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Brian J. Barker

Chairman of the Board

Brian founded AFS in Shreveport, LA on February 2, 1982. Under his direction and vision, AFS has grown to over 280 employees in 16 states and across the globe, assembling a list of over 2500 clients during that time span. Over the years, AFS has acquired many competitors, establishing footprints in the major metropolitan areas across the US. Currently residing in Park City, UT, he and his wife Kathi support several local community efforts including school-age athletics and inner-city sports camps. In 2012, Brian also became Limited Partner in the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons franchise.

Scott Matthews

Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions

Scott joined AFS after spending 28 years with both McKesson and APS as the Director of Plant Operations and Baker Mfg., Inc. as the Director of Purchasing and Inventory Control. Scott graduated from Louisiana College with a degree in Business Management and has two children, Jake and Ashley, and four grandchildren, Caleb, Logan, Abigail and David. He spends off-hours either hunting, fishing, gardening or taking photos.

Randy Hollifield

Vice President of Operations

Randy started with AFS after logging 30 years of service with General Motors, where he held many positions in both Production and Personnel. His last ten years were divided between New Vehicle Launch Manager and Body Shop Production Superintendent. Randy graduated from Louisiana Tech University. While his second career keeps him very engaged in providing superior customer care, he enjoys fishing and hunting in northwest Louisiana and spending time with his family including a growing population of grandchildren.

Mingshu Bates

Vice President of Revenue Management

Mingshu has over 17 years of experience in Revenue Management and Pricing Analytics in both the transportation and payment processing industries. She led numerous strategic initiatives in Parcel pricing at FedEx and in pricing restructuring at First Data. Mingshu holds a B.A. in International Economics from Nankai University, China and M.A. degrees in Economics from the Ohio State University and the University of Toledo. During her spare time, Mingshu enjoys spending time with her family as well as running, hiking and yoga.

Todd Barton

Chief Information Officer

Todd is a hands-on entrepreneurial technology executive with 25+ years’ experience within the information technology field building IT Infrastructures, system architectures, software development, and implementation of new technologies and business solutions. After receiving a BS in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, he worked in the corporate environment delivering an array of systems ranging from internal applications to customer facing products.

Todd moved on from corporate work to found a software development and consulting business focused on helping companies with process improvement and data warehousing. His company became focused on transportation and warehousing systems leading him to co-found Vertical Synergies which was acquired by AFS in 2015. In his spare time, Todd enjoys time with his wife and 3 children while managing to squeeze in some cycling, golf, and other hobbies.

Mark Kolde

Vice President of Logistics Services

Mark has over 18 years of sales, product, and operations experience in transportation and logistics, with a diverse background across private industry, transportation providers, and 3PLs. Mark holds a BS degree in Marketing and Finance from West Virginia University. He is also an avid motorcyclist during the few times his two kids aren’t busy raising him.

Ben Townsend

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to AFS, Ben was the CFO and part owner of Airflo Cooling Technologies, a manufacturer of industrial fans and louvers for the heat exchanger and cooling tower industry. Ben also held the position of CFO for Tread Corporation and spent 34 years at Dover Corporation, where he spent the last 20 years as the CFO of the Norris Division, a manufacturer of oilfield production equipment.

As a CFO of an operating division, he was a leader in implementing new age technologies such as banking services (ACH electronic bill payment and web based banking services), a P-Card Program, and an informal Activity Based Costing system.

He participated in several company acquisitions, playing a role in negotiations with the sellers, due diligence, and the post-acquisition action planning and execution.

As part of the management team, Ben played an integral role in the development and execution of a business strategy that allowed the business to experience strong growth in revenue, earnings, and profit margins. Under his leadership the Finance team has focused on reducing non-value added processes while linking their efforts in support of the strategy of the business unit and the role that they play in the execution of the strategy.

Ben is a non-traditional accountant, who focuses on the accounting support for the organization as a high value added function for the company stakeholders in addition to their normal responsibilities for compliance and scorekeeping.

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