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The tenacity of the Sasser family was evident right from the beginning. Getting his start during the Great Depression, when other business owners were closing their doors and record numbers of people were out of work, has made Fred H. Sasser something of a legend in this industry. Since 1928 the company has grown from a local operation to a global, multi-faceted corporation. We’ve expanded and evolved by providing what customers, communities and the transportation industry needed to thrive. We hope you enjoy our story, and consider becoming part of it.   Launch Slideshow

1928
A dream is followed.
Fred H. Sasser establishes Central West Refrigerator Despatch.

An entrepreneurial man named Fred H. Sasser leaves his job with Mather Stock Car Company and begins his own business in Chicago, Central West Refrigerator Despatch. Using wood-sheathed boxcars, this budding new business is able to provide refrigerated rail service to farms along the Illinois Northern Railway, a local line later absorbed by the Santa Fe Rail Road.

1929
From 1928 - 1935, Sasser builds market in reclaimed rail parts.

From 1928 - 1935, the company begins building up stock of reclaimed parts, reconditioning them and marketing them to railroads for economical repair of their rolling stock.

1930
Fred H. Sasser finds market in converted boxcars.

Amidst widespread poverty and fear of the Great Depression, Fred H. Sasser begins boldly purchasing and converting old boxcars to build up his fleet and fill a growing need in the marketplace.

1934
A legacy begins.
1935
Men go to war.
1938
Chicago Freight Car & Parts is formed.

Chicago Freight Car & Parts is formed on the south side of Chicago to provide railcar maintenance and support services to Sasser’s fleet, and anyone else who needed a convenient, reliable shop.

1938
Fred hires help. Help becomes life-long friend.

In 1938 an energetic dynamo named Louis Sloss becomes the company’s first accountant, office manager and ultimately the VP of Finance. He holds down the fort while the boss is out making friends and striking deals, for the next 44 years.

1939
Fred’s son Robert joins the family business.

Fred’s only child, Robert Sasser, graduates from Purdue University with an engineering degree, which he immediately puts to work in his father’s business.

1943
Robert Sasser and Louis Sloss go to war.

After a few years working for the company, both Louis Sloss and Robert Sasser join the war effort. Robert is commissioned as a Major in the Army, putting his experience to use by purchasing and repairing railcars for their Transportation Corp.

1944
Men return wiser.
1945
Inventory grows.
1946
Robert expands the family operation with used military rolling stock.

After having spent years working with the US military’s Transportation Department, Robert Sasser has the brilliant idea to purchase and refurbish large quantities of idle US Army surplus rolling stock.This strategic move makes the company a serious contender in the rail industry.

1946
Sasser helps develop the Alaskan railroad.

The Sasser family opens a facility in Auburn, WA, to convert the newly acquired military rolling stock and supply railcars to support development of the Alaskan railroad.

1947
Sasser helps expand the Mexican railroad.

Another repair facility is opened in Pueblo, CO, to serve the steadily expanding Mexican railroad, which had been nationalized just ten years earlier.

1949
Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. is established.

With all the new inventory, Robert Sasser establishes Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. as the newest branch of the family business.

1954
Territory expands.
1955
From 1955 - 1957, Washington and Colorado operations closed.

Because the Alaskan and Mexican markets are satisfied, the outlying shops in Washington State and Pueblo are closed, bringing all shop operations back to Chicago.

1955
Fred H. Sasser passes torch.
1956
Fred H. Sasser retires, kind of.

Fred H. Sasser retires, turning control of the company over to Robert, his only son. To no one’s surprise, he does not sit idle in his golden years, instead merely shifting his energy to new projects.

1958
The founder creates a modern, high-volume shop in his spare time.

In his “retirement” Fred begins work on the shop. He expands the property to 20 acres and builds a 40,000 square ft. facility complete with cranes and four separate production lines with a total capacity for 75 cars in production at one time. 

