Rolando Garcia, the CEO and owner of R Logistics, immigrated from Cuba in 1995 with his wife, Iliana. Roly began his career in trucking in 1997, when he purchased his first truck, a 1989 Freightliner Cabover, doing runs to and from northern California, Phoenix, Texas, Oregon and Washington. In 2000, Rolando and Iliana decided to team up and expand their business.
In 2004, Roly saw and capitalized on an opportunity to develop a lane from California to the Dallas/Fort Worth market and opened an office in Forth Worth, TX. Later in 2013, Roly expanded with the addition of a 50,000 square foot warehouse on a 10-acre lot in Fort Worth. Roly’s Trucking then grew rapidly with its primary lane being from the major California markets to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and additional local and regional services in Texas and California.
Roly is an avid golfer and baseball fan, with two beautiful children.
As the Chief Financial Officer of Roly’s Trucking and the R Logistics portfolio of companies, Iliana Garcia is responsible for all aspects accounting, credit and finance. Iliana received her degree in accounting from the University of Havana in 1990. From 1990 until 1995, Iliana worked for the Mining and Geology Union of Cuba in their corporate finance and accounting department. After immigrating to the United States with Roly in 1995, Iliana worked for a CPA firm in the Los Angeles area as an accountant, serving companies in a wide variety of industries. In 2000, Iliana teamed up with Rolando to assume responsibility for the accounting of the expanding family of businesses now known as R Logistics. With Iliana’s knowledge of accounting and finance, the two were able to begin adding trucks, trailers and drivers at a rapid rate through internal growth and the acquisition of other trucking operations.
Like Rolando, Iliana is also an avid baseball fan and enjoys spending time with her beautiful children, Vanessa and Roly.
Peter Thornton joined R Logistics in 2017 after a 30-year career as a corporate bond analyst working for various firms within the investment management industry. As an analyst, Peter’s industries of emphasis included healthcare, casino gaming, retail and energy companies. Peter started his career with Standard & Poor’s Debt Ratings group and later worked for Oaktree Capital in Los Angeles prior to establishing his own hedge fund in 2006. Prior to joining R Logistics, Peter was the Director of High Yield Research for KDP Investment Advisors, overseeing a team of 11 high yield bond analysts.
Peter initially assisted CEO Rolando Garcia as a Special Projects Manager, and has since evolved through the role of Controller to become the company’s Director and General Manager. As GM, Peter works with the company’s operations managers, CFO and CEO to manage all business activities and opportunities, while also helping to chart the company’s growth strategies in transportation and warehouse logistics through organic growth currently, with an eye toward possible future M&A activity as industry conditions evolve. Peter is an avid golfer and always up for a game with clients, prospects and partners. Peter believes the best approach to business is to develop strong personal relationships that can become successful partnerships through trust and performance.
Peter is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and received his MBA from Tulane University, and BA in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Michael Johnson is an operations professional with over 40 years of experience in port drayage, OTR Trucking, warehousing and distribution. After 35 years with the same organization, Michael accepted a position as Director of Operations with Roly’s Trucking Inc., a well-established truckload carrier that was interested in supplementing their operations by offering warehousing, distribution and port drayage services.
Mike started his career as a port drayage driver in 1980 transporting intermodal cargo containers from the ports of LA/LB. Since then, he has held several key operational positions and managed a fleet of 50+ drayage trucks with 75 owner operator and employee drivers. Mike has extensive experience in port, rail, marine terminal operations and drayage transportation including all types of chassis and trailers used in related transportation modes. His hands-on experience in fleet operations includes power units (tractors) straight trucks, flatbed, step deck, detachable, specialty and pool chassis and dry van.
Ed Justice’s transportation career began in the Fall of 1970, with him loading trucks nightly as a High School sophomore student. In the summer of 1971, Ed started driving trucks with restrictions on his CDL’s as “day time only,” at the age of sixteen. Since his inception into the transportation industry, Ed has worked in many capacities as a P&D Driver, OTR Driver (Single & Team), hauling Freight of All Kinds (FAK) including Hazardous Materials to all of the U.S. Ed was a Driver Trainer, Driver Mgr., Recruiter, Warehouse Mgr., Dispatcher, Logistic, Sales and Corporate Sales throughout his vast trucking history.
Ed’s educational background is in Biblical Literature. He has a Masters of Divinity degree in Christian Education, and Doctorate degree in Theology. It’s a little strange for one in the transportation industry, and yet, it’s the catalyst of Ed’s solid transportation transparencies.
Ed Justice has been with Roly’s Trucking since January 2004. He serves in the capacity of VP and the Terminal Mgr. of our Texas Branch. Ed’s position, his expertise, and initiation are in the support of Roly’s transportation Team, our Clients, and our Client acquisition needs. Realizing every business has its own unique set of needs when it comes to transportation and freight services. While specific needs may vary, one common thread remains…Carrier management requires a sizable investment of time, energy, and resources.
Please feel free to contact Ed at any time…he’s open for business.
Diana Guerrero began her career in transportation with Roly’s Trucking in 2005 as an Accounts Payable clerk, later adding payroll responsibilities to her duties. Diana quickly established herself at Roly’s and was instrumental in a DOT audit, and soon worked her way up through the company to the position of Transportation Safety Director in 2007. Diana has been critical in developing safety and compliance protocols at Roly’s Trucking, and has also assumed responsibilities for recruiting and managing employee benefits. Diana was promoted to her current position of Manager of Safety and Recruiting in 2014 and now oversees all systems and activities to maintain oversight and safety, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations regarding transportation and workplace safety, training, recruiting, and employee benefits.
Diana loves off-roading in the California desert and mountains with her husband and beautiful four children.
Vince Castillo, VP Sales, has been in the freight business for 44 years in the LTL, TL and Intermodal Rail segments of the industry. Vince began his career in 1976 with DiSalvo Trucking, where he worked for 27 years, and also worked for Southern Pacific Railroad early in his career. Shortly after beginning his career, Vince realized he could play professional golf and was sponsored by both DiSalvo and the Southern Pacific Railroad. Vince won 9 International Tour PGA tournaments between 1980 and 1991, continuing to promote DiSalvo and Southern Pacific Railroad sales during his career as a professional golfer. After retiring from professional golf, Vince rose to the level of Executive Vice President for DiSalvo Trucking and was later instrumental in arranging the sale of the company to Central Transport in 2002.
After a 5-year stint running his own logistics company, Vince joined Roly’s Trucking in 2007 to help take Roly’s Trucking to the “next level” in dedicated and TL busines with a specialty doing line haul loads for LTL carriers, intermodal and TL.
Vince attended Stanford University from 1976-1980, playing for the golf team for his full time at Stanford, and earning a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sales, Marketing, and Finance.
Vince married his high school sweetheart Esther in 1978 and has been happily married for 42 years. Vince and Esther have 3 children: Amy, Crystal and Vincent, and 6 grandchildren, with whom Vince loves to share his passion for golf and martial arts.