Celebrating Core Values that Drive Loyalty and Longevity

In March 2024, amidst the picturesque vineyards of Chateau Élan in Braselton, GA, a jubilant celebration unfolded, marking a milestone in the world of business. Surrounded by esteemed family, employees and agents, Marcia G. Taylor commemorated an extraordinary 50-year journey as a pioneering female owner and leader in logistics and transportation. Against the backdrop of accolades and heartfelt tributes, attendees reveled in the rich history of heartaches and triumphs woven throughout Taylor’s career.

From humble beginnings, to the building of a diverse family of companies, her unwavering dedication, innovative spirit, and unwavering commitment to her core values have left an indelible mark on those who have worked with her. As glasses clinked and applause resounded, the celebration served not only as a testament to Taylor’s remarkable accomplishments but also as an inspiration for generations of the Bennett Family to dream big and defy limits.

A 50th Anniversary Book Was Written

Taking nearly two years to compile, leaders sought to document the special story that is Marcia Taylor’s life and her journey leading the first 50 years of Bennett from 1974-2024. The coffee table book with many pictures and touching stories of the people that made the difference at Bennett, serves to preserve the special Culture that Marcia, and her children, David Lowry, Danny Lowry, and Lynette Mathis have created.

We are proud to offer to you the complete edition of “The Bennett Family of Companies: 50 Years of Faith, Family and Freight” online for your enjoyment.

Faith, Family, & Freight

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50th Anniversary News

RoadMasters Displays Its Capabilities of Delivering the American Dream Through Transporting Modular Housing to Washington, D.C.

RoadMasters driver, Willie Clark, transports the Fleetwood Homes unit to Washington, D.C. for the Innovative Housing Showcase as the first nationally available, HUD approved duplex.

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Bennett Family of Companies Awarded 2024 Transportation Marketing & Sales Association (TMSA) Purpose Award for Community Based Initiatives

Category: Giving and Outreach, Press Releases
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Ace Doran Driver, Violet Helferich, Invites TA Petro’s Debbie Shelton on a Weeklong Journey to Better Understand Women in Trucking

Violet Helferich, Ace Doran Wind Division Driver

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50 Years of Service

Bennett has a long and rich history in the logistics and transportation industry. With over 50 years of service excellence, our past inspires our continued success.

1974

George Bennett Motor Express Acquired

1978

First Drop Deck Trailers Purchased

1980

Bennett Purchases Their First Computer

1980

First Agents Meeting Included: Tom Draper, Betty Kelley, Dan Mitchum, and Ed Scott

1981

A 4000 sq ft Home Office Was Constructed in McDonough, GA

1981

J.D. Garrison, CEO of Bennett Passes Unexpectedly

1986

DriveAway Launches

1988

Bennett Distribution Services Launches

1989

Heavy Haul Division Launches

1993

Bennett Goes Global With Bennett International Transport

1994

Bennett Truck Transport Launches

1997

Owner Operator Charles "Big C" Pressley, Hauls La Quinta's 30,001st Room

2001

Bennett Supports 9/11 Disaster Recovery Efforts by Transporting Refrigerated Trailers

2006

Henry Medical Center Names the Women Center in Honor of Marcia G. Taylor

2007

Bennett Building Systems Launches

2010

Bennett Opens a Drill Pipe and Distribution Center in Houston, Texas

2011

Bennett Establishes a Universal Logo for All Business Divisions

2012

Bennett Awarded Georgia Family Business of the Year

2013

Bennett Recognized as Top 100 Workplaces in Atlanta

2014

Marcia Taylor Named 2014 Influential Woman in Trucking by Navistar and the Women in Trucking Organization

2014

Bennett International Group Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

2015

Bennett Expanded Its Operations To Include Crane and Rigging in May 2015 With Bennett On-Site Services (Boss)

2017

Bennett Delivers Mercedez-Benz Stadium Development Logistics

2017

Bennett Provides Disaster Relief Support For FEMA in Puerto Rico.

