The National Transportation Center, Inc is the motor for our mission to launch careers in the transportation industry. We provide industry marketing, training, and career development products and services across the industry. Our work extends from schools to industry partners to correctional facilities to improve the transportation industry and the lives of everyone who crosses paths with the NTC.

The National Transportation Center launches careers in the transportation industry.

Corporate Leadership

Preston Harrison, Founder

Preston Harrison is a Vietnam veteran with over 40 years of experience in the transportation industry. He started driving trucks in the rocky mountain region delivering gas and diesel to customers throughout the state upon the departure of the military in Colorado. Over a period of 20+ years, he operated a truck across the U.S. hauling swinging meat products, running electronic products, driving in an LTL company, becoming an operations manager for a heavy haul company and finally an Owner Operator in the construction industry. In 1995 he established a dealership for the purchasing and selling of trucks and trailers in Oregon. Since then, he has taken on the task of building NTC so that he could help serve the transportation industry as well as veterans.

Tom Weisenbach, CEO, Foundation ED

Tom Weisenbach brings his 29 years of entrepreneurship, event marketing and team leadership to the National Transportation Center. Tom’s professional experience includes: sales, marketing, public relations and operations. Tom started out as a straight commission sales person for a professional hockey team and worked his way up to General Manager. Tom’s career then took him in to motorsports where he worked with all aspects of the industry: teams, tracks, sanctioning bodies, broadcast partners and sponsors. Tom was one of the founding partners and was responsible for the day to day operations of the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS). Tom is passionate about education and training, as he has served on the Advisory Board at the University of Indianapolis, Vincennes University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

James Jeffries, COO

James Jeffries is a startup executive and educational technology developer driven to engage people in great work. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for both the National Transportation Center and TalentLynk, each intent on helping people achieve excellence in their careers. He most recently served as Chief Learning Officer for a high-growth healthcare startup acquired in 2017 and worked in leadership positions in higher education career development previously. His career also runs through financial analysis and graduate study in philosophy, where he earned his doctorate writing on creativity and entrepreneurship. Where he really learned to work, though, was growing up as a carpenter and roofer with his dad, who taught him that “it’s a great life if you don’t weaken.”

David Jones, Chief Training Officer

With over 10 years of experience as a diagnostic technician and business owner, David Jones brings plenty of technical knowledge and experience to the NTC. David is the Founder of Tri-Lakes Media and Tri-Lakes Consulting, Professor of Automotive Technology at Ivy Tech NE, a certified six-sigma green-belt with process improvement experience, and a Precinct committee-councilman of district 35 in Fort Wayne, IN. He has developed a curriculum for the NTC that is custom tailored to help cultivate the skills and unique learning style of each individual. David has achieved an AAS in Automotive Technology from Ivy Tech, a BS of Organizational Leadership from Indiana Tech, an MBA with a major in Business Management, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Adult, Community and Higher Education from Ball State, with a major in Adult education.

Shane Powell, Chief Workforce Officer

Shane Powell brings 20+ years of talent management and leadership experience in serving the National Transportation Center as the Director of Workforce Development. He serves as President and Co-Founder of TalentLynk, VP of Operations for Melting Control Products and is an active board member for SkillsUSA of Indiana. Prior to becoming a startup executive, he served as General Manager of a distribution center in Northern Indiana that serviced well over 450 stores and had 500+ employees at the time. He also held Senior Operational positions as well as Supply Chain Management experience for a tier one automotive manufacturer. Shane, a graduate of Hanover College, wants to help people end up in a career that suits them best. He is passionate about helping others not just end up somewhere, but end up somewhere on purpose.

Kate LeGrand, CFO

Kate LeGrand has been an outsourced CFO, controller, and tax accountant for over 10 years. She has worked in public accounting, venture capital, technology start-ups, and personal financial advisory services. She has served in the role of CFO, Controller and Start-up Consultant for a variety of small businesses from many different industries. Kate owns Alliance ProAdvisors and Capital Counts Inventory. Kate is an honors graduate of the University of Kentucky with degrees in Business Administration and Economics and has completed graduate studies in the fields of financial planning, accounting, business management, and law. Kate is a Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) and Certified Appraisal Examiner through the National Inventory Certification Association (NICA).

Travis Smith, Director of Recruitment and Career Services

Travis Smith brings years of military and civilian recruiting experience to the NTC. He is a US Navy veteran with just under 12 years experience navigating submarines, maintaining electrical components, and, later, recruiting. His professional areas of expertise include recruiting, marketing, and sales.

Clayton Randolph, Program Manager

Clayton Randolph is the College and Career Readiness Coach for two public school systems on the west side of Indiana. In this role, Clayton works with businesses, superintendents, counselors, principals, teachers, and students to find meaningful and rewarding opportunities after the students have graduated. His primary way of doing this is identifying careers that may not require four-year degrees for students. Previously he worked for a startup logistics brokerage located in downtown Indianapolis. While there, he managed multiple accounts for multi-million dollar clients and Fortune 500 companies, ensuring their product reached their customer. Clayton’s passion for transportation and logistics afforded him the opportunity to attain the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s Certified Logistics Associate designation. He also has his Class B commercial driver’s license and in his free time will help his uncle farm.