1958
Sasser launches into covered hoppers.

Robert becomes interested in covered hoppers as a more efficient way to transport bulk grain than boxcars. The company begins purchasing these new cars from larger railcar builders, as that is the most cost-effective means of incorporating them into the operation.

1964
Fred H. picks up another torch.
1965
Fred R. Sasser joins business.
1969
The Sassers make another life-long friend in Benjamin “Chico” Medina.

Ask Chico when he started at Chicago Freight Car & Parts and he’ll flash a big smile as he tells you proudly, “September 25th, 1969!” He holds the record for the longest-term employee at the repair shops. Thanks, Chico!

1972
Fred R. Sasser earns Mechanical Engineering degree.

Robert’s son Fred R. Sasser graduates from Purdue University with a Mechanical Engineering degree.

1972
CFCL enlarges fleet of covered hoppers.

To accommodate US grain exports to the Soviet Union, covered hoppers are in demand. CFCL responds by purchasing new covered hopper cars from builders such as Pullman Standard and ACF Industries to incorporate into the lease fleet.

1973
Founder’s grandson Fred R. Sasser learns the family business.

With his degree in hand, Fred begins learning the family business by working alternately in engineering, sales and operations.

1974
Covered hoppers in demand.
1975
Hoosier Railcar joins family.

test copy for 1975

1980
Staggers Railroad Deregulation Act changes the industry.

The Staggers Railroad Deregulation Act passes in response to a weakening rail industry as business is lost to competition from highway traffic and airlines.

1981
Second generation Robert Sasser retires. Son Fred R. Sasser, becomes President of CFCL.

Robert Sasser retires his position as President and remains Chairman of the Board of Chicago Freight Car Leasing. After moving up the ranks for years, Fred R. Sasser assumes the role of President of CFCL.

1981
The shop on 119th St. is forced to close.

After more than 40 years of operation, the Chicago Freight Car Company shop is forced to close. The rail line that served the facility was privately owned by International Harvester, which went bankrupt, leaving the facility in no-man’s land.

1983
The Sassers branch out with the purchase of Chicago Decal.

With an eye towards diversifying the Sasser portfolio, Fred R. purchases Chicago Decal, a manufacturer of screen-printed, pressure-sensitive decals and labels. It serves well for 26 years, until 2009, when a decision is made to return to the organization’s core business strengths.

1983
Hoosier Railcar joins the family.

Sasser family members purchase Hoosier Railcar in East Chicago Indiana, beginning the trend towards revitalizing the railcar repair branch of the business.

1984
Fred R. Sasser takes over.
After 37 years, Chick Simpson leaves his desk, but not his connection to the company.

Chick Simpson was hired as a Purchasing Agent in 1947 at an annual salary of $2,580. Though he retired in 1984, he remains an loyal friend and advisor for the company as of his 90th birthday in 2012. Thanks Chick!

1985
CFCL outgrows offices.
Sasser family branches into offset printing.

The company tests the lease market for large format offset printing with a Chicago-based folding carton manufacturer. The client falls on hard financial times and with lessons learned, it is decided that the Sasser family business should stay with its many strengths.

1986
Fred R. Sasser takes over as Chairman of the Board.

Robert Sasser resigns his position as Chairman of the Board at CFCL and his son Fred takes his place at the head of the business. His brother John and sister Susan are elected to the Board as Directors, so the family is all involved and has a say in the direction their grandfather’s companies take.

1986
CFCL outgrows office and moves to Rosemont.

After years of growth, CFCL moves to larger offices in nearby Rosemont. The improvement is a boon to morale and productivity. Now nothing can stop us!

1989
Fred ventures into vehicle leasing with Union acquisition.

The company acquires Union Leasing, an automotive leasing and fleet management business, from Faul Group, a Chicago-based auto dealer. Two offices are consolidated in Schaumburg, Illinois, and marketing is refocused on small to mid-sized commercial fleets.

1994
Vehicle leasing fits well.
1995
CFCL moves to Australia.

testing 1995

1998
Chicago Freight Car Leasing ventures into Australia.

The family ventures into international expansion with the formation of Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia Pty. Ltd.

