolve by combining management expertise, industry experience, versatile warehousing and processing facilities, and the latest technology to develop customized supply chain solutions in meeting the needs of its customers.


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.

Rebecca Polan

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.

Blaine Hess

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.



Gregg Frazier

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



Kevin Sweeney

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.


Carl Vance

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.




Since the beginning, our company has been guided by three founding values: quality service, integrity, and innovation demonstrated through accountability, problem solving, initiative, listening and positivity.


Quality service means we carefully consider the cost and efficiency implications of every option and every tool at our disposal.



Our integrity is experienced in the way we work. We’re committed to our Best Value Promise, which means we provide a solid return on investment and give customers a competitive advantage in their industry and anywhere in the world.



The idea of innovation is more than a value proposition; it’s the reason we exist. We utilize the most current technologies and continue to develop “work smart” solutions that step up to the complex challenges of the marketplace.

Sustainability & Social Responsibility

REO Logistics is committed to operating in a sustainable manner. We also collaborate with customers and peers to find the right processes and environmentally friendly solutions where needed. From recycling to transportation optimization, we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the integrity of the environment on the properties we own and operate.


Outside of our environmental programs, we include broader economic and social elements, such as good labor practices, societal responsibility and quality services and solutions. We balance our business acumen with doing the right thing for the good of our communities and world.


We’re Commmitted to helping others:

Corporate philanthropy is an important part of our culture. We invest in non-profit organizations in the communities where we operate with a special focus on: regional economic development, health care and education.


We also encourage our employees to contribute to their communities in meaningful ways. Many of our employees have served in public office, sit on local non-profit boards and serve as volunteers on a regular basis.