The Maverick Way begins. (View the Timeline)
Born in 1953, growing up in a small Missouri town, Maverick Chairman and CEO Steve Williams took his father's lessons to heart and began a career in transportation. In 1975, he went to work for Steel Haulers, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.
After President Jimmy Carter signed the Motor Carrier Act of 1980, deregulating the trucking industry, Williams seized the opportunity to pursue his dream and started Maverick with friend and co-worker Larry Leahy in a one room office in Texarkana, Arkansas. In 1983, he purchased his partner's interest in the company and became the sole owner of Maverick Transportation, Inc. Today the Williams family still owns 100% of the Maverick companies.
Maverick's growth since 1980 has been built on Williams' principles and values of what is referred to as "The Maverick Way" which is doing what you say you will do with integrity, respect and commitment. Growth has come from reinvestment of earnings in company owned equipment and 6 acquisitions: Kissick Truck Lines in 1994, Jewett Scott Truck Line in 2002, Parrett Trucking in 2004, Schneider Specialized in 2006, Crossover Transportation in 2010, Haywood Trucking in 2014, Flanary and Sons Trucking, Inc (FAST) in 2015, and Marine Transport, Inc in 2016.
Whether it is hauling steel, building materials, flat glass or temperature controlled products, striving to be the best can be seen in everything Maverick does. Today, from the corporate campus in Little Rock, AR, Maverick operates approximately 1,600 units and provides services throughout the United States, Canada, and to Mexico.