2017

Marcia G. Taylor Receives Prestigious Horatio Alger Award.

2018

Bennett Delivers 15,120 wreaths During Wreaths Across America

2018

Bennett Announces Startup of Heavy & Specialized Division

2019

RoadMasters Companies Joins Bennett Family (BTT)

2019

Bennett Motor Express Adds Super Heavy Haul Agent

2020

Changed company name from Bennett International Group, LLC to Bennett Family of Companies

2021

Bennett Expands Its Oilfield Service Capabilities with the Addition of American Eagle, a Division of Bennett Motor Express

2022

Bennett's DriveAway Division Has First Acquisition in Company’s History with Don Ray Drive-A-Way

2022

Bennett Expands Its Technology Service Capabilities with Addition of BridgeHaul

2023

Bennett Ranks No.1 on Atlanta’s Top 20 Women-Owned Firms for Twenty Years

Humble Beginnings

In 1974, J.D. and Marcia Garrison bought a small contract carrier named George Bennett Motor Express, which had two contracts, 15 trucks and 30 trailers.

Turning a Profit

n 1977, just a few short years later, George Bennett Motor Express grossed over $1 million in annual revenue.

Original Drivers and Employees

Drop Deck Gorgeous

In 1978, J.D. and Marcia purchased their first drop deck trailer. Before Marcia could make a payment on the equipment, J.D. had made an appointment with Mr. C.K. Crawford at Ford in Romeo, MI to haul tractors.

Image of Ford Tractors

Computer Power!

In 1980, Bennett stepped into a new decade with the purchase of a Texas Instruments Personal Computer. The salesman said that this would be the first and last computer that Bennett would ever buy.

Early Bennett IT Images

Agents Extravaganza

In 1980, Bennett held its first annual “Agents Meeting” in the back room of the McDonough, Georgia Holiday Inn. This meeting would eventually become our Annual Symposium, a 2 day learning event and recognition banquet held at beautiful facilities like Stone Mountain and the Georgia Aquarium.

Symposium Images

Sudden Loss

J.D. Garrison became very ill and passed away unexpectedly, in 1981. At this point Marcia had to make one of the hardest decisions of her life: close the doors of Bennett or carry on with the vision that had carried them this far. With the support of friends, family and loyal employees the vision was carried into the future.

Building Growth

By 1981, G.B.M.E had outgrown their facilities on Highway 81 in McDonough, Georgia. A few miles from the original location, on Industrial Parkway, a new 4,000 square foot corporate headquarters and repair facility was built.

Corporate Building Images

A New Image

In 1985, George Bennett Motor Express became Bennett Motor Express. The name change was made primarily for convenience, yet began a period of expansion and diversification of the company.

Bennett Jacket

Putting the "Drive" in DriveAway

In 1986, Bennett responded to customer requests for transporting rolling stock by starting a new division, DriveAway. Ted Paul and Gerald Fitzgerald played key roles in establishing services that deliver vehicles from manufacturers to dealers across the US and around the world.

Thinking Outside The Box

Bennett Distribution Services was founded in 1988 as a port services company. The operation was designed to provide marshalling services and support the logistics needs of Bennett Motor Express customers in the Port of Baltimore.

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Marcia Taylor, CEO of Bennett was honored by Venture Magazine in 1988 as the “Female Entrepreneur of the Year”, for the state of Georgia. Her stellar reputation in a male-dominated industry continues to this day.

Oversize Load

In 1989, David Lowry planned and developed the heavy haul division with the support of Elmer Clevenger. How Bennett and David started their Heavy Haul Division is not your typical way of doing business.

Your Highway To The World

In 1993, Bennett went global by establishing Bennett International Transport, a specialized freight forwarding operation designed to meet any need door to door whether ocean, truck, rail, barge or air freight. BIT has expanded worldwide with agents on six of the seven continents.

