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PACE AIR FREIGHT Founder Robert Pfeffer and sons

The team members at PACE AIR FREIGHT all have one thing in common, their desire to get your cargo from point A to B without a worry or concern on your part. We accomplish this by staying focused on our client's standards and maintaining the highest level of professionalism in the industry through our hi-tech security and tracking for location and temperature control. Our staff is trained and certified in their areas of expertise ensuring a "smooth ride" each and every time you call.

THANK YOU to all of our PACE AIR FREIGHT drivers, for your dedication, professionalism
and hard work through all hours, all types of weather and all types of road conditions.

Congratulations to our PACE Driver of the Month!





Robert Pfeffer

Owner / Founder

Founder, Robert Pfeffer, started PACE AIR FREIGHT in 1975 with one truck and one unstoppable passion. That passion fueled the growth of PACE AIR FREIGHT into a global company managing over 150 employees, 110 tractor-trailers & mulitple warehouses containing in-house climate controlled storage for the pharmaceutical & bio science industries.


 PACE Air Freight, Inc., Indianapolis, IN


Larry Valant

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Larry Valant's tenure with PACE AIR FREIGHT, Inc. is thirteen years. His responsibilities include meeting and exceeding revenue objectives.
Larry strives for a strong understanding of customer needs and expectations in accordance to corporate goals and strategies. His related responsibilities include Yield and Revenue Management. Larry views customer satisfaction and image as some of the utmost importance goals. He worked for American Airlines Cargo as a Cargo Account Manager for 14 years and 2 ½ years as a Senior Account Executive with the Flying Tiger Line, Inc.


Danny Barnes

HR and Safety

Danny started in the Air Freight industry in April 1976 as a driver and aircraft ground handler/loader. He  joined Pace Air Freight in Oct. 1978 as a driver. In 1988 he moved into Safety and Operations for Pace Air Freight until 1992  then becoming City Dispatcher/Supervisor. In  mid-2006 he again took over the Safety/ HR Dept.  In 2009  TSA, IACSC, CCSF and USDA were added, along with OSHA and DOT.  Danny lives in the local area with his wife.  They have 3 children, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He is also a 4 year Veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees.


Tracey Wilson 

Compliance Director

Tracey Wilson joined PACE August 2012 as the Director of Compliance. Tracey has previous experience with Compliance, Quality, Education and Training services at the local, state and federal levels of government. Tracey holds a degree in Criminal Social Psychology. She enjoys spending time on her farm and is a dedicated owner of horses, cows, cats and dogs.


Robin Wood

PACE Driver Recruiter


Roger Horton

Customer Service


David E. Gray

Cold Chain Specialist & Road Driver Dispatch
David E. Gray works in PACE IND in the Coldchain Division. He first started working with air freight in 1981 and joined PACE in 1991. He has previously been a driver, dock worker and dispatch for PACE. David has worked weekends for over 20 years with PACE. He currently lives in the Danville area and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Mike Rowings

Supervisor AM

Michael Rowings is the 3rd Shift Dispatch Supervisor at PACE IND. He joined PACE in June 2004 as a local driver. He drove for over 2 years before moving into Dispatch, but has over 10 years Over the Road experience. Mike attended IUPUI and has a background in Computer Programming and Business Management.

Mike Hodson

Supervisor PM

Michael Hodson is the PM Dispatch Supervisor at IND. Mike joined PACE in March 1993. He has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. Mike attended Purdue University and currently lives in the Indianapolis area.

Charlie Turner

Cold Chain Division Manager

Charles Turner is the PACE Coldchain Division Manager. Charlie is stationed at PACE IND. He joined us in 1994 and has over 40 years in the transportation industry.


Rich Purkiser

International Freight Manager

Rich Purkiser is our International Freight Manager. Rich joined PACE in 1993 and currently has over 30 years of experience in the transportation field.  Rich attended Indiana University and Earlham College. He and his wife, Lori live in the Plainfield area but are from Vincennes, Indiana.  They have 2 children and one grandchild.


Brad Pickering

City Dispatch

Brad Pickering is the Daytime Operations Supervisor / City Dispatch for PACE IND. Brad joined PACE in March 2011. Prior to working in the dispatch center, Brad worked in the IND pharma warehouse. In 2013, he was promoted to his current position.  Brad and his wife, Michelle live in the Avon area and have a daughter, Kayla.




Robert Pfeffer Jr.

CCSF / Warehouse Operations Manager

Robert Pfeffer, Jr. is the CCSF & Warehouse Manager at PACE IND. He also manages the Envirotainer Depot at PACE. Robert Jr. grew up with PACE and started working summers from 1991-1995 until he became full time in 1995. He loves the physical hands-on of managing the dock operations. He and his wife, Terah, live in the Avon, Indiana area and have 2 sons.



