President, Covenant Transportation Group
David Parker has been in the trucking business since he was an early teenager, so you might say that trucking really is in his blood! At the age seventeen, when most teenagers are preparing to go away to college, David was hard at work full time for his father’s trucking company, Southwest Motor Freight, managing terminals and soaking up all the knowledge he could about running a trucking company.
In 1985, after much preparation and prayer, David and his wife, Jacqueline, put their trucking knowledge to good use and founded a trucking company of their own, Covenant Transport. David made a “Covenant” with God that he would always operate the business with quality and integrity – principles that are infused into the organization to this day. In January 1986, Covenant Transport began hauling loads with 25 trucks and 50 trailers. Nearly 30 years and several acquisitions later, Covenant Transportation Group is a $750 million enterprise with six subsidiaries and a network of over 2,700 trucks and 6,700 trailers moving up and down our nations’ highways. Covenant Transport became a publicly-traded company in 1994, and in 1997 the company moved to its present headquarters in Lookout Valley, where it remains today.
David’s faith has guided him in all aspects of his life, and he credits much, if not all, of his business success to the Lord’s provision for him and his family. He serves tirelessly as a Deacon with City Church of Chattanooga where he ministers in various capacities. He conducts Bible studies throughout the week and has a passion for ministering to children and families in all walks of life. David and Jacqueline are very philanthropic at heart, and many have benefitted from their generosity.
David’s trucking acumen and unparalleled industry knowledge have made him a well-known advocate of the industry, as he is a sought-after speaker and advisor in the trucking world. David is a member of the Trade and Transportation Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Truckload Carriers Association in 1994 and also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Trucking Association. Additionally, David’s significant leadership experience and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of his company make him well-qualified for his position of President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Covenant Transportation Group. David was recently inducted into the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s College of Business Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.