Matthew “Bo” Bates will assume the role of President of the Evans Network of Companies effective January 1, 2012. Bates will succeed Albert “Bert” Evans, Jr. who held that position since 1965. The company was founded by Albert Evans, Sr. in 1939.
In 1988, Matthew “Bo” Bates joined his father-in-law, Albert L. Evans Jr., at Evans Delivery Company the family-owned trucking business. Mr. Bates managed the newly acquired West Motor Freight of PA. At that time West Motor Freight, combined with Evans operated about 200 trucks in the northeastern United States. In 2002 he was named Executive Vice President of Evans Delivery Company and oversaw the integration of newly acquired Hale Intermodal. In addition to his role as President of Evans Network of Companies, Bates will also continue to serve as CEO of West Motor Freight of PA and Co-Chairman of DM Transportation Services.
“I am blessed and honored to have led this organization for more than 45 years” stated Bert Evans, “and I am confident that the organization is well positioned to continue to grow and prosper.” Evans will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.
Evans Network of Companies is the largest privately owned container drayage specialist in the country. Growing organically, and through acquisition, the group includes Evans Delivery Company, West Motor Freight, All Points Transport, Hale Intermodal, Land Transportation, Phoenix Transit and Logistics, Century Express, DM Transportation and 562 Terminal Facility Limited Partnerships. The group operates over 1,800 trucks out of 110 service centers and provides transportation and logistics services throughout the United States. One of the primary focuses of the company is ocean container and domestic container drayage at ports and major rail ramps east of the Rockies.
“Bert created a clear vision for Evans and continually challenged the organization to grow and improve”, commented Bates. “Our management team will continue to lead the organization guided by the ideals that Bert engrained into our culture.”
Bates received a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984 and holds an MBA from Kent State University (1988.) He is a Founding Director of The Victory Bank in Limerick, PA, a member of the Bank’s Audit Committee and is Chairman of the ALCO Committee. He is a member of the Executive Council and Endowment Fund Committee for the Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. He resides in Gilbertsville, PA with his wife Samantha and has two children, Matthew J. Bates, Esq. of Pittsburgh, PA and C. Ryan Bates, Esq. of Pottsville, PA.