The IMPEX Team


Gene Graves
Executive Director

Gene has over 4 decades of experience in domestic and international transportation, with more than 2 decades as an executive on the shipper side with Armco and Worthington Industries and over a decade as a marketing executive with the shipper association. He has also served as a management consultant working with transportation carriers, shippers and other logistics service providers. He has a B.S. degree in business management from Indiana University and a B.S. degree in Transportation from University of Cincinnati.


Tom Turner
Director of Finance

Tom has over 5 decades of experience in financial matters, ranging from securities to insurance to banking to logistics.  He has over the past two decades served the United Shippers Alliance with its day to day bookkeeping and other routine financial issues.  He has a B.A. degree in Economics from the Ohio State University.


Becky Benner
Transportation Coordinator

Becky came to United Shippers Alliance in 2007 with a wealth of experience in the transportation industry after spending 9 years with Candle-lite as a Distribution Account Specialist.When there she managed numerous accounts by establishing routing and coordinating customer requirements for both domestic and international shipments. At the USA, she specializes in export ocean pricing, ocean carriers contracts, and coordinates closely with iRate, our web-based, ocean rate management system. Becky attended Ohio Christian University.


Barbe Crosier
International Pricing Manager

After having served for twenty years in various customer service positions related primarily to the domestic and international transportation industries, Barbe began working in freight forwarding in 1992 and subsequently gained experience with several prominent freight forwarders.  She was stationed as an in-house forwarding contractor for several years at Cutler-Hammer (Eaton Corp) in Pittsburgh and more recently for Ashland in Dublin, OH.  She also worked in the letter-of-credit department of a major bank in Cleveland, OH.  In 2004 she joined the United Shippers Alliance as International Pricing Manager, her work currently focused on import contract pricing responsibilities.  Barbe attended Ohio State University and Otterbein College.

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Randy Smith

Randy is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and successfully grown several technology and logistics companies during his career. In 1994, Randy founded the United Shippers Alliance in concert with the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and 6 founding shipper members. Randy received his M.B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and his B.S. degree in Marketing from Miami University.


Eric Taylor
Director of Sales

Eric has over 25 years of ocean sales experience with three ocean carriers and an NVO. He has handled major accounts, such as Ford Motor, General Motors, Detroit Diesel, Ashland and Cardinal Health, as well as the United Shippers Alliance (a shipper association for BCO’s). He has been “Salesman of the Year” and received numerous company awards for outstanding sales performance. He has a B. A. in Political Science from California State University-Northridge.