TRUST AND INTEGRITY ARE AT THE CENTER OF OUR SUCCESS.

Since 1945, trust and integrity have guided our operations. We’ve learned that the best way to deliver on our ideals is to hire the right staff, partner with the best customers and act with integrity.
STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe God owns this business and we are just stewards of it for a season.

 

We Believe >

The Bible to be the inspired, only infallible, authoritative word of God.

For the salvation of lost and sinful humanity, regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ is absolutely essential.

In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death and resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory to establish a kingdom for all eternity.

In the resurrection of the saved and the lost, those who are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life, and those who are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation.

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In the present ministry of Jesus Christ by whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

OUR HISTORY

A Strong, Purpose-Driven Foundation

1945

Nussbaum Trucking is founded by Alden Nussbaum in Fairbury, IL. He had a single truck and a simple vision: “If you take care of your people, the rest will take care of itself.” Little did he know, that vision and his faith-driven focus would take Nussbaum a long way.

1950

The very first terminal is built in order to handle multiple trucks in the Nussbaum fleet.

1965

Moved operations to Normal, IL

1968

Started a truckload division in several states. Nussbaum runs both businesses side by side out of their Operations Center.

2000

Brent Nussbaum is now at the head of the company. He leads Nussbaum with the same purpose-driven focus his father Alden instilled from the start.

2018

Nussbaum Transportation becomes employee-owned through a benefit plan called an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan). The Nussbaum family transitioned 35% of the company ownership to employees. Becoming employee-owned fits the company’s values of taking care of employees, rewarding commitment, and protecting Nussbaum’s heritage and culture.

Today

Now an employee-owned company, we have re-solidified our mission and vision to be purpose driven in everything we do to positively impact the lives of everyone we interact with. We embrace the opportunity to serve our customers and employee-owners with a level of care and integrity that is unique to Nussbaum.

OUR MISSION

To honor God by impacting the lives of our employees, vendors, customers, and community.

OUR VISION

To be purpose driven in everything we do to positively impact the lives of everyone we interact with.

OUR
CORE
VALUES

We speak the truth.

Honesty is at the forefront of all our business interactions. We should be able to trust your word without question.

We put our best foot forward.

Character is everything. How people interact with Nussbaum is central to our success.

We give back.

Benevolence isn’t for show. It’s using our talents and resources to make a difference to those in need.

We do the right thing.

Integrity is something we take very seriously – even when the right choice isn’t always the easy choice.

We go after our goals.

Excellence is about always striving to hit your goals, crush expectations, break through boundaries, and tap your true potential.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Paving the way to success.

Brent Nussbaum

Chief Executive Officer

Guided by faith. Inspired by culture. Brent Nussbaum is building a better trucking company.

Prioritizing family, putting people first, shaking the hand of every driver in the company – these are just some of the things Brent does differently.

When Brent became CEO in 2000, he began transforming the company his father had founded into an industry standout. From innovations in equipment and driver compensation models, to a hands-on approach to driver retention, Brent has the foresight to do things in new ways.

Brent began his Nussbaum career in 1970, working in equipment maintenance. After graduating from high school, he began driving a truck before transitioning into the operations area of the company. In 1990, he left Nussbaum to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international business from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. He went on to receive a master’s degree in international business management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

Brent returned to the family business as VP of Sales for the truckload division in 1997. From there, he assumed the role of CEO. With his hands-on leadership, Nussbaum has enjoyed record growth and has been recognized with multiple accolades within the transportation industry for its innovative spirit, exceptional driver retention rates, and commitment to integrity. Nussbaum Transportation’s state-of-the-art corporate headquarters and maintenance facilities, opened in 2013, are a manifestation of Brent’s ideals and vision for the company’s future.

The media frequently looks to Brent for insights into real-time industry issues, and his expertise makes him a sought-after panel participant and speaker for the many organizations of which he is a member including: American Trucking Association, Truckload Carriers Association, and Illinois Trucking Association.

Under Brent’s leadership, Nussbaum Transportation has earned numerous awards including: Top 50 Green Fleet, Top 100 Trucker, Innovator of the Year (100-500 trucks), and Pella Corporation’s Carrier of the Year.

Brent and his wife, Cheryl, live in Bloomington, Illinois, They have been married for 31 years and are blessed with five children. Outside activities include ministry, travel, biking and hiking.

Bill Wettstein

Chief Financial Officer

Bill Wettstein is not your typical CFO. Yes, he has an impressive knack for numbers, a talent that has served Nussbaum Transportation well. He tends to financial strategy and manages the company’s banking relationship and taxes. But the majority of Bill’s time is spent on sales and pricing for customers. By analyzing every single lane the company travels, and adjusting pricing or terms if needed, Bill creates win-win contracts with customers that keep Nussbaum and our drivers profitable.

After graduating from Illinois State University in 1997, Bill was working as an accountant when he heard about an opening in the Nussbaum accounts payable department. He was well-aware of the outstanding reputation of Nussbaum, so he jumped at the opportunity to join the team.

Bill was promoted to the role of CFO in 2001. With his financial guidance, Nussbaum weathered the recession of 2008-2009. As a short-term strategic change during those years, Bill and his team rethought pricing structures to keep all of their trucks on the road, while simultaneously switching from short-haul to long-haul. The tactics proved effective, and since then, Nussbaum has prospered, achieving record fiscal growth while simultaneously offering industry-leading driver pay.

