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 fiancée, Rebecca, their two children and a dog and two 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 she believed 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 at night, Lacy had several marketing and management positions in Canton, Ohio in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. 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 three 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 $27.9 million company with 32 employees.
Lacy also finds time to teach sales as an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati and facilitate several sales intensives for local business incubators and accelerators. 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, and serving on local non-profit boards.
She shares her home in Union, Kentucky, with her daughter, Catherine.
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.
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.
Chief Relationship Builder
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!
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.
Chief Problem Solver®
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. 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!
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.
Originally from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Laura currently lives in Denver, Colorado. 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.”
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?
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!
Jeremy just moved back to the area from Hilton Head, South Carolina. We had to double check to make sure he wanted to leave the amazing weather down south. He said one of the main reasons why Legion was so appealing was because he was itching to get back into sales and truly control his personal income. His trip to Legion HQ was another reason he wanted to join the Legion Team. The fun atmosphere, and work-life balance was also very appealing! We are excited to have him join our team because he describes himself as outgoing, honest and loyal. Welcome to the Legion Team!
Nick describes himself as honest, dedicated, and responsive, which makes him a great fit for our sales team. Even though he lives in Cincinnati, he still manages to help run a Renaissance Festival 6 weekends a year back in Michigan. Welcome to the Legion Team, and we look forward to seeing you grow!
Justin graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Economics and Finance. When he isn't working, he's spending time at the golf course or bungee jumping. He became interested in working at Legion Logistics after interning at a logistics company in South Africa. He describes himself as honest, positive, motivated, and we can't wait to see him grow at Legion. Welcome to the team, Justin!
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!
Lauren attends Grand Canyon University and is studying pre-law and originally is from Louisville, Kentucky. You can always find a Cherry Coke at her desk, which she says is her biggest addiction. If she could have one superpower it would be to refill things. Bank account empty? Refill it. Drink empty? Refill it. We like the way you think and we are happy to have her on our team!
Rhonda Rowan enjoys spending time with her family which includes her son, Jacob, her daughter, Jenny, her son-in-law, Shawn and her amazing granddaughter, Avery. Rhonda would describe herself as happy, independent and open-minded. It’s a good thing she is working in Kentucky because she enjoys drinking bourbon so something on her bucket list is to try 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle!
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!
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!
Trevor is the new IT Generalist here at Legion. He was born and raised in the Northern Kentucky area. He might have delivered the morning paper to you years ago, as he was a Dixie Newspaper paper boy back in his high school days. He heard about this opportunity from one of his good friends Jeremy Chapman, who happens to be a Problem Solver here at Legion. He was very excited about accepting a job where he saw opportunity to grow with a growing company. He describes himself as personable, compassionate, dedicated, and we can’t wait to see him contribute to Legion’s continuous growth!
Michelle Burchfield is our new People Pleaser at Legion. She got her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Northern Kentucky University. A strange fact about Michelle is that she has never been on a roller coaster due to her fear of heights, yet she has skydiving at the top of her bucket list. Welcome to the team, Michelle!
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.
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!
Jesse is a second year student at Northern Kentucky University, where he is double majoring in Business Administration and Marketing. He was an intern for us back in Spring 2017, and he missed us so much that he decided to come back for a second rotation! Jesse wants to travel to at least 20 countries by the time he's 40, which explains why he describes himself as motivated, comical, curious, and we can't wait to see him grow at Legion! Welcome to the team, Jesse!