Hazel’s is a family-owned enterprise founded in 1977 by Hazel Marshall. The company is fully-owned and controlled by the Marshall family of Dallas, Texas.
Debbie Marshall, President
Debbie Marshall is the President of Hazel’s Hot Shot. Debbie, Hazel’s daughter, began her career at IBM and eventually left IBM to join CSX Transportation as a Relationship Manager. In 1992, Debbie joined Hazel’s Hot Shot. Since joining Hazel’s, Debbie has been actively involved in the management of the day-to-day operations of Hazel’s Hot Shot. Debbie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Dallas, where she graduated at the top of her class. In addition to her leadership role at Hazel’s, Debbie owns and operates several vacation rental properties in Destin, Florida, as well as operates an interior design company called Destination Design.
Dustin Marshall, CEO
Dustin is CEO of Hazel’s Hot Shot, Inc. Dustin joined Hazel’s in 2011 and has successfully tripled the size of the business while increasing profits by over 1000%. Prior to joining Hazel’s, Dustin was a Manager in the Chicago office of Bain & Company, a leading global consultancy. At Bain, Dustin led consulting teams in their work with Fortune 500 companies on topics ranging from Supply Chain Optimization to Sales & Marketing Effectiveness to Merger Integration to Portfolio Management. Prior to working with Bain, Dustin also spent time with Alliance Consulting, Fidelity Investments, and Walmart.com.
Dustin is heavily involved in the DFW community and is very passionate about education reform. In June of 2016, Dustin was elected to serve as a Trustee on the Board of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). Dustin represents District 2 which includes parts of North and East Dallas. Prior to serving as a DISD Trustee, Dustin served on the boards of Reading Partners North Texas, Uplift Education, Dallas After School, and Social Venture Partners Dallas. Dustin also previously served on the Education Council of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation, and the Mayor’s Poverty Task Force. Dustin is a member of Entrepreneurs for North Texas, a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40-under-40” award, an alumnus of Leadership Dallas, and a Finalist for the Dallas Foundation’s “Good Works Under 40” award. Dustin also serves on the Alumni Board of the Greenhill School and is an active member of the Lone Star Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Dustin is also an alumnus of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program where he received intensive leadership training from several former U.S. Presidents and their senior advisors. Dustin has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Dustin resides in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas and is married to his lovely wife, Denise. Together, they have four amazing children, Lilianna, Jackson, Hailey, and Madelyn.
Ray Murphy, COO
Ray joined the team at Headquarters in February 2016. Ray worked for FedEx Express for almost 28 years, where he led both operations and leadership development organizations. He started his career with FedEx as an hourly employee in the Memphis hub, FedEx’s largest hub, and worked his way up to a manager position in Hub Operations. He held Senior Manager positions in west Texas, the Nashville area, and the St. Louis area before returning to Memphis to join FedEx’s Global Leadership Institute as a Senior Management Facilitator. While in this position, he provided leadership development and consulting services to FedEx management worldwide, and moved to FedEx’s Operations Management Training organization. He ended his career with FedEx as the manager of the Global Leadership Institute, where he was responsible for leading Senior Management Facilitators in the development and delivery of FedEx’s core leadership development courses for FedEx Express’ management worldwide. In 2013, he became the Vice President, Leadership Development Manager for Hancock/Whitney Bank in Gulfport, MS. In this position, he was responsible for analyzing the leadership development needs of the company and creating and implementing an appropriate development strategy for individual contributors to “C” suite executives.
Ray received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University, and holds a Masters of Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.
Currently, Ray lives in The Colony, TX with his wife, Jill. They have three fantastic children: Jocelyn, Sean, and Vince.
Linda Smith, Controller
Linda began her career at Hazel’s in February 2010. Her entire working career has been centered in the transportation business, beginning with her dad’s oilfield trucking company in Odessa, Texas in the early 70’s. There, Linda started as a part-time employee while completing high school. After graduation, she continued full time to learn and help grow the family business. In the early 80’s, she moved on to Lesco Trucking (owned by Lone Star Steel) at the Odessa location. There, Linda was a Dispatcher/Pipe Storage Inventory Coordinator. In the oilfield crash of 1986, Lesco transferred her to Corporate in Dallas. There, she was involved with central dispatch/brokerage, and she discovered that she really enjoyed the brokerage side of the business. Due to the sellout of Lesco in 1990, Linda moved on to R & R Transportation as Chief Dispatcher/Office Manager. In September 1993, she decided to open her brokerage company, Rogers Transportation, which she operated independently until January 2010. Due to a downturn in the economy, Linda was forced to close Rogers Transportation, and began here at Hazel’s shortly after.
