Executive Team

Tom McLeod
 is the President and Chief Executive Officer of McLeod Software, which he founded in 1985. He has long been active in the American Trucking Association, the Truckload Carriers Association, and the Alabama Trucking Association and has held leadership positions in the same. Tom is a thought leader in the transportation industry, specifically on the use of current and upcoming information technology to support trucking and brokerage operations.

Ben Barnes
is the Chief Information Officer for McLeod Software. He joined McLeod in 1995, and was recently awarded the Alabama CIO of the year for the corporate division. His leadership guides the company’s internal systems, business intelligence, data science, technology solutions, managed services, and customer centric information security policies, practices, and activities. Ben has a deep understanding of business solutions, IT infrastructures, disaster recovery planning, cyber security, and IT cloud provider solutions with accreditations from both Microsoft and IBM. Additionally, Ben is a current member of InspireCIO, and has had many of his presentations published in industry periodicals. He is a frequent presenter at transportation industry conferences on the subjects of cybercrime and systems security.

Robert Brothers
is the Vice President of Product Development for McLeod Software. With over 25 years of experience in the transportation software industry, he is responsible for the development of the LoadMaster, PowerBroker, LoadMaster LTL, and Freight Management Solutions product lines offered by McLeod software to the transportation industry. Since arriving at McLeod Software in 1992, he has held positions in customer implementations, as a direct Sales Representative, and as the Product Manager for the mobile communications products. Prior to joining McLeod Software, Robert worked as an accountant in private industry. Robert holds a B.A. in Accounting from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and was a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Alabama.

Ahmed Ebrahim
 is the Vice President of Strategic Alliances for McLeod Software. He previously served as Vice President of Enterprise Consulting Services at McLeod for several years. Ahmed has 27 years of experience in IT Management/Consulting. Before joining McLeod Software in 2011, he was a Sr. Director at US Xpress, Inc. 

Joel Ellis
 is the Vice President of Enterprise Consulting Services (ECS) Operations for McLeod Software. He joined McLeod Software in 2018 and is a 30 year veteran with information management systems. Joel's experience serving Fortune 500 companies with enterprise wide IT implementation projects over several decades brings great value for McLeod Software customers. Joel has worked as an analyst, team leader, project manager and business unit manager.

Scott Forster
, CPA, CFE is the Chief Financial Officer for McLeod Software. Scott is responsible for the company’s Finance and Accounting department. Prior to joining McLeod, Scott spent 10 years in the assurance and consulting divisions at a regional public accounting firm after 3 years in investment banking. Throughout his career, Scott has focused on advising software and trucking companies. He holds active Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner licenses. He is a Junior Board Member of United Ability of Greater Birmingham.

Meribeth Gilbert
, PHR SHRM-CP, is the Vice President of Human Resources for McLeod Software. She has more than 20 years of operational and strategic Human Resources management experience in rapidly growing organizations, including solid and broad experience in modern HR practices, organizational design, employee engagement, talent acquisition and management, employee relations, compensation, benefits and training. 

Rick Halbrooks
 is the Vice President of Sales for McLeod Software. Rick joined McLeod in 2004 and is responsible for Sales and Business Development for the company. Through his leadership, McLeod Software’s sales have consistently grown by more than 20% year over year ever since his arrival. Rick has over 40 years of experience in Sales and Senior Sales Management, including 8 years as the Vice President of Sales for ABM Graphics, 8 years as the Regional Vice President for Danka Industries, and 5 years as the President for Bank Partners Leasing. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) for the past 14 years as well as on numerous industry association committees, including Membership, Education and Program Committees for the TIA and as a Trustee for the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Scholarship Fund.

Kristan Hill
 is the Interim Vice President of Marketing for McLeod Software and is responsible for all of the company’s marketing programs. Kristan has over 20 years of experience in building sustainable marketing programs that nurture and grow audiences. Her experience spans the transportation software and manufacturing IT industries.

Mark Hughes
is the Vice President of Administration and General Counsel for McLeod Software. He has been with McLeod for 25 years and is responsible for our Legal, Risk Management, Equipment and Facilities, and General Administrative teams. He is admitted to legal practice in the State of Alabama and holds certification in the Law of Data Security.  Mark has over 30 years of experience in the trucking industry and is active in the Alabama Trucking Association Safety Council, where he is also a past chairman.

Mack Killough
 is the Programming Manager for McLeod Software. Mack joined the company in 1993 and is responsible for the company’s custom programming. He has over 30 years of experience in Engineering, Programming, and Design, including past engineering work at the Department of Anesthesia Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), National Microsystems, Ropir Communications, and DSD Labs.

Doug Schrier
, Vice President of Growth and Special Projects at McLeod Software, is a driving force behind the company's strategic expansion while upholding a customer-centric philosophy. With a comprehensive background encompassing over two decades of operations and strategic leadership, Doug has dedicated the past 13 years to the transportation sector. His impactful roles at Covenant Logistics and Transflo have honed his expertise and allowed him to champion innovation. Doug's commitment to pioneering innovation remains unwavering, further solidifying McLeod Software as the premier TMS provider in the industry.

Rhiannon Stone
is the Vice President of Core Operations for McLeod Software. Rhiannon is committed to collaborative client engagement strategies and ensuring the delivery of McLeod products and solutions are matched with an exceptional client experience. Rhiannon has over 20 years experience in strategic leadership, general business operations, software delivery and support, product management, software development lifecycle, marketing, finance, and contract management.


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