Our Leadership

At Modern, we live our Mission.  We don’t refer to it as a mission statement, something to be framed, place on the wall, and ignored.  Rather, it’s how we work, live, interact with each other, and lead our team.

Within our Mission, you’ll find the passage that states we encourage everyone to be creative, innovative, and motivated to improve the value we bring to our customers and shareholders.  Further, we share our quest to continuously create a culture of honesty and respect, where a sense of trust and mutual confidence will flourish. 

Throughout our leadership, you’ll find that each member lives The Mission of Modern Transportation.

Every day.

Patrick Cozzens - President

Having joined Modern in 2006 as Vice President of Business Development, Mr. Cozzens was instrumental in the company’s growth and technological transformation.  In 2010, he was promoted to the role of President, charged with re-engineering business processes to increase efficiencies and operating margin, along with charting growth in new liquid and dry bulk markets, including additional chemical and hazmat opportunities.  Prior to joining Modern Transportation Services, Mr. Cozzens held management positions in the high-tech and software sectors.  In his role immediately prior to joining Modern he was an executive with a logistics optimization company and worked directly with Fortune 500 manufacturers and the Department of Defense.  Mr. Cozzens holds a Bachelor’s Degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business with focuses in finance and logistics management.

Robert Bartolacci - EVP / CFO

In 2011, Mr. Bartolacci joined Modern Transportation as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to joining Modern, Mr. Bartolacci served as CFO for a conglomerate of service companies and President of an environmental engineering consulting firm.  In his current role, Mr. Bartolacci’s team is responsible for Modern’s financial controls and reporting, as well as information technology. Mr. Bartolacci earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Systems and Accounting from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  He has also earned his Master’s degree in Finance and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, an institution for which he has served as a professor of finance for the past twenty years.

Chris Gallowitz - Vice President, Special Projects

Mr. Gallowitz, an accomplished senior-level executive with a track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership within the transportation industry, joined Modern as Vice President of Operations in February 2018. From his service in the United States Merchant Marines to his vast strategic operational experience with Matlack Systems Inc., Trimac Transportation, and Dupre Logistics, Mr. Gallowitz has established a reputation marked with leadership and operational excellence. In April of 2024, he transitioned into his new role at Modern, as VP of Special Projects.

Woodson Witt - Vice President of Safety & Human Resources

Mr. Witt joined Modern Transportation in 2020 as the Vice President of Safety and Human Resources.  As a proven leader, he brings with him his enthusiasm to serve the people of Modern Transportation, as well as an established and successful career in Transportation. Woodson earned his Bachelor of Science Degree at Utah State University and his Juris Doctorate Degree at the University of North Carolina.  He is also a certified Personal Trainer and Health and Wellness Coach.

Alex Forrest - Vice President, Operations

After spending over 30 years in the transportation industry, Mr. Forrest joined Modern Transportation in 2023 as Vice President of Special Projects.  During his extensive career in transportation, he spent 5 years with Modern Transportation as a Regional Director of Operations.   Most recently before rejoining Modern Transportation last year, Mr. Forrest was an Area Vice President of Operations in the LTL industry where he managed a team of over 750 drivers and operations personnel.  Mr. Forrest brings extensive experience leading teams and new business implementation.   Mr. Forrest is a graduate of Robert Morris University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In April of 2024, he transitioned into the role of Vice President, Operations.

Bob Smith - Sr. Director Equipment & Maintenance

In 2014, Mr. Smith joined Modern Transportation as our Sr. Director of Equipment & Maintenance.  Following his tenure of two decades with Roadway and YRC Freight, Mr. Smith’s transition to Modern charges him with numerous responsibilities including all vehicle maintenance, vehicle purchase and lease agreements, vehicle repair contracts, and real estate leases.  Mr. Smith is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

Bill Campbell - Senior Director Safety, Risk Management & Payroll

In 2020, Mr. Campbell joined Modern Transportation as Director of Human Resources and later in the year took on his new role as Senior Director of Safety, Risk Management & Payroll.  Before joining Modern, Mr. Campbell spent 27 years leading a company serving the Household Goods industry.   Mr. Campbell brings extensive experience in Human Resources, Finance, and Safety to the Modern team.  Mr. Campbell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and obtained the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Dan Benacquista - Vice President, Strategic Operations & Planning

Joining Modern Transportation in 2013, Mr. Benacquista began as a Terminal Manager and quickly progressed to Area Director of Operations, overseeing continued success across Modern’s field operations.  In 2016, Mr. Benacquista was promoted to Director of Pricing and Operations Support, a role in which he focused on applying a data-driven approach to evaluating Modern’s business portfolio and operational processes.  A natural progression to these efforts, Mr. Benacquista was promoted to Sr. Director of Pricing and Continuous Improvement in 2022, a role in which he expanded this analytical approach to all departments making Modern Transportation a more data- and process-driven organization. In 2023, Mr. Benacquista was promoted to Vice President, Strategic Operations & Planning. He has taken on this larger role in Modern’s resource planning efforts and assumes the leadership of the Equipment and Maintenance team, as well as continue to lead Modern’s IT and analytics groups. Prior to joining Modern, Mr. Benacquista gained wide-ranging transportation experience during his eight years in various roles with YRC Freight.  Mr. Benacquista is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Stephen Humbert - Senior Director, Strategic & Business Development

Mr. Humbert started his career at Modern in 2019 as the company’s Corporate Controller. In 2023, Mr. Humbert shifted gears and was promoted to Senior Director, Strategic & Business Development, joining the Modern Transportation Executive Leadership team. Mr. Humbert focuses on continuing to grow and build our successful relationships with our long-time customers, as well as our new and ever-growing customer base. Mr. Humbert holds a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MBA from Xavier University’s Williams College of Business.

Alex Cleveland - Vice President, Modern Logistics

Alex Cleveland joined Modern Transportation’s logistics division in November of 2015 as Manager of Commercial Operations growing Modern’s logistics division exponentially over the years. In April of 2024, he was promoted to Vice President of Modern Logistics. Alex is based in the Buffalo, New York area with prior experience working for another bulk hauler, A&R Logistics. He graduated from Niagara University with a B.S. in Finance.