2000
Bill Elwess Sr. retires after 48 years of service with the company.

In March of 1952, Bill Elwess joined the family business, and stayed for 48 years. He was instrumental in overhauling the shop with the founder, and served in many roles over the decades. He was well loved and respected by all, and we are grateful to have had him in our lives.

2003
Bob Blake retires after 46 years of service with the company.

With his start as a shipping clerk at the shop on 119th street, Bob Blake worked his way up to Director of Fleet Maintenance for CFCL. When he left, after 46 years, he was responsible for 8,000 railcars. “He just kept pushing the ball forward,” says Fred R. Sasser.

2004
Shad Peterson joins business.
Fourth generation introduced to family business.

Fred R. Sasser asks his son-in-law, Shad Peterson, to evaluate a rail technology business to determine if it was worth buying, or just using as a vendor. These are the beginning stages of the next step in the family legacy.

2005
US repair network grows.
Fourth generation officially joins Sasser businesses.

In keeping with the strategic governance of the company, Fred R. Sasser’s daughter Rebecca and her husband Shad Peterson join the family business as the fourth generation since 1928.

2006
Bluebird Rail Operations is added to expanding overseas interests.

With a powerful base established in Australia, the family also acquires Bluebird Rail Operations to expand the company into railcar repair and refurbishment services.

2007
Mississippi Railcar joins the family.

The repair business begins to expand with the acquisition of a shop in Meridian, Mississippi. Mississippi Railcar is formed and serves as a full-service repair shop in the heart of the South. With a 260-car capacity, this facility helps the family business serve customers across the nation.

2008
Australian Horsepower Service Centre joins the family.

As the rail operation gains steam ‘down under,’ CFCLA acquires Australian Horsepower Service Centre, the first shop addition to provide locomotive repair services. The family’s service footprint is growing in all directions.

2009
Australian operation expands.

On January 20, Barack Obama, the Democratic Senator from Illinois, was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

2010
Holdings company created.
Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. is established.

Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. is established to provide strategic support and coherence to the many branches of the family business.

2010
CF Rail Services incorporates and looks to offer rail repair services throughout US.

CF Rail Services launches with the goal of acquiring repair shops throughout the US. This network will triple in the next two years, to keep rolling stock in the family’s fleet leasing business in peak working order, and provide excellent service to other rail operators.

2011
Waycross Railcar is added to CF Rail Services' network of facilities.

In 2011, CF Rail Services’ newest addition is a facility in Waycross, GA, just 10 miles from the busiest switchyard in the country.

2012
Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. launches NxGen Rail.

After years of research, the holdings company invests in cutting-edge rail track inspection technologies. The new corporation, NxGen, complements many other branches of the Sasser family tree.

2012
Shad Peterson is named President of Sasser Family Holdings, Inc.

After nearly a decade contributing to the success of the family businesses, Shad Peterson is named President of Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. Fred R. Sasser remains CEO and Chairman of the Board, and continues as a vital member of the leadership team.

2012
Chicago Freight Car Leasing, CF Rail Services and Union Leasing move under one roof.

Like one big, happy family, the Illinois-based business units now occupy adjacent, world-class office spaces in Schaumburg. The new arrangement supports for more fluid collaboration among employees and executive staff.

2012
CF Rail Services expands in partnership with Patriot Rail.

CF Rail Services grows by three more facilities in 2012, thanks to a partnership with Patriot Rail to operate some of their shops. Top-notch cleaning and repair services are now also available in Mississippi, Washington, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

2013
Fourth generation takes reins.
Let us help you grow.

Let Sasser Family Holdings and its subsidiaries help you grow your business.

