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Ron Lallo, CEO

Ron is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), president and operating partner of Gazelle Transportation, LLC. Ron began his career with Gazelle in 1993 as a mechanic hired to set up a basic preventative maintenance program and manage fleet repairs/servicing. Ron quickly worked his way up to management, becoming General Manager in 1995.  In 1997, Ron, at the age of 24, became the company’s President. In April 2004, in a planned succession, Ron exercised his option to acquire Gazelle upon the retirement of its founder.   


Under Ron’s direction, the company set its vision on becoming the nation’s premier crude oil transportation company. By November 2004, Gazelle uncovered opportunities to expand its business outside of California. This is when Ron developed a fundamental understanding in the value of combining human performance and technology, as a way of developing a best in class service platform focused on incident free operations. Over the next 10 years, Gazelle successfully expanded into six states, becoming a nationally respected and sought after crude oil transportation company. During this time, sales grew from $5MM to $62MM.


Ron has been featured in numerous local business articles and is a highly respected community leader. Ron is married with 3 daughters and 2 grandsons. In his free time, Ron likes collecting classic cars, riding motorcycles and investing in real-estate, while spending time with his lovely wife, Valerie.

Celeste Porter, CFO

Celeste first joined Gazelle in September 2015 as the company’s Corporate Controller. In May 2016, she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Celeste has more than 20 years experience in accounting, finance and operations management with aggressive growth, private equity and Fortune 100 companies of varied industries. Celeste oversees the accounting and finance department with a sharp focus on providing best-in-class management decision support, controlling risk and providing timely, accurate and complete transactional processing.  Celeste is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She is married with 2 daughters, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Terry Nimmo, Director of Field Operations

Terry joined Gazelle in May 2014, as the Director of Field Operations. Terry leads both the crude transportation and fluid management driver teams for the company.  During his 30 years in the oil field business, Terry has built strong and lasting relationships with customers, employees and other business partners.  Terry is well respected by those who work him because he gets the job done, and done right.  He is married and relishes the time he can spend with his wife, children and grandchildren.

April Poulton, Director of Human Resources

April was hired as Gazelle’s Director of Human Resources in April 2017. She has 15 years of end-to-end human resource experience supporting 2,000+ employees in over 30 states including truck drivers, mechanics and oil field workers. April is focused on recruiting top talent, maintaining effective driver relations, offering career development and training opportunities and providing overall enriching employee experiences. Outside of work, April enjoys cooking, interior decorating and being with her two sons.

Brian Erquhart, Director of Operations

Brian first joined Gazelle in February 2006 as a dispatch supervisor. During his tenure, Brian has worked in logistics, information technology, safety and human resources. He has developed institutional knowledge that is both highly regarded and useful. Brian has a unique ability to combine the best of analytics into practical application. Today, Brian is focused on driving customer value and operational excellence. In his free time, Brian likes doing renovation projects, being outdoors and spending time with his family.

Gazelle sets itself apart by employing the best people. We openly and proudly admit our single, sustainable competitive advantage is our people.

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