The Matheson Way:
In order to be successful in our endeavors, we must think, act, and perform our efforts at 10X with Excellence.
Our vision is to be the carrier of choice in transportation and logistics, providing excellence in performance, quality, and safety, while exceeding the expectations of our customers, employees and shareholders.
To become the carrier of choice, we use a mindset of 10X with Excellence to achieve exponential growth by; innovating our solutions through technology and process, pursuing new opportunities and markets, performing beyond expectations with our agility and on-time delivery, developing employees who are dedicated to our values, while remaining financially strong to achieve expansion and longevity.
Pursue the highest Quality
Treat everyone with Respect
Act with Honesty
Work as one Family
We Want Our Truck Drivers To Enjoy The Ride
At Matheson, we are expanding our fleet with Natural Gas Vehicles to assist in driver retention, improve driver confidence, and provide a quieter, smoother ride, free from diesel fumes.
Matheson continually evaluates new technologies, including the possibility of retrofitting existing diesel equipment to natural gas configurations, to help determine the best approaches to reduce carbon footprint throughout our fleet and increase the satisfaction of our truck drivers.
Our Vision Is To Expand The Natural Gas Highway
As a leading adopter of Natural Gas Vehicles, we are a major contributor to our largest customer, the U.S. Postal Service's goal to reach their goal of reducing diesel use 20% by the year 2020.
In the long-term, we have developed strategies, partnerships and investments that support a sustainable industry and a cleaner environment. In the short term, Matheson has successfully began moving from a diesel to a Natural Gas fleet.
780,000 Gallons Of Diesel Per Year Have Been Converted To Natural Gas
Natural gas is a low-carbon, cleaner-burning fuel, that can result in substantial reductions of hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Compared to diesel, natural gas emits:
- 99% less sulphur oxide (0.005% of diesel)
- 80% less nitrogen oxide (18% of diesel)
- 40% less CO2
- No heavy metals
- No soot particles
Dedication To A Cleaner Environment
Matheson’s Maintenance Department dedicates considerable attention to managing and reducing waste streams normally associated with truck vehicle maintenance and truck fueling activities. We recycle virtually all streams of waste, including:
- Used oil (recycle approximately 2.5 million gallons annually)
- Used oil filters and fuel filters
- Used antifreeze
- Parts washer solvent
- Spent batteries
- Scrap metal and scrap tires
We don't take our commitments lightly; we take great strides to ensure safety, and fostering trusting relationships between our Employees, our Customer, our Suppliers, and our Planet.
Chief Executive Officer and President, Matheson Companies
As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Matheson Companies, Mark’s vision and leadership has championed a reputation of delivering the best value and the best possible customer service in the transportation and logistics industry. Mark has spearheaded continuous process improvements across all business units, delivering outstanding fiscal planning and control. He initiated a new business unit providing terminal underwing operations and ground handling services which is employed by parcel delivery clients such as FedEx, DHL and UPS.
As a leading early adopter using Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV), and a major contributor to its largest customer USPS, reach their sustainability goal of reducing diesel use by 20% by the year 2020, Mark’s vision is to expand the natural gas highway. In the long-term, he has developed strategies, partnerships and investments that support a sustainable industry and a cleaner environment. In the short term, Matheson has successfully begun moving from a diesel to an LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fleet.
Mark inherited his unrelenting focus on quality and efficiency, combined with a genuine concern and commitment for all who work for him, from his parents. These attributes are the hallmark of Marks’ career. Mark maximizes management by ‘walking around’ to champion, energize, and unify all stakeholders.
Prior to being named President and CEO of Matheson Companies in 2008, Mark has been given various operational roles in his parent’s family owned business. Mark studied Business Administration at Menlo College. He lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife and children who are also contributing to Matheson’s success.
COO and General Counsel, Matheson Companies
Chuck is responsible for the day-to-day leadership, general operational activities, and legal matters for the Matheson Companies. In this role, he works closely with the CEO to cascade the organization’s mission and strategy, to drive performance measures and provide accountability throughout the company. With the aim of creating maximum value for the company's stakeholders, Chuck devises and implements, planning, policies and processes to prioritize customer, employee and organizational requirements.