Sasser Family Holdings serves as the strategic support and cultural driver for each of its subsidiaries. By instilling Sasser family values into each new venture and each new employee, an exceptional quality and consistency is maintained throughout the companies under the Sasser umbrella. This entity also provides a larger context for the subsidiaries to ensure that as a group they are acting in the best interests of their customers and the evolving needs of the industries they helped to pioneer.
HISTORY

HISTORY

The tenacity of the Sasser family was evident right from the beginning. Getting his start during the Great Depression, when other business owners were closing their doors and record numbers of people were out of work, has made Fred H. Sasser something of a legend in this industry.

Since 1928 the company has grown from a local operation to a global, multi-faceted corporation. We’ve expanded and evolved by providing what customers, communities and the transportation industry needed to thrive. We hope you enjoy our story, and consider becoming part of it.

Launch Slideshow

1928
A dream is followed.
Fred H. Sasser establishes Central West Refrigerator Despatch.

An entrepreneurial man named Fred H. Sasser leaves his job with Mather Stock Car Company and begins his own business in Chicago, Central West Refrigerator Despatch. Using wood-sheathed boxcars, this budding new business is able to provide refrigerated rail service to farms along the Illinois Northern Railway, a local line later absorbed by the Santa Fe Rail Road.

1929
From 1928 - 1935, Sasser builds market in reclaimed rail parts.

From 1928 - 1935, the company begins building up stock of reclaimed parts, reconditioning them and marketing them to railroads for economical repair of their rolling stock.

1930
Fred H. Sasser finds market in converted boxcars.

Amidst widespread poverty and fear of the Great Depression, Fred H. Sasser begins boldly purchasing and converting old boxcars to build up his fleet and fill a growing need in the marketplace.

1934
A legacy begins.
1935
Men go to war.
1938
Chicago Freight Car & Parts is formed.

Chicago Freight Car & Parts is formed on the south side of Chicago to provide railcar maintenance and support services to Sasser’s fleet, and anyone else who needed a convenient, reliable shop.

1938
Fred hires help. Help becomes life-long friend.

In 1938 an energetic dynamo named Louis Sloss becomes the company’s first accountant, office manager and ultimately the VP of Finance. He holds down the fort while the boss is out making friends and striking deals, for the next 44 years.

1939
Fred’s son Robert joins the family business.

Fred’s only child, Robert Sasser, graduates from Purdue University with an engineering degree, which he immediately puts to work in his father’s business.

1943
Robert Sasser and Louis Sloss go to war.

After a few years working for the company, both Louis Sloss and Robert Sasser join the war effort. Robert is commissioned as a Major in the Army, putting his experience to use by purchasing and repairing railcars for their Transportation Corp.

1944
Men return wiser.
1945
Inventory grows.
1946
Robert expands the family operation with used military rolling stock.

After having spent years working with the US military’s Transportation Department, Robert Sasser has the brilliant idea to purchase and refurbish large quantities of idle US Army surplus rolling stock.This strategic move makes the company a serious contender in the rail industry.

1946
Sasser helps develop the Alaskan railroad.

The Sasser family opens a facility in Auburn, WA, to convert the newly acquired military rolling stock and supply railcars to support development of the Alaskan railroad.

1947
Sasser helps expand the Mexican railroad.

Another repair facility is opened in Pueblo, CO, to serve the steadily expanding Mexican railroad, which had been nationalized just ten years earlier.

1949
Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. is established.

With all the new inventory, Robert Sasser establishes Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. as the newest branch of the family business.

1954
Territory expands.
1955
From 1955 - 1957, Washington and Colorado operations closed.

Because the Alaskan and Mexican markets are satisfied, the outlying shops in Washington State and Pueblo are closed, bringing all shop operations back to Chicago.

1955
Fred H. Sasser passes torch.
1956
Fred H. Sasser retires, kind of.

Fred H. Sasser retires, turning control of the company over to Robert, his only son. To no one’s surprise, he does not sit idle in his golden years, instead merely shifting his energy to new projects.

1958
The founder creates a modern, high-volume shop in his spare time.

In his “retirement” Fred begins work on the shop. He expands the property to 20 acres and builds a 40,000 square ft. facility complete with cranes and four separate production lines with a total capacity for 75 cars in production at one time. 

