A native of Cyprus – an island off the coasts of Greece and Turkey - Antony (Tony) Coutsoftides spent his youth moving around the world with his family, following the career of his father, a commercial airline pilot. After graduating from high school in Singapore, Tony moved to the United States by himself with the dream of joining the U.S. Army. Under the protests of his parents (they wanted him to finish college and joint the Army as an officer), he enlisted first in the Army Reserve and transitioned into full-time service as soon as he turned 18.
Tony had a distinguished career in the service, cut short by a training accident at Fort Bragg that resulted in his medical retirement. While enlisted, he was named the US Army Soldier of the Year in 1997 and then selected for Officer Candidate School. Upon receiving his citizenship and completing his degree, he became an officer in the Army and was stationed in South Korea, Colombia and several locations in the United States, eventually achieving the rank of Captain.
After leaving the Army, Tony worked in Cleveland at Smurfit Stone Container before returning to Europe at age 28, securing $10 million in financing, and starting his own cargo airline with routes to Asia, Africa and Europe. A weak global economy and exorbitant fuel prices forced him out of business, however, and he returned to the U.S. to find a career that could fill the void his exit from the Army had left in his life.
Tony found a career he loved in third-party logistics brokerage, working for Cincinnati-based TQL. The fast pace, the reward of sales, and the chance to apply his knowledge of military logistics combined to create a civilian life that finally lived up to the high standards he’d set for himself in the military. What he didn’t love, however, was the culture at the organization where he was working, and the gaps in the marketplace that he felt they weren’t addressing. So, even though he was TQL’s top salesperson, setting new records every year, Tony made the decision to leave TQL, sit out a year, and then join his then-wife, Lacy, who had started a new 3PL, Legion Logistics.
Tony joined Legion as CEO in June of 2010 and the company has been on a rocket ship ever since. He has led the company over the last five years from a $12,000 company in the basement of his house to a $26.5 million juggernaut with 51 employees and hundreds of customers across North America.
When he’s not serving as Legion’s Freight Guru, Tony enjoys horses, soccer (especially FC Cincinnati!), Formula 1 racing, Crossfit and spending time at his Union, Kentucky, home with his five-year-old daughter, Catherine, and their dog and four cats.
The daughter of a truck driver and a part-time librarian, Lacy Starling grew up seeing first-hand how the logistics industry affects working-class Americans. In addition to working swing shift driving a truck, her dad also did construction work and both of her parents worked on the family farm. It was that work ethic that drove Lacy to want more than small-town life, and to her, a career as a newspaper reporter was the way to accomplish that.
The world had different plans, however, and as she was getting ready to graduate from college, the entire world of print journalism was turned upside-down by the advent of the Internet and the subsequent slashing of editorial staffs nationwide. Even with graduating Summa Cum Laude and being named one of Scripps Top Ten journalism students in the country, she knew it would be a long road to finding permanent, gainful employment at a newspaper. Luckily, in her senior year at Kent State University, Lacy had started a media marketing and web design company with two other students and discovered a talent for business management and a love of sales. She was so excited by entrepreneurship that she decided to go back to school and pursue her MBA so she would have more credibility in the business world.
While attending graduate school, Lacy had several marketing and management positions in Canton, Ohio in both for-profit and non-profit companies. In 2007 she moved to Cincinnati and began her sales career in earnest, working first in Development for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and then as an independent consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, eventually working her way up to the position of Sales Director and setting records in her national area for recruitment and sales.
Selling cosmetics wasn’t exactly what she had in mind, though, when she set out to conquer the business world. When the opportunity came along to open Legion Logistics it felt like the right move. Lacy was able to combine her knowledge of freight, gleaned from years of watching her dad earn a living driving tanker trucks, with her beliefs about how company culture should be formed and nurtured. She often says that she didn’t really care what Legion was selling, as long as they were selling it the right way and treating their employees well at the same time.
Since starting Legion in the basement of her house in 2009, Lacy has indeed fearlessly led the company to incredible success, including several appearances on the Inc. 500/5000 list and two appearances on the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies in the world list. Individually, she was honored as a 2015 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and included in the 2015 Class of the Business Courier’s Forty Under 40. Legion is now a $26 million company with 51 employees.
