Jerry Moyes


Jerry Moyes

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Swift Transportation

Moyes is CEO and Founder of Phoenix-headquartered Swift Transportation Company, a publicly traded multi billion dollar company that he started with a single truck in 1966. Swift Transportation is now the largest truckload carrier in the United States providing Best-in-Class transportation services to its customers, many of whom are the nation’s largest retailers. Swift Transportation’s 18,000 award winning professional truck drivers safely travel millions of miles each week delivering freight.

A native of Plain City, Utah, Moyes relocated to Phoenix in 1966 and began hauling steel with his one truck, forming a partnership with a steel importer called Common Market Dist. Corp., which he later merged with a company he founded, Swift Transportation. In 1986, he was named Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President of the company. Swift originally went public in 1990, private in 2007, and public once again in 2010 earning the distinction of second largest IPO in America for 2010. Swift Transportation has developed into one of the most successful truckload carriers in the United States, having grown its total revenue from $33 million in 1985 to nearly $4.3 billion in 2014.

Mr. Moyes is a graduate of Weber State University with a B.S. in Business and an honorary doctorate degree. Through the years he has also been involved in a number of organizations, serving as vice president of the American Trucking Association and president of the Arizona Trucking Association. He served as a board member of the Truckload Carriers Association, a director for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and a member of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University. He has also been involved in numerous other organizations, serving on many local and national Boards.

Mr. Moyes is a partner in the Arizona Diamondbacks, former owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, and former minority owner of the Phoenix Suns. Mr. Moyes also has extensive business interests in other trucking companies, aviation, manufacturing, and real estate.

Jerry and his wife Vickie have been married for 47 years and have ten children, nineteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They are actively involved in the community with a special interest/focus on children, education, and women’s issues. Some of the organizations the family is actively engaged include Swift Charities, West Valley Child Crisis Center, UMOM New Day Centers, Foundation for Blind Children, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, as well as a private scholarship program.