Formerly, Chuck is an accomplished trial attorney, mediator and advisor to mid-size corporations, boards of directors and principals of family-owned businesses concerning both operational, risk management and civil litigation matters. He brings an extensive background in contracts, mediation and litigation — as well as employment law and alternative dispute resolution. Chuck possesses strong leadership skills, an excellent reputation for ethical professional conduct, and has the ability to develop innovative resolution options. He is currently a member of the San Diego and Los Angeles Bar Associations in California.
Chuck, a licensed private pilot, and an avid sailboat racer, likes to unwind by fly fishing. He lives in Sacramento, with his wife Carol, and are very proud of their three children who are currently completing their undergrad and/or graduate degrees and pursuing their dreams.
SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resource Officer, Matheson Companies
Shirley strategizes and develops human resource programs aimed at growth, leadership capabilities and overall organizational performance for Matheson Companies. She is responsible for leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.
As the leader of the company's HR organization, Shirley aligned the HR function with the company's overall business strategy. She is leading the development of the company's people strategy to support talent by highlighting the skills and capabilities that employees need to be innovative in today’s technology driven environment. Shirley promotes organizational transformation through a culture of participation, inclusion and collaboration, to drive exponential business value for customers, employees and stakeholders.
Shirley is a 20 year HR veteran and has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale-growth, talent acquisition, leadership development and succession planning. Prior to her role at Matheson, Shirley was Vice President of HR at Pearson VUE, a Global HR Business Leader supporting AMEA, APAC, North and Central America businesses made up of 3500+ employees and 5000+ sites. She was responsible to for HR strategies, talent acquisition, retention, development, and overall human resource programs and practices. Shirley has also held leadership positions with Sutter Health and Teleplan companies.
Shirley received her Master of Art degree in HR and Industrial Relations, from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her MBA from Nova Southeastern University. She resides in Folsom, and relishes spending time with her two granddaughters.
Vice President, Corporate Operations, and Risk & Safety Director, Matheson Companies
Joshua provides a variety of management support across the organization’s business units, with an emphasis on planning, performance management, and operational efficiency and effectiveness. He coordinates and leads on a number of activities that are directly under the responsibility of the Chief Operating Officer, as well as serves as Risk & Safety Director, providing oversight of Matheson’s risk and safety program, covering measures to support and lead a variety of initiatives aimed at increasing organizational safety.
Joshua employs exceptional analytical skills, and independent judgement. He communicates effectively across all organizational levels, and with staff in the full spectrum of procedural roles. He ensures that policies and procedures are reviewed, updated, modified and complied with on a continual basis.
Joshua graduated from Simpson University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. He lives in Wilton, and enjoys hunting, fishing, archery and spending time with his family and fiancée.
Vice President, Information Technology and Vice President, Fleet Maintenance, Matheson Companies
Debra White, Vice President Information Technology, is a recognized technology leader known for crafting strategic vision to achieve business goals. She leads a best in class, innovative, robust and secure information technology infrastructure. Debra’s responsibilities encompass strategic technology issues to include governance and policy, R&D, on and off-site data centers and management reporting capabilities critical to the success of company performance and business initiatives.
Debra‘s expanded role includes the position of Vice President of Fleet Maintenance, with oversight of fleet operations servicing Matheson’s shops and terminals nationwide. With a reputation for judicious use of resources – resulting in cost containment, Debra optimized inventory management and equipment procurement, adapting technology for maximum fuel economy, and supports the company’s growing leadership position in the natural gas vehicle industry.
Debra has over 30 years in technology leadership roles. Prior to joining Matheson, Debra was Director Information Technology Operations for Moore Corporation, managing technology infrastructure, cross functional teams and leading its technical support call center servicing 8000 users. As Director Information Technology at Michigan Catholic Conference, Debra led overall strategic planning, and execution of all IT functions servicing seven Dioceses of Michigan.
