Leadership

We’re a diverse team of servant leaders committed to helping both our customers and our team members be successful.

Through years of experience in third party logistics and a wide range of manufacturing and retail environments, our leaders are egoless experts who know how to motivate cross-functional teams and leverage technology to achieve the performance results you expect.

CEO

Arch Thomason

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

  • Originally joined Sunland as Director of Sales in 1996 and acquired the company to lead the team into a new era as CEO in 2005.
  • Over 20 years of experience in the logistics arena, including domestic warehousing, transportation services, and implementing supply chain solutions for Fortune 500 Companies primarily in the chemical, automotive, retail, and paper industries.
  • Serves on the executive committee and is a board member of the Barbara Stone Foundation and an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
  • A graduate of the Citadel and with an MBA from BJU, Arch resides in Greenville, SC with his wife Sara and twin sons.
VP of Human Resources

Jasmine Gorie

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” – Ronald Reagan

  • Joined Sunland in 2020 as accomplished Human Resources Leader with a progressive career driving HR initiatives throughout organizations in areas of merger & acquisition, organizational change, senior leadership development, succession planning and custom compensation programs.
  • Previous experience includes Human Resource business partner for Denny’s Inc Corporate Headquarters supporting employees based in corporate headquarters & field teams located remotely throughout the US. Senior Human Resources leader and business partner for plant senior leadership team and corporate staff located onsite. Responsible for the planning and execution of all human resource strategic and functional activities for Tier 1 automotive supplier to BMW.
  • Master’s Degree in Management from Ohio Dominican University and a Bachelor’s degree, Human Resources Management and Services from Franklin University
VP of Operations

Rick Bruns

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill

  • Joined Sunland in 2016 with over 20 years in the third party logistics and supply chain industry. Specializing in leading collaborative supply chain solutions for both reverse logistics / returns centers and specialty chemical companies.
  • Developed engineered solutions and led as Project Manager for start up operations including Bausch & Lomb, Michelin, and Body Armor
  • BS in Civil Engineering and certified internal ISO auditor.
VP of of Solutions & Strategy

Srini Venkatesan

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

  • Joined Sunland in Oct 2017. Responsible for leading Information Technology & Engineering Solutions.
  • Over 15+ years of experience in the areas of Logistics engineering consultancy, Greenfield warehouse facility and infrastructure design & implementation, Process Re-engineering, Project Management & WMS Implementation
  • Worked as Logistics Engineering consultant in Auto, Pharma, Retail & Textile verticals in Asia ; Worked as Logistics Solution Designer for Africa-India-Middle east zone in Automotive industry
  • Graduate Engineer specialized in Manufacturing Engineering from leading university – CEG, Anna University, Chennai, India
Chief Customer Officer

Dr. Elijah Ray

“There are no secrets to success—don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of hard work, learning from failure, being loyal to those for whom you work, and persistence.” – General Colin Powell

  • Specializes in operations excellence, quality, customer relationship development, marketing, and sales.
  • Former CSCMP President with over 35 years experience in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • His leadership for quality led to industry recognition as his organization developed a culture of continuous improvement while engaged with highly recognizable name brands.
  • Earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has received ASQ Certified Quality Manager training.
  • Earned his Masters of Divinity Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Presbyterian College.
VP of Finance

Chiles Steifle

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch

  • Joined Sunland in April of 2014 as VP of Finance to help lead the company and successfully execute its strategic growth plan.
  • Helped Sunland achieve 44% growth in his first year as VP of Finance.
  • Over 15 years of experience in various financial and operational roles with experience in high growth of companies, including acquisitions, operations, accounting, and human resources.
  • Graduated from Clemson University with his Bachelors in Accounting and lives in Travelers Rest, SC with his wife and two daughters.
VP of Operations

Tyler Page

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” - Nelson Mandela

  • Joined Sunland in 2020 with 15 years experience serving in global operations leadership roles for Global 3PLs and Fortune 100 & 500 companies in Consumer Retail including Procter & Gamble and GE.
  • Expertise in international shipping, freight forwarding,  global shipping compliance, domestic transportation, demand planning, warehousing, cross docking,
  • Earned Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with experience in SAP, Oracle, and Infor.
  • B.A. from the University of South Florida
Chief Operating Officer

