Lance O’Daniel has been hired as director of procurement and sustainability at Van Buren-based USA Truck Inc.
The appointment represents a homecoming for O’Daniel, who began his career with USA Truck in 1999 and spent seven years with the company and rose to the position of purchasing manager. He also worked with Greatwide Logistics and most recently with National Carriers, Inc., where he was director of business analysis.
At USA Truck, O’Daniel will oversee more than $250 million in annual expenditures, assuming responsibility for purchasing everything USA Truck needs, with the exception of trucks, trailers and IT items. O’Daniel will also direct the company’s fuel conservation/sustainability programs.
“I’m excited to be back at USA Truck and to return to the Fort Smith area. It’s a unique opportunity to return to the organization where I spent the early part of my career and to move back to the area were I grew up,” O’Daniel said in a statement. “My experiences with other transportation and logistics providers validate that USA Truck is among the top companies in this industry. I’m very fortunate to be part of this team and to be able to return with my family to a place where we have such strong roots.”
O’Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lyon College and a master’s in business administration from the University of Arkansas.