John started his first delivery business in Houston in 1977. The company grew rapidly and expanded throughout the Southwest becoming the Eastway Group of Companies. The Eastway Group provided same-day, express delivery distribution services. In 1994, John consolidated his business with other like businesses to form US Delivery Systems, Inc. (“DLV”-NYSE). As a Founder and Chief Acquisition Officer, John led the effort to make US Delivery Systems the largest same-day, express delivery company in North America. US Delivery was itself acquired by Corporate Express in 1996.
John left US Delivery and became a Partner at Notre Capital Ventures focusing his attention on replicating US Delivery’s success in other highly fragmented and entrepreneurial-driven industries. Notre Capital was recognized as the undisputed leader of “rolling up” fragmented industries in the Motor Coach industry (Coach USA), Manufactured Housing (Homes USA), HVAC (Comfort Systems USA) Heavy-Duty Truck Parts Distribution (Transportation Components USA) among others.
In 2000, John “rolled up” the intermodal transportation industry forming RoadLink USA (now RoadOne). John remained with this business as Chairman and Chief Executive until Fenway Partners acquired RoadLink in 2006. Simultaneous to RoadLink USA’s formation and successful sale, John also formed Pinch Transport, a flatbed carrier focused on providing services to the energy industry. Today, Pinch has eleven terminals providing services across North America.
In 2013, John, with his son, Josh formed SandBox Logistics based upon the over sixty-five patents granted to them related to the transportation, storage and delivery of frac sand to the hydraulic fracturing industry. With their highly creative and patented heavy equipment (including truck chassis, conveying and dust collection systems and rail cars), John and Josh were able to rapidly dominate the frac sand supply chains while eliminating dangerous clouds of silica dust emitted from the conventional methods. At the time John sold SandBox to US Silica, SandBox was delivering over 40,000 truckloads of frac sand per month and is still operating at this level and above today.
Today, John’s entire focus is once again trained on the same-day, express delivery industry with the formation of TUYA Technology. Serving as its CEO, TUYA has introduced a same-day, express delivery marketplace platform in the major markets in Texas and expects to roll this innovative technology out across America in 2024. TUYA is in business to change the way Businesses and Drivers interact with one another to deliver parcels, packages and pallets rapidly across our cities. TUYA owns Hot Shot Final Mile, a traditional same-day, express delivery business operating in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso.