Mr. Peterson has served as Melton's president since July 1991 when he acquired the company. Prior to that, he served as President of GlasTran, Inc. a trucking company he founded in 1989. Mr. Peterson joined Contract Freighters, Inc., of Joplin, Missouri July 1985 and served in a number of capacities concluding as Executive Vice President.
Prior to CFI, Mr. Peterson's professional experience included executive management positions in venture capital, bank management, and public accounting. Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California; he is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Peterson's hobbies include golf and swimming. He is an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, the United Way, and various other organizations.
In 2014, Mr. Peterson was named “Healthy Executive of the Year” for leading the way for wellness in Tulsa County and Commercial Carrier Journal named Melton, "Innovator of the Year" for his efforts to promote driver health and wellness.
“As the CEO and owner, I take my business very personally. When describing my leadership style, I would say I am a participative manager. I empower employees at all levels to contribute ideas and make decisions based on ‘the right thing to do” – right for our customers and right for our business. This philosophy has made us nimble and responsive to our customers, retain talent, and earn numerous industry and community recognitions.”Bob Peterson, President Melton Truck Lines