President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and CEO, Michael J. Brannigan oversees the executive leadership, strategic direction and overall growth and profitability of all subsidiaries of The Suddath Companies. Mike is known for his engaging leadership style and commitment to hard work, teamwork and customer service. Under his leadership, Suddath has grown significantly across its diverse business units.
Since joining Suddath in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer, Mike has overseen the realignment, diversification and growth of the company to its current operating model. His focus is on driving profitable growth through comprehensive organic growth and strategic acquisitions, the customer experience, safety and quality, innovation and digital strategies, streamlining operations through process efficiencies and the employee experience.
Prior to joining Suddath, Mike served as Chief Financial Officer at iGPS, spent 17 years in various financial and operational leadership positions at Ryder System, Inc. and held positions at Procter & Gamble and Arthur Andersen. Mike has an MBA from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Albright College.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Gannon leads administrative, financial and risk management operations that guide financial decisions made across The Suddath Companies. Since joining Suddath in 2002, he has served in a variety of roles including Vice President/Controller, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Operations. With over nine years of public accounting experience with a focus on taxation, he has served as Suddath’s Chief Financial Officer since 2016.
Before he joined Suddath, Kevin was a Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche, LLP where he provided tax, auditing, transaction and consulting services to his clients.
Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Master of Accounting degree from the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting.
Chief People Officer
Heather McBride-Morse is responsible for developing and managing benefits strategies that reward Suddath’s people and help them take care of themselves and their families. She is also charged with managing the policies and programs needed to keep a widely distributed organization operating as one unified global team.
With 20 years of experience helping organizations grow, both organically and through mergers and acquisitions, Heather has a passion for creating a top-tier employee experience and a signature motto of “making Mondays the best day of the week.” Before joining Suddath, Heather was the Vice President of Human Resources at Fiserv. Before that, she worked in human resources at several premier global Fortune 500 organizations, including Raymond James Financial, Jabil Circuit, Honeywell and Eaton.
Heather is certified as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and sociology and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Joanna Aman, Esquire
Vice President and General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Joanna Aman has been in-house counsel for The Suddath Companies for nearly 15 years, starting as general counsel for Suddath’s relocation management brand Sterling Lexicon before moving into her current role as Chief Compliance Officer.
Joanna started at Suddath in the Risk Department, which at the time was a department of one. Before that she practiced corporate, transportation, relocation, employment and real estate law as part of a 17-year legal career.
Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in intercultural studies from Trinity College and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She is active in several legal and industry associations including the American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, American Moving & Storage Association, Conference of Freight Counsel, Employee Relocation Council, the Florida Bar Association and other state bar associations.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Len O’Neill leads an agile team dedicated to enabling digitally driven mobility and logistics service experiences for Suddath’s customers, partners and employees. His core areas of focus are driving our digital transformation, improving customer experience and creating competitive differentiation within the mobility, logistics and transportation industries.
A leading innovator of supply chain and information technologies, Len has more than 20 years of experience across a number of industries with global reach, and across Fortune 25 Financial Service and Fortune 250 Transportation platforms.
Before he joined Suddath, Len served as Chief Operating Officer and head of infrastructure and global technology for Deutsche Bank in Jacksonville, Florida and held technology leadership roles for both CSX and Merrill Lynch. He holds a degree in Computer Information Management from Jacksonville University and participated in the Harvard Executive Leadership Development Program and the Wharton Executive Strategic Leadership Program.
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications
As SVP of Marketing for The Suddath Companies, Silvio Cavaceppi oversees marketing strategy, lead generation, branding and communications for the company’s various product lines.
Silvio leverages more than 20 years of international marketing and business development experience across business, consumer and government audiences. He has a record of leading successful global marketing programs and building customer-centric brands—executed through integrated campaigns, effective online strategies and engaging, targeted content.
Prior to joining Suddath, Silvio served as VP of Marketing and Communications for APR Energy and held several worldwide marketing director roles at Lexmark International, Inc. He holds an International MBA with a specialty in marketing from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a focus on finance from the University of Florida.
Business Unit Leadership
President, Government Services
Scott Kelly leads Suddath Government Services, dedicated to providing only the best in worldwide relocation services to over 30,000 military and government agency personnel and their families.
Scott is an industry veteran with 35 years of experience, responsible for the development and oversight for the Department of Defense and General Services Administration business, including, but not limited to Department of State, Bureau of Public Debt, Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Postal Service. He led Suddath’s successful participation in the Department of Defense Household Goods Re-Engineering Program and the Full-Service Moving Project pilot program, under which Suddath was one of only six providers worldwide chosen to participate.
