Gregory Humes, B.B.A.'83, Guest Professor in Management

Photo of Gregory HumesGregory Humes is the CEO of Quest4 Solutions, which was built on the idea of working with customers who are looking for innovative solutions with a solid execution plan.  Quest4 analyzes, designs and implements future state solutions for their customers.  Q4 focuses on mergers and acquisition, business enhancements, strategic sourcing, operational process optimization and transportation services through a network of Landstar agents.  Q4 is also focused on developing a nationwide company that will offer a comprehensive training and CDL certification school for veterans and non-veterans.

Humes was the chief operating officer of Landstar Supply Chain Solutions.  Humes had the responsibility of driving the new organization from a transportation based model to an end-to-end supply chain solutions model leveraging Landstar’s subsidiaries and its transportation services.  He was also responsible for the strategic direction, planning, engineering and execution of supply chain, sequencing operations, and technology solutions that will solidify the total value of the organization for its shareholders and customers through effective resource management and performance.

Prior to the purchase of NLM by Landstar Systems, Humes was the president and CEO of NLM, Detroit-based logistics management service providers.  In this position he led the integration of five operating subsidiaries into a unified enterprise while creating two new companies. Humes also drove the expansion and growth of the companies into new business markets while driving the overall strategy that will position the companies for future financial and global market growth.

A 30-year veteran of the logistics supply chain industry, Humes is one of the foremost authorities on the creation and management of successful global logistics enterprises. Prior to joining these organizations, Humes was president and CEO of Vector SCM, a joint venture between General Motors and Menlo Worldwide that served as GM’s global supply chain enterprise.  In this role, Humes was responsible for the strategic and financial health of the company’s performance through advanced capability development, engineering and execution of supply chain and technology solutions. The organization’s success was built around a strong resource and process management methodology that drove out waste, created long-term cost saving efficiencies in a global supplier and a logistics footprint for permanent change in a complex GM network.

Humes previously served as president of Penske Logistics Global Automotive where he was responsible for logistics services from order to delivery. Under his leadership, Penske Global Automotive more than tripled its annual revenues and developed major logistics initiatives for Toyota, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Saturn, Whirlpool, Hewlett-Packard, Kraftmaid Cabinetry and Carrefour.

Humes began his career at Leaseway Transportation Corp in 1983 where he held various management positions. In 1995, when Penske Corporation acquired Leaseway, he was named senior vice president, Penske Logistics. He was promoted to president of Global Automotive in 1998 where he created the company’s first industry sector that focused on total supply chain service integration around the world.

In addition to leading the NLM Board he previously organized and chaired the Vector SCM Board and served as an advisory board member for many other organizations.  He has also been involved with the Michigan State University Supply Council, Western Michigan University Integrated Supply Management Council, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Global Logistics Council of Europe, the Shanghai Economic Development Group and the CEO Organization TEC Detroit.

A native of St. Joseph, Mich., Humes earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Western Michigan University, an MBA in finance and administration from Central Michigan University and will complete his Owner/President Management degree from Harvard Business School in 2015.