About Us

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The Premier Promise:
“Delivering Out-of-the-Box Service.”

 

We at Premier Transport believe that our commitment to safety and a promise of great customer service truly set us apart. Our staff, drivers, vendors, and customers have all shaped what Premier Transport is today.

Both the office staff and drivers have committed their time here to providing our customers with the greatest level of service possible. Whether that service shows in the smile of our drivers delivering your containers on time or the friendly voices on the other end of the line, we strive to make your business a priority. Our staff has over 100 years of intermodal experience between them, which means you will always be dealing with a knowledgeable & experienced staff member. Employees at Premier are all cross trained to prevent any lapse in service.

At Premier we focus our attention on delivering out-of-the-box service, because to our customers, vendors, drivers and staff this business is more about the people and their businesses than the products inside. From our drivers on the road to our in-office team we are here to dedicate our time to customers.

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Ian Collins, President, Premier Transport Inc. ian@premiertransport.net

Ian began his career in the transportation industry working for Collins Transport in 1990. After stints at Tacoma Motorfreight, Becker Trucking, Old Dominion and Puget Sound International, he became general manager of Premier. In November 2013, Ian acquired Premier Transport and became the president and owner of the company. When not spending time with his daughter, Alina, Ian loves hopping on the back of his motorcycles, snowboarding and anything music related.

 


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Jill Snyder, Safety and Compliance Director, Premier Transport Inc. jill@premiertransport.net

Jill joined the Premier team in 2009 and brings a high level of expertise in transportation safety. With more than 33 years of experience in transportation safety, Jill became the second person in Washington State to receive her nationally certified Director of Safety credentials from the North American Transportation Management Institute in 2000. Jill has been an active member of the WTA’s Safety Management Board of Directors since 1995 and recently was recognized as Safety Professional of the Year in 2013. When she’s done checking drivers logs, Jill enjoys watching football, baseball and professional bull riding. Spending time with her family is a priority for her and is busy planning their next safari.


MelanieMelanie O’Rourke, Operations Manager, Premier Transport Inc. melanie@premiertransport.net

Starting at West Coast Trucking, Melanie rolled into the industry in 2005. Her versatility means she has moved from the safety department to customer service to the billing department and is now the Operations Manager at Premier. Melanie was raised right here in the Pacific Northwest. When she isn’t jumping out of an airplane or leaping off bridges you can find her lost in the woods camping out with s’mores and her trusty camera. She might also be holed up in her studio creating her next work of genius.


kelseyKelsey Kester, Billing Manager, Premier Transport Inc. kelsey@premiertransport.net

A Pacific Northwest native, Kelsey joined the Premier team in 2015. She brings with her an extensive background in customer service. Along with tackling her many administrative duties, Kelsey manages our billing department. Her free time is usually spent with her family or curled up with a good book. You can also catch her exploring the nearby hiking trails or creating her next Pinterest worthy craft.

 

 


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Liudmyla “Mila” Czechowski, Accountant, Premier Transport Inc. mila@premiertransport.net

Mila joined the Premier team in 2015. With an accounting degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree she acquired in Germany she creates Premier’s financial statements that keep us running smoothly. She manages accounts payable, payroll, and banking relationships. During off hours she raises 3 wonderful daughters, and enjoys the outdoors by running and playing tennis. Mila also likes to tempt fate by bungee jumping, skiing, and snowmobiling.


bear hugKodi Bearpaw, Rates & Admin Analyst, Premier Transport Inc. kodi@premiertransport.net

Kodi started in the transportation industry in routing and merchandising for Western Beer, later working for SLS as a shipping receiving inventory clerk. She owned and operated a karaoke business before finally joining our team in 2016. Kodi is the main contact for rates & paperwork requests. She grew up on a ranch in New Mexico and traveled the U.S. with her dad as a teenager. Kodi likes to spend her free time rocking out at concerts, traveling to new places and perfecting her cooking skills.

 


cory2Corey Burwell, Dispatcher, Container Systems corey@premiertransport.net

Corey joined Premier Transport recently and is our key liaison with our Container Systems customers in Eastern Washington. Having been a dispatcher since 1998, Corey brings years of experience from Genie Industries, Lion Trucking and Stonepath Logistics. When he isn’t wrangling trucks, Corey enjoys active pursuits like shooting hoops, flag football and baseball.


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Jessica Shaffer, Dispatcher, Premier Transport Inc. jessica@premiertransport.net

Jessi has been in the transportation industry since 2002, logging in eight years as a dispatcher at Lion Trucking and RoadOne before parking at Premier in 2013. Her experience at Pacific Rail Services at the BNSF SIG ramp has been invaluable for our dray customers. When not spending time with her husband and son, Jessi enjoys all sports (especially hockey and her beloved Colorado Avalanche), reading, sewing and traveling.


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Claudia Wrabel,
Supporting Dispatcher, Premier Transport Inc. kay@premiertransport.net

With a dedication to building customer relationships and over 8 years of experience in the transportation industry Claudia joined the Premier team in 2017. As our main customer contact she is tasked with entering delivery orders, tracking containers, and scheduling appointments. Outside of the office Claudia can be hard to find while rock climbing, hiking & paddleboarding. She also spends her free time working with foster/stray dogs.


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Ken Collins, Founder, Premier Transport Inc. ken@premiertransport.net

Ken, founder of Premier Transport, began his career in the transportation industry as a driver in 1970. He started Collins Transport, an LTL company, in 1986 and sold it in 2000. That same year, Ken started Premier Transport. In his free time, Ken enjoys off-road motorcycle riding, traveling, golfing and attending Seattle Sounders FC soccer games. He savors spending time with his family and is looking forward to enjoying Palm Springs with his wife, Bonnie, during our Northwest rainy season.

 


larryLarry Brader, Founder, Container Systems larry@premiertransport.net

Larry was born in Yakima and began working at Brader Hauling Service, the company that his father started in 1930. After driving trucks for six years, Larry moved to dispatch, was promoted to GM and eventually became President/CEO, a position he held for 14 years. Larry founded Container Systems Inc. in 1984 and the portable storage side of the business in 1986. Happily married for 51 years, Larry enjoys spending time with his four children and five grandsons. Nothing makes Larry happier than golfing, traveling, and landing a 21 pound rainbow trout at his cabin in British Columbia.