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Prospectus Berco has three new members to its board of directors:

John Hunter became a member of Prospect Berco when his son Christian signed up for the vocational training program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and then moved to the US Air Force, where he was assigned to the Space Systems Division in Los Angeles. After 20 years as a lieutenant colonel, he retired from the air force. After the service, John taught engineering at Cleveland, Tenn high school.

Leslie Shaud is a former Prospectus Berco employee who served as Nursing Coordinator for two years. With a strong passion for helping children, Shaud earned a Masters of Education in School Counseling (K-12) from West Chester University. After leaving Prospectus Berco, she began working as a paraprofessional special educator for the Tulpehocken School District, working in an autistic support classroom. In 2015, Shaud was hired as an elementary school advisor at Penn-Bernville Elementary. Shaud also received Master Certification and a Certificate in Disability and Inclusive Communities from Alvernia University.

Nicholas Thomas works for Gage Personnel. He was first introduced to Prospect Berco through the Leadership Berks program, which led to his appointment to the Development Committee. He is currently a member of the Personnel Committee. He is an active member of our community with a special interest in the development of the workforce. He has worked with various organizations to find ways to empower our community and its future co-workers. Through the innovative Gage / Reading High School career program, Thomas is helping connect students and employers through ongoing employer-contacting initiatives. He is a Rotarian and has worked in Junior Achievement, Habitat Berks, Leadership Berks, and the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce, to name a few of his volunteer efforts.

Penske Logistics

Phil Peck has been promoted from his current position as Chief Operating Officer to President of Epes Transport in Greensboro, NC, a division of Penske Logistics. Peck takes on the role following the recent resignation of Richard Kuehn, who headed the Epes organization for 23 years. Kuehn will stay with Epes as a consultant for a while to help with the change in leadership. Peck is a transportation industry veteran. He started his career at Epes in 1995 as a driver manager after having worked in the moving and warehouse business as both a driver and operations manager for 10 years. For the past 25 years he has held various roles at Epes including shipping, planning and customer service.

Peck helped the company grow its business from just 250 trucks to over 1,550 units now and played a key role in Penske Logistics’ acquisition of Epes in 2018. In 2019, Peck was promoted to Chief Operating Officer with all responsibility for drivers and customer perception These include: customer service, loading planning, driver management, and recruiting and sales for dedicated and general one-way truck loading services. In his new role he will report to Marc Althen, President of Penske Logistics.

Peck holds a bachelor’s degree in business and communications from Virginia Tech University. He currently lives in Guilford County, NC

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