Keller Logistics Group leadership team
Our leadership team has extensive experience in the transportation and logistics industry, yet continues to seek to develop new ways to create flexible, responsive, and resourceful strategies and solutions to benefit both our customers and employees. As you read the individual biographies, it becomes apparent that each person brings a unique skill set, making Keller Logistics Group a great partner to do business with and a great place to work.
Chief Executive Officer
Bryan Keller is the Chief Executive Officer of Keller Logistics Group where he leads the strategic direction, planning, and execution of all operational activities for each Keller affiliate and sets the tone for the company’s values and culture. His commitment to the communities we serve, understanding customer needs, and delivering the highest quality service has been fundamental to our success.
Bryan joined Thomas E. Keller Trucking in 1990 after graduating from Ball State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Always looking to find ways to diversify and grow the business, he has made several key strategic moves that have elevated Keller Logistics Group as a growing full-service logistics solutions provider.
After taking over as CEO of Keller Logistics Group in 2000, Bryan expanded the trucking affiliate’s success by diversifying the customer base and investing in innovative technology and equipment, growing to nearly 300 tractors and 950 trailers. Bryan’s vision also helped lead the creation of additional affiliates. Keller Warehousing & Co-Packing which operates over 3 million square feet of warehouse space across 12 states, Freight Solutions which moves 30,000 loads a year with a partner carrier network, and Keller Industrial Properties which is building 750,000 square feet of industrial buildings. The company continues to grow, currently employing 800 people. The notable business growth has earned Bryan recognition as a finalist in Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2022.
Giving back has always been a core value of Bryan’s vision. The Keller Family Foundation was started to benefit the Defiance, Ohio community by offering financial support to area organizations and charitable events. In 2016, Bryan created Operation K.A.V.I.C. (Keller Assists Veterans in Crisis) to assist local veterans where there were gaps in their veterans’ benefits. To date, the philanthropy has raised over $400,000 to help local veterans and their families in financial crisis. In 2018, Bryan was the first non-veteran to win the Ohio State Association of County Veterans Service Commissioners Award for his work with Operation K.A.V.I.C. Additionally, Bryan was chosen by the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce as the 2020 recipient of the local Michael A. Schultz Leadership award for his significant contributions to the Defiance community.
He is also very active in the local business community, where he currently holds a board member position with the Defiance County Economic Development – Community Improvement Corporation. Bryan was a member of the Rotary International – Defiance Club and the Ohio Trucking Association, as well as the American Trucking Association as well as serving on two separate committees with the International Warehouse Logistics Association. He has served as a Chapter Advisor to the Bowling Green State University Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, the Defiance College Purple and Gold Club, the Chair of the Board Trustees of Northwest State Community College, as well as local parish councils with his church. In his free time, Bryan enjoys running, having competed in fifteen marathons, completing triathlons, and cycling on his Cannondale, as well as spending as much time as he can with his fiancé, two daughters and grandson.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Nate Schaublin is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Keller Logistics Group. He is responsible for the strategic integration and operational performance of Keller Logistics Group and affiliates.
Nate joined Keller Logistics Group in 2002 as a night dispatcher. During his time with Keller, he has driven operational improvements throughout each affiliate, working diligently to create safe and innovative solutions to help our customers achieve success in the marketplace. Some operational improvements Nate has contributed to include: multiple implementations of Warehouse Management Systems for Keller Warehousing & Co-Packing, research and implementation of the Heavy Haul Program for Keller Trucking, implementation of a Fleet Maintenance Program for all equipment, and the creation of multiple reports which track performance over time, identify trends, and allow proactivity in process improvements.
He is a member of the ATA, WERC, and IAMC as well as multiple TCA Benchmarking groups. Nate received his undergraduate degree from Defiance College and completed his MBA at Bowling Green State University. He enjoys golf, motorcycles, Cleveland sports, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Chief Sales Officer
Aaron Keller joined Keller Logistics Group in 1997 and is the Chief Sales Officer. His responsibilities include managing the sales and marketing team for Keller Logistics Group and affiliates Keller Trucking, Keller Freight Solutions and Keller Warehousing & Co-Packing. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of roles, each of which has been key to the continued growth and development of Keller Logistics Group.
As a Quality Supervisor, he led the implementation of an ISO 9001 program for Keller Trucking. During his time as the Brokerage and Sales Manager, he spearheaded the formation and development of Keller Freight Solutions. Currently, as the Chief Sales Officer, Aaron continues to develop strategic relationships and leads the sales and marketing teams to develop flexible solutions that fit our customers' unique needs.
In 2013, Aaron was one of the founding members of K&P Medical Transport which specializes in the transportation of individuals to medical appointments throughout Northwest Ohio utilizing passenger cars, ambulettes, and 12 passenger vans. In 2019, K&P Medical Transport purchased a local company that specialized in ambulance transports which expanded their fleet by adding 2 ambulettes and 4 ambulances.