1958
Sasser launches into covered hoppers.

Robert becomes interested in covered hoppers as a more efficient way to transport bulk grain than boxcars. The company begins purchasing these new cars from larger railcar builders, as that is the most cost-effective means of incorporating them into the operation.

1964
Fred H. picks up another torch.
1965
Fred R. Sasser joins business.
1969
The Sassers make another life-long friend in Benjamin “Chico” Medina.

Ask Chico when he started at Chicago Freight Car & Parts and he’ll flash a big smile as he tells you proudly, “September 25th, 1969!” He holds the record for the longest-term employee at the repair shops. Thanks, Chico!

1972
Fred R. Sasser earns Mechanical Engineering degree.

Robert’s son Fred R. Sasser graduates from Purdue University with a Mechanical Engineering degree.

1972
CFCL enlarges fleet of covered hoppers.

To accommodate US grain exports to the Soviet Union, covered hoppers are in demand. CFCL responds by purchasing new covered hopper cars from builders such as Pullman Standard and ACF Industries to incorporate into the lease fleet.

1973
Founder’s grandson Fred R. Sasser learns the family business.

With his degree in hand, Fred begins learning the family business by working alternately in engineering, sales and operations.

1974
Covered hoppers in demand.
1975
Hoosier Railcar joins family.

test copy for 1975

1980
Staggers Railroad Deregulation Act changes the industry.

The Staggers Railroad Deregulation Act passes in response to a weakening rail industry as business is lost to competition from highway traffic and airlines.

1981
Second generation Robert Sasser retires. Son Fred R. Sasser, becomes President of CFCL.

Robert Sasser retires his position as President and remains Chairman of the Board of Chicago Freight Car Leasing. After moving up the ranks for years, Fred R. Sasser assumes the role of President of CFCL.

1981
The shop on 119th St. is forced to close.

After more than 40 years of operation, the Chicago Freight Car Company shop is forced to close. The rail line that served the facility was privately owned by International Harvester, which went bankrupt, leaving the facility in no-man’s land.

1983
The Sassers branch out with the purchase of Chicago Decal.

With an eye towards diversifying the Sasser portfolio, Fred R. purchases Chicago Decal, a manufacturer of screen-printed, pressure-sensitive decals and labels. It serves well for 26 years, until 2009, when a decision is made to return to the organization’s core business strengths.

1983
Hoosier Railcar joins the family.

Sasser family members purchase Hoosier Railcar in East Chicago Indiana, beginning the trend towards revitalizing the railcar repair branch of the business.

1984
Fred R. Sasser takes over.
After 37 years, Chick Simpson leaves his desk, but not his connection to the company.

Chick Simpson was hired as a Purchasing Agent in 1947 at an annual salary of $2,580. Though he retired in 1984, he remains an loyal friend and advisor for the company as of his 90th birthday in 2012. Thanks Chick!

1985
CFCL outgrows offices.
Sasser family branches into offset printing.

The company tests the lease market for large format offset printing with a Chicago-based folding carton manufacturer. The client falls on hard financial times and with lessons learned, it is decided that the Sasser family business should stay with its many strengths.

1986
Fred R. Sasser takes over as Chairman of the Board.

Robert Sasser resigns his position as Chairman of the Board at CFCL and his son Fred takes his place at the head of the business. His brother John and sister Susan are elected to the Board as Directors, so the family is all involved and has a say in the direction their grandfather’s companies take.

1986
CFCL outgrows office and moves to Rosemont.

After years of growth, CFCL moves to larger offices in nearby Rosemont. The improvement is a boon to morale and productivity. Now nothing can stop us!

1989
Fred ventures into vehicle leasing with Union acquisition.

The company acquires Union Leasing, an automotive leasing and fleet management business, from Faul Group, a Chicago-based auto dealer. Two offices are consolidated in Schaumburg, Illinois, and marketing is refocused on small to mid-sized commercial fleets.

