Landair’s senior leadership team combines more than 200 years of industry experience, from starting and building transportation and logistics companies to serving in executive positions with Fortune 500 3PLs. Just as important as their accumulated knowledge is the active role they play in helping solve supply chain challenges.
Chairman and Principal
Scott M. Niswonger co-founded Landair in 1981 to fill a need in the emerging time-definite airfreight industry for rapid, reliable ground transportation provided via dedicated contract carriage. His entrepreneurial vision led to the creation of a highly customer-centric, fast-growing transportation and logistics organization.
Niswonger’s passion for problem-solving and innovation continues to inform and inspire the services and strategies Landair provides to customers today. This also extends to his work as founder and president of the Niswonger Foundation, which he established in 2001 with the mission of making a positive and sustainable difference in the field of education throughout Northeast Tennessee and in the communities where Landair has operations.
Based on Niswonger’s “Learn, Earn and Return” philosophy, the Foundation supports programs that range from partnerships with school systems and institutions of higher education to providing scholarships and leadership opportunities to Niswonger Scholar recipients. Its efforts earned the Foundation a prestigious “Investing in Innovation” grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
A graduate of The School of Aviation Technology at Purdue University, Niswonger later earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Tusculum College and was awarded a doctorate of technology degree from Purdue University. He’s also a graduate of the United Airlines Training Academy and a certificated airline transport pilot.
President and CEO
With extensive experience as both an entrepreneur and an executive in the distribution and freight transportation industries, John Tweed is the chief executive responsible for Landair’s strategic direction, operation and financial performance.
He and his leadership team oversee management of all Landair operations and customer service. Those day-to-day operations include logistics strategy development and implementation, sales and marketing, fleet operations and maintenance, recruiting, finance, safety and information technology, as well as the company’s continuous improvement and environmental sustainability initiatives.
Tweed was named Landair’s CEO in 2000, 15 years after he joined the company and following positions as the company’s vice president of sales and as special-projects manager. In 1996 he founded Warehouse Logistics LLC, a contract distribution services company jointly owned with Landair’s founder, Scott M. Niswonger. Warehouse Logistics later merged with Landair, strengthening the company’s warehouse distribution operations and capabilities.
Tweed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University. He’s an active committee and board member for several industry associations and community organizations.
Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Matt Anderson joined Landair in 2012 and has leadership responsibility for the company’s sales, marketing and engineering teams.
Before joining Landair, Anderson spent nine years at Penske Logistics, where he served as vice president of sales, leading revenue growth and developing the sales team in the western U.S. and Mexico. Prior to that position, he was Penske’s vice president of customer experience.
Anderson earned numerous awards and recognitions for his work at Penske, including multiple Winner Circle Awards and a Six Sigma Green Belt certificate. During more than 12 years in the transportation and logistics industries, he’s also held key positions in supply chain solution sales, design and consulting at Ernst & Young, FedEx and Airborne Express.
Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance economics from Rockhurst University and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Sr. Vice President, Operations
Lynn Doster joined Landair in 2013 and has leadership responsibility for trucking operations, supply chain operations, and driver recruiting.
Doster has over thirty years’ experience in transportation and logistics. She has experience with van, flatbed, straight trucks and tankers, and has other operational experiences which include dedicated contract carriage and warehouse logistics.
After beginning her career as a terminal manager for Blair Cartage, Doster worked for 14 years at Penske Logistics in several positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice President of Operations in Dallas, TX.
Doster has a degree in Accounting with additional studies at Urbana University and Franklin University, earned an IRS Enrolled Agent Designation, Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification and completed the Executive Leadership Program at Penn State.
Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions
Since April 2012, when he was named vice president of supply chain solutions, Jim Massengill has led the teams that manage and implement contract distribution, transportation management and specialty warehousing programs. He and his teams bring Six Sigma process discipline to helping customers achieve higher performance through operational efficiencies and value-added services.
Massengill came to Landair in 2006 as the company’s director of operations and safety. Before joining Landair, he spent 18 years with Sears Logistics Services, where he served as director of logistics for the East Region. Prior to that position, he was a third-party logistics procurement manager and regional trainer/ISO auditor.
Massengill attended Walter State College, holds Six Sigma Green Belt certification and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Vice President, Engineering
As vice president of engineering, Mitch Plesha supports Landair’s sales and operations, focusing on process and technology change to improve customers’ supply chain efficiency. He applies distribution center management, dedicated fleets, carrier management and truckload support to develop supply chain strategies that meet customers’ service requirements and cost constraints.
Plesha has 16 years of experience in warehousing, labor planning, supply chain design, carrier management and personnel management. At Coors Brewing Company he developed financial forecasting models, labor planning tools and bid analysis applications; redesigned the distribution center (DC) network and developed core carrier programs for each DC; managed international shipping; and participated on several cross-functional supply chain improvement teams.
At Penske Logistics, Plesha served as a logistics engineer, developing both dedicated and third-party carrier management solutions, and as a lead engineer, driving systems adherence, developing new systems and standardizing operations across multiple locations.
Plesha holds a Bachelor of Science in operations management and general business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Master of Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.