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. Vaughn serves as vice chairman of the board of The Suddath Companies. Mr. Vaughn joined Suddath in 1974 and has held various executive leadership positions within the company including assuming the CEO position in 2003. During his tenure as CEO from 2003 thru 2015, Suddath experienced its most significant period of global expansion. He also led Suddath to the forefront of many industry advancements including testing and implementing alternative methods of transportation, deploying paperless technologies, growing our military and government relationships and building one of the most enviable leadership teams and organizations in the industry.

Mr. Vaughn currently serves as chairman of the board of directors with UniGroup. He represents Suddath interests in domestic and international trade associations including AMSA, FIDI and OMNI. Barry remains active in numerous civic and industry organizations.

 

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.