As an active member and committee participant of all major government-related industry organizations, including the International Association of Movers, American Moving and Storage Association, California Movers Association and National Defense Transportation Association, Scott and his team are dedicated to serving those who serve. In addition, Scott is one of a small select group of executives chosen to participate in U.S. Transportation Command’s Executive Working Group.
President, Moving & Logistics
Scott Perry leads multiple lines of business at Suddath, each of them responsible for thousands of ground, air and ocean shipments carrying millions of products on any given day. Scott is an astute leader with more than 25 years’ experience in third-party logistics (3PL) for international freight forwarding, domestic transportation and freight management, warehousing, distribution and fulfilment, as well as more complex supply chain management both domestically and globally. He is experienced with next-generation technology, product management, and strategy and integration of new technology into existing systems.
Prior to joining Suddath, Scott served as Chief Operating Officer at Nikola Motor Company, and prior to that, he was Chief Technology and Procurement Officer for Ryder System, Inc.’s Fleet Management Solutions division where he worked for more than 26 years in various operational and functional leadership roles in logistics and transportation.
Scott holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in sustainability from Harvard University.
Chief Administrative Officer, Moving & Logistics
As Chief Administration Officer, Walter Myers oversees the finance and accounting, billing and driver settlement operations for Suddath’s Moving & Logistics business. He has management of the claims and real estate organizations, procurement/vendor management, sales and operations planning and data analytics. Walter also has direct responsibility for Suddath’s Southeast region branch operations teams.
Walter has nearly 20 years of operations and corporate finance experience, including developing capital investment and business strategies, instituting corporate analytics programs, raising equity and debt financing. Before assuming his role as Chief Administrative Officer, Walter held positions at Suddath as Senior Vice President of Moving & Logistics, Vice President of Financial Planning and Analytics and Director of Corporate Finance and Analytics.
Prior to joining Suddath in 2013, Walter worked at iGPS as the Vice President of Finance, and before that, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development at EverBank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from the University of North Florida Coggin College of Business in Jacksonville.
President, Sterling Lexicon
As President of Sterling Lexicon, a subsidiary of The Suddath Companies and a leading provider of optimized global mobility services, David Dance has global leadership responsibility for the entire organization and is responsible for the overall strategic development of the business, driving revenues and profitability, expanding operational and technology capabilities and improving the overall client and transferee experience.
With more than 20 years in the relocation industry, David leads the charge in ensuring Sterling Lexicon delivers world-class experiences to customers around the world.
Prior to joining Sterling Lexicon, David was president at Paramount Transportation Systems (PTS) for more than six years. He previously worked for Suddath’s international division, where he served more than five years as Vice President of Finance and Strategic Development. He also served 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Cartus, culminating in his role as Director of Global Supplier Relations. David earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
A third-generation leader and grandson of founder Carl Suddath, Steve Suddath grew up in the moving and storage business. 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 the company as a whole.
Steve has steered the organization his grandfather founded through sweeping industry changes. For more than three decades, he 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.
Steve serves on the Executive Committees 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University.
Barry S. Vaughn
Barry S. Vaughn serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of The Suddath Companies. He joined Suddath in 1974 and has held various executive leadership positions within the company, including serving as CEO from 2003 through 2015.
As Suddath’s CEO, Barry oversaw growth of nearly 300% during his tenure, one of the most significant periods of the company’s 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 its military and government relationships and building one of the most enviable leadership teams and organizations in the industry.
Barry has served on the UniGroup board of directors for 14 years, and in 2018 was elected as its Chairman. He has engaged as a key industry influencer, actively participating in FIDI and OMNI, and most notably, serving as a board member of AMSA, chairing its Government Affairs/Traffic Committee and serving on the Executive Committee. Barry remains active in numerous civic and industry endeavors.
Vice President and Secretary
Barbara “Babs” Strickland, granddaughter of founder Carl Suddath, started working summers at Suddath at age 12 and today serves as Vice President and Secretary of the Board. Before serving on the Board, Babs was an attorney and partner at Mahoney, Adams and Criser, P.A. and prior to that, she taught French language at the University of Virginia.
A true trailblazer, Babs became the first woman to serve on the Jacksonville Port Authority Board, ultimately becoming its chair in 1995. Today, she is a member of the Florida Bar Association and participates in the Fiduciary Board of Infilaw, a consortium of law schools. She also serves as a member of the executive committee for the Pacolet Area Conservancy, a non-profit land trust in Tryon, North Carolina.
Jim Barnett is actively involved in fiduciary management of the Suddath organization. He has held several leadership roles with the organization, including 13 years as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing 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, Jim has 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.