How It All Started

In April of 1997, the 21st to be exact, Cornerstone Systems was incorporated in the state of Tennessee.  We started the company with four people in an empty 5,000 sq. ft. office space and six cell phones (talk about optimistic).  Our goal was to create one of the finest transportation companies in the United States.

By the grace of God we moved our first load, a truck load for Benchcraft Furniture, on June 2nd.  By the end of 1997, we had sales of just over $18M, not bad for seven months.

So what differentiates Cornerstone from our competition?  It’s our people.  We have always believed that the best way to care for our customers is to care about each employee and their families.  People are what make Cornerstone Systems valuable to its customers.  People doing their jobs, being involved and caring about our customers’ freight is what we are about.  We are all in this together and what sets us apart from our competitors is our focus on the customer and our employees.”

Rick Rodell

We are proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2017.  Our continued growth is a true testament to our employees and a steadfast belief in our Purpose Statement.  So what was the purpose in creating Cornerstone in the first place?  Honestly, it was to provide a better place for people to work.  Simple as that.    

Purpose Statement
“To Provide A Better Place
For People to Work”

Core Values

Integrity – Period
Honesty – Absence of Deceit
Respect – How We Treat People
Loyalty – What We Give and Expect In Return
Never Satisfied – We Will Continuously Seek Improvement




Then & Now
1997   2017
4 Employees 187
1 Locations 27
Services Intermodal
Supply Chain
On-Site Logistics
Special Projects
Rick Rodell Ownership Rick Rodell & Employees (ESOP)


Cornerstone started with four employees. Seen here are three of the original four who are still with us today. (l to r) President/CEO Tim Clay, Founder/Chairman Rick Rodell, Executive Assistant Sheryl Barton. Not pictured - IT Manager Charles Corpier (retired).

Founder/Chairman Rick Rodell
"Sometimes, I do wonder where the 20 years have gone". Read More

President/CEO Tim Clay
"I truly understand the saying 'the days are long, but the years are short' ”.
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Cornerstone Systems Today

Rick indeed met his goal.  Cornerstone Systems has grown into a leading nationwide provider of solutions for transportation and logistics. 

As an employee-owned company, our employees take personal responsibility for the success of every shipment, and the satisfaction of every client.  Recognized for our exceptional customer experience, Cornerstone maintains a consistent A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, has been ranked “Top Tier of Carbon Efficiency” as a U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partner, and has been named in “Top Freight Brokerage Firms” (Transport Topics), “Who’s Who Among 3PLs” (Journal of Commerce , “Who’s Who in North American Logistics & Supply Chain Management” (Armstrong & Associates), “Top 100 U.S. Domestic Transportation Management/Freight Brokers” (Armstrong & Associates), “5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” (Inc. Magazine), “Top 100 3PL Providers” (Inbound Logistics), “Excellence in Client Services” (American Economic Institute), “Great Supply Chain Partner” (SupplyChainBrain), and more.

We built our company on personal integrity and a commitment to total customer satisfaction.  That’s our foundation.  That’s what we’re all about.  That’s Cornerstone.