1994
Vehicle leasing fits well.
1995
CFCL moves to Australia.

testing 1995

1998
Chicago Freight Car Leasing ventures into Australia.

The family ventures into international expansion with the formation of Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia Pty. Ltd.

2000
Bill Elwess Sr. retires after 48 years of service with the company.

In March of 1952, Bill Elwess joined the family business, and stayed for 48 years. He was instrumental in overhauling the shop with the founder, and served in many roles over the decades. He was well loved and respected by all, and we are grateful to have had him in our lives.

2003
Bob Blake retires after 46 years of service with the company.

With his start as a shipping clerk at the shop on 119th street, Bob Blake worked his way up to Director of Fleet Maintenance for CFCL. When he left, after 46 years, he was responsible for 8,000 railcars. “He just kept pushing the ball forward,” says Fred R. Sasser.

2004
Shad Peterson joins business.
Fourth generation introduced to family business.

Fred R. Sasser asks his son-in-law, Shad Peterson, to evaluate a rail technology business to determine if it was worth buying, or just using as a vendor. These are the beginning stages of the next step in the family legacy.

2005
US repair network grows.
Fourth generation officially joins Sasser businesses.

In keeping with the strategic governance of the company, Fred R. Sasser’s daughter Rebecca and her husband Shad Peterson join the family business as the fourth generation since 1928.

2006
Bluebird Rail Operations is added to expanding overseas interests.

With a powerful base established in Australia, the family also acquires Bluebird Rail Operations to expand the company into railcar repair and refurbishment services.

2007
Mississippi Railcar joins the family.

The repair business begins to expand with the acquisition of a shop in Meridian, Mississippi. Mississippi Railcar is formed and serves as a full-service repair shop in the heart of the South. With a 260-car capacity, this facility helps the family business serve customers across the nation.

2008
Australian Horsepower Service Centre joins the family.

As the rail operation gains steam ‘down under,’ CFCLA acquires Australian Horsepower Service Centre, the first shop addition to provide locomotive repair services. The family’s service footprint is growing in all directions.

2009
Australian operation expands.

On January 20, Barack Obama, the Democratic Senator from Illinois, was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

2010
Holdings company created.
Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. is established.

Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. is established to provide strategic support and coherence to the many branches of the family business.

2010
CF Rail Services incorporates and looks to offer rail repair services throughout US.

CF Rail Services launches with the goal of acquiring repair shops throughout the US. This network will triple in the next two years, to keep rolling stock in the family’s fleet leasing business in peak working order, and provide excellent service to other rail operators.

2011
Waycross Railcar is added to CF Rail Services' network of facilities.

In 2011, CF Rail Services’ newest addition is a facility in Waycross, GA, just 10 miles from the busiest switchyard in the country.

2012
Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. launches NxGen Rail.

After years of research, the holdings company invests in cutting-edge rail track inspection technologies. The new corporation, NxGen, complements many other branches of the Sasser family tree.

2012
Shad Peterson is named President of Sasser Family Holdings, Inc.

After nearly a decade contributing to the success of the family businesses, Shad Peterson is named President of Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. Fred R. Sasser remains CEO and Chairman of the Board, and continues as a vital member of the leadership team.

2012
Chicago Freight Car Leasing, CF Rail Services and Union Leasing move under one roof.

Like one big, happy family, the Illinois-based business units now occupy adjacent, world-class office spaces in Schaumburg. The new arrangement supports for more fluid collaboration among employees and executive staff.

2012
CF Rail Services expands in partnership with Patriot Rail.

CF Rail Services grows by three more facilities in 2012, thanks to a partnership with Patriot Rail to operate some of their shops. Top-notch cleaning and repair services are now also available in Mississippi, Washington, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

2013
Fourth generation takes reins.
Let us help you grow.

Let Sasser Family Holdings and its subsidiaries help you grow your business.

PEOPLE

PEOPLE

This organization is made up of Sasser family members and highly trusted staff who share a vision, a solid work ethic and a commitment to the prosperity of all Sasser Family Holdings subsidiaries and their customers.

