Former UTC Basketball Coach John Shulman Joins Access America Transport

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Access America Transport, a leading third party logistics provider based in Chattanooga, announced that John Shulman has been named director of sales. In March, Mr. Shulman left the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he served as the head men’s basketball coach for nine years and twice reached the NCAA Tournament.

“John’s intensity and passion make him a perfect fit at Access America,” said Jason Provonsha, who was recently promoted to senior vice president of sales. “His track record as a recruiter and motivator speaks for itself; he will be an incredible asset to our corporate sales team.

Access America Transport is coming off a record sales year in 2012 with over 85 Fortune 500 companies as customers. Total sales are expected to exceed $550 million in 2013.

“The competition in Division I sports is fierce, but the relentless drive at Access America to be an industry leader and deliver the best customer service possible is on another level,” said Mr. Shulman. “I’m excited to be a part of their unique culture and look forward to playing a role in making AAT a billion-dollar company.”

Before being hired at UTC’s head men’s basketball coach in 2004, Mr. Shulman was an assistant coach on Jeff Lebo’s staffs at Tennessee Tech and UTC. He and his wife, Amy, live on Missionary Ridge with their three sons.

“Access America is a people company. We are constantly looking for people of John’s caliber to make us better and keep our momentum going,” said Access America CEO and co-founder Ted Alling. “And it doesn’t hurt that John is best in the clutch and was nearly unbeatable as a coach if he had a lead in the final minutes.”

Earlier this year Forbes named Access America Transport its ninth Most Promising Company in America. The company operates nine locations and specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management services. AAT is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology. 

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