Chief Executive Officer
Rebecca Polan brings more than 15
years of logistics expertise, organizational growth, entrepreneurial spirit,
and leadership development experience to her role of CEO and Board Director of
REO Logistics, an international supply chain solutions and 3rd party
logistics provider that specializes in helping its customers exceed their own
goals faster, better and for less money. Reliable, effective, original- REO is
built around the idea that manufacturers’ supply chain needs are ever changing
and require constant innovation.
With an eye on safety, quality,
value and integrity, Rebecca focuses her attention on delivering her customers
a world class experience and building a powerful and sustainable culture that
will drive REO towards a second 100 years of success.
Rebecca was drawn to REO in 2004 with
a promise by then CEO Lake Polan that she would be able to make a tangible
impact on people’s lives in the communities in which REO resides, both by
creating jobs and by donating a portion of the company’s profits back into the
community. She has made good on this opportunity and continues to keep
community involvement at the forefront of REO’s annual goals.
Rebecca is a Director on the
Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia Chamber of Commerce and a vocal proponent
of bringing high tech jobs and other economic opportunities into the local,
mostly rural, communities in which REO Logistics operates.
With a Master’s of Business
Administration degree from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s of
Public Administration with a specialization in Leadership Development from American
University, a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College and a certificate in Supply
Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rebecca is
well prepared as she leads REO into the future.
In her “free” time
Rebecca is an accomplished equestrian competitor, an avid dog lover, and a
voracious reader with an insatiable appetite for travel and adventure.
Lake Polan III
Chairman of the Board of Directors
A pioneer in the tri-state area business community, Lake Polan III joined Allied Logistics, now REO Logistics, in 1972 when he founded Allied Warehousing Services, a subsidiary company. Defying the odds, wherein some 70 percent of
family-owned businesses in the United States fail or are sold before the second generation takes over, Lake, the third generation to run the Allied family of companies, has grown it from a solitary West Virginia-based
warehouse into a full-service global logistics provider with operations in 7 states.
REO Logistics’ success is a testament to Lake’s vision, his focus on diversification and resilience, and the culture of commitment he has fostered during his four decades of leadership; commitment to business partners,
commitment to company employees, and commitment to the communities in which our company operates.
Building on the legacy started by his grandfather, Walter Lewis Sr. more than a century ago, Lake is deeply invested in the turnaround and success of Huntington, West Virginia. A sought-after advisor and
forward-thinking business leader, Lake currently serves as a Director of the Marshall University Foundation, a board member of INTO Marshall, a joint venture between the Marshall Foundation and INTO USA whose mission is to
recruit international students to Marshall University, a member of the Executive Committee of the Huntington Area Development Council and the Chairman of its Biotech Alliance. Lake oversees the REO Logistics philanthropic
activities, which exceeds $250,000 in charitable giving to community organizations.
A graduate of Columbia University, Lake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. When not traveling to one of the many REO Logistics facilities in the mid-Atlantic region, Lake resides with his wife, Louise,
in Proctorville, Ohio.
Michael J. Carroll
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Carroll has over 40 years of experience in the logistics field, 30 with REO Logistics. His extensive background in public warehousing, with experience with grocery, chemical, and pharmaceutical products, gives him an intimate understanding of the storage challenges facing clients in the ever-changing field of warehousing and distribution. He is responsible for warehouse assets in Huntington, Charleston, Kenova and Parkersburg, West Virginia; transportation services throughout West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Tennessee; as well as chemical blending, screening, and packaging services in West Virginia.
Michael has made presentations at the Warehouse Education and Research Council conferences, is active in the International Warehouse Logistics Association, and is a member of the Cabell-Wayne LEPC. Interested in giving back to his community, he recently served on the STEM West Virginia Council commissioned by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in April 2014 along with being active in many other civic organizations.
He is a graduate of Marshall University with Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and History.
brings over 30 years of global logistics, distribution and transportation
experience to REO Logistics, joining the team in January of 2017.
Over his career he has built a reputation for delivering innovative,
client-focused strategies that provide continuous improvement, strengthen
partnerships and improve margins, and he has a strong background in P&L
management and business development. Kevin holds a degree from the University
of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with a focus on transportation
and logistics. He served as president of both Delta Nu Alpha and the National
Defense Transportation Association Professional Chapter.
Chief Financial Officer
Clayman Edwards has extensive previous experience serving in business growth and development on a global level. He has successfully led domestic and international companies and held a number of board positions and C-Level roles with both U.S. and worldwide corporations through leadership, business growth and development. Clayman served as the CEO of Matth. Hohner AG and the Hohner Group of companies from April 2012 until January 2015. Previously, he served as CRO and VP of Operations for Design Master Associates, Inc., and as Senior VP CCA Financial Services, Inc. Prior to Hohner, Clayman was a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Henrico Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and was also an active member of the National Association of Music Merchants and the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. He has supported a variety of charities, including the American Cancer Society, the YMCA, the Greater Richmond ARC and Harmonikids. Clayman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master's degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia, as well as an M.B.A. in General Management from the College of William and Mary.
Vice President of Warehousing and Toll Services
Carl Vance joined REO Logistics in 1999 following a 15 year career in the transportation industry. Prior to joining REO Logistics, Carl served as General Manager of a highly successful truck leasing operation in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.
In his role as Vice President for Warehousing and Toll Services, Carl draws upon his deep roots in transportation services and operations to help REO's Warehousing, Transportation, and Processing businesses provide exceptional and innovative customer solutions throughout the state.
A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Carl sits on the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Board of Directors and is a member of the Chemical Industrial Council. Carl has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Marshall University.
Corporate Human Resources Director
A Human Resources executive with more than 30 years of experience, and with deep ties to the Waynesboro, VA community, Sue joined REO Logistics in February 2014 as the Corporate Human Resources Director. She brings to
the company extensive experience managing employee relations, organizational development, talent acquisition, staff education, leadership training, and the implementation of benefits and compensation programs. A lifelong
learner, Sue is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Group Benefits Associate (GBA), Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) and Six Sigma.