Bill has numerous certifications and affiliations including:

Certified public accountant (CPA)
Certified management accountant (CMA)
Chartered global management accountant (CGMA)
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

He even holds a CDL and has recently spent time over the road, getting first-hand experience as a Nussbaum Driver.

While financials and balance sheets are important in his role as CFO, character is Nussbaum’s most valuable asset, in Bill’s opinion. He appreciates the people he works with at Nussbaum and the trust, integrity, and respect they exhibit toward one another.

Married with seven children, Bill enjoys spending time with family on their farm, complete with goats, pigs, cows, rabbits, and chickens! He also likes to spend time outdoors hunting and fishing.

Doug Bradle

Chief Operations Officer

What probably drives me the most here is bringing satisfaction to the lives of others.”

Our Chief Operations Officer, Doug Bradle, has a passion for serving people. Whether helping to provide a good work atmosphere or bring resolution to a customer’s problem, he is driven to help others succeed.

Doug was born and raised on a grain farm in Secor, IL. After high school, he received his CDL and drove a truck hauling grain while attending college. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in Agriculture Science from Illinois State University. Soon after, he accepted a job at Nussbaum as a Load Planner/Driver Manager in Operations.

In 2007, Doug was promoted to Operations Manager where he was involved in the planning, design, and implementation of PeopleNet, a fleet management tool combining communications, safety compliance, and electronic logging tools. Other projects Doug has had direct responsibility include: the redesign of operations into three areas, driver managers, load planners, and customer service, the planning and implementation of Nussbaum’s driver scorecard, a maintenance planning software, and a driver app that allows a driver to access load, pay and benefit information from a smartphone.

In his free time, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, working around his home, traveling, and church activities.

Jeremy Stickling

Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer overseeing Human Resources, Safety, and Accounitng at Nussbaum Transportation, Jeremy Stickling ensures Nussbaum is a company people will want to work for. Honoring the corporate values of honesty, integrity, and character, his team’s innovative ideas have put Nussbaum on top of the industry when it comes to hiring the best drivers and offering competitive pay and benefits.

Although Jeremy was exposed to commercial trucks while working at a gravel pit during college, his first role at Nussbaum was with the accounting department. As his responsibilities at the company expanded to include human resources functions, he was involved in instituting processes for more effective internal driver communications and insurance administration. Jeremy was promoted to the HR director role in 2013.

As the first point of contact for new driver recruits at Nussbaum, the human resources department serves a critical role. Jeremy believes in the “No Surprises” recruiting philosophy, a manifestation of Nussbaum’s values of honesty, integrity, and respect for its employees. Jeremy also has helped develop a comprehensive driver orientation program and overseen the restructuring of the company’s compensation plans. Combined, the efforts and leadership of Jeremy and his team have contributed to Nussbaum’s industry-leading driver retention rates.

Jeremy graduated from Western Governor’s University with a double-major in accounting and finance in 2010 and received his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2011. He is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM).

A native of Peoria, Illinois, Jeremy enjoys music, especially playing guitar, and is a history buff (ask him what book he’s currently reading!). He is active in his church and likes to spend his free time with his wife and children.

Doug Knepp

Chief Information Officer

Our Chief Information Officer, Doug Knepp, considers problem-solving a joy. Whether he’s pursuing a solution in IT or walking alongside an employee in a dilemma, Doug is driven to serve others and help them reach their goals.

Doug graduated from Illinois State University in 1995 and then invested two years as a Software Developer at a different company. The end of those two years came in 1998 when Doug switched companies, but not job titles, and began working at Nussbaum as a Software Developer.

For over 20 years, Doug has constructed projects from ideas, patched software, and solved problems in Nussbaum’s IT Department. Over the years, he developed and continues to optimize company-specific applications to expedite and ease Nussbaum’s operations.

Doug has also had a hand in developing Nussbaum’s driver app for smartphones and a planning app for the shop. His skills eased the ELD migration of over 400 trucks in 2019.

When he’s not working at Nussbaum, Doug is spending plenty of time with his family, engaging in church activities, and volunteering at his children’s school.

INDUSTRY AWARDS

At Nussbaum, we pride ourselves on being leaders in the industry in many different ways, from innovation to driver pay to customer service. And the industry has taken notice. Here are a few of the awards we have won over the past few years.

2019 BEST FLEETS TO DRIVE FOR
The Truckload Carriers Association
2019 SMARTWAY EXCELLENCE AWARD
SmartWay
2019 Top 100 Truckers List
Inbound Logistics magazine
2019 CCJ Top 250 List
Commercial Carrier Journal
2018 TOP GREEN FLEETS
Heavy Duty Trucking magazine
2018 Top 100 TRUCKERS LIST
Inbound Logistics magazine
2017 CCJ INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Commercial Carrier Journal
2015-2016 TOP PAY CARRIER
The National Transportation Institute
2015 FLEET SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE AWARD
Heavy Duty Trucking Maganize

WE’RE AN EMPLOYEE OWNED COMPANY.

In April 2018 we transitioned 35% of the company ownership to a benefit plan called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

An ESOP is a retirement plan that provides our employees with a financial stake in the company. Their actions can have a direct impact on the company’s performance and the value of their ESOP account. We are excited to bring our employees into ownership and to share financially in the company’s success that they help to create.

Interested in joining our team?

Call a recruiter today (866) 764-3907