About Us

Mission Statement: "It is the mission of Champagne Logistics to create unmatched value for our customers through leadership, creativity, and an uncompromising commitment to quality, responsiveness, and integrity."

Champagne Logistics was started in 1996 by Rick Champagne. We are a relatively young company, focused entirely on Logistics and Supply Chain Management services. Our headquarters is in Phoenix, Arizona and we have full service operations in Boston, Massachusetts, Raleigh, North Carolina, Houston, Texas and Austin, Texas.

Vision Statement:
"To be the leading solutions provider for every customer we serve."

At Champagne Logistics we've always placed the business goals and objectives of our customers at the forefront of our customized transportation, distribution, warehousing and supply chain management solutions. We recognize that our customers success depends largely upon our ability to execute at every level of the service we provide. Our culture focuses on a basic philosophy of doing what's right for the customer, and developing long-term and mutually pleasing relationships. Over time, that philosophy will enable our customers to rely on a consistent quality of service and work ethic that is second to none.

Champagne Logistics is an Agent for Specialized Transportation, Inc, formerly North American Van Lines High Value Products division, which affords us the opportunity to offer a wide variety of Specialized Transportation and Handling services. This connects us to a network of over 500 affiliated agents, providing similar logistics services to their clients in the US and Canada.

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Meet the Core Team



Rick Champagne

Chris Bozer

Dan Duplessis

Dave Kaple



Tom Duplessis

Chad Bell

 

Rick Champagne

Rick began his career in the transportation industry in 1977 as a commissioned salesperson for a Mayflower Van Lines agent in New Hampshire, primarily selling household relocation services. During his tenure there, he learned how critical it was to develop long term relationships with customers by striving to meet all their transportation needs. As a result of his diligent efforts, he quickly grew to become one of Mayflower´s top sales producers in the country. In 1989, he decided to relocate to a warmer climate, and joined Atlantic North American in their Phoenix, Arizona branch. While working at Atlantic, he expanded his experience to include High Value Products distribution activity. Taking on this additional type of service, enabled him to offer a wider variety of services to his customers. In 1996, he decided to start his own company, and opened Champagne Logistics. Since then, Champagne Logistics has risen to be one of STI's (formerly North American Logistics) top producing agents with their headquarters in Tempe, Arizona and full service operations in Boston, Massachusetts, Houston, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina.

As president of Champagne Logistics, Rick sets the standards by which his company operates. His unyielding commitment to quality and customer service transcends through the organization, making Champagne Logistics, a truly customer focused company.

 

Chris Bozer

Chris currently serves as COO and has been with the company since its founding in 1997. During his first year at Champagne, the company achieved a ranking amongst the top seven largest agents within STI (formerly North American Van Lines). Prior to joining Champagne Logistics Chris worked as a traffic manager for an international exhibition company and later worked for a North American Van Lines agency.

Chris is actively involved in the daily operations of all Champagne locations and is primarily responsible for operations and customer service.

 

Dan Duplessis

Dan is the CFO, and a Partner at Champagne Logistics where he has been since April 2002. Prior to being named CFO in January of 2010, Dan held the positions of COO and VP of Solutions involved in developing Operations, Sales, and the IT infrastructure of Champagne Logistics.

Previous to this position, Dan spent 14 years at EMC Corporation in Finance, Sales, and Worldwide Distribution. While at EMC Corporation, Dan led an international team that implemented the Oracle distribution modules and designed worldwide business practices. His experience includes strategies for vendor managed inventories, hub distribution, merge in transit, inventory management and control, and product lifecycle and reuse.

Dan is a graduate of Bentley College with a BS in Finance.

 

Dave Kaple

Dave joined Champagne Logistics in August of 2004 as Vice President of Business Development. He comes to the company with an extensive background in all aspects of business development in the transportation and logistics industry. He spent 17 years with North American Van Lines in a number of key roles with the most recent being Vice President of Business Development for the Logistics division. He is a graduate of the University of Texas with a BS in Management.

Dave´s business philosophy is very simple: "Strive to develop a lifetime relationship with customers." He and his business development team are focused on achieving that objective by making sure that they add value for their customers in the services they provide.

 

Tom Duplessis

Tom Duplessis joined Champagne Logistics in April of 2005 as Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Champagne Logistics, he spent five years working for Laidlaw Transportation as an accounting manager until 2000, when he joined the New Boston Fund, Inc. as a senior analyst working in the Commercial Real Estate Investments group. Tom is a graduate of North Adams State with a BS in Finance. Tom is based in our Boston, MA branch and has overall responsibility for all accounting, banking and finance functions.

 

Chad Bell

Chad serves as the Vice President of Operations and joined Champagne Logistics in April of 2006. Chad manages all branches throughout the company to include Customer Service, Transportation Management, Distribution, Supply Chain and Strategic Operational Initiatives. Chad started his career in Transportation and Logistics in 1990 with Direct Transit, Inc.

His philosophy is simple: "There is no substitute for operational excellence."