Executive Vice President - Operations
Karl Grant oversees the business operations of GAA and the majority of its family of companies, including ARD Logistics, Global SQ, Key Logistics and STM-LM. He has been with GAA from the very beginning in 1998 - and he brings a wealth of historical knowledge and perspective to the entire organization. Karl is also the EVP for ARD Logistics and Key Logistics Solutions for which he has multi-site responsibility.
In his time with GAA, Karl has played a leadership role in many industry-specific initiatives, including oversight of the development of GAA's Aerospace business with Boeing on the 787 Dreamliner program, leading the team to successfully launch multiple locations to support a startup location for Boeing. In doing so, his team effectively certified the company to AS9120 in six months and AS9100 in 12 months.
He started his career with GAA in 1998 - playing a key role in the start-up of a new joint venture called ARD Logistics, a full-service 3PL logistics provider focused on supply chain management and logistics. In this role, he was charged with System Setup, EDI, Materials Control, QS 9000 Certification, Facility Management, Operations and Customer Relationship Management.
Prior to joining GAA, Karl held management positions in Residential Storage, Marine Transportation and Restaurant Management. His experience in the automotive industry began in 1992 with Venture Industries, where he managed sequencing, transportation, warehousing and rework operations in roles including floor facilitator, production control and operations manager. In 1996, Karl joined the core team responsible for the start-up of MAST Services. In a wide variety of roles at MAST, he was responsible for Logistics Sales, Purchasing, Transportation and Site Management of an assembly sequencing and rework facility.
Karl attended Grand State University on an athletic scholarship and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Davenport College, with minors in Marketing, Communications and Math. Karl is married and enjoys quality time with his wife and their pets, working on the farm and trail rides with his horses.