Professional Intermodal & Logistics Strategists


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Steve Van Kirk

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Van Kirk serves as Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Cool Express.

Prior to joining TCX, Van Kirk was President of Swift Intermodal, a position he held for five years.  He also spent twelve years at Schneider National leading several commercial, logistics, and intermodal groups.  Steve’s success in transportation is rooted in his appreciation of shipper requirements, which he learned first-hand during his five years with Procter & Gamble.

Steve also served as an infantry officer in the United States Army for twelve years, attaining the rank of Major.   He had various postings around the world, and served as a West Point faculty member.

Steve is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York and holds graduate degrees from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

Tom Finkbiner

Thomas Finkbiner

Chairman, Board of Directors

Tom Finkbiner serves as Non-Executive Chairman at Tiger Cool Express and is the Senior Chairman and a Founding Member of the Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) at the University of Denver.

As Chairman, President & CEO of Quality Distribution, Inc., Finkbiner took the company public in 2003—the first major transportation IPO after 9/11. The IPO oversubscribed by eleven times at the top of the price range.

Finkbiner is a Contributing Columnist for the Journal of Commerce and a past Chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America where he was named the 2000 winner of the Silver Kingpin Award for career excellence in the intermodal industry.

He brings his deep experience in transportation to Tiger Cool Express, including his service as Executive Vice President of Marketing at Railex, a Member of the Board of Directors for Pacer International, President of Pacer Stacktrain Division, and Chief Intermodal Officer for Norfolk Southern.


James Hornsby

Chief Financial Officer

Jim Hornsby serves as Chief Financial Officer for Tiger Cool Express, a post he prepared for by serving previously as Vice President and Controller for Pacer Stacktrain, and as Controller of the Highway Services and Supply Chain Divisions at Pacer International.

Hornsby previously served as Controller of the Western Division of MV Transportation.

He earned a Master of Science in Transportation Management from the University of Denver.

Theodore Prince

Theodore Prince

Chief Operating Officer

Theodore Prince serves Tiger Cool Express as Chief Operating Officer and is one of its co-founders. He twice was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to the Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council and served as Intermodal Vice Chairman for four years.

Prince is the past chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America and a founding board member of the Foundation for Intermodal Research and Education. He is a Founding Board member of ITI where he served as Vice­Chairman for Freight and Vice-Chairman for Research and Policy. He is a member of the Eno Transportation Foundation Board of Advisors.

He brings extensive experience to Tiger Cool Express, including as Partner of Surface Intermodal Solutions, Board of Directors Member of SeaCo, President of Consolidated Chassis Management, Vice President of Intermodal and International for Kansas City Southern, and Chief Operating Officer for “K” Line America.

Prince has written extensively about the intermodal industry and has published more than 300 articles and columns.

Tom Shurstad

Thomas Shurstad

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

Tom Shurstad brings more than 40 years of experience in the transportation industry to the Board of Directors of Tiger Cool Express.

He served as President at Railex and Pacer International, and as President and CEO of Pacer Stacktrain. He also served as President of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago and the Chief Operating Officer of MUSB (domiciled in Malaysia). He served as President of the Terminal Railroad of St. Louis and as Vice President of Intermodal Operations and Vice President and General Manager Western Region at Southern Pacific Lines.

Shurstad served on Boards of the IANA, ITI, and TTX Company.

Leslie Baird

Leslie Baird

Chief Commercial Officer

Leslie Baird serves as Chief Commercial Officer of Tiger Cool Express.

Prior to joining Tiger Cool Express team,  Mrs. Baird served as Vice President of Sales for Interstate Distributor Company for five years. While at Interstate, she was responsible for leading the commercial strategy for the Regional Dry Van, Team Expedited, Temperature Control, and Asset Lite business units. Prior to that she held a series of commercial and sales leadership roles with increasing accountabilities at several trucking companies including Arnold Transportation, Roehl Transport, Celadon, and CFI.

Don Aiken

Don Aiken

Executive Vice President, Operations

Don Aiken serves as Executive Vice President, Operations of Tiger Cool Express.

Prior to joining the Tiger Cool Express team, Mr. Aiken served in a series of intermodal operations and leadership roles at JB Hunt, Schneider National and NFI.