Board of Directors, The Suddath Companies

 

Steve Suddath

Chairman of the Board
 

Barry Vaughn

Vice Chairman
 

Barbara “Babs” Suddath Strickland

Vice President and Secretary
 

Steve Suddath

 suddath chairman of the board Steve Suddath

Chairman of the Board

A third-generation leader and grandson of founder Carl Suddath, Steve grew up in the moving and storage business, developing a hands-on understanding of our industry. This experience gives him a deeper and more personal perspective in his role as Chairman, where he provides guidance to the company’s officers and executives and strategic direction to our company as a whole.

Carrying on the family tradition of leading with integrity and commitment, Steve has steered the organization his grandfather founded through sweeping industry changes. For more than three decades, Steve was involved in both domestic and international moving operations, and worked alongside leaders of Suddath® business units and branch offices to enhance the quality of service provided to our customers while ensuring growth and profitability.

In his personal life, Steve serves on the Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America and the American Diabetes Association. He also served on the Mayor’s Growth Management Task Force and gives support to over 30 charities in Northeast Florida, having served on many of their boards. A native of Jacksonville, Steve enjoys coaching basketball at the YMCA, sailing and free diving. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University.

 

Barry Vaughn

 suddath vice chairman Barry Vaughn

Vice Chairman

Barry’s position as Vice Chairman is the latest in a leadership path that started in 1974 and continued through a pivotal term as the company’s CEO. Today, Barry works alongside Steve Suddath to provide strategic direction to the organization and guide its ongoing legacy.

Under Barry’s leadership the company saw its boldest period of growth and transformation. Between 2003 and 2015, when he served as CEO, we accelerated to the forefront of many industry advancements, including testing and implementing alternative methods of transportation, deploying paperless technologies and growing a uniquely specialized and accomplished military and government business. Barry also built one of the most enviable leadership teams in the industry.

Along with his other leadership responsibilities, Barry serves on the UniGroup and AMSA boards of directors and represents Suddath in domestic and international trade associations including FIDI and OMNI. He continues to oversee Suddath ownership interests in Victoria National and mentors executives both within our company and in the industry.

After an eventful career in transportation, it’s not surprising to learn about Barry’s enthusiasm for “anything with wheels,” including cars and motorcycles, and apparently, things with wings: Barry still holds a commercial pilot’s license. Barry loves traveling the world personally and professionally. And however much his work responsibilities may change, he finds being an active grandparent quickly fills up his days.

 

Jim Barnett

 suddath vice president and treasurer Jim Barnett

Vice President and Treasurer

Jim’s no-nonsense style, insightful nature and uncompromising personal integrity are leadership qualities he brings to his position as Treasurer, where he remains actively involved in fiduciary management of the organization. This position is the latest in a series of leadership roles that also include 13 years as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, during which he oversaw internal and external reporting, long-range planning, corporate and strategic development, treasury, retirement plan administration and forecasting.

In the last four decades, through various roles, he’s helped Suddath grow from a seven-location moving and storage company to a multi-million dollar global transportation, logistics and relocation management enterprise.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville University, which he earned while working his first job at Suddath. Today he’s enjoying his transition into retirement by playing tennis and learning to play golf.

 

Barbara Strickland

 suddath vice president and secretary Barbara Strickland

Vice President and Secretary

Babs started working summers at Suddath at age 12, when, among other responsibilities, she answered the phone. This was an appropriate first job, as Babs’ natural communication skills have continued to serve her throughout her career, from teaching languages, to practicing law, to her role on the Suddath Board today. As Vice President and Secretary, Babs captures all the details of Board meetings and discussions to ensure they’re documented accurately. In some ways, these discussions are part of the continuing story of her family and the organization started by her grandfather, Carl Suddath.

Before she began serving on the Board, Babs was an attorney and partner at Mahoney, Adams and Criser, P.A., part of a legal career that started when Babs was 35 and decided to start a new chapter in her life and change careers after teaching French at the University of Virginia.

A true trailblazer, Babs became the first woman to serve on the Jacksonville Port Authority Board, ultimately becoming chairwoman in 1995. Today, Babs is a member of the Florida Bar Association and also participates in the Fiduciary Board of Infilaw, a consortium of law schools.

After a long and varied career, her days are still spent blazing trails—only now for her beloved horses. Babs lives on 2,220-acres of farm-to-preserve under a conservation easement from the Pacolet Area Conservancy, a non-profit land trust in Tryon, North Carolina, where she serves as a member of the executive committee.