Lacy also finds time to teach sales at the University of Cincinnati and has started the Fast Growth Roundtable, a group of business owners who are focused on the same kind of rocket-ship growth Lacy has fostered at Legion. She is hoping to grow the FGR into a larger part of the ecosystem of entrepreneurship in the Greater Cincinnati region. She always jokes that she doesn’t have any hobbies, but she spends her free time mentoring students and startup business owners, guest-lecturing at local universities, speaking to women’s groups, teaching sales courses to local business incubators and accelerators, and serving on local non-profit boards.
She shares her home in Union, Kentucky, with her five-year-old daughter, Catherine.
Traci is one of our Relationship Builders who works tirelessly to make sure that all of our carriers are able to get freight from point A to point B with no issues. Her greatest accomplishment is having and raising her kids, who we’re assuming are the reason the last book she read was Where the Wild Things Are. If you look around the office, you may see double as her twin sister Staci also works for Legion!
Like many service members who have been deployed, Levi came back to find his construction company had been hit hard by the recession and was no longer a viable employment option. Unlike many service members, his sister just happened to own a brand-new logistics company and asked him to come help. In his years since joining the Legion Levi has shipped all kinds of things, including Ronald McDonald sitting on a bench. When he’s not listening to the Rolling Stones, he enjoys reading Sherlock Holmes. When asked about his favorite article of clothing, Levi immediately says “my panda hat,” which is another story for another day.
Adam was hired to manage the IT systems within the office and write programs for new systems. Although his job title is Technology Whisperer, he spends a curious amount of time making repairs and improvements around the office. In Adam’s refrigerator you would find at least four gallons of milk for his toddler. An interesting fact about Adam? His son was born seven minutes after a tornado ripped through their property and took everything. Fortunately, all of his local family members were safe at the hospital.
Our Chief Number Cruncher, Staci Roy, is one of many Legion employees who came to us in an unusual way – she heard about the job from her ex-boss’s wife. And we’re really glad she did since she keeps all of our invoices paid and our income deposited. “You can’t handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men is her favorite movie quote, although we have yet to hear her say that to anyone on the phone.
Sean Bradley is Kentucky born and bred, and his blood runs blue – University of Kentucky blue, that is. In fact, he would spend his last day on Earth at Rupp Arena watching UK play basketball with his loved ones. Now that’s a die hard fan! Sean prefers scary movies over comedies, and he hates clowns and cold weather. But he’s not afraid to eat strange things, including rattlesnake. He doesn’t like to drive so his superpower of choice would be flying. Boating must be okay to him though, because he wouldn’t mind going on a cruise through the Caribbean.
Who buys all the same socks so they always match? That would be Nate, our efficient Problem Solver and easily the quietest one of the bunch. He received his MBA from Ohio Wesleyan University and found the Legion through our website. His favorite movie quote is from Billy Madison: “Did the penguin tell you to do that?” That’s about all we know about Nate. Did we mention he’s quiet?
Kevin comes to Legion all the way from the West Coast. As a former California resident, it’s no surprise his favorite summer activity is going to the beach. Kevin describes himself as loyal, creative and adaptable which are great qualities to have as a father of two and as a Problem Solver. After moving 31 times in his life, we’re happy that Kevin has settled here in Florence to be a part of Legion.
Robert is one of Legion’s veteran hires. Before coming to Legion, Robert was deployed with the U.S. Army Reserves. He had been researching the company before his deployment and decided to apply upon his return. He loves Legion’s growth and the fact that we give back to the veteran community. Over his 15 years in the military Robert has served in the Active Army, Kentucky Army National Guard, and Army Reserves (currently). Robert says his greatest accomplishment has been teaching his children that serving your country is a privilege and that it should not be taken for granted. We agree, and we thank you for your service, Robert!
Aaron came to the right place when he grew tired of empty promises and department cutbacks at his old job. Like many Cincinnati natives his very first job was at Skyline Chili. He still lives in Ohio and calls Mt. Orab home. Aaron loves being a dad to his kids, but even the most devoted parent needs a break sometimes, which might explain his desire for invisibility as his superpower. When asked where he’d go first if he could anywhere in the world, Aaron listed three different destinations, and his answer to a ski trip or a cruise in the Caribbean was “both.” He definitely wants it all!