Debra studied Computer Science and Business Administration at Lansing Community College and Western Michigan University. She holds technology certifications, and completed SHRM-PHR certification coursework. Debra also serves on Spireon’s Customer Advisory Board.
Debra is an avid boater and enjoys traveling. She lives in Fair Oaks and adores spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Vice President, Operational Analysis, Matheson Companies
Lauren provides analysis support across the organization’s business units. She drives specific operational projects by identifying, distinguishing, and analyzing multiple components of a problem and brings it to a conclusion through quantitative skills. She prepares, and delivers insights and recommendations based on her analysis.
Lauren graduated from Biola University, with a degree in Intercultural Studies. She lives in Wilton, and likes to spend time with family and friends, travel to new places, and meet interesting people.
Founder, R.B. Matheson Trucking Inc
Founder, R.B. Matheson Trucking Inc
AwardsWith over 50 years of history and family legacy, Matheson has been recognized with numerous awards for being the gold standard of highway contractor route providers.
Robert Matheson and his wife Carole, founded R.B. Matheson Trucking Inc. in Clayton, California, with a single water truck. The Matheson fleet expanded with the purchase of additional water trucks.
R.B. Matheson Postal Services Inc. was officially established when the Matheson’s purchased a company called Cuffman that serviced two highway contract routes for the United States Postal Service (USPS). A few years later USPS awarded Matheson with its first mail contract.
R.B. Matheson Trucking established a Low-Bed Division to haul low-bed construction equipment rigs and water trucks to construction sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. The Mathesons also purchased Flight Extenders Inc., a company specializing in airplane wing fuel tanks.
R.B. Matheson Trucking moved its facilities to a yard in Concord, California. The company opened its first full-service truck repair shop servicing Matheson water trucks and low beds, as well as outside customer-owned trucks. The Matheson’s established Forklift Sales and Service Division.
R.B. Matheson Trucking purchased Flowers Fast Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation carrier. A year later, Matheson Fast Freight, Inc. opened, with a main office in Lodi and a service center in Sacramento.
R.B. Matheson Postal Services bought Whitmore Transportation, Inc. which included six mail contracts in the Boise, Idaho area.
Flight Extenders began providing terminal handling operations for the USPS in Phoenix, Arizona. The following year it expanded to provide aircraft ground support operations by managing their local CNET operations.
A regional sort hub was established for the USPS in Phoenix. During this same year, R.B. Matheson Postal Services acquired Joe Garrett, Inc. and its subsidiary Razor Take Out, Inc. This acquisition included nine USPS mail contracts in the San Bernardino, California region
The USPS awarded Matheson Flight Extenders with a terminal handling services contract in thirteen cities across the Western United States. Matheson became the only private contractor to FedEx providing aircraft ground support services in Billings, Montana.
Alaska Airlines contracted with Matheson Flight Extenders to provide terminal handling services in Seattle, Washington. In addition, the Seattle operation began providing aircraft support to Northern Air Cargo.
In the next few years Matheson Flight Extenders acquired more contracts with Airborne Express, DHL, and UPS in support of aircraft ground support services and terminal handling services. Expansion continued in Colorado Springs, to support DHL operations, and in Tucson, to support USPS operations
Matheson took a leap into the International arena with its recent award by Asiana Airlines to provide import/export warehousing and aircraft ground handling at Matheson’s Portland, Oregon facility.
Matheson was awarded with six new contracts for Flight Extenders from the U.S. Postal Service.
Matheson Flight Extenders signed a freight consolidation agent agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways in October to provide import/export air cargo services at the Portland International Airport for goods transported to and from Oregon and Asian markets.
Today, Robert and Carole are still very much involved in the company. Their son Mark is CEO and President holding true to his parents’ values. Mark and Sherrie’s children, Joshua and Lauren are also employed in this family owned business, which has successfully grown to a workforce of more than 1,300 dedicated employees.