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Craig Amato, President & CEO

Craig is considered a founding father of expedited transportation and brings a great depth of experience. He was the visionary behind the launch of Panther II Transportation in 1992 and served as the CEO for 16 years. His ability to observe the challenges within the transportation market from a universal perspective are invaluable to the company. Craig’s financial investment and focus on V3 enable the company to pursue opportunities that foster growth and place V3 in a position of strength within the expedited market.

John J. Sliter, Chief Financial Officer

As the owner of a leasing company that provided straight trucks to the expedited industry, Mr. Sliter has stayed close to his transportation roots.  Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Panther Expedited Services, the largest independently-owned expedited carrier.  Mr. Sliter also held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer of Panther Expedited Services.  He joined Panther Expedited Services in 1998 as Controller and has more than 14 years of financial and accounting experience, including past ownership and oversight of his own trucking company.  Mr. Sliter was responsible for all budgeting, revenue control, operations, owner-operator programs, safety and treasury operations at Panther Expedited.  Prior to Panther, he was an accountant at a regional accounting firm based in northeast Ohio.  Mr. Sliter graduated with a degree in Accounting from the University of Akron.

Paul Ratcliff, Chief Operating Officer


Paul Ratcliff joined the V3 management team in 2016. Having worked at Panther Expedited Services from 1995 to 2016, most recently as VP Strategic Resources, he brings over 20 years of direct industry experience to the company. His professional experience spans operations, human resources, fleet support, quality control and project management. His focus has been on talent acquisition and management, leadership development and process improvement. His role at V3 is to integrate people, processes and systems to deliver exceptional customer service. Paul holds a B.A in History from Youngstown State University and an MBA from Walsh University.

Mark Dieckhoner, Director of Operations


Mark Dieckhoner joined the V3 management team in early 2016 and brings with him over 20 years of expedite trucking industry experience. At Panther he built the foundation for the company’s Safety, Compliance and Recruiting programs. At Try Hours, he had P&L responsibility for all Operations, which was comprised of several hundred employees and owner-operators . Mark exemplifies servant leadership when working with customers, owner-operators, employees and the community. Mark is a proud military veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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