Hari Sivaprakasam

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – General Colin Powell

  • Joined Sunland in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer with thirteen years of in-depth and highly diversified experience in developing, implementing & operating complex supply chain solutions for a variety of industry verticals: Automotive, Consumer Goods, Retail, Hi-Tech and Chemical Clients.
  • Exceptional track record of delivering solutions that maximizes quantified value to Client and internal operating profit.
  • International and intercultural exposure having worked extensively in North America & Asia (India, Thailand), project experiences in Europe & South Africa and exposure to many other Key global markets driving Business Development.
  • Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering, GA Institute of Technology and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
VP of Operations

Dr. Robert Berg

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

  • Joined Sunland in 2020 with operating experience in over 25 countries over 20 years; including Logistics Manager, Delivery & Fulfillment for Staples and Senior Manager over multiple DCs for Tyco (now Johnson Controls) company; service in the Navy and Army National Guard
  • Depth of knowledge as a Program Director & Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma methods, Risk Management, Advanced Data Analysis, Logistics Operational Finance and Warehousing & Inventory Systems
  • Doctoral education in Engineering Management & Masters training in International Logistics & Supply Chain Strategy from George Washington University and the Georgia Institute of Technology respectively
VP of Operations

Amy Sartain

“Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.” - Henry Ford

  • Promoted in 2021 to VP of Operations with responsibility for the following sites: Savannah GA, Aurora IL, Fontana CA, and Trinity in Greenville, SC.
  • Joined Sunland in 2018 as Director of Business Development responsible for helping customers develop logistics solutions that will provide them with a competitive advantage for their business.
  • Extensive experience gained from working for companies such as Milliken, Walmart, and Crayola in roles involving Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma Continuous Improvement, Industrial Engineering and Start Up Project Manager for eCommerce Fulfillment Centers.
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University

Through years of experience in third party logistics and a wide range of manufacturing and retail environments, our leaders are egoless experts who know how to motivate cross-functional teams and leverage technology to achieve the performance results you expect.

CEO

Arch Thomason

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

  • Originally joined Sunland as Director of Sales in 1996 and acquired the company to lead the team into a new era as CEO in 2005.
  • Over 20 years of experience in the logistics arena, including domestic warehousing, transportation services, and implementing supply chain solutions for Fortune 500 Companies primarily in the chemical, automotive, retail, and paper industries.
  • Serves on the executive committee and is a board member of the Barbara Stone Foundation and an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
  • A graduate of the Citadel and with an MBA from BJU, Arch resides in Greenville, SC with his wife Sara and twin sons.
Chief Operating Officer

Hari Sivaprakasam

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – General Colin Powell

  • Joined Sunland in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer with thirteen years of in-depth and highly diversified experience in developing, implementing & operating complex supply chain solutions for a variety of industry verticals: Automotive, Consumer Goods, Retail, Hi-Tech and Chemical Clients.
  • Exceptional track record of delivering solutions that maximizes quantified value to Client and internal operating profit.
  • International and intercultural exposure having worked extensively in North America & Asia (India, Thailand), project experiences in Europe & South Africa and exposure to many other Key global markets driving Business Development.
  • Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering, GA Institute of Technology and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Chief Customer Officer

Dr. Elijah Ray

“There are no secrets to success—don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of hard work, learning from failure, being loyal to those for whom you work, and persistence.” – General Colin Powell

  • Specializes in operations excellence, quality, customer relationship development, marketing, and sales.
  • Former CSCMP President with over 35 years experience in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • His leadership for quality led to industry recognition as his organization developed a culture of continuous improvement while engaged with highly recognizable name brands.
  • Earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has received ASQ Certified Quality Manager training.
  • Earned his Masters of Divinity Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Presbyterian College.
VP of Human Resources

