Meet the Tuckers

Jake Tucker

Founder and Visionary

Jacob A. Tucker was a jovial, hard working leader who moved about in the transportation industry and civically too. People remember him for a positive personality, for always having a joke ready, and for his respectful nature. Jake was elected mayor of Alden, PA. His career in transportation began as a traffic manager for Dixie Cup. He later changed careers to enter freight sales, where he worked for several trucking firms, including Roadway Express in the 1950s. It was after he had the opportunity to learn the business and build rapport with his fellow colleagues that he decided to go into business for himself, by purchasing a very rare and peculiar business type—a property (freight) brokerage. At the time, there may have been only 7 in existence, and since that time, only one other freight broker authority is still operating today.

Bill Tucker


William J Tucker received his B.A. from Temple University in 1962, and immediately signed up for President Kennedy’s Peace Corps, serving in the Philippines until May, 1964. When he returned home he decided to enter the business world selling. A few years later he married Barbara K. Tucker and entered the systems programming field working for UNIVAC (now UNISYS), RCA Service Co. and a consulting firm in NYC. By 1971 he received his MBA in Information Science from Temple University. In 1972 Bill bought the Tucker brokerage firm from his mother Ruth.

Bill is a Founding Member of Transportation Brokers Conference of America (TBCA), now Transportation Intermediaries Association, served on the Board for the first 10 years and later another 4 years helping found and grow the Certification system from which hundreds of Certified Transportation Brokers have emanated. During his career, Bill was a busy writer of articles on brokerage, the freight and trucking systems of the country, relationships in the industry, the sales and marketing world of freight from the 1960’s, 70’s and through deregulation in 1980 to today’s highly efficient, productive and responsive North American freight world. Today probably more freight moves with intermediary arrangement than not.

Jeff Tucker

President and CEO

Jeff graduated with a B.A. from University of Delaware in 1991, and received an M.B.A. in Physical Distribution from Temple University in 1997. Jeff began selling for Tucker in 1992 through 2000. In 2001 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales, where he was responsible for outside and inside sales people, marketing, and development of dedicated logistics management programs, where Tucker controls all or a significant portion of a shipper’s freight.

Jeff has been a guest instructor at Villanova University, Penn State University, Rutgers University, and Temple University on the topic of third party logistics.

In 2004 Jeff was named CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide.

Jeff is both Treasurer, and a Board of Directors member of TIA; Jeff has served on the boards for Truckload Carriers Association, National Industrial Transportation League; and Temple University Marketing Advisory Board. Jeff is chairman of the TIA Carrier Selection Committee, and co-wrote the only trade association endorsed guideline for carrier selection. Jeff also supports his community through various organizations such as the Fellowship House, Little League and the Rotary Club.

Jim Tucker

President and COO

Jim graduated with a B.A. in Economics from University of Delaware in 1993, and completed his M.B.A. in Finance from Temple University in 2002. Jim became a CTB in 1994. He worked for two years in Tucker’s operations, coordinating flatbed and heavy haul shipments. From 1995 to 2000 Jim was a national account sales representative. In 2001 Jim was named Executive Vice President, in charge of finance, accounting and administration. In 2004 Jim was named President and COO of Tucker Company Worldwide.