Bill Meszaros has joined Span Alaska Transportation as vice president of sales and marketing. He replaces Kathy Lorec, who recently retired after 33 years of service with the freight company. Meszaros comes to Span Alaska with more than 30 years of freight experience in the Alaska marketplace.
Beginning with a company that most Alaskans will remember, Meszaros worked for Mark Air, an upstart, cargo-only airline that flourished during the early 80s. Starting as a warehouseman loading planes, he worked his way up through the ranks to become Anchorage cargo manager. The company moved into passenger service, flying routes first in Alaska and then expanding into the Lower 48. Unfortunately, Mark Air fell on hard times and closed its doors in 1994. That same year, Pacific Alaska Freightways (PAF) hired Meszaros as the Anchorage terminal manager. A short time later he became the director of operations, overseeing all of Alaska for PAF. In 2000 he was again promoted, this time to vice president of sales, a position he held until the time of his departure.
“I learned a great deal from Mark Air and PAF and have met a lot of lifelong friends along the way. I’ve loved every minute of it and wouldn’t change a thing. I am excited about Span Alaska.” said Meszaros.
One of the largest freight companies serving Alaska today, Span Alaska Transportation and its related companies ship more than 200 million pounds of freight annually to Alaska. The company employs more than 120 professionals and owns more than 150 pieces of rolling equipment. In addition to the vast volume of shipments from the Lower 48 to Southcentral Alaska, they also offer overnight service from Anchorage to Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula. Span Alaska has offices in Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks, Soldotna, and Auburn, WA, and has been in the business of moving freight to Alaska for nearly four decades.