The Culture

The culture at Armstrong is relaxed (casual dress, fun employee contests, birthday celebrations, holiday parties and weekly donuts are just a few of the perks), but we work hard! Our team members are friendly, family-oriented and collaborative. 

Here at Armstrong, we have a unique approach to leadership. We promote from within and encourage our managers to have a servant leader attitude. When a problem arises, you are never left alone. Direct, clear communication is key to our success.


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Leadership Team


Brian Mann

President and CEO

Brian is the President and CEO of Armstrong Transport Group. He brings years of logistics knowledge to the team. Brian began his career booking freight before transitioning to customer sales, agency ownership and executive leadership in logistics. His tenure with Armstrong began in 2014 when he joined the organization as the COO. Brian became the President and CEO of Armstrong in January of 2019. Being in charge doesn’t stop Brian from bringing the fun to the office through things like the weekly donut runs and the annual Halloween costume contest. Brian, his wife Aimee and their two girls, enjoy long weekends relaxing at Lake James and trips back to the Florida theme parks.

Fun Fact: Brian is a collector of unique cars and loves the Broncos and Peyton Manning.


David Morris


Dave joined Armstrong as the CFO in October of 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. 


Lauren Russell

Vice President of Human Resources

Lauren is the Vice President of Human Resources for Armstrong. She has been working in logistics since 2000 and started at Armstrong in 2012.  Lauren's role has expanded to include agent relations, event planning 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, Nashville 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 🍕


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 recently relocated to Charlotte and look forward to exploring their new city.  

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


Tom Milosavljevich

Vice President of Agent Development

Tom has over 15 years of hands-on experience in the transportation industry. Since joining Armstrong in 2011, Tom’s focus has been leading the Agent Recruiting and on-boarding efforts. He strives to set new agent partners up for success. Tom believes if you work together as a team, you will reach your highest potential. Tom enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and their triplet boys.

Fun Fact: Tom is a huge basketball fan and spends his free time coaching his kids' basketball team and watching the Indiana Hoosiers. 


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.

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


Rick Sammons

Director of Technology

Rick has over 20 years of experience as a software developer. He began his career in the United States Army as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. Before joining Armstrong, Rick had a very diverse background, including film and video, finance, housing, event planning and search engines. As the Director of Technology, Rick leads a team of six software developers. They create, update and maintain our transportation management system used by both our internal and external customers. He is always looking for ways to improve our system and develop his team.

Fun fact: Rick played in a chapter of the Junior Olympics as a volleyball player. 


Marc Bodley

Senior Software Developer

Marc joined Armstrong in 2014 as a Software Developer. He has the longest tenure in the IT department and is a strong team player who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring success to the business. Marc enjoys creating new advances to the front-end user experience for our agents and employees. Originally from New York, Marc now lives in the Washington D.C. area. He enjoys traveling and recently visited the Azores with his fiance Audrey. 

Fun fact: Marc loves gaming, coding and lazy Saturday mornings.