Patrick E. Quinn, U.S. Xpress Enterprises co-chairman and president, died Dec. 13 from brain cancer. Mr. Quinn was 65.
Mr. Quinn co-founded U.S. Xpress in 1985 with business partner Max Fuller, who is co-chairman and CEO. U.S. Xpress grew from a 48-truck start-up operation to become the nation’s second largest privately owned truckload carrier, with 8,500 trucks.
“Pat was a tremendous business partner and he had a real passion for working to make a difference in our industry,” said Fuller, who assumed the majority of Mr. Quinn’s duties at U.S. Xpress following his diagnosis earlier this year. “Both of us knew our strengths, and Pat was a real people person. He excelled in sales and his legal background was very valuable, especially during the first days of the company as deregulation was helping to revolutionize the transportation industry.”
During his career, Mr. Quinn was a leading advocate for the trucking industry, serving as chairman of the American Trucking Associations and chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association.
Mr. Quinn is survived by his wife of 43 years, Anna Marie, three children and seven grandchildren.