Dennis Nash has been chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors for Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) and its predecessors since 1991. KAG is North America’s largest tank transporter and logistics provider, delivering fuels, chemicals, industrial gases and liquid food products.
As a young teen, Mr. Nash moved from Alma, Michigan to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he later began his career in the transportation industry. He then moved to Akron, Ohio to participate in a transportation management program sponsored by Coastal Industries while attending Kent State University.
After spending several years in the petroleum transportation industry with Coastal, he took a position with Leaseway Transportation, based in Cleveland, Ohio. With Leaseway, Mr. Nash spent the next fifteen years holding senior management level positions in operations, sales and marketing.
In 1991, Mr. Nash made a decision to join the entrepreneurial ranks by joining forces with Carl Young to form Advantage Tank Lines. They spent the next several years developing the business into a dominant regional petroleum transporter. By 1998, Advantage Tank Lines and North Canton Transfer had grown into a very profitable enterprise, generating annual sales in excess of $40 million. In 2001, the companies were merged into what is known today as the Kenan Advantage Group — a company generating approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue.
KAG operates approximately 370 terminals/satellite locations in 42 states and 5 Canadian provinces and territories, and has the ability to deliver within all 48 contiguous states, as well as Canada and Mexico. The company employs approximately 9,000 people and is the only fuels delivery carrier with a national presence.
With respect to industry affiliations, for many years Mr. Nash has served on various labor and advisory councils and is currently on the board of directors for National Tank Truck Carriers and the American Trucking Associations. He also serves on the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council. Other professional affiliations include serving a diverse group of Ohio-based organizations to include Ohio Governor John Kasich’s executive workforce board, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Stark Development Board, Dedicated Transport and Mercy Medical Center, where he also serves on the board’s executive committee.
Over the past several years Mr. Nash has been instrumental in major fundraising efforts for Pathway Caring for Children, a non-profit, Ohio-based organization devoted to providing treatment-oriented care for children and their families.