Rich Clair has been named president of Solar Transport
Rich Clair has been named president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Solar Transport, company officials said. Solar is a tank-truck carrier and logistics provider.
“Rich has a proven track record of building growth-oriented logistics companies that deliver value to their associates, customers and shareholders,” said Mike Clausen, chief direct investments officer of parent company Krause Holdings Inc. “The depth and diversity of executive leadership experience Rich brings will allow Solar to further refine our position in the logistics marketplace.’’
Prior to joining Solar, Clair was chief operating officer and remains on the board of directors at Trinity Logistics of Seaford, Del., where he revamped the company’s strategic plan to focus on capital allocation, business development and technology.
Clair has served in various capacities during his 38-year career in transportation and logistics. Companies he has served include Highway Technologies, Mail Contractors of America, First Transit and Ryder Systems.
“My wife and I are thrilled to be part of this exciting opportunity to grow Solar’s business,’’ Clair said.
Clausen said he is “pleased to have Rich on board and excited to see the positive changes the team will achieve under his leadership.”
Clair holds a master’s degree in city planning and transportation from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts.
“For more than 50 years Solar has dedicated itself to set the standard in how refined petroleum products – such as gasoline, ethanol, diesel and jet fuel – are managed, transported and delivered,’’ the company said in a press release. “Solar serves some of the largest convenience store chains in the nation from 27 terminals in 19 states, with regional offices in Iowa, Colorado, California and Missouri.’’
Parent company Krause Holdings Inc. (KHI) owns various domestic and international businesses, including Kum and Go, Solar Transport and the Des Moines Menace F.C. Internationally, KHI owns the Enrico Serafino and Vietti wineries based in Piedmont, Italy. The company also owns a significant commercial real estate portfolio in the United States.