Heartland Express is supported by talented teams located throughout the nation. People from all disciplines come together to make Heartland a best-in-class transportation and logistics organization. 

Our Drivers

Heartland Express is powered by our most important employees, our drivers.  With an average experience level of over 9 years each, Heartland drivers are known for providing exceptional service to our customers and maintaining the safest driving records in the industry.

Congratulations to Heartland Express Safe Drivers on 3 Million Miles Accident Free!   Left to right (Kenneth Kircher Jr., CEO Michael Gerdin, Michael Tomlin)

Congratulations to Heartland Express Safe Drivers on 3 Million Miles Accident Free!   Left to right (Kenneth Kircher Jr., CEO Michael Gerdin, Michael Tomlin)


Michael Gerdin, Chairman and CEO

Heartland Express is led by Michael Gerdin, who started his career with Heartland in 1983 as a teenager working in the truck wash bay.  From 1998 to 2001, Mike was President of A&M Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heartland Express.  In 2001 Michael was appointed to Vice-President of Regional Operations, and in 2006 he was appointed to President of the Company.  Mike earned his BA degree in Business Management from Luther College.  

Russell Gerdin, founder

The vision of what Heartland Express has become today has been shaped by founder Russell Gerdin, though he is the first to credit the success of the organization to the effort and caring of our drivers and those who support them. He has given a lifetime of leadership to the trucking industry and his community, and has influenced the lives of so many.  Russ was a true visionary and pioneer in our industry, as well as charitable and compassionate person. 


Our management and support teams

Our drivers are supported by talented teams located throughout the nation, dedicated to execution and service. People from all disciplines come together to make Heartland a best-in-class transportation organization, with careers in business technology, operations management, sales and marketing, finance and accounting, and many more.