DETROIT, June 1, 2009 – Brighton, Mich.-based Pilot Transport, a niche carrier specializing in transporting specialty, research and development, show and prototype vehicles, and also a business unit of United Road, one of the largest vehicle transportation logistics providers in the United States, has named Rodger Dowdell as the vice president of business development for Pilot Transport. Brad Mackler, senior vice president of business development for Pilot Transport, made the announcement.
In his new role with Pilot Transport, Mr. Dowdell will collaborate with the company’s business development team to increase business opportunities through building additional relationships with auto companies, engineering firms, marketing departments, film, video and commercial/catalog producers and other various vehicle preparation service providers. Mr. Dowdell began his career as a hauler for Reliable Carriers, a company to which he dedicated over 30 years of service. Shortly after joining that company, Mr. Dowdell spent a short time as a dispatcher before discovering his knack for sales, where he created working relationships with all the major auto manufacturers and suppliers for the length of his time at the company.
“We are excited to welcome Rodger to the Pilot team and the United Road family,” stated Mackler. “With his expertise in vehicle logistics, he will be a knowledgeable asset as we continue to grow and manage the needs of more clients.”
Mr. Dowdell is a graduate of Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana and currently resides in Northville, Mich. with his family.
About Pilot Transport
Based in Brighton, Mich., Pilot Transport is the transportation provider of choice for special vehicle logistics and is a business unit of United Road. Headquartered in Romulus, Mich., United Road is one of the largest vehicle transportation logistics solutions providers in the United States. With over 1,500 employees and a nationwide network of 1,200 late model vehicle carriers, United Road is the technology leader of the industry via its proprietary web-based, real time OVISS information system. The company operates in the 48 continental United States, Alaska, Canada and Puerto Rico. United Road is also the only SmartWay certified “green” auto carrier in the United States recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for outstanding environmental practices.