Tom earned his degree in Purchasing from Miami University and was working as an associate at an insurance company before coming to join the Legion. As strange as it is, because our Cantina fridge is full of them, Tom has never tried a Red Bull! One of his favorite things to do is keep his feet on the ground and play a relaxing 18 holes of golf, but if he were in the circus he said his act would be a tightrope walker. We are excited to have him on our team because he describes himself as competitive and intelligent, we just hope we don’t have to compete with him too hard to get him to try a Red Bull!
Originally from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Laura spent some time in Colorado before returning to the Midwest and settling in Northern Kentucky. One of the first things she shipped when she joined the Legion is also one of the most unusual: fresh animal hides. Her positive attitude helped her to raise an empowered, creative and amazing son, and is evidenced in her favorite movie quote from Out of Africa: “When it gets so bad that I think I can’t go on…when I’m certain that I can’t stand it, I go one moment more, and then I know I can bear anything.”
Before Legion, Stacey received her undergrad degree from Hanover College in communication with a concentration in business, which she says is her greatest accomplishment. We knew Stacey would continue to accomplish great things here at Legion when she described herself as passionate, determined, and kind. She loves the beach and the pool, which explains why she thinks that Dory, the funniest fish in the sea, is the greatest cartoon character of all time! When Stacey isn’t in the office you can find her sipping on her favorite drink, a virgin strawberry daiquiri, or cage diving with sharks in order to check that off her bucket list.
Madison has lived in northern Kentucky her entire life, with the exception of the four years she attended Morehead State University with a major in accounting. Madison’s first job was working retail in the Home Goods department, but she thinks that Legion will be a much more fun environment to work in (and we agree!). A strange fact about Madison? She is right handed, but plays all of her sports left handed. That should make things interesting during the office Olympics!
Earla is one of the Legion’s Number Crunchers, making sure that everyone gets paid on time (an extremely important but difficult task). Earla is a proud military mom whose son is currently serving in the Army National Guard and has a beautiful granddaughter who she loves to shop for. Something that you may not know about Earla? She loves to sing karaoke!
Zach is a Kentucky native who is working to obtain his marketing and business administration degree from Northern Kentucky University. If he could have one superpower he would choose time travel because he would love to see some things from the past in person and he thinks seeing the future would be pretty cool too! Zach says he joined the Legion because he needed a change of pace. Well Zach, you came to the right place and we can't wait to see what the future holds for you as a part of our team!
Jacob Cardis is a relationship builder in Carrier Services at Legion. He is attending Northern Kentucky University with the goal of obtaining a degree in history and resides in Fort Wright, Kentucky. He was working at Panera when a Legion employee told him about the Legion and encouraged him to apply. While his favorite summer activities are reading and napping, and he'd like to visit every national park in the U.S., he decided to forgo all these things and join us instead. Nice to have you here, Jacob!
Like many of our employees, Andi's very first job was at Kroger, where she was a bagger. If she were in the circus, she'd be the stunt rider because it requires strength, talent, and patience, and you get to wear a pretty costume. Andi says her greatest accomplishment is being the only girl in her company to receive the Combat Action Badge while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. We agree that is quite an accomplishment, and we thank her for her service.
Lauren grew up in Kentucky with a couple of hockey players, so it's no surprise that the greatest moment in sports history in her mind is the 1980 Miracle on Ice. She is also a fan of water that isn't frozen and enjoys lounging by the pool, boating, kayaking, water balloon fights and going to the beach. Her greatest achievement has been graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in three years with a double major in broadcasting and electronic media and Spanish.
Zach, a native of Cincinnati, attended Mt. Saint Joe University and majored in Business Management. He started his own business while in high school with his younger brother and gained his first sales experience by working at a car wash. If he had an act in the circus, he would be an animal trainer and his preferred super power would be to fly, so he wouldn't have to sit in traffic. He decided he had to work for Legion after hearing Lacy speak at the Entrepreneur of the Year award ceremony and could see the leadership skills she possessed. After completing an internship with Legion, he decided he had to stay with us full time!
Brandon is a Louisville native, but moved to Highland Heights while he was attending Northern Kentucky University. Brandon’s favorite part about working at Legion is the fun work environment. Brandon swears that there is nothing more refreshing than a McDonald’s Coke, and chooses coffee over tea every time. We’re not sure if we should trust his judgment on taste though, because he once ate crickets in high school just for a few extra credit points.