Jasmine Gorie

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” – Ronald Reagan

  • Joined Sunland in 2020 as accomplished Human Resources Leader with a progressive career driving HR initiatives throughout organizations in areas of merger & acquisition, organizational change, senior leadership development, succession planning and custom compensation programs.
  • Previous experience includes Human Resource business partner for Denny’s Inc Corporate Headquarters supporting employees based in corporate headquarters & field teams located remotely throughout the US. Senior Human Resources leader and business partner for plant senior leadership team and corporate staff located onsite. Responsible for the planning and execution of all human resource strategic and functional activities for Tier 1 automotive supplier to BMW.
  • Master’s Degree in Management from Ohio Dominican University and a Bachelor’s degree, Human Resources Management and Services from Franklin University
VP of Finance

Chiles Steifle

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch

  • Joined Sunland in April of 2014 as VP of Finance to help lead the company and successfully execute its strategic growth plan.
  • Helped Sunland achieve 44% growth in his first year as VP of Finance.
  • Over 15 years of experience in various financial and operational roles with experience in high growth of companies, including acquisitions, operations, accounting, and human resources.
  • Graduated from Clemson University with his Bachelors in Accounting and lives in Travelers Rest, SC with his wife and two daughters.
VP of Operations

Dr. Robert Berg

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

  • Joined Sunland in 2020 with operating experience in over 25 countries over 20 years; including Logistics Manager, Delivery & Fulfillment for Staples and Senior Manager over multiple DCs for Tyco (now Johnson Controls) company; service in the Navy and Army National Guard
  • Depth of knowledge as a Program Director & Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma methods, Risk Management, Advanced Data Analysis, Logistics Operational Finance and Warehousing & Inventory Systems
  • Doctoral education in Engineering Management & Masters training in International Logistics & Supply Chain Strategy from George Washington University and the Georgia Institute of Technology respectively
VP of Operations

Rick Bruns

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill

  • Joined Sunland in 2016 with over 20 years in the third party logistics and supply chain industry. Specializing in leading collaborative supply chain solutions for both reverse logistics / returns centers and specialty chemical companies.
  • Developed engineered solutions and led as Project Manager for start up operations including Bausch & Lomb, Michelin, and Body Armor
  • BS in Civil Engineering and certified internal ISO auditor.
VP of Operations

Tyler Page

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” - Nelson Mandela

  • Joined Sunland in 2020 with 15 years experience serving in global operations leadership roles for Global 3PLs and Fortune 100 & 500 companies in Consumer Retail including Procter & Gamble and GE.
  • Expertise in international shipping, freight forwarding,  global shipping compliance, domestic transportation, demand planning, warehousing, cross docking,
  • Earned Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with experience in SAP, Oracle, and Infor.
  • B.A. from the University of South Florida
VP of Operations

Amy Sartain

“Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.” - Henry Ford

  • Promoted in 2021 to VP of Operations with responsibility for the following sites: Savannah GA, Aurora IL, Fontana CA, and Trinity in Greenville, SC.
  • Joined Sunland in 2018 as Director of Business Development responsible for helping customers develop logistics solutions that will provide them with a competitive advantage for their business.
  • Extensive experience gained from working for companies such as Milliken, Walmart, and Crayola in roles involving Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma Continuous Improvement, Industrial Engineering and Start Up Project Manager for eCommerce Fulfillment Centers.
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University
VP of of Solutions & Strategy

Srini Venkatesan

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

  • Joined Sunland in Oct 2017. Responsible for leading Information Technology & Engineering Solutions.
  • Over 15+ years of experience in the areas of Logistics engineering consultancy, Greenfield warehouse facility and infrastructure design & implementation, Process Re-engineering, Project Management & WMS Implementation
  • Worked as Logistics Engineering consultant in Auto, Pharma, Retail & Textile verticals in Asia ; Worked as Logistics Solution Designer for Africa-India-Middle east zone in Automotive industry
  • Graduate Engineer specialized in Manufacturing Engineering from leading university – CEG, Anna University, Chennai, India
Sunland’s leadership team members are:
  • Valuable consultants committed to transparency and collaborative partnerships
  • Lean practitioners dedicated to continuous improvement and team problem-solving
  • Forward thinkers with both the technical and creative abilities to propel innovation

During this new era of unprecedented supply chain challenges, our leaders are not only the caliber of highly qualified talented professionals you need in a logistics partner, but quite frankly, they’re the type of people you want in your corner – they’re good people, we sincerely think you’ll enjoy working with them and our team.

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