Meet Our Management Team
Our management team is committed to delivering to our customers the same outstanding service for which we have been known for three quarters of a century. We pursue our on-going growth with the same hard-working focus as when we first began.
Paul S. Mears Sr. – Founder (1916 to 2007): Paul Sr. set out to change the transportation industry in 1939. He was committed to professionalism, customer service and integrity. He knew from the beginning that our chief product was the feeling of service our customers walked away with when they stepped out of their taxi. His careful attention and steady drive has successfully guided Mears into its third generation of leaders.
Paul S. Mears Jr. – Chairman, Board of Directors: Paul graduated from Vanderbilt University and has been active in leading Mears Transportation Group since 1969. He has led Mears Transportation Group and its affiliated companies for almost 40 years and has been a visionary through Mears’ years of rapid growth. He has provided the animating vision of commitment to outstanding service that has inspired Mears Transportation Group during his tenure. The International Taxi and Livery Association recognized Mr. Mears’s abilities and achievements by naming him its Operator of the Year. Mr. Mears has served on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida, the Give Kids the World Foundation, Employers’ Self-Insurers Fund and the International Taxi and Livery Association. He has also served as a trustee of Valencia Community College and was a co-founder of the Florida Taxicab and Limousine Association.
James L. Mears – Director, Board of Directors: Through his more than 25 years in the family business, Jim Mears has held executive positions in airport operations, fleet planning, vehicle maintenance, driver relations and driver training. He has also been instrumental in implementing company-wide cost control procedures. Today, Jim is responsible for day-to-day management of taxicab maintenance operations and fleet planning.
Jonathan P. Mears – Director, Board of Directors: Jon Mears has worked in the family business for more than 25 years, holding executive positions in reservations, dispatch, driver management and at the airport. He has contributed to the design and development of the sophisticated reservation and dispatch programs that help distinguish our services. Today, Jon is responsible for day-to-day operations of the taxi business, overseeing dispatch, reservations, driver relations and airport operations.
Charles E. Carns, Jr. – Chief Executive Officer: Charles is a graduate of Florida Southern College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, and formerly was a manager with the Orlando office of the international accounting firm Ernst & Young. Mr. Carns began working with Mears Transportation Group in 1988 as its Chief Financial Officer. In 1993 he was appointed Executive Vice President/Treasurer, in January 1995 was named President and in November 1998 he began his current role. Mr. Carns is responsible for implementing the Mears’ corporate vision on a day-to-day basis and directly responsible for the overall operational, sales and financial direction of all divisions. Mr. Carns currently serves or has served on the Executive Committee for the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee of the American Bus Association, Chairman of the South Orlando charitable organization – The Beacon Foundation, Pine Castle Christian Academy School Board and the Board of the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2010-2011, he and his wife served as the Annual Fund Chair for his college Alma Mater.
Paul S. Mears, III – President and Director: Paul graduated from Georgia Tech in 1991 where he spent the next three years as the Assistant coach of their baseball team prior to coming to Mears Transportation. Paul brings a unique combination of sales and operational knowledge to his position. Since joining Mears in 1994, Paul has been trained in risk management, dispatch, reservations, taxi operations and sales. Paul’s diverse background and ownership perspective gives him an advantage when working with customers. Paul was a top Sales Manager prior to being promoted to Director of Convention Sales in October 1997. In November 1998 he was appointed President. Paul’s diverse background makes him a great overall problem solver and motivator for our division heads. Paul currently serves on the Board of the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
James B. Mears – Executive Vice President, Operations: James attended Florida Southern College and began working for Mears Destination Services, Inc. in 1990. James has experience as a driver, airport starter, reservationist, dispatcher, driver manager, sales manager and assistant operations manager. James was promoted to General Manager in January 1994. He began his current role as Vice President in 1999. James understands the demands of the customers and what tools our people need to meet demands.
J. Bret Voisin – Vice President, Sales & Marketing: Bret graduated from Eastern Illinois University. He began working for Mears Transportation Group in 1985 as a Sales Manager and was named Orlando Director of Sales and Marketing in 1990. As of January 1995, he was appointed Vice President Sales & Marketing for all transportation operations. Mr. Voisin is a member of the Mears Executive Committee and is actively involved in negotiating major transportation contracts.
Timothy L. Baker – Chief Financial Officer: Timothy is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and formerly was a manager with the Orlando office of the international accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand. Mr. Baker began working with Mears Transportation Group in January 1995 as the Corporate Controller. In 1999, he began his current role of Chief Financial Officer for all transportation operations. He is responsible for all financial management and reporting activities.
Joseph Lenart – Vice President and Chief Information Officer, IT: Joseph holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Stony Brook University. He comes to Mears with extensive experience in computer systems, large-scale data communications networks, and local area network technology and telecommunications. Mr. Lenart began working with Mears Transportation Group in October 1999, he worked for such companies as Fiserv, Wellington Management Company and Citibank.
Roger E. Chapin – Vice President, Public Affairs: Roger is a graduate of Florida State University. Prior to joining Mears, he was Director of Public Affairs for Darden Restaurants Inc., from 1993 to 1998 and also served in the communications office of the late Governor Lawton Chiles in 1992. Roger currently serves or has served on the City of Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board, Downtown Development Board, Community Redevelopment Agency, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center’s Construction Procurement Committee and the Orange County Charter Review Commission. He is a co-founder of the Orlando Film Festival, serves on the Orlando Regional Healthcare Foundation Board and is Chairman of the Florida Wildlife Commission’s “Florida Wildlife Magazine”. He has been named by Orlando Magazine and the Orlando Business Journal as one of “40 under 40”.
Charles L. Springer – Vice President, Motor Coach Operations: Charles is a graduate of the University of Washington and a decorated Vietnam Veteran. Prior to joining Mears in 1997, he served as a transportation executive at Holland America Line – Westours in Seattle, Washington. His first role at Mears was the Director of Motor Coach Maintenance. Today, he is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Bus Division. This includes maintenance, scheduling, dispatch and recruiting.
Daniel W. Ford – Executive Vice President: Dan is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. He began the practice of law in 1988 with a local Orlando firm. After six years of practicing law, Dan joined the Orange County Sheriff’s office as In-House Litigation Management Counsel, to include overseeing Human Resources, Risk Management and Training. Dan joined Mears in November of 2007 bringing to our team a unique combination of experience. In addition to his role as General Counsel and litigation management, he is responsible for the areas of Human Resources, Insurance/Risk Management and Safety. Dan is actively involved in several non-for-profits including Trail Life USA, YMCA of Central Florida, Sheriff Employee Assistance Trust and CrimeLine. Dan has served youth as a mentor, coach and Sunday school teacher. Dan enjoys spending time with his family, outdoors and dispute resolution.
John Wolfe – Vice President, Human Resources: John Wolfe began his career at Mears in 1989 as Driver Manager, experiencing operational challenges on the frontlines of our business while developing his leadership skills. He was promoted to Personnel Manager in 1991, named Director of Human Resources in 1999 and became a Vice President in 2004. Before joining Mears, John spent five years coordinating transportation for the elderly and disabled at the Center for Independent Living. He is a longtime member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds a Florida Workers’ Comp Adjuster license.
Karen Pitcherello – Director of Business Development: Karen is a graduate of Westchester University. She began her career with Mears in June of 1988. She is responsible for promoting domestic and international sales to the corporate and leisure markets. Ms. Pitcherello was appointed to a two-year term on the National Tour Association’s Tour Supplier Council in 1991. She served on the NTA Member Service Committee, the International and Marketing Committees and chaired the NTA national convention in 2000. She was elected to a two-year term on the NTA Board of Directors in 2000.