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Hanson Logistics
Leadership Team

We are a horizontal, hands on company that stays close to our customers. Our team of logistics professionals is easily accessible by members of your team for more efficient communications and operations.

Hanson Logistics
Leadership Team

Ken Whah

President and CEO

joined Hanson Logistics from Whirlpool Corporation, where as of Director of North American Logistics Operations he oversaw 1,000 logistics associates and a network of 23 factory and regional distribution centers. Among many other achievements, Whah initiated numerous large-scale infrastructure, system, and technology investments as strategic enablers. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business; a Masters in Engineering from Purdue University; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is a visiting professor of business at Indiana University and Purdue.

Blake Larkin

Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing

is a seasoned executive with 20 years of management experience in food and logistics. Early in his career, Larkin joined Dole Food Company as a senior Financial Analyst, rising to General Manager of Logistics Services, Fresh Vegetables Division. He then spent 10 years with Millard Refrigerated Services as Director of Transportation Development and Vice President of Business Development. Fluent in Spanish and active in supply chain organizations, Larkin received his BA from Weber State University and his MBA from Brigham Young University – Marriott School of Management.

Jack White

Vice President and CFO

A strategic finance leader with a diverse background, Jack received his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA and passed the CPA exam. During 18 years at the Maytag Corporation and Whirlpool Corporation, Jack led financial initiatives supporting manufacturing, sales and marketing. His expertise includes financial analysis and forecasting, treasury management, strategic business unit management, and continuous process improvements.

Jeff Frazier

Sr. Vice President of Warehouse Operations

is well versed in all aspects of Hanson Logistics warehouse services, having worked as Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Logansport, Indiana facility, before assuming day-to-day operations of the Chicago Consolidation Center, including client migration to the new facility, and the roll out of Hanson’s Velocities™ Multi-Vendor Consolidation program. He was actively involved in three expansions at Hobart over the course of 10 years. Jeff was employed by AmeriCold Logistics for 14 years prior to joining Hanson Logistics in 2003.

Hanson Logistics
Board of Directors

Merlin Hanson

(Founder and Chairman Emeritus)

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Mr. Hanson began a career in the tool and die business. After 50 years of wonderful experiences and having met people in high positions, Merlin Hanson is proud to say that he is still "Just a Toolmaker." Prior to forming the Hanson Group, Merlin Hanson owned Weldun International located in Bridgman, Michigan. Under Hanson’s leadership, Weldun prospered from a tool and die shop of 3 persons to a 3-division corporation of more than 500 people and achieved a national reputation in the areas of high technology equipment and factory of the future automated assembly systems. Robert Bosch Corporation of Stuttgart, West Germany acquired Weldun International from Mr. Hanson, but he retained the former Weldun Mold Division, which is now located in St. Joseph, Michigan, and operates as Hanson Mold. Keeping it in the family, his children are involved at many levels of each of his businesses.

Merlin and his wife Carolyn married in 1982 and together have taken very active roles as philanthropists and leaders in the community. They are avid art collectors and have donated a bulk of their collection to be displayed at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. One of their most recent endeavors is the Merlin & Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center at Lakeland Health that provides hospice care to patients and their families.

Gregory Hanson

(Vice Chairman)

Gregory Hanson presided over the company from 2003 to early 2009 and served as Executive Vice President from 1996 to 2003. He was previously President of Purefact Water Center (1993 – 1996) and Hanson Precision Machine (1986-1993). He is a past board member of the IARW. He currently serves as President of the Hanson Group, which includes Hanson Mold, Hanson Logistics, Hanson Beverage Service and Eagle Technologies. Greg is very active in the Benton Harbor, Michigan community and has held various civic and industry board positions.

William Marohn

(Chairman)

Mr. Marohn retired in 1998 as Vice Chairman of Whirlpool Corporation. Mr. Marohn is a member of the Board of Directors of Newell/Rubbermaid, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, and a partner in Waterfront Crossing, LLC, a real estate development company. He is Vice Chairman of Cornerstone Alliance and is a member of the Lake Michigan College Foundation Board. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Marohn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo. He served in the US Air Force and the Ohio and Michigan Air National Guards.

James Reits

Mr. Reits joined Hanson Cold Storage in 1995 as controller, and was promoted to Executive VP of the Hanson Group in 1997. In 2018, Jim became President, CEO and CFO of the Hanson Group. He was previously Sales Controller for Zenith Data Systems. James received his BA in Accounting and MBA in Finance from Western Michigan University. He is past Chairman of the IARW Insurance Committee.

John Sommavilla

John Sommavilla is Chief Executive Officer of Shoreline Fruit, LLC, Traverse City, Michigan. Mr. Sommavilla was President and CEO of Coles Quality Foods, Inc. and has served on the Board of Directors of Shoreline Fruit for the last year. He previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Supply Chain for Spartan Stores, Inc., in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He formerly served on the Board of the National Frozen Food Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from Central Michigan University.

Gary Sarner

Gary Sarner is President of Lubar & Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From 1997 to August, 2007, Mr. Sarner was Chairman and CEO of Total Logistic Control, LLC, Zeeland, Michigan. Gary Sarner also has served as President and CEO of Wiscold, Inc. of Milwaukee and as Senior Vice President in the Commercial Banking Division of Bank One in Milwaukee. Mr. Sarner currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fall River Group, Inc., in Mequon, Wisconsin, Terminal-Andrae Electric Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Foundations Bank in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin and received his MBA from Marquette University.

Terry Brown

Mr. Brown brings extensive experience in refrigerated and global logistics as previous Regional Vice President of Americold Logistics and Chief Executive Officer and President of Diversified Port Holdings. He has served as Vice Chairman & Treasurer for the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and as a board member for World Food Logistics Organization. Mr. Brown is currently Sales Specialty Products & Shareholder and board member at VSSI, Inc., a leading manufacturer of quality veterinarian equipment. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Arkansas Tech University, a Masters in Professional Accounting (MPA) from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Mark Eriks

Mr. Eriks is President of Strategic Alliances for Gordon Food Service (GFS), a privately held food service distributor, where he is responsible for managing 12 separate business units in the U.S. and Canada. He was also previously Senior Manager in Human Resources and Chief Legal Officer at GFS. Mr. Eriks has 30 years of human resources, legal and general management experience. He has held the title of Executive Vice President – Support Services for Spartan Stores, Inc. and was an equity partner in a prominent law firm. Mr. Eriks has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Hope College, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Indiana University, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan.

Gail Matthews

Gail graduated from the Interior Design Program at Ivy Tech College South Bend Indiana, and put artistic skills to commercial use, launching Interior Elements, a full service interior design business in 1987. She is also president and owner of Light Source, specializing residential and commercial lighting products and services, a business she has owned since 2000.

Debbie Craig

Being a daughter of Merlin, Debbie Craig has been involved in the family business for the past 25 plus years listening and learning about all aspects of our business. After raising two children, she began a retail business in downtown St. Joseph and 20 years later still enjoys customer service, marketing, accounting and online presence.

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