The right people can spark amazing things.

At Crete Carrier Corporation, our leadership team not only has extensive industry knowledge and experience, but also the insight and know-how to help you overcome any business challenge. They’re enthusiastic, approachable and totally committed to your growing ambitions.

Meet our leadership team.

Tonn Ostergard, CEO & Chairman

ostergardTonn is CEO and Chairman of Crete Carrier Corporation, a privately owned Lincoln, Nebraska-based transportation, and logistics company that employs over 6,000 associates with 15 terminal locations across the United States operating 5,600 power units and 13,000 trailers. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1981 and then 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 and Ameritas Mutual Holding Company, and Nebco, Inc. He also serves as Member of the Executive Committee and Director of the American Trucking Association and is a past Chair of the Nebraska Young Presidents Organization. Civic activities include immediate past chair of the University of Nebraska Foundation, Vice Chair of Nebraska Innovation Campus, past Chair of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and past board member of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Tonn also chaired the capital campaign that raised a record $84 million to fund a new building for the Business School. He received the Business Leadership Award from the College in 2015, and the University of Nebraska Young Alumnus Award in 1994. He is married to Holly who is also active in the Company. Holly also 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, Halley and Winston, who joined Crete Carrier in 2014.

Tim Aschoff, President & COO – Crete Carrier Corporation

Tim Aschoff is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Crete Carrier Corporation. Crete Carrier is a privately owned Lincoln, Nebraska-based transportation and logistics company that employs over 6,000 associates with 15 terminal locations across the United States operating 5,600 power units and 13,000 trailers.  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 Honorable Lyle Strom, U.S. District Court, Nebraska and then was in private practice and corporate practice for three years.  In 2002, Tim started with Crete Carrier Corporation as General Counsel, adding management duties to his role throughout the years, ultimately becoming Chief Operating Officer for Crete Carrier in 2011 and Shaffer Trucking President in 2015.  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 is the President of the refrigerated division Shaffer Trucking. Erick is a graduate of Arizona State University and has more than 20 years 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, US Army. Seth is a student at Washington University. Caleb and Elijah will be joining the family in their move.

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