Meet The Management
Jane is the Recruiting Manager for Johnsrud Transport, Inc. She handles permits as well as recruiting our new drivers. Her favorite thing about working at Johnsrud is working with the drivers every day and meeting the new applicants. Jane likes that it feels like a family here at Johnsrud. The people here are always willing to help each other when in need. Every day is different in the trucking industry, so there’s never a dull moment.
Jane is originally from Carroll, Iowa. When she’s not at work, you’ll find Jane pampering her 3-year-old shih tzu named Lily Grace or cheering on the Chicago Bears.
Bret Smith is our Safety Director at Johnsrud. He has been working at the Big J for many years and has found that there is always something new to challenge him every day. Bret has been a Driver, Orientation Instructor, Driver Trainer, and Safety Manager during his tenure at Johnsrud. He knows that regardless of the challenge, he always has a stable and reliable team at Johnsrud. His favorite part about the trucking industry are the people he’s met and the places he’s been able to go. Bret is also a professional auctioneer, and is originally from southern Iowa. He has a dog named Hank, and his favorite football team is the Green Bay Packers.
Human Resources Manager
Doug is Johnsrud’s HR Manager and has been since 1996. Part of his job includes scheduling time for everyone to take their vacations. But his favorite part about his job is helping the Johnsrud team every day wherever he can. Doug believes Johnsrud is a good and honest company that reciprocates what employees put into the job. Johnsrud has given him the opportunity to meet new people and learn their life stories. His favorite part about our drivers is their honesty and the fact that they are hardworking people who believe character and integrity still matter.
Doug grew up in both Lincoln, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa—where you’ll find both Johnsrud terminals! However, his favorite state is Alaska for its beautiful topography, fishing, hunting, and open wilderness. When Doug is home, he and his wife enjoy the company of their two cats, brothers named Cash and Kick. His favorite football teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Dallas Cowboys.
Lincoln, Nebraska, Terminal Manager
Todd first started working with Johnsrud as a Driver and now is our Terminal Manager in Lincoln, Nebraska. He really enjoys going home at the end of the day knowing he and his Johnsrud Team made a difference. On the job, Todd especially loves hearing stories of the past from some of our older drivers. Daily challenges come with the territory of working in the trucking industry, but Todd loves that, and he loves being able to fix problems for his team every day.
Although his favorite state is Texas, Todd is originally from Hallam, Nebraska, making him a natural-born Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. He is also a firefighter, and in previous years was part of the team’s scuba dive rescue team.
Greg currently serves as our Maintenance Director and has been with Johnsrud since 1991. He has held positions in the Dispatch and Safety Departments and Equipment Acquisition over the years. Greg loves coming into work knowing that the work he and his teammates do is outside the box, focusing on quality and performance. He believes the Johnsrud team is making a difference industry-wide doing the work we do. Greg likes the friendly, professional atmosphere where everyone is called by their name, not “the guy in tractor 34414”.
Although he’s convinced he hasn’t grown up yet, Greg grew up in Missouri. He now lives in Iowa with his pampered pooch, a yellow lab named Hugger who has succeeded in training her handler. In his free time, Greg enjoys riding his motorcycle, especially to take a road trip through North Carolina or Tennessee, his favorite states.
West Fargo, North Dakota, Terminal Manager
Don Depee has been with Johnsrud for several years, however, he doesn’t think he can call it work if he enjoys it so much. He especially loves being able to meet and work with so many different types of people. The variety of his job takes him on a new adventure every day. Don appreciates that every driver at Johnsrud brings a special skill to the job and is always ready to help when called.
Don is from Mandan, North Dakota, which happens to be his favorite state because you can get the full effects of all four seasons there, from 115 degrees to 14 degrees below zero. His favorite football team is the Philadelphia Eagles, whose quarterback, Carson Wentz, is from North Dakota. In his free time, you can find Don exploring the trails on his 4 wheeler.
Leon, the founder of Johnsrud Transport Inc., started the company with one truck in the early 60’s. His passion has always been the people of Johnsrud and the trucking industry. A lot of things have changed since he first started the company, but professionalism and quality service will always be the core values of the company he founded. He enjoys talking with the older drivers, reminiscing about trucking years ago and the challenges they faced when air conditioning and dependable heating were a luxury.
Leon grew up in Schley, Iowa, where his father owned a cheese factory. It was during his time working there where he got his start in trucking, hauling milk to the cheese factory. Working with his father in the cheese factory taught him the importance of sanitation in the food industry and the food-grade standards that need to be met.
President & CEO
Jackie has been working with Johnsrud all her life, but has technically been on the payroll since 1989. After graduating with degree in Finance, Jackie came to Johnsrud to help out and grew to love the industry. She has held most positions at Johnsrud and now serves as the President and CEO of Johnsrud Transport, Inc. She enjoys the challenge of collaborating with the team and finding new ways to make Johnsrud better and better. Her favorite part about Johnsrud is having great customers and working with great people who help carry on the legacy her father Leon started. She learns something every day from the employees she calls family. Her favorite part about the trucking industry is how important trucking is to the American public. Jackie is a current member of Iowa Motor Truck Association Board of Directors and a former Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mike Pick has been serving as Chief Financial Officer for Johnsrud Transport since 1993. Prior to coming to Johnsrud, Mike spent many years in the banking industry. He graduated from Iowa State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In his position, Mike works with every department and he enjoys seeing all the working pieces of Johnsrud. Everyone contributes to the whole, and he can see that clearly in his role. Exceptional service is our goal and we are large enough to serve our customers many diverse needs and yet small enough to adapt quickly when their needs change. We have a great group of truly dedicated professionals at Johnsrud. Our drivers take great pride in Johnsrud and in doing their job safely and second to none. He knows how important the trucking industry is to our country’s economy, and he loves contributing to that need every day.
Doug has been working for Johnsrud since 1984 making him the longest serving employee, next to the founder. He has held almost every job possible on our team, including Driver, Tank Wash Manager, Service Manager, Dispatcher, Sales Manager, Chief Skid Loader Operator, and today he carries the title of General Manager. In every position, Doug has loved working with the Johnsrud team to create new ideas that will help the ever changing needs of our customers. The customers and the people at Johnsrud are who make him come into work every morning because he considers them family after so many years. Doug also prides himself in working with the Johnsrud drivers because he finds that they are true professionals who debunk the trucker stereotype every day with their skills and professional attitude.