Urban Shipper

Meet the Team

The People behind the Scenes

In this ever-changing business environment, the competition for talent is fierce. Urban Shipper has assembled an excellent leadership team with over 100 years of combined experience in the courier and transportation industry. Our entrepreneurial culture creates a business that will continue to grow by adapting to change and actively pursuing new opportunities in the market.
Joe Yorio

Joe Yorio

CEO

Joe Yorio is an accomplished executive with over 25 years’ experience working with private and public companies and building partnerships in the defense, intelligence, security, supply chain, logistics, education, and manufacturing industries with extensive international experience, particularly in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

He is the Executive Chairman of the Board of DGC International, having most recently served as the CEO. DGCI is a premier, mission-ready ISO 9001:2015 certified provider of Global Defense Solutions to the Federal Government and its partners worldwide. Joe is also the Founder and Managing Director of Slate Leadership Ventures Ltd. SLV works independently and in association with private equity partners to collaborate in planning and implementing fully integrated business and people strategies. In this capacity he holds advisory board positions with SilencerCo and Zev Technologies. Concurrently, he is the Chairman of Janus Global Services, an SLV joint venture subsidiary company and he acts as a Senior Advisor to Mill Rock Capital and as a Board Member for one of their portfolio companies; DRT Holdings.

Previously, Joe was the President, CEO and Board Director of School Specialty Inc. a publicly traded, educational products and services company where he delivered significant top and bottom-line growth while founding both their safety and security training and services subsidiary, SSI Guardian, and SOAR Life Products a non-acute healthcare products subsidiary. Prior to SSI, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of NYX Global, a global security, intelligence and logistics management and services company and as President, CEO and Board Director of Xe Services/Blackwater Worldwide, a high profile, global defense contracting company, where he successfully led various turnaround initiatives resulting in substantial top and bottom-line growth while executing a successful liquidity event.

Mr. Yorio served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted man and an officer, most notably with the 75th Ranger Regiment, 10th Mountain Division and the 7th, 11th & 19th Special Forces Groups (Green Berets). He is a medically retired and decorated combat veteran.

Mr. Yorio earned a BA degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Saint Vincent College, an MS/MC in Project Management and Executive Leadership from Cornell University, S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, and an MBA in Management/International Business from Florida Tech University, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. Additionally, Joe serves at the University of South Florida as a Senior Fellow and Executive Education adjunct faculty member teaching the Executive Leadership Course: “LEADING WITH ACTION”.

Tony Carter

Tony Carter

President

Tony Carter is a strong logistics executive with intense entrepreneurial and leadership experience. With over 25 years in the supply chain and logistics industry, he brings a comprehensive knowledge across multiple logistics and supply chain verticals.

Tony has proven to be a strong management professional with an authentic approach for revitalizing under-performing companies and transforming them into industry market leaders. In 2008, he joined Diligent Delivery Systems as Chief Operating Officer. The company was at $28.8m in top line revenue at the time and 90 percent of the revenue relied upon delivering wholesale automotive parts. In 2008, despite the need for a government bail out of the big 3 automakers and Diligent’s top line revenue decreasing by $7mm from 2008 to 2009, gross profit margins increased by 6%. Tony challenged and incentivized his team to review every purchase, every process and devised a marketing strategy to streamline the business to be stronger than ever before. In 2017, the company’s revenue exceeded $227mm with an EBIDTA of $17mm and the business was thriving through 2020 when Tony embarked onto his next business venture. In late 2020, a longtime friend introduced Tony to the Urban Shipper Technology team. Tony was intrigued by the merger and acquisition strategy put into action by the executive team. In addition, Urban Shipper Technology was developing a mobile platform that could integrate with multiple courier platforms. On August 1, 2021, Tony accepted the role of President at Urban Shipper Technology.

Tony is a savvy leader with an indelible reputation for delivering inventive business strategies and client-focused solutions that improve profitably, productivity and service. In 2001, he partnered with AWI, one of the largest chemical warehouses in the United States as President/CEO. Commandeering an 825,000 square foot facility on fifty-seven acres was the perfect opportunity for Tony to challenge his experience in the supply chain industry. In 2003, he led the implementation of a real time inventory management system that customers could access via the web, place their orders, view their inventory, and check their order status online. As a result, AWI soon became one of the premier warehousing and transportation providers in the country.

Tony started his supply chain and logistics career with Goodyear Chemicals in 1994. He progressively worked his way up through the organization while being promoted four times in just seven years. His biggest challenge at Goodyear Chemicals came in 1999. Corporate headquarters asked Tony to fix a failing project that was over a year behind schedule. It involved SAP, a new wireless network throughout multiple production facilities, onsite warehouses, and offsite warehouses in Texas. Within 3 months, Tony and his team had the new system up and running.

Tony began his formal education in 1982 at Wichita State University on an athletic scholarship in baseball. As a member of the 1982 NCAA Division One National Runner Up team, Tony and his Shocker teammates were recently inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall, Class of 2021. In 1987, he completed his BA in Business Administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Daniel Meehan

Daniel Meehan

COO

Dan Meehan is a charismatic leader with an energetic ability to focus and lead multiple teams simultaneously to achieve desired objectives. He has a proven track record of driving unprecedented growth for both private and public logistics and supply chain organizations.
 
He is known as a seasoned, driven executive with a talent for creating and developing innovative strategies and diverse, high caliber teams to optimize performance, boost gross margin and dramatically increase EBITDA in challenging fast-paced environments. Dan’s early career starting in the 1990’s was with Roadway (RPS) which later became FedEx Ground in 2000. After a series of escalating positions of responsibility and numerous operational awards, his last position was the Senior Director of Chicago, which was a 2002-2003 consolidation of 5 terminals into one of the first US large automated metropolitan facilities. This 100MM in revenue, 1000+ team member, automated model would be used in FedEx Ground and later Amazon Logistics hundreds of times over and is actively in use today.
 
Dan grew up in an entrepreneurial family and in 2004 he purchased Best Messenger – a small, established courier company in Chicago. Over the next 14 years Dan was instrumental in leading the organization through a transformation. Starting as a 2MM company at acquisition, Best became one of the leading logistics service providers in the Midwest. Over the next decade, through team building, organic sales growth, M&A and subsidiary startups, Best Transportation Services grew 15X revenue with a 4+MM EBITDA by 2016. In 2017 Best was acquired by private equity, providing its shareholders a 4500% return on initial investment.
 
In 2018-2020, Dan spent some time at Sysco, Inc. operationally leading a 2B/ 1500+ employee market. He was charged with driving key metrics, expense and revenue management and strategic execution of corporate initiatives, including extensive union contract negotiations and implementation of fresh safety and retention procedures. In 2019 his facilities achieved the lowest employee turnover ratio in 25 years.
 
In late 2020, Dan was approached by a tenured associate of his to participate and join the Urban Shipper Technology team. With his extensive entrepreneurial spirit and background in logistics, specifically within the vertical of final mile where he sees incredible opportunity, he joined Urban Shipper on December 1, 2020, and is currently the Chief Operating Officer.