Nicole joins the legion as part of our night watch crew. She says her greatest accomplishment so far has been breaking out of the young girl lifestyle and committing to being an adult. She’s been living on her own since she was 18 and she made a big move from Kansas to Kentucky! She isn’t afraid of big moves though, one thing on her bucket list is to spend an entire year traveling around the world.
Danny has joined Legion as our Night Watchman. He says his kids are his greatest accomplishment, but he also served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, so we think that's a pretty close tie. It seems that Danny has fairly expensive taste since he lists lobster as the one food he'd choose to eat for the rest of his life. However, the fact that the last thing he ate was cereal shows that he's fairly realistic. Or maybe it was just breakfast time.
Like most of our interns, Chris attends the University of Cincinnati where he is pursuing a degree in Operations Management and Marketing. When Chris isn’t working or studying, he spends a great deal of time on the water as a part of the University of Cincinnati Rowing Team. He notes that earning the Most Valuable Rower Award has been his greatest accomplishment to date. Chris describes himself as fun, energetic, and outgoing and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes here at Legion!
Colin joins our Sales team from the University of Cincinnati where he heard about Legion from his professor, our very own Fearless Leader, Lacy Starling. He describes himself as determined, which makes a lot of sense considering he broke his neck when he was 15 yet he won’t give up on his desire to be able to ride a unicycle and juggle at the same time! On top of this daredevil stunt, the number one thing on his bucket list is to go sky diving. If we had to describe Colin in one word, we would choose fearless!
Jesse comes to Legion from the Gateway Logistics Program. He is happy to have the opportunity to earn 25 college credit hours as a senior in high school. He plans on attending The University of Kentucky to study business management in the fall. He enjoys playing sports, which is part of why he competitive at everything he does. His favorite cartoon character is the road runner “beep beep”. He describes himself as outgoing, athletic, sarcastic, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes at Legion!
Kyle is a fourth year Marketing student at the University of Cincinnati. When he isn’t taking classes or working as a Marketing intern, he spends a majority of his time coaching soccer. He says his greatest accomplishment is being the youngest high school girls’ varsity head coach in the country. It is no wonder that his greatest addiction is caffeine! Good thing the coffee in the office is always free. Have another cup, Kyle!
Marc is in his second year at the University of Cincinnati. If he had to live off of one food for the rest of his life it would be potatoes, and blue powerade. If he could have any superpower it would be the ability to fly so he wouldn’t have to pay for gas, and could take his trip to India to cross off his bucket list. He describes himself as fun, positive, loyal, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes here at Legion!
Melyssa joined the Legion all the way from the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney World, in order to help us make a little magic here. Her previous experience in theme park operations prepares her for all of the twists and turns that come with working for a small business. We aren’t surprised that she thinks Mickey Mouse is the greatest cartoon character of all time. She says that he makes people happy by making their dreams come true. Almost like the way she keeps us all happy by coming up with new ways to have fun in the office!
Nick attends the University of Cincinnati where he is double majoring in Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. He might be one of the luckiest guys in the office, because he never has broken a bone. What drives Nick is working hard to prove to his uncle that he deserves to have a voice in his family’s business. He describes himself as confident, fun, caring, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes here at Legion!
Rebecca heard about Legion through the University of Cincinnati where she attends as a sophomore studying Real Estate. She said she was interested in working here because of the small business atmosphere yet challenging work load we provide. Rebecca seems to love an adrenaline rush considering she has just taken up rock climbing and says that if she were to be a circus act she would want to spin fire!
Dakota loves wrestling, enough to start a wrestling team at NKU where he is earning his degree in Computer Information Technology. However he does draw the line at wrestling a bear when asked what his act in a circus would be. Teleporting is the superpower Dakota would choose, which would come in handy for his favorite summer activity - taking vacations and seeing new places.
Taj is a high school student who heard about Legion through the Gateway Logistics Program. This is a program that allows students to take college courses for one semester and get real world experience during the second semester. After high school, Taj plans to attend the University of Louisville to study Engineering. He says his greatest accomplishment is being ranked 5th in the state for the 4x400 meter relay. With accomplishments like that, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for him!