HERE ARE SOME OF
THE KEY FIGURES:

Fred R. Sasser,
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Shad Peterson,
President & Chief Operating Officer

Luke Lukens,
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Robert Schmitt,
Chief Information Officer

Jeff Walsh,
Chief Operating Officer, North American Operations

Ian Gibbs,
Managing Director, Asia Pacific Operations

 

Kelly Brannon Pronek,
Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing

Laura Lanski,
Director of Human Resources

Eric Wennerstrom,
Manager of Corporate Finance

PRINCIPLES

PRINCIPLES

The Sasser family of businesses has grown upon a solid foundation of common goals and core principles. These tenets resonate throughout each of our subsidiaries and their offices, and in our collective day-to-day operations. Here is the foundation upon which we stand:

PURPOSE

Delivering superior customer service and expertise in order to help our customers better serve their customers.

VALUES

  • We will never compromise our integrity.
  • Respect, commitment and accountability at every level and in every interaction.
  • Our only product is superior customer service.
  • Superior customer service is critical to our success and the key to long–term partnerships.
  • We succeed or fail as a team.
  • Every contribution from our clients, employees and partners, has value.
  • We relentlessly seek ways to add value.
  • Dedication to quality and safety in every transaction.

WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY

Because we succeed or fail as a team, we encourage an internal system of checks and balances. Click here to read about our Whistle Blower Policy that helps keep us all in alignment with our collective goals and greater purpose.

 
Sasser Family Holdings serves as the strategic support and cultural driver for each of its subsidiaries. By instilling Sasser family values into each new venture and each new employee, an exceptional quality and consistency is maintained throughout the companies under the Sasser umbrella. This entity also provides a larger context for the subsidiaries to ensure that as a group they are acting in the best interests of their customers and the evolving needs of the industries they helped to pioneer.
HISTORY

HISTORY

The tenacity of the Sasser family was evident right from the beginning. Getting his start during the Great Depression, when other business owners were closing their doors and record numbers of people were out of work, has made Fred H. Sasser something of a legend in this industry.

Since 1928 the company has grown from a local operation to a global, multi-faceted corporation. We’ve expanded and evolved by providing what customers, communities and the transportation industry needed to thrive. We hope you enjoy our story, and consider becoming part of it.

Launch Slideshow

PEOPLE

PEOPLE

This organization is made up of Sasser family members and highly trusted staff who share a vision, a solid work ethic and a commitment to the prosperity of all Sasser Family Holdings subsidiaries and their customers.

HERE ARE SOME OF
THE KEY FIGURES:

Fred R. Sasser,
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Shad Peterson,
President

Luke Lukens,
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Robert Schmitt,
Chief Information Officer

Jeff Walsh,
Chief Operating Officer, North American Operations

Ian Gibbs,
Managing Director, Asia Pacific Operations

Kelly Brannon Pronek,
Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing

Laura Lanski,
Director of Human Resources

Eric Wennerstrom,
Manager of Corporate Finance

PRINCIPLES

PRINCIPLES

The Sasser family of businesses has grown upon a solid foundation of common goals and core principles. These tenets resonate throughout each of our subsidiaries and their offices, and in our collective day-to-day operations. Here is the foundation upon which we stand:

PURPOSE

Delivering superior customer service and expertise in order to help our customers better serve their customers.

VALUES

  • We will never compromise our integrity.
  • Respect, commitment and accountability at every level and in every interaction.
  • Our only product is superior customer service.
  • Superior customer service is critical to our success and the key to long–term partnerships.
  • We succeed or fail as a team.
  • Every contribution from our clients, employees and partners, has value.
  • We relentlessly seek ways to add value.
  • Dedication to quality and safety in every transaction.

WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY

Because we succeed or fail as a team, we encourage an internal system of checks and balances. Click here to read about our Whistle Blower Policy that helps keep us all in alignment with our collective goals and greater purpose.