David Parker: a man of faith, for the long haul

Covenant Transport CEO builds trucking firm on faith

Covenant Transport Chairman David Parker speaks to his employees during a stockholders meeting Tuesday. Staff Photo by Jake Daniels.

David Parker

Age: 57 Title: President, CEO and chairman of Covenant Transportation Group, the company he founded in 1985 Personal: Married, Jacqueline Parker for nearly 39 years. Community involvement: member of the American Trucking Association's board of directors; general partner of Parker Limited Family Partnership; deacon at Chattanooga City Church; member of the trade and transportation advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Covenant Transport

2014 revenue: $719 million 2014 net income: $17.8 million, or $1.17 per share Staff: 3,000 employees Businesses: Covenant Transport, Southern Refrigerated Transport, Star Transportation, Covenant Transport Solutions, Transport Financial Solutions and Transport Enterprise Leasing

On April 16, David Parker, founder, CEO and president of Covenant Transport Group, was inducted into the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's College of Business Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame alongside Carl Austin Watson, the late founder of Chattanooga's Mountain View auto dealership group.

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