Peach State Freightliner Staff
Rick ReynoldsPresident and Owner Principal
Rick Reynolds graduated from Auburn University in 1979 with a BS in Accounting. After graduation Rick joined Coopers Lybrand, a Big 8 International Public Accounting firm, where he worked as an accountant for 8 years. In 1987 Rick became the Regional CFO for Cushman and Wakefield, an international commercial real estate firm.
Rick joined Peach State in 1995, leaving the world of accounting and joining the trucking industry. In recent years he has served as Chairman of the Freightliner Dealer Council and as a member of Executive Committee of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association.
Greg AlthardtChief Financial Officer
Greg joined Peach State Truck Centers in September of 2013. He is a certified public accountant, graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and comes to Peach State after 12 years with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, where he was the national partner in charge of commercial truck and trailer dealerships. Greg is a graduate of the American Truck Dealer Academy and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Missouri State Board of Accountancy, and Georgia State Board of Accountancy.
Ricky BrownChief Operating Officer
After graduating with a degree in accounting from Jacksonville State University, Ricky began a 10 year stint in Public Accounting. He obtained his CPA Certificate from the State of Alabama in 1979. In 1985 he spent two years in the mortgage banking industry as CFO Mortgage America in Birmingham, and then he was off to the automotive industry.
Twelve years were spent with three publically traded automotive groups—Sonic Automotive, Group One, and Asbury—where Ricky became very familiar with acquisitions and divestures. In this time Ricky held various titles, serving as Controller, CFO, Regional CFO, Divisional CFO and Divisional VP Operations. Ricky spent an additional 12 years working with various privately owned automotive groups in the Atlanta metro area.
Ricky, a graduate of NADA Dealer Academy, started with Peach State Truck Centers in March of 2010 as CFO and was promoted to COO in September 2013.
Tim ReynoldsVice President
Tim Reynolds graduated from Georgia State University and entered a brief career in law enforcement in Georgia. Upon graduation, he joined Peach State over three decades ago and has served in all departments. Before the Freightliner brand consolidation, Tim became president of the Peach State Truck Center division in 1998.
In his co-ownership position, he serves as advisor to the President, champion’s corporate health within the company, and is an active member on the Ford Commercial Truck Dealer Council.
By partnering with our customers and suppliers, we commit to providing exceptional products and services delivered by caring, competent and confident professionals.
Joe PresleyDirector of Parts
Joe has over 20 years’ experience in the heavy duty truck parts business. He began his career as a mechanical engineering student at Western Michigan University and a member of the Marine Corps Reserves. Joe is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as a Platoon Sergeant for the 4th Marine Division 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion H & S Company based in Tampa Florida.
He spent his first eight years in the heavy truck business working for competitive makes and has spent the last 12 years within the Freightliner, Ford, Sprinter and Thomas Built Bus network. Prior to joining Peach State and Birmingham Freightliner Joe has held positions such as diesel mechanic, parts counter sales, outside parts sales, parts manager and parts director. He joined Peach State and Birmingham Freightliner as Parts Director in June 2013.
Jeff CookNew Truck Sales Director
Jeff Cook was named Peach State’s Director of New Truck Sales in 2014, but has been with the company since 2012. Since joining Peach State Jeff has served as a Fleet Sales Representative and General Manager of Thomas Bus Division, along with his new position.
Before Peach State Jeff worked for American LaFrance as the Vice President of their Commercial Truck Division. And prior to that Jeff served as Regional Sales Manager for Heil Environmental Industries. Jeff’s ample sales experience throughout his career has made him an important asset for Peach State, as well as a great leader for his employees.
Jeff holds a BBA in Marketing from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. He has been married to Sharon for 35 years and enjoys his three grown children and their families, especially the two grandsons.
Bryan LeskoskyDirector of Service
A native of Charlotte, NC, Bryan has 39 years of experience in the Heavy Duty Truck industry. Bryan received a business degree from Mercer University and took the helm of his family’s International truck dealership in Macon, GA. With Bryan as President the International business ultimately grew to include multiple locations throughout Georgia handling three truck OEM’s.
After selling his interest to his brother, Bryan moved to Chattanooga, TN in 2002 to become Service Director of Lee-Smith International, Ford. While with Lee-Smith he completed a two-year certificate program through UCLA in dealer principal multi-location management. In 2009 Bryan was President of Lee-Smith and Lesco Truck Lease and Rental when he accepted the position of Service Director with Peach State.
Bill Garrett, SPHRDirector of Human Resources
Bill has over 30 years of HR/Payroll and Organizational Development experience. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and has done graduate work in Facilities Management at Georgia Tech. He holds a current certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources - SPHR. He has held senior level HR positions in various industries including high tech, multi-family housing management, manufacturing and logistics. In addition to his work in Human Resources, Bill has also held the position of adjunct instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he taught a masters level course in Organizational Behavior/Development.
Bill joined Peach State Truck Centers in September of 2012 and is responsible for all HR/OD and Payroll functions in the organization.
Gary ConleayDirector of Select Trucks / Used Truck Sales Director
Gary is a 35 year veteran of the truck sales business. After graduating with a degree in marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University, Gary began his career with Kenworth and Chevrolet Trucks in Baton Rouge, LA. In 1983, he became the youngest Sales Manager in the entire Peterbilt network. He has since worked with dealers in Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia, successfully creating and managing high performing sales teams. Gary has represented the Freightliner brand for the last 20 years and came to SelecTrucks of Atlanta in December of ’07.
Robert MyersDirector of Information Technology
Robert has over 20 years’ experience in Information Technology. He began his career as a student and a member of the U.S. Navy. Robert is a veteran of Desert Storm where he served as Petty Officer 2nd class on the U.S.S. Whidbey Island – LSD41.
He spent the first 7 years as an Instrumentation & Controls Engineer working in the manufacturing industry in Ohio and transitioned to Information Technology in 1997. Robert holds several industry certifications including MSCE & CAN.
Prior to joining Peach State and Birmingham Freightliner Robert has held positions such as Electrician, Instrumentation Controls Engineer, Helpdesk Manager, Data Center Manager and Disaster Recovery Manager for several Fortune 500 companies. He joined Peach State in July 2007 as the Deputy IT Director and assumed the role of IT Director in January 2012.
Jim ElliottGeneral Manager, Jefferson
Jim Elliott has 20+ years industry experience. He grew up working in his family's used truck dealership and has been doing it ever since. Prior to coming to the Peach State family, Jim was the General Manager of two Freightliner corporate-owned SelecTrucks locations in Cleveland and Atlanta. Following his stint there he became the President of Four Rivers Peterbilt group.
In 2010 Jim took over as General Manager of the Peach State Freightliner location in Jefferson, GA. In his career, Jim has received many accolades for his success and experience. Jim graduated from the ATD/NADA Candidate Academy in 2005, from the Paccar Institute for Managerial Leadership. He has also been recognized by Daimler Trucks Remarketing a total of seven times.
Mike ThompsonGeneral Manager, Birmingham Freightliner
Mike Thompson has nearly 40 years experience in the trucking industry. A graduate of Auburn University in 1977, Mike has a long and successful career working in dealerships and consulting firms in Alabama. After more than two decades at Long Lewis Ford and Sterling in Bessemer, AL, Mike became a consultant and eventually started his own firm--MT Training and Consulting.
Mike has been the General Manager of Birmingham Freightliner since 2013. He has been married for over 25 years and has four children. When he's not at the dealership Mike enjoys golf, hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles.