TMSA Champions

David HoppensDavid Hoppens, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Momentum Transportation (an Independent Agent of Landstar)

David is a long-standing member and leader of TMSA, serving in a leadership role for the past eight years. He got his start in commercial freight transportation in 1985, when he began as a Market Planning Analyst at what was then the CSX Railroad in Jacksonville, Fla.

"Time truly does fly," says David. "I have over 30 years of wonderful experiences to look back on in various commercial roles with some great transportation and logistics companies." Along with various analyst, marketing, and sales roles at CSX, he previously was General Manager at iFleet.net in Atlanta; VP Marketing, Pricing & Customer Support at Pacer Stacktrain in San Francisco; and VP Marketing & Business Development at Pacer International in Columbus; and SVP Intermodal Services at U.S. Xpress in Chattanooga, Tenn. David attributes his successful career to placing people first and applying best practices in motivating and communicating with his team.

When asked what special initiative surfaces as a recent success in his leadership role within TMSA, he quickly points out his recent role as a member of the TMSA Nominating Committee. This committee successfully recruited a diverse range of professionals in all modes and market segments in North American transportation and logistics. The roster of companies represented include leaders such as FedEx, Landstar, Hub Group, Burris Logistics, Bison Transport, TMW Systems, Maersk Line, YRC Freight, Kenco Logistics, Saia LTL Freight, PITT OHIO, Crowley Maritime, MercuryGate, BlueGrace Logistics, and SMC3, to name a few.

During a recent interview, David shared some additional trivia and insight on himself:

What book are you currently reading? "Mindset: The New Psychology of Growth."

If you could live anywhere in the US, where would you live? On the Ocean in Atlantic Beach, Florida (essentially where he lives now).

Would you rather go back in time to meet your ancestors (pre-1800s) or go into the future to meet your great grandchildren. Into the future I would go, to see if we sowed the right seeds and nurtured them well.

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