Company History

Beacon Transport, LLC was founded in June 2000 by Stan Pritchett and David Burns. Their goal was to create a successful truckload company by utilizing their years of combined experience in the transportation industry.


tan Pritchett began his career in the industry after graduating from UT Martin in June 1986 with an accounting degree. From there, Stan went on to obtain his CPA license. He followed by spending a year at Service Transport in Cookeville, TN before joining the accounting firm Nolan/Sharp & Associates. While at Nolan/Sharp & Associates, Stan gained valuable experience in both transportation and finance, working with several trucking companies in the Middle Tennessee area. Later, Stan joined Humboldt Express and Star Transportation as Controller, where he gained knowledge of the LTL and truckload business. Stan continued his career by joining Southern Shippers, Inc. in April 1995 as the VP of Operations. During his tenure, he managed day-to-day operations, which involved supervision of all office staffers and drivers, management of sales and customer relations, equipment purchasing and financing, driver recruiting and safety, freight rate negotiations and contracts, and insurance rates and claim settlement.


avid Burns obtained extensive experience in the direct supervision of sales and account management while working for Service Transport for 18 years. He began his employment with Service Transport in 1982 as a Local Account Representative in Nashville, TN. He became Nashville Sales Manager four years later in the position that he held until becoming Regional Sales Manager in 1987. David was later promoted to National Sales Manager in 1990. In this role, he acted as liaison between the company and more than 100 national accounts, negotiating rates and contracts. David was revered as the top salesperson for Service Transport.

Stan and David joined forces in June 2010 founding Beacon Transport, which started its business operations with only five tractors

Stan and David joined forces in June 2010 founding Beacon Transport, which started its business operations with only five tractors. Since that time, the company has grown to possess more than 150 tractors in its fleet. Beacon Transport serves 48 states with primary emphasis on the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest regions. As a growing company, Beacon Transport provides excellent service to its customers and associates.