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Kevin Lhotak

Kevin Lhotak

My goal was a seemless transition to create new opportunities. First Merchants made it happen.

Kevin Lhotak

Currently, Reliable Transportation Specialists works with 175 to 185 drivers - all of whom are independant owner/operators who lease use of their trucks to reliable.

Kevin Lhotak

Reliable Transportation Specialists recently moved closer to its goal of 250 drivers by partnering with a truck-leasing company that makes it easier for good drivers to get their own trucks.

Kevin Lhotak

Reliable Transportation Specialists predominantly operates in the Midwest and the Southeast regions - covering approximately 25% of the country hauling freight of all kinds.

Kevin Lhotak

Founded and headquartered in Chesterton, Indiana, since 1986, Reliable Transportation specialists delivers freight within 350 miles of major railroad hubs and ports.

Reliable Transportation Specialists at a Glance

Company Name Reliable Transportation Specialists

Headquarters Chesterton, Indiana

Year Founded 1986

Industry Trucking

Market Reach Midwest and Southeast

Recent Growth Partnered with truck-leasing company to add drivers

A smarter solution. We made it happen.

Kevin Lhotak
President, Reliable Transportation Specialists
Chesterton, Indiana

I've seen my fair share of mergers. It's likely to happen if you stick with the same banking experts for years. When I followed senior vice president Scott Steinwart and vice president Scott Casbon to Citizens Financial Bank, and moved all of my personal and business accounts, I knew of a possible merger with First Merchants Bank. Not only was it the smoothest transition I've ever had, but their newly available services will help me retain and attract top employees.

My dad and I began Reliable Transportation Specialists, a truck dispatching company, on April 1, 1986. Two fools on April Fools' Day, as I like to joke. Since then, we’ve delivered freight of all kinds from Midwest rail hubs and southeastern port cities. After previous mergers, some banks bogged down my people with busywork or took months for approvals. Citizens only gave me trust, urgency and attention. First Merchants has, too, and the changeover was extremely smooth because they share the same values and principles.

Any hiccups were minor and immediately addressed. I didn’t have to retrain anyone on what my company does. And during a recent lunch with regional president Daryl Pomranke, he asked what they could do better. I was astounded. No bank officer ever asked me that. But then I realized, "That's why I'm with these guys."

Now, First Merchants can offer me even more services. At a small business, you must take care of the people who take care of you - while appealing to perspective employees, too. Our 401(k) program isn't all it could be. But we're in talks with First Merchants to handle that for us and become an expert investment resource for our people. And we'll also be looking into their insurance services next year.

You can't buy trust. You've got to earn it. By offering me an easy merger and exciting new opportunities, First Merchants has certainly earned mine.

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