Management Team

Clyde Kerns

Active since childhood, Clyde spent weeks at a time going to work with his father Johnny; riding in trucks, counting loads on jobs, fetching tools, all of which prepared Clyde for his first real job of servicing trucks, changing tires and driving. Upon completion of high school Clyde served 4 years in the USN and later attended Appalachian State University where he graduated with a BSBA in Transportation Management and Leadership Instruction to eventually enable Clyde to assume his current leadership role at Kerns. Today Clyde enjoys family, friends, hunting and the shooting sports. Clyde and his wife of 26 years Faye have three children and one grandchild. His daughter Alyson Gray represents the fourth generation of family involvement in Kerns Trucking's operation. Son, Lance Corporal Clay is serving as a Marine in Jacksonville, NC and daughter Ramey is a middle school Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. Finally it can be said that no man can be truly successful without a lifetime partner. For Clyde, Faye Ramey Kerns has guided and supported him in all life's joy and struggles.

Carol Canipe
OTR Division Manager

Carol joined Kerns Trucking in January 2006. She has an extensive background in international and domestic transportation. She manages customer service, sales and dispatch in the over the road division located at the corporate office in Grover NC where the nationwide fleet is based. She takes pride in growing the fleet and customer base and appreciates the challenges and solutions faced on a daily basis. Carol lives in Lincolnton, NC and enjoys playing the piano, reading and travel.

Doug Prestwood
Vice President

Doug Prestwood is Vice President of Kerns Trucking, Inc. He joined the company in 1992 as the Business Manager and oversees most of the overall daily operations of the company. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a B.S. degree in Mathematics. Doug is married to Debora, and together they have four children and three grandchildren. He is a member of Christian Freedom Church and serves in several areas there. He is also on the Board of Grace Christian Academy and has been on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gaston County for over 30 years. He enjoys outdoor activities and riding his motorcycle.

Drew Kinney
Local Division Manager

Drew joined the Kerns team in September of 89', and he has been learning the trucking business ever since. He is the Local Division Manager and dispatcher over the local trucks in the Grover office. Drew, his wife Kelly and daughter Eva live in Kings Mountain. He is an avid cyclist, and loves the outdoors, which also includes; mountain biking, hiking and whitewater kayaking/rafting. Most importantly, Drew enjoys spending his time with family and friends.

Kathy Loftin
Logistics Division Manager

Kathy joined Kerns Trucking and opened the logistics division in July of 2003 to manage our customer's specialty shipments. She has many years of experience in the domestic and international markets. She is married to Corky Loftin and has one son, Kevin, who is married to Rachel. Her three grandsons keep her very busy in her free time. She enjoys cooking, painting, reading and spending time with her family.

Kurt Zayls
Charlotte Division Manager

Kurt joined Kerns Trucking in November 2003 to manage the local dump truck operation in Charlotte, NC metro area. Kurt has over 18 years of experience in Distribution and Transportation Management. He currently resides in Kannapolis, NC with his wife Lori and their son Wyatt. Kurt's popular pastimes include ATV trail riding with family and friends. He is also an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman.

Tony Yarbro
Shop Manager

Tony joined Kerns Trucking, Inc in October 2010 to manage the shop operations in Grover, NC. Tony has over 30 years of experience in fleet maintenance. He enjoys hunting & fishing in his spare time and spending time with his girlfriend Stephanie Absher and granddaughter Nataliegh.