Jonathan Pfeffer

Facilities & Equipment Manager

Jonathan joined PACE in 2003 as the Facilities & Equipment Manager for Cold Chain. JP is HVAC Certified and directs all PACE Cooler Storage projects, including cooler construction. He also does the majority of the PACE fleet calibrations. JP currently lives in the Brownsburg area.

Eddie Lamon, Jr.

1st Shift / CCSF Screener

Kyle Pickens

1st Shift / CCSF Screener

Eubank Kennedy

2nd Shift

Bryan White

3rd Shift

Lyman Bothwell

3rd Shift


Shona Stearns


Shona Stearns joined PACE in February 2011 as our Controller.  If you speak to Shona on the phone you will notice her accent. She is from Scotland, United Kingdom.


Lori Kestler


Lori Kestler came to work with Pace in April 2002. She lives in Plainfield with her 2 children.


Lisa McLerran

Accounts Receivable Manager / Billing Clerk



Pam Bowling

Billing Clerk

Pam joined PACE in June 2000 as a Billing Clerk stationed at the IND location. She has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. Pam and her husband, Larry live in Indianapolis. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.


Cindy Rich

Accounts Payable Manager

Cindy is the Accounts Payable Manger for PACE. She joined PACE November 2006. Cindy has over 32 years in the accounting field and 21 years in the trucking industry. Cindy and her husband, Robert have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.


Dawn Smith

Marketing / Webmaster

If you have questions or problems regarding the PACE website, please contact Dawn Smith and she will be happy to assist you.


Joe Voigt

Shop Manager

Joe Voigt started with PACE in 1985 while still in high school. Upon graduation, he went full time in our truck and trailer repair shop. In 2006, Joe became the Shop Manager for IND.  In 2013, PACE added a second maintenance facility in CVG and Joe now manages both locations. Joe and his wife, Laurie reside in Lizton. Joe grew up in the Brownsburg area but is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He enjoys motorcycles, mountain biking, hot rods and is a huge Boston Red Sox fan.

Eddie Lamon, Sr.

Trailer Lead Mechanic

Chris Byrd

Trailer Mechanic

Jason Gaedtke

Tractor Mechanic

Vince Calahan

Trailer Mechanic

Butch Patterson

Washer / Shop Asst.

Jeff Weber

Tractor/Trailer Mechanic

Kenneth Kermode

Tractor/Trailer Mechanic

James Russell II

Tractor/Trailer Mechanic


 PACE Air Freight, Inc., Chicago, IL


Roman Pacocha

Terminal Manager

Roman Pacocha is the Terminal Manager for PACE ORD. Roman joined PACE in October 2005, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in the air freight industry. Roman and his wife, Laura live in the Schaumburg, Illinois area and have 2 children.


Chris Doelker

AM Dispatch Supervisor

Chris Doelker is the AM Dispatch Supervisor at ORD. Chris joined PACE in May 2009. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of driving and supervising in the transportation industry.


Eddie Calderon / David Ruiz

PM Dispatch


 PACE Air Freight, Inc., Cincinnati, OH / Lexington, KY


Richard Thistlethwaite

Director of Operations

Richard Thistlethwaite is our Vice President of Operations. He began his career with PACE in June 1998 at the IND facility. Richard has held many positions during his tenure at PACE. These positions including Line Haul Driver, Local Driver, Dock Worker, 3rd Shift Dispatch, 1st Shift Dispatch, promoted to Regional Manager for our CVG and SDF facilities and then Director of Operations. As you can see, Richard has learned from the ground up and knows every aspect of the Cold Chain and air freight industry.  Richard and his wife, Kathy, are from the Indianapolis area and currently reside in Greensburg, Indiana with their 2 sons, Tyler and Charles.


Robert Woodcock 

Operations Manager

Robert Woodcock is the 1st Shift Operations Manager at the Cincinnati Terminal. He joined PACE in November 2004. Robert and his wife, Mary live in Walton, KY and have 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Robert has 50+ years of experience in the transportation industry, having previously worked for both American Airlines and Worldwide Flight Services.


CJ Thistlethwaite

1st Shift Dispatcher

CJ Thistlethwaite is the 1st Shift Dispatcher at CVG. He joined PACE in December 2012 as a warehouse employee.
He was promoted to Dispatch in June 2017. CJ lives in the Greensburg, IN area.


 Josh Blanchet

2nd shift Dispatcher





Sombat Soungpanya

Shop Manager

Sombat Soungpanya joined PACE IND shop in April 2013 as a mechanic. In November 2013, he was promoted and transferred to PACE CVG to supervise the newly built maintenance facility. Sombat is originally from California but moved to Indiana in 1995. He is a graduate of Lincoln Tech.




 PACE Air Freight, Inc., Louisville, KY


Kevin Mahoney

Terminal Manager

Kevin Mahoney is the Terminal Manager at SDF. Kevin joined PACE in 2009, bringing over 15 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry.  Kevin served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years and has 2 children and 7 grandchildren and lives in the Louisville area.

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