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Meet Our New Operations Managers

Tyler Wheeler

Tyler Wheeler

Welcome Jake Heyblom

Jake Heyblom

Please join us in welcoming our new Transportation Operations Managers, Jake Heyblom and Tyler Wheeler. They will be co-managing the short haul business in an effort to strengthen the business. Welcome to the team! We are excited to have you on board.

Meet Tyler Wheeler:

Tyler graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2010 and lives in Holland, Michigan now. Tyler has 5 years experience with sourcing, assigning, and executing transportation moves nationwide. Tyler previously worked at Art Mulder & Sons Trucking as their Customer Service Representative and Operations Manager. Prior to that position, he was in charge of scheduling and planning there. During his free time, Tyler enjoys to play golf or disc golf. He also enjoys traveling through Michigan and cookouts with friends.

Meet Jake Heyblom:

Jake graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance. Jake has over three years experience as an Operations Supervisor. He previously worked at Republic Services in Pierson, Michigan. Prior to his position as Operations Supervisor, he had the roles of Industrial Dispatch and Division Accountant. During his free time, Jake enjoys racing cars as a hobby.


Have You Thanked a Truck Driver?

This week, we celebrated Truck Driver Appreciation Week here at Columbian. As transportation professionals, we may recognize how much our truckers do, but most consumers are not aware. Here are some things that the average person may not realize:

  • Truck drivers do more than just drive freight. They drive our economy.
  • If you bought it, a truck brought it.
  • Without truck drivers, everything stops.
  • They’re in it for the long haul.

We find it necessary to celebrate and recognize our hard working employees, so we wanted to do something to show our appreciation all week long. Take a look and see how we celebrated Truck Driver Appeciation Week at Columbian.


So, as we wrap up Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we want to ask you… have you thanked a driver?

Meet our new Director of Business Development

Columbian Logistics Network




Please join us in welcoming our new Director of Business Development, Hollis Pace.

Hollis lives in Saint Joseph, MI and will primarily work out Columbian Logistics Networkof the office due to the nature of this position.

Hollis graduated from Michigan State University in 2000 with a degree in Supply Chain Management. After college, he started at Penske Logistics as Inventory Control Specialist, then was promoted to Lead Logistics Analyst. Later, he worked at DHL Express in Aurora, Colorado as a Field Services Specialist. Before joining us, he worked for Hanson Logistics in a variety of positions; Account Manager, Operations Manager, Director of Transportation, and Director of Transportation Sales. We are excited to have his broad background and experience on our team!

Welcome to the team, Hollis!