EXPERIENCED, STEADY LEADERS SET THE COURSE
In any organization, leadership sets the tone. At Crete Carrier Corporation our leaders live our values every day. Approachable, honest, and enthusiastic, they strive to be the best possible partners for our customers, drivers, and communities.
Tonn Ostergard, CEO & Chairman
Tonn has been with Crete Carrier Corporation for more than 30 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1981 and went on to graduate from Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program in 1991. Tonn spent five years in public accounting with KPMG prior to joining Crete as CFO in 1986 and was promoted to CEO of Crete in 1992. Tonn serves on the boards of directors of Union Bank and Trust Company, Ameritas Life Insurance, Ameritas Mutual Holding Company and Nebco, Inc. He also serves as a member of the executive committee and director of the American Trucking Association. Tonn is a past chair of the Nebraska Young Presidents Organization, past chair of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and past board member of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He’s a dedicated supporter of the University of Nebraska as past chair of the University of Nebraska Foundation, vice chair of Nebraska Innovation Campus and chair of the capital campaign that raised a record $84 million to fund a new building for the UNL College of Business. He received the Business Leadership Award from the college in 2015 and the University of Nebraska Young Alumnus Award in 1994. Tonn is married to Holly who is also active in Crete Carrier Corporation. Holly serves on the boards of directors for the Southeast Community College Educational Foundation, Acklie Charitable Foundation, Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship Committee and Clinic with a Heart. They have two children, Winston, who joined Crete Carrier in 2014, and Halley Acklie Kruse who joined the company in 2018 and serves as vice president and general counsel for the Acklie Charitable Foundation.
Tim Aschoff, President & COO — Crete Carrier Corporation
Tim Aschoff has been with Crete Carrier Corporation for more than 15 years. Tim graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University School of Business in 1995 and summa cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1997. Tim started his career as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Lyle Strom, U.S. District Court, Nebraska before going into private and corporate practice. In 2002, Tim joined Crete Carrier Corporation as general counsel. Over the years he added management duties, eventually becoming chief operating officer for Crete Carrier in 2011, president of Shaffer Trucking in 2015 and president of Crete Carrier in 2017. Tim serves on the boards of the Nebraska Trucking Association, the American Trucking Association Litigation Council, and the Pius X Foundation. He and his wife Linda have two girls, Audrey and Jillian, and two boys, Ryan and Nicholas.
Erick Kutter, President — Shaffer Trucking
Erick Kutter was named president of the refrigerated division, Shaffer Trucking, in 2017. Erick is a graduate of Arizona State University and has more than 20 years of experience in the trucking industry, most recently serving as president for Knight Refrigerated. Erick’s goal for Shaffer is to continue growing and making Shaffer the best trucking company in the refrigerated industry. Erick and his wife Erica have four sons. Gabe graduated from West Point as a 2nd LT in the 82nd Airborne, U.S. Army. Seth is a student at Washington University, while Caleb and Elijah are at home.
Mark D. Swanson, President — Hunt Transportation
Mark graduated from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and shortly thereafter earned his CPA Certificate and license to practice accounting. After spending thirteen years in his home town of York, Nebraska, as a partner in a CPA firm, Mark moved to Omaha and entered the transportation industry as the Chief Financial Officer for HTL Truck Line, a subsidiary of Crete Carrier Corporation. When HTL Truck Line was incorporated into Crete Carrier, he established the Mark Swanson CPA accounting firm, specializing in providing income tax and accounting services to truckers, both owner operators and company drivers. Ten years later, he sold his accounting practice to ATBS in Colorado. Mark then spent the next three years as the CFO for Fremont Contract Carriers, before rejoining the Crete Carrier family in December 2013 as President of Hunt Transportation in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mark is married to Elaine and they have one son, Eric, who keeps them busy with sports. Elaine also has two daughters that have blessed them with seven grandchildren who will provide them much excitement for years to come!