Linda graduated from Permian High School in 1972, and attended Odessa College for a short period of time.
Currently, Linda and her husband Greg live in Wylie, Texas. Between the two of them, they have four wonderful kids: Rocky, Amber, Lauren, and Austin, along with five fantastic grandchildren.
Joe Williams, General Manager, Dallas Terminal
Joe began his career in the transportation industry right out of high school. He started as a dock worker with Central Freight Lines, and worked his way up to senior dispatcher. After 13 years with Central, he joined the Hazel’s team in September of 2014. He transitioned from the LTL side of the transportation industry to the expedited side of the business. He worked as a dispatcher in the Dallas office for 3 years before being promoted to General Manager.
In his free time, Joe enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, and watching sports.
Joe and his wonderful wife, Shannon, live in Aubrey, TX.
John O’Neill, General Manager, San Antonio Terminal
John started his career in transportation at Associated Express Couriers, where he was a driver before moving into the office to dispatch specialized equipment. After leaving AES, John worked for Custom Express Services (later bought out by Pronto Delivery), helping them launch a flatbed and specialized hauling division. John worked for Hazel’s as a dispatcher in Dallas for 11 years before accepting a promotion to be the General Manager of their newest branch in San Antonio.
John has attended NLCC, UT-Arlington, and SAC where he studied computer science and engineering. In his free time, John enjoys hiking and fishing with friends and family.
John and his lovely wife Crystal live in San Antonio.
Alex Meyer, Driver Safety Manager, Dallas Terminal
Alex joined the team in December 2017. Alex worked with our Dallas General Manager, Joe Williams, at Central Freight for 7 years, starting out on the dock and working his way up to senior dispatch. Before joining the Hazel’s team, Alex was the General Manager of a 24 Hour Fitness facility in Allen, TX where he oversaw all elements of operations and sales and had direct supervision of 50+ team members.
In his free time, Alex enjoys archery, the outdoors, and fitness.
Alex lives in Aubrey, TX with his fiancee, Jordan.
Scot Keairnes, Sales Manager, San Antonio Terminal
Scot joined the Hazel’s team in 2015, helping to open the new office in San Antonio.
Scot has been in the transportation industry for over 32 years. He started as General Manager for the San Antonio office of Velocity Express, a national same day courier company. From there, he moved up to Area Sales Manager, Regional Operations Manager – Gulf Coast, Regional Sales Vice President – Gulf Coast, and National Vice President – Business Development.
After 22 years at Velocity Express, the company was purchased by Dynamex, and Scot moved onto ExPak Logistics, where he was part of their national sales team working as Vice President – Business Development. After two years with ExPak Logistics, Scot joined RR Donnelley. At RR Donnelly, he worked as Director of National Sales for their Integrated Distribution Management Division, selling same day delivery solutions to large national companies.
Scot attended the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
In his spare time, Scot enjoys tennis, hunting, and fishing. Scot’s wife, Jeannine, is recently retired as an elementary school principal. His two sons, Sam and Peter, both live in San Antonio.
Bryan Sims, General Manager, Houston Terminal
Bryan Sims joined the team in December 2018. He is a US Naval Aviator Crewmen, where he accumulated over 15,000 hours flying as a crewman in EC-130 Aircraft and UH-1N Helicopters combined. After his time in the Navy, he operated his own Freight Brokerage for 12 years, then moved on as Terminal Manager for E.L. Farmer and Energy Transportation. After that, he worked for Jones Brothers in Houston as the Terminal Manager as well, where he oversaw all elements of starting up the Pipe Yard operation. He was ultimately responsible for 3 warehouses, Procurement, HR, and Safety. Bryan then moved to WS Logistics, where he was the Vice President of Sales, accountable for all North America Sales and Operations for flatbeds and hotshots. After leaving WS Logistics, he joined Hazel’s as the General Manager of our Houston Terminal.
In his free time, Bryan enjoys participating in BBQ cooking competitions as well as riding his Harleys. He and his wife, Chantel, have three wonderful children: Travis, Chance, and Christie.