About Our Team

James R. Smith, James R. Smith Trucking

James R. Smith Founder, CEO and Owner
James R. Smith Trucking Co. Inc.

Founder and Owner
JRS Logistics Inc.

James R Smith started in business at a very young age and has lived a very active and diverse life. His endeavors have ranged from being a truck driver to flying airplanes, running a charter fishing boat and even managing Hank Williams Jr. James R and wife Tessa currently split their time between homes on Smith Lake in Cullman, AL and Port St. Joe Beach in FL. Although semi-retired, James R. stays very involved in the operations.

Alan Smith, President James R Smith Trucking

Alan Smith Vice President
James R. Smith Trucking Co., Inc.

President & Co-Owner
James A. Smith Transportation Co. Inc.

Vice President
JRS Logistics, Inc.

Vice President & Co-Owner
304 Truck & Trailer Sales

Alan Smith, the only son of James R. Smith, began working for the company in May of 1988. Alan can be found most days supervising the maintenance of the trucks and trailers for both fleets. Alan and his wife, Tracey, have 2 sons; Slay and Noah. Slay is a certified diesel mechanic helping with James R. Smith Trucking and Noah is full time student. Alan spends his free time serving his church and enjoys running and hiking.

Teressa Quick, Executive Vice President

Teressa Quick Executive Vice President
James R. Smith Trucking Co., Inc.

Secretary/Treasurer & Co-Owner
James A. Smith Transportation Co. Inc.

JRS Logistics, Inc.

President & Co-Owner
304 Truck & Trailer Sales

Teressa Quick, the oldest of the three siblings, began working for the company in January of 1990. She supervises the financial, clerical and IT areas of the businesses. Teressa and her husband, Roy, spend their free time enjoying grandchildren, doing volunteer work, buying and selling antiques and they also love traveling whenever possible.

Kelly Emerson, Executive Vice President

Kellie Emerson Secretary/Treasurer
James R. Smith Trucking Co., Inc.

Vice President & Co-Owner
James A. Smith Transportation Co. Inc.

JRS Logistics, Inc.

Secretary/Treasurer & Co-Owner
304 Truck & Trailer Sales

Kellie Emerson is the middle child of James R. Smith. She began working for the company in August of 1990. Kellie works in the clerical area of the businesses as well as handling James R’s personal business. Kellie stays busy outside the office with church, her small group bible study and raising her three boys; Zane, Zeb and Zackery.

Team Members


Kim Arnold, Accounting Administrator

Kim Arnold Accounting Administrator

Amber Heaton, Accounting Staff

Amber Heaton Marketing Director / Accounts Receivable

Tracey Smith, Accounting Staff

Tracey Smith Settlements

Janice Watson Receptionist

Team Members

Safety Staff

Ron Jacobs Safety Director

Ron Jacobs came to us with a background that culminated into the perfect recipe for creating a Safety Director. Ron went from being the son of a career military man to serving our country himself. For his second career Ron chose trucking and became a successful owner/operator. After leaving life on the road Ron began another career as a trainer for a Truck Driving Academy. Ron joined our Safety Department when the school made the decision to close their Alabama campus. He and wife, Phala, are active and devoted members of their church and spend much of their time with their grandchildren.

Justin Heaton Assistant Safety Director

Justin Heaton became part of the Smith Family in 2005 when he married James R’s only granddaughter, Amber. In 2013 he joined the family business as an assistant in dispatch. Justin soon proved to have a knack for working with customers and drivers. Coupling that with his computer skills he quickly moved to a position as Backhaul Coordinator and then became Assistant Safety Director in 2017. Amber and Justin have two children, Caleb and Natalie and are devoted members of Hanceville Assembly of God which Justin’s grandfather founded and pastored for many years. When not working, you’ll most likely find Justin on stage preforming with the Heaton Brothers Band.

Penny Reynolds, Accounting Staff

Penny Reynolds Finance Administrator/ Safety Assistant

Penny Reynolds has been with our company since 2004 and currently holds the title of Finance Administrator. Thanks to her ability as a fast learner, Penny has spent time in several different departments. Her extensive cross training has made her a valuable asset to our company. She works in our Safety Department but also handles the financing of all equipment for 304 Truck and Trailer Sales.

Becky Mullinax, Safety Assistant

Becky Mullinax Safety Assistant

Becky Mullinax began work with James R Smith Trucking in 2002. She started in accounts receivable and collections then later moved to the safety department where she currently works with driver qualifications and compliance. Becky obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business from Wallace State in 2001. She spent the 14 years, prior to her job here, in clerical positions in the shipping and sales departments of large industrial companies. Becky has two daughters and four grandsons. She and husband, John, spend their spare time with the grandchildren or relaxing at the lake.

Emma Schneider Recruiter/ Safety Assistant

Team Members

Dispatch Staff

Mike Arnold Operations Manager

Mike Arnold has been a part our company for over 25 years and, for the majority of that time, has served as Operations Manager, heading up our dispatch department. Mike has a degree in Business Management and Marketing as well as being certified in Transportation Management. Mike is a member of Cullman First United Methodist Church where he currently serves as Director of Preteen Ministries. He received his certification in Children’s Ministry through the North Alabama Conference and has been instrumental in helping several churches launch tween ministry programs in their churches. In his spare time he enjoys reading and loves Alabama football and Birmingham Barons Baseball. Mike is married to Kim Arnold and together they have a daughter Makensi.

Barbara Basinger Backhaul Coordination

Barbara Basinger came to us in 1995 with a retail and clerical background. She began her career with James R Smith as a log clerk but after several years she carried that knowledge into dispatch. Her expertise in compliance and regulations has aided our efforts to maintain a safe and productive fleet. In her spare time Barbara enjoys baking, quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Jim West

Jim West Back Haul Coordinator

Daniel Denmark Dispatcher

James R.Smith Trucking

James R. Smith Trucking can haul almost anything with its large fleet of dry vans, flat beds, and other equipment.

James R. Smith Trucking

James A. Smith Trucking is a nationwide carrier, specializing in moving refrigerated and temperature controlled freight.

JRS Logistics

JRS Logistics, Inc. coordinates movement of both refrigerated and non-refrigerated freight nationwide, utilizing contract carriers.

304 Truck and Trailer Sale

304 Truck & Trailer Sales not only sells commercial used trucks, but finances them too. We're located just off I-65 at Exit 304.

Our Memberships

Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce Blue Book Produce Online Services Alabama Trucking Association RCBS Red Book American Trucking Association