Aaron Tennant started Total Solutions, Inc. in January 2015. In addition to Aaron’s latest endeavors he has over twenty years of experience in the transportation industry. He is the former CEO of Tennant Truck Lines, Inc (TTL). While with TTL Aaron held virtually every position with the company and ultimately purchased it in 2009. During his time as the owner, he expanded the operations and services offerings of the company resulting in year after year double digit growth.
In August of 2015, Aaron decided to sell TTL so he could work on growing Total Solutions along with his other companies: Simplex Leasing, Inc., a trucking company he acquired in October 2014 with locations in Jamestown ND and the Quad Cities, asset leasing companies (P2 Leasing, Tennant Logistics and Centrux), Tennant Yard Management, a warehousing and shipment consolidation company, and most recently B&B Truck and Trailer Service in Rock Island, IL.
Aaron has been very active in the transportation industry having been an active member on several boards and committees to help better serve the industry including: Truckload Carriers Association, American Trucking Association, Machinery Haulers Association, Illinois Trucking Association, Iowa Motor Truck Association, and Trucking Profitability Strategies, University of Georgia.
Aaron is also well known in his community for his support of many local charitable organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, John Deere Classic, Trinity Health Foundation, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, and the Putnam Museum. He also is active member of the Young Presidents Organization and was a 2012 recipient of Leaders Under 40 in the Quad Cities.
Nora graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an Emphasis in Organizational and Corporate Communication. Nora has volunteered for the Quad City Chamber of Commerce Membership Campaign as a Team Lead, has been active in the Skip-A-Long Child Services Gold Committee , Unity Point Health Cup Committee and the Full Service Community Schools Taskforce Committee at Earl Hanson Elementary School in Rock Island, IL . Nora coordinates the annual Total Solution’s Suite at the John Deere Classic, helping to raise money for the JDC foundation. Nora has eight years of professional experience in organizational communication, for both non-profit and profit organizations throughout the Quad Cities Area and is also a Yoga Instructor at Sol Yoga in Davenport, IA. Nora was born and raised in Moline, IL, where she currently resides.
Sarah joined the Total Solutions team in 2015. She has over 10 years of Human Resources experience. Sarah has extensive Human Resources Generalist experience working at both large and small companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, consulting, medical and retail. Sarah has extensive hands-on experience in leading HR initiatives including policy design, employee handbook creation, performance management, recruitment and selection, training and development, benefits administration and employee relations.
Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Northern Illinois University, is certified as a Profession in Human Resources (PHR) and has created the goal of obtaining her SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Sarah is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Sarah will be attending the 2018 National SHRM Conference in Chicago, IL.
Mark Hemphill joined Total Solutions in January, 2016. In his role as Controller, Mark oversees all accounting and financial reporting engagements for our clients. Prior to joining Total Solutions, Mark was Director – Revenue Accounting of CRST International, one of the nation’s leading transportation providers. Previous to CRST, Mark was Corporate Controller of Barjan LLC, a large national wholesaler. Mark began his accounting career with Arthur Andersen & Co, the world’s largest public accounting firm at the time.
In addition to traditional accounting, Mark is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, budgeting and forecasting, working capital management, lender/investor presentations and relationships, development and implementation of KPI’s and process improvement.
Mark is a trustee and secretary of the Pope Creek/Candor Cemetery Association, a member and former ruling elder of College Avenue Presbyterian Church, and a former classroom volunteer with Junior Achievement.
A graduate of Augustana College, Mark is a native of Aledo, Illinois and now resides in Grand Mound, Iowa with his wife Kim and their three dogs. Mark & Kim enjoy spending free time relaxing with family and friends, especially their two grandsons.
Melissa Pepper joined Total Solutions in 2018. In her role, she works with current and prospective clients to identify how Total Solutions can help them meet their business objectives. She is also responsible for developing the company’s marketing strategy. Prior to joining the Total Solutions team, Melissa was Director of Marketing & Client Relations at the law firm Lane & Waterman. Melissa frequently speaks on the topics of marketing, public speaking, and community involvement throughout the Quad Cities.
Melissa developed a passion for the Quad Cities during her time at Augustana College, and she enjoys volunteering her time to several causes. She is the founder of Lead(h)er, a nonprofit organization that matches women with mentors. She also mentors start-up founders through the University of Iowa Entrepreneurial Center. Melissa serves as chair of United Way’s Young Leaders United, sits on the Q2030 Steering Committee and its Make It Here committee, the Genesis Foundation board, the American Marketing Association’s Iowa Board of Directors, and the Genesis Health System Quality & Safety committee. In 2016, she received the Nation of Neighbors Award from Royal Neighbors of America. Melissa lives in Davenport with her husband Dan and three-year old son Grayson.