We build top quality van bodies, trailers, rail equipment, and custom vehicles for customers throughout North America. Our team prides themselves on creating the most durable, efficient, hard-working trucks available from design, through production, to final finishing.

Our mission is to manufacture, deliver, and service exceptional products which reflect the pride and craftsmanship of our employees and that enable our customers to transport their goods and services safely and more efficiently.

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Jeff Hupke
CEO

Jeff joined Brown Industries and the B12 Transportation Group as CEO in January 2016 (Brown is part of the B12 Transportation Group along with Diamond Coach Corporation). Jeff’s most recent experience prior to Brown was in roles as CFO, COO, CEO and Executive VP over a ten year period at Safe Fleet Corporation (formerly ROM Corp.). While at Safe Fleet, Jeff led the company through a period of tremendous growth and innovation in the fleet vehicle component space, including the completion and integration of nine add-on acquisitions in a five year period. Prior to Safe Fleet, Jeff held senior leadership roles at Kansas City start-ups MachineryLink and Netsales. Jeff is a graduate of Purdue University and holds an MBA in finance from Indiana University.

Dane Jennison
President

Dane began his career at Brown Industries (formerly Brown Cargo Van) in 1976 after graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors degree in Journalism. He started at the lowest rung on the employment chain as someone who "bucked" (or flattened) aluminum rivets. Since that inauspicious beginning, he has served as a parts manager, purchasing agent, supervisor, plant manager, salesman, general manager and is now the President of Brown Industries. His current focus is managing sales for all divisions as well as new product line start up co-ordination.

Mike Gonnerman
VP Operations

Mike joined Brown Industries and the B12 Transportation Group as VP-Operations in March of 2017. Mike is responsible for operations including manufacturing, purchasing, and engineering. Mike reports directly to the CEO. Prior to joining Brown, Mike worked at Mastering Excellence consulting and before that spent eleven years at Safe Fleet (formerly ROM Corporation) in roles ranging from Design Engineer to Chief Operating Officer. Previous career stops include nine years at Pella Windows and seven years at Honeywell. Mike has also been awarded “Black Belt” status for his work in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. Mike received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering as well as his MBA from Iowa State.


Ron Thomson
Regional Sales Manager

Ron Thomson began his career in the transportation industry working at a local Kansas City trucking business owned by his family. While attending high school and college Ron began working in the truck maintenance shop and over time worked in every aspect of the business. Ultimately the business evolved to become a full service truck rental and lease operation. In 1999, as president, he negotiated the sale of the business to a large regional leasing company. Afterward Ron went to work as a regional sales manager for a nationwide truck body manufacturer. He came to work for Brown in 2008.

Russ Briney
Regional Sales Manager

Having grown up, worked around, and driven heavy trucks most of his life, Russ went to work for one of the largest GMC and Volvo Trucks dealerships in the country in 1994. He specified and sold all classes of trucks from Class 1 through Class 8. As a customer of Brown Cargo Van, he became intimately familiar with the Brown product. Approached about a sales opportunity with Brown Cargo Van in 1998, Russ elected to join the company and has been here since. With his technical background in specifying trucks, Russ can use that knowledge to better help you in designing the total truck package to meet your business needs.

Stuart Seeger
Regional Sales Manager

Stuart’s experience working with trucks started with his family’s business. In 1992, he took this experience with him and began selling Mack trucks for 15+ years. In 2008, he expanded his industry knowledge, working for a large railroad contractor. Stuart’s brought his combined expertise to Brown’s rail equipment division in 2010. Stuart enjoys working with people to deliver trucks that meet the complex demands of the industry.

Matthew Archambault
Regional Sales Manager

Matt’s experience in the transportation industry began almost 15 years ago, continuing through his attendance at Western Illinois University where he graduated with a BA in Communications. After supporting himself through college by holding a series of progressive positions for an auto body shop and local car dealership, he began his career in sales working for with the largest car dealership in the Midwest, Toyota of Naperville. Building on his education, training, and experience, he accepted an expanding regional position focusing on the truck industry for Enterprise, where he headed up sales and managing just under 200 class 2-6 trucks to customer base covering an array of different industries. Bringing his hands-on experience running a fleet and the knowledge he gained providing trucks to such a large spectrum of industries, Matt joined Brown Industries in the spring of 2014.

Robert "Bob" Foster
Business Development Manager

Bob joined Brown Industries as a Business Development Manager in June 2015. Bob has nearly four decades of sales and sales management experience in both trucks and truck bodies and equipment. Bob sold Chevrolet trucks for a full line dealer and liked it so much he soon transitioned into the truck equipment world. Bob has been a Salesman and Sales Manager in the truck body business for the past 27 years and worked for Kolstad, LaHass, Delta-Waseca, Marion Body Works and most recently Towmaster in the Minnesota-Wisconsin area.

Jerry Prock
Business Development Manager

Jerry started his career in the railroad industry in 1981 as a railroad section laborer for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad which is now Union Pacific Railroad. He worked 13 years for the railroad. In 1994 Jerry was hired by Orgo-Thermit Inc. into their contract thermite welding department. After 3 years of welding Jerry was asked to make a change to be a to be a sales and service rep. He sold hydraulic and gas railroad tools for Racine Railroad Products. Jerry’s last position was Business Development Manager for Encore Rail Systems based in Denver CO selling chemical railroad tie plugging products.

Affiliated Organizations


(The Railway Engineering Maintenance Suppliers Association

The Railway Engineering Maintenance Suppliers Association

American Moving and Storage Association

American Moving and Storage Association

National Truck Equipment Association

National Truck Equipment Association

National Railroad Contractors & Maintenance Association

National Railroad Contractors & Maintenance Association

American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association

American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association

American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association

American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association