Barry began his career in trucking as an Owner Operator in 1984. He then became Safety Director in 1988 for Henderson Express, which was started by his dad, the late Doug McGarrh. Barry then succeeded his Dad as President in 2004. In 2006 Barry and his brother, Cary, went on after their dad's full retirement to transition the family business into what is now Bluegrass Transport & Expeditors. His gained experience and knowledge in the trucking industry has been invaluable in the leadership of Bluegrass Transport. Barry's goal for Bluegrass Transport is to provide the best possible service to all its customers with the help of an amazing team of drivers. He leads Bluegrass Transport with the philosophy of treating others as you would have them to treat you. He does this with a family environment and an open-door policy to all the drivers and staff.
Joe McGarrh is our Dispatch Operations Manager. He is an Air Force veteran and served in the 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron in Misawa, Japan from 2004-2008. After leaving the Air Force, he joined Pittsburg Tank & Tower as a project manager for 5 years. In 2014, he left PT&T to join JB Hunt and worked as an Account Manager in JB Hunt's Dedicated Contract Services division. He joined Bluegrass Transport in the spring of 2016 and currently oversees dispatch operations. In 2019, Joe became our Vice President while continuing to oversee dispatch operations.
Joe enjoys playing golf every chance he gets and spending time with his wife and three dogs.
David McGarrh is the latest McGarrh brother to join the Bluegrass team to carry on the legacy of his grandfather Doug McGarrh. He joined the team in the Fall of 2019. David comes to our team with a bachelors degree in criminal justice and has three years of experience working in the Kentucky courts system. There's a new sheriff in town - drivers - watch out!
Fun fact about David: He loves anything and everything Star Wars and will soon be a member of the 501st.
Joanna joined the Henderson Express team in 2004 as Accounting Manager. Her previous career in business for 20+ years was that of being an Administrative Assistant to executives in the business and healthcare industries. Her ability to focus on detail helped with the formation of Bluegrass Transport and Expeditors, alongside husband, Barry and brother-in-law Cary. She has been invaluable in controlling the financial direction of both companies. She has been truly dedicated to the company and will continue to operate in the utmost integrity and honesty.
Laine joined the McGarrh family in April, and came on board at Bluegrass at the end of August. Her 5 year background in customer service and management makes her a valuable member of the Bluegrass family. Outside of work, Laine enjoys spending time with her husband David and their five pets, and has a passion for all things coffee-related. She says she makes some of the best lattes in Henderson!
Julie came on board at Henderson Express in 2004 as Director of Safety and Recruitment. She continued on with the McGarrh's as Bluegrass Transport & Expeditors was formed. Julie had acquired all her business skills from her 21 years of experience in the Eye Care industry as a Doctor's Assistant and Biller, and prior college courses in Business Management. Julie's hard work and passion for working with people has been a tremendous asset here at Bluegrass. Her enthusiasm makes her an appreciated part of the team!
David Leighty is the newest addition to the Bluegrass team. He has 22 years of experience in shipping and receiving, and has already shown himself to be a great asset to our team with his hard-working, fast-learning, positive attitude! During his time off, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and their two dogs, as well as being a huge Star Wars and sports fan.
David joined the Bluegrass team in 2013 as an OTR Driver and was promoted to Safety Director in 2016. He also serves as a CDL Instructor for our Training Program. David joined the U.S. Navy after High School in 1989 as an Aviation Mechanic . He was deployed to the Red Sea in 1990 during Desert Storm. He returned to civilian life in 1993. He went on to obtain his Associates Degree from Vincennes University in 1996. In 2012 David became a CDL Instructor for Vincennes University. David has a passion for flying and does hold a Pilot's License. David is definitely an asset to our team and we are so happy to have him on board.