Thomas J. “T.J.” O’Connor


Prior to being named president of YRC Freight, T.J. O’Connor served as president of Reddaway from 2007 through 2017, and previous to that, he was president and CEO of USF Bestway

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A tenured member of the YRC Worldwide team, O’Connor joined Roadway in 1982. While at Roadway, he served in various management positions including Western Division Vice president, district manager for Texas and Louisiana, and district manager of Mountain Time Zone states.

O’Connor is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in political science. At Columbia O’Connor was recognized as a leader and was hand-picked for the elite Sapphire Society as a student body representative. He was also awarded outstanding member of the Columbia crew team.

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Tim Haitz

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Tim Haitz has dedicated his career to serving at YRC Freight. He joined the company in 1985 as a dispatcher, and rose through the ranks in a variety of operations, sales and marketing roles over the past 31 years before being promoted to his current position as senior vice president of sales and marketing in 2016.

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Prior to being named to his present role, Haitz previously served as vice president of sales and vice president of corporate accounts for two years, where he established a unified sales team with a singular focus on collaboration and growth, uniting the efforts of both local and corporate sales.

In his new role as senior vice president of sales and marketing, he is dedicated to creating market share growth through a customer-centric organization, as well as overseeing the launch of the new Accelerated service line. Haitz holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University.

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Phil J. Gaines

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Phil Gaines has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for YRC Freight since September 2013, and also served in the same capacity from March 2009 through March 2012. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the financial operations of the corporation’s largest subsidiary.

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During 2009 and 2010, Gaines also served as senior vice president – finance, and senior vice president and chief accounting officer for YRC Worldwide, the parent company.

From July 2008 until the combination of Yellow Transportation and Roadway in March 2009, Gaines served as president of Yellow Transportation, where he was responsible for overall leadership, direction and performance of the organization, consisting of over 20,000 employees across North America.

Gaines began his career at the company in 1989 as a staff accountant and has held a variety of leadership positions at both the parent company and operating-unit levels.

Gaines graduated with highest distinction from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. He served on the board of directors of CommunityAmerica Credit Union from 1994 through 2011 and was chairman of the board from 2002-2004. Gaines is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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