J&M Tank Lines
J&M Tank Lines recently elevated Jeff Arledge to the role of vice president of maintenance.

J&M updates executive leadership team

Dec. 5, 2023
Birmingham, Alabama-based tank truck carrier elevates Jeff Arledge to VP of maintenance and Russell Curbo to VP of safety

J&M Tank Lines recently added Jeff Arledge and Russell Curbo to its leadership team.

Arledge will serve as vice president of maintenance and Curbo is taking on the role of VP of safety, the Birmingham, Alabama-based carrier reported.

“We aim to be first class in each segment of our company,” J&M CEO Harold Sumerford said in a news release. “Selecting the right leadership is key to ensure we are ready to capitalize on opportunity. These gentlemen are dedicated to our industry and hold themselves to a higher standard.

“We are proud to have them as representatives of J&M and its people.”

Arledge came to J&M in 2021 as maintenance director. He boasts over 20 years of experience in fleet maintenance and management for bulk and food-grade carriers throughout the Southeast. He quickly made an impact across terminal and shop locations for J&M and its affiliates, emphasizing efficiency, unity, and preventative maintenance.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead J&M’s maintenance team,” Arledge said. “I believe in hard work, teamwork, and leading by example. Our team is focused on maintaining strong CSA [Compliance, Safety, Accountability] scores and keeping our drivers equipped to perform at their best so they can deliver on our customer needs.”

Curbo brings 30 years of transportation experience to J&M, including 12 years with the Arkansas Department of Transportation and five years of carrier safety experience within the Southeast and Central United States. His mission is to provide an industry-leading safety culture that supports J&M’s values and growth strategies, the company said.

“I look forward to a challenge, which is why I have dedicated myself to this industry,” Curbo said. “J&M’s leadership, company culture, and support for performing at a high level of safety made this opportunity the right fit.

“I am eager to use my experience to benefit the overall welfare of J&M and its affiliates.”

As J&M moves forward into its next 75 years of service, ownership is confident in what the future has in store.

“Our focus has been selecting people of character, and those who support our mission, values, and growth strategies,” said Peter Sumerford, J&M president and director of sales. “Harold and I have invested a great amount of thought and consideration into the future of J&M. We believe these gentlemen exhibit these qualities and will be of great benefit to not only the J&M trucking group, but our valued employees.”