Aaron received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University majoring in Sociology and Organizational Leadership and Supervision. He is heavily involved in the local community. He served on the local YMCA Board of Directors from 2002-2010 where he served as Chairman of the Board in 2010. He also served on the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2008-2012 serving as Chairman of the Board in 2012. In 2013, the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Aaron as a recipient of the “4 Under 40” award for his outstanding leadership and business achievements under the age of 40.
Chief Financial Officer
John Weinberg is the Chief Financial Officer of Keller Logistics Group. John leads a talented team of HR, IT, and Finance professionals to inform and drive the continued success of Keller Logistics Group and affiliates. His strengths lie in building teams and capabilities that fuel growth, manage risk, and create value.
John joined Keller Logistics Group in 2020. Prior to joining Keller, John served as the Chief Financial Officer of Foundation Steel, LLC and Concept Rehab, Inc. John also spent sixteen years with Kantar, the world’s largest market research firm, where he built the North American Shared Service, Operations Finance, Pricing, and Global Commercial Finance teams.
Throughout his career, John has transformed the way businesses leverage information, systems, and strategic planning to make better decisions. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona and is a Certified Pricing Professional. John also holds Executive Education certificates from the Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Outside of the office, John enjoys traveling, rucking, fly-fishing, and lacrosse, with his wife and three children.
President of Keller Trucking
Jonathan Wolfrum has been with Keller Trucking since 2008. Starting as a customer service intern, Jonathan has worked his way up from Operations Supervisor, Director of Operations, VP and President. Jonathan is responsible for the overall operational performance of the trucking affiliate of Keller Logistics Group.
Since 2014 when he was promoted to Director of Operations, we have achieved 200% revenue growth. With that growth, we also set a goal to become one of North America’s 20 Best Fleets to Drive For, and under his direction, we have received that award for the past five consecutive years.
To help combat the driver shortage, Keller Trucking implemented a student driver program in 2017 bringing new entrants into the industry in which Jonathan played an instrumental role. As of today, over 40% of our fleet has gone through our new entrant training program, which has been vital to the growth and success of our company by providing our customers additional capacity with safe, well-trained drivers.
Jonathan is a member of TMC, TCA, and an active participant in TCA’s best practice group program in which Keller was one of the Top 20 performers of over 100 of some of the Nation’s top carriers. In 2019, the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce named him a “4 under 40” award recipient.
He received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University majoring in Supply Chain Management. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, hunting, coaching youth sports, and anything outdoors.
President of Keller Freight Solutions
Brent McDade is the President of Keller Freight Solutions. He joined Keller in 2013, and previously worked as a Special Projects Leader and Continuous Improvement Manager for 6 years before moving to the Brokerage affiliate.
As President of Keller Freight Solutions, Brent is responsible for setting the strategic direction to provide solutions to customer needs, building a team dedicated to creating relationships built on trust, exceptional service, and execution of the overall operational performance the Freight Solutions division.
Brent is a member of TIA and is an active participant in TCA’s best practice group program. He is also a certified Lean Green Belt.
Brent received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University majoring in Operations Management, and is actively pursuing his Masters Degree in Business Analytics from Purdue University. He is active in his community, coaching softball during the summers, and serving on the board for his local baseball and softball association. In his spare time, Brent enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters, reading, and playing golf.
Vice President of Human Resources
Jenifer Nicelley is the Vice President of Human Resources of Keller Logistics Group. Her areas of responsibility include employment, compensation, employee engagement, health and welfare, development and learning, and compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Jenifer’s focus at Keller is to not only provide a partnership between our Business Units and the HR team, but also to ensure that our departmental goals and practices align with our strategic business goals and objectives of the company.
Jenifer joined the Keller Logistics Group team in November of 2014. She held past leadership roles at First Federal Bank of the Midwest and First Insurance Group, as Vice President of Human Resources and Vice President of Operations and HR, respectively. Prior to that, she worked in manufacturing at BF Goodrich for over 8 years.
Jenifer has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2007 and has had her PHR certification since 2009. She is also a member of the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association (NOHRA).
Jenifer is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), which advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system. She has also been a past board member of the United Way of Defiance County. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Vice President of Information Technology
Randall Schad is the Vice President of Information Technology for Keller Logistics Group. Randall is responsible for leading a diverse team of highly specialized individuals that cover project implementation, technical support, and software development for the continued growth of Keller’s offerings to our clients. Randall joined Keller Logistics Group in 2012. Prior to joining the Keller family, Randall led a team of software developers at Navistar International, and at Magna International where he wrote manufacturing work guidance software and warehouse management systems used in automotive production facilities for Chrysler, Mazda, and General Motors.
Throughout his career, Randall has utilized pioneering technologies to drive projects forward; at age 19, he started his own telecommunications software company where he contributed to the evolution of networked email technologies, and also launched Bryan, Ohio’s first internet service provider in 1995.
Randall spends his spare time pursuing a wide range of interests, including riding motorcycles, inventing, playing an assortment of musical instruments (albeit poorly), and spending as much time with his children as possible. He is also passionate about continuing education, and is drawn to the fields of anthropology, literature, philosophy, and physics.