Delivered With Pride

Seizing an opportunity in the housing boom, Bennett Truck Transport was founded in 1994. Under the leadership of Ted Paul and Danny Lowry, BTT became an industry leader in the transport of manufactured houses and commercial buildings using specialized toter trucks.

Olympic Challenge

Bennett delivered 1,500 transit buses for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

Big C"s Big Haul

In 1997, Bennett owner operator, Charles Pressley had the opportunity to haul La Quinta”s 30,001st room across the country. However, Big C never thought this haul would make him a TV star.

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Presidential Invitation

Marcia Taylor was invited to the White House in 1999 to participate with other women during the “Working Women”s Top 500 Women-Owned Business Conference”, where she was recognized in the top 107 out of 500 women-owned businesses in America.

#1 Women Owned Business

2005 marked the first time that the Atlanta Business Chronicle named Bennett the #1 Women Owned Business in Atlanta. The company retains the title today.

Building Our Future

In 2007, Bennett launched a portable storage shed and steel structure manufacturing business. Under Danny Lowry”s leadership, Bennett Building Systems has built high-quality sheds, barns and garages for the consumer market, distributed directly from the factory and retailers across the southeast.

Drill Baby Drill

In 2010, Bennett established a 17 acre oil pipe yard. This service allowed Bennett to provide handling, quality control, and inventory management for our oil industry customers.

One Brand, Many Solutions

As a holding company for a diverse portfolio of businesses, Bennett International Group has had many brands over the years. In 2011, a single Bennett logo unified the brand.

Accolades Pour In

Bennett International Group was recognized with several prestigious industry and community awards in 2012.

Georgia Family Business of the Year

The year 2012 brought accolades to Bennett as we were awarded Georgia Family Business of the Year. This award further demonstrates our commitment to delivering outstanding services consistently to our customers.

Giving Back

In 2012, Marcia and her husband Mike Taylor, started the Taylor Family Foundation, with a mission to invest a portion of all Bennett profits into worthwhile community organizations.

2013 Top 100 Workplaces

Bennett is recognized as one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Atlanta. This award further distinguishes us as a leader in our industry and shows our dedication to our workforce.

Super Heavy Haul Added

Bennett Motor Express adds new Super Heavy Haul agent on West Coast, Contractors Cargo Company.

Celebrating 40 Years

Bennett celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014. Forty years of dedicated service to our customers.

RoadMasters Companies

Bennett Truck Transport completes asset purchase of the RoadMasters Companies in Athens, Texas.

Senior Management Team

Marcia G. Taylor

Owner, Chairwoman, and Chief Executive Officer – Bennett Family of Companies

David Pittman

President, Chief Financial Officer – Bennett Family of Companies

Lee Gentry

Executive Vice President – Bennett Family of Companies

David Lowry

Chief Executive Officer – Transportation Group

Danny Lowry
Danny Lowry

Vice President – Bennett Family of Companies, President – Bennett Truck Transport, Bennett Distribution Services

Lynette Mathis

Vice President – Bennett Family of Companies

Tim Hadden

Chief Information Officer – Bennett Family of Companies, Chief Operating Officer -Transportation Group

Regina Auletta

Vice President of Administration/HR – Bennett Family of Companies

Grant Brooker

General Counsel – Bennett Family of Companies

Gerald Fitzgerald

Board Member – Bennett Family of Companies

Phil Hibbs

Board Member – Bennett Family of Companies

Charles Phillips

President – Bennett Motor Express, LLC

Jim Collins

President – Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging Co.

Tom Woodall

President – Bennett DriveAway

Richard Miller

President – BOSS Crane & Rigging

Jim Utley

Vice President, Government Services – Bennett Heavy & Specialized, LLC

Larry Barnes

Executive Vice President – Bennett Motor Express, LLC

Jodi Penn

Vice President of Quality – Bennett Family of Companies

Kris Rzepkowski

Vice President, Marketing & Communications – Bennett Family of Companies

Ted Gaze

Vice President of Sales – Bennett International Logistics

Keith Copeland

Vice President, Safety – Bennett Family of Companies

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