The Culture

At Armstrong, we embrace a relaxed culture -- casual dress, flexible work schedule, fun contests and parties, and plenty of rewards and incentives that keep us all motivated to be our best! 

Our team members are friendly, family-oriented, and collaborative. But we work hard too!

Our approach to leadership encourages promoting from within. A servant-leader attitude allows our managers to emphasize developing and showcasing others. When a problem arises, you aren't alone. Direct, clear communication is key to our success.

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Leadership Team


Cameron Ramsdell

Chief Executive Officer

Cameron is the CEO of Armstrong Transport Group. He brings more than 15 years of logistics operations, sales and technology leadership to the team. With in-depth experience in rapid-growth environments, Cameron’s strategic vision and ability to capitalize on emerging opportunities make him a valuable asset to Armstrong. Beyond the office, Cameron enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Always one to stay active, he’s an avid snowboarder, practices marital arts, and enjoys the occasional round of golf. True to his Windy City roots, he’s a passionate supporter of Chicago sports, with a special place in his heart for the Bears.


David Morris

Chief Financial Officer

Dave joined Armstrong as the CFO in 2019. With both an MBA and a CPA, Dave is a strong addition to Armstrong. He oversees the financial health of the organization and manages the largest team of employees at the corporate office. Originally from New York, Dave has converted to life in the Carolinas and enjoys traveling to the beach and the mountains with his wife Sarah and their three children.

Fun Fact: Dave is a sports enthusiast and tries to go to as many games as possible. His favorite teams are the Panthers, Hornets, Red Sox and Hurricanes. 


Vamsi Tirnati

Chief Technology Officer

Vamsi joined Armstrong in 2020, bringing more than 20 years of experience defining and driving technology strategies for leading companies globally. He is responsible for exploring emerging technologies, evaluating their application to Armstrong’s business, and recommending new approaches and solutions. A master of streamlining priorities, increasing efficiencies, reducing IT costs, and driving implementations, Vamsi is also a passionate leader who strives to empower his teams to support Armstrong’s vision.

Fun fact: In his leisure time, Vamsi likes to read, travel, take long walks, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.


Lauren Russell

Chief Marketing Officer

Lauren is the Chief Marketing Officer for Armstrong. She has been working in logistics since 2000 and started at Armstrong in 2012. While Lauren initially handled HR and recruiting her role has expanded to include agent relations, event planning, training, and marketing. The most fun (and stressful) part of Lauren's job is planning and coordinating the annual agent conferences and reward trips in locations like New Orleans and Key West. Lauren, her husband T.J., and their two boys love to vacation together. They plan a family trip every Thanksgiving to a new tropical location. 

Fun Fact: Lauren is originally from Chicago and loves the Cubs  ⚾ Bears  🏈 and deep-dish pizza 🍕


Ryan Poynter

Vice President of LTL

Ryan is responsible for maintaining relationships with LTL carriers, strategically aligning business needs, onboarding new providers, and overseeing rate negotiations to ensure competitive pricing. Before Armstrong, Ryan served as senior vice president of LTL for GlobalTranz. He also managed the supply chain for a large lighting manufacturer and worked in finance for JPMorgan Chase as part of their Future Leaders Program.

Fun Fact: Born and raised in Michigan, Ryan is a huge UofM fan. He has three sons and, in his free time, enjoys trying to keep his house from being destroyed. 


Aaron Thrift

Vice President of Operations

Aaron started out at Armstrong as the Director of LTL in our Jacksonville office, and he is now the Vice President of Operations. Aaron has a strong background in management and in transportation. He approaches every challenge with an optimistic outlook and loves to coach his employees.  Aaron goes out of his way to ensure every employee is successful. He is down to earth and loves to be involved in the day-to-day at Armstrong.

Aaron, his wife Natalie, and their four children now call Charlotte home!  

Fun Fact: Aaron is an avid food forester. What does that mean? He creates forests made out of edible plants. 


Cari Olive

Vice President of Human Resources

Cari is an HR professional with over 12 years of experience across multiple industries, including consumer products, professional services, and technology. A North Carolina State University graduate, she has experience in several HR specialties. Before Armstrong, Cari served as the HR leader for a national M&A consulting practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fun Fact: Cari is a huge Taylor Swift fan, and she loves to travel internationally!


Emily Chiarizia

General Counsel

Emily joined Armstrong after representing logistics companies and carriers as a litigator. She understands the legal relationships between freight brokers, carriers, and shippers, as well as the stringent regulations that impact the trucking industry. Emily's experience and understanding of transportation and logistics are true assets to Armstrong.

Emily relocated from Baltimore with her husband Byron. Since making Charlotte home they have welcomed two daughters to their family.

Fun Fact: Traveling, family, and Thai food keep Emily going!