Leadership

Each team member is a valuable part of the organization. We want everyone doing valuable work that gives them security and dignity.  Coastal Plains Trucking is in the relentless pursuit of continuous improvement. Our management is committed to creating policy and procedure that allows us to operate in a proactive manner, getting ahead of problems before they begin. 

Stephen Greak joined the Winston Family Investments team in 2008 and is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of WinCo Trucking, LLC dba Coastal Plains Trucking, LLC and several other portfolio companies managed by the team. The Winston Family Investments theme is focused on oil field services. Those investments include trucking, coil tubing, pressure control, water disposal, and frac sand processing. Stephen is a co-founder of Coastal Plains Trucking and has been deeply involved in the management and leadership development of the company. Prior to joining Winston Family Investments, Stephen managed Greak & Associates PC, a regional accounting firm focused on tax preparation and accounting services. Stephen earned a degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1992. He received a Texas Certified Public Accounting license in 1997. Stephen serves as director of Commercial Bank of Texas, BJ Energy Solutions, and Meritum Energy Holdings. He also serves as volunteer director of 4B Economic Development Corporation of the City of Lufkin, Angelina County Airport Board, and East Texas Behavioral Resources. Stephen and his wife Julianne live in Lufkin, Texas with their two teenage daughters.
Chief Financial Officer Emily Smith started with Coastal Plains Trucking in 2014 as Fixed Assets Accounting Manager and has progressed through the Controller role to her current position. Emily is responsible for the accuracy of the financial statements, development and institution of policies and procedures regarding financial activities, administration of the ERP system, and providing accurate data for management decision making. Emily is also heavily involved in developing a learning environment for our team members. During her time with the company, Emily has streamlined invoicing and accounts payable processes, migrated the accounting software to a more complex platform, and spearheaded multiple learning retreats for management.

Emily earned her degree in Accounting and her MBA from Sam Houston State University, where she attended on the Smith-Hutson Scholarship. Prior to her career at WinCo, Emily worked in accounting for Occidental Petroleum, Axley & Rode, LLP, Woodland Heights Medical Center, and Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas. While working for WinCo, Emily earned her CPA. Emily believes strongly in creating a work environment that empowers team members to reach their potential and do work that is meaningful and fulfilling.

Emily volunteers with the youth at Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church. In her free time Emily enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her son, Aidan.
Keith Gabreleski recently joined the Coastal Plains Trucking, LLC team and serves as Vice President of Operations. Keith has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. He came to CPT from Kenan Advantage Group where he served as the Director of Operations for Northern California and Nevada. Keith began his career as a driver and, while his range of positions within the industry includes several leadership roles, he maintains his CDL with hazmat and tank endorsement. Whenever he finds free time, Keith enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, and, spending time with his family, which includes seven children and two grandchildren.
As VP of Marketing, Chris Hunter has overseen explosive growth, doubling the size of the Coastal Plains Trucking cryo fleet and opening the new Baytown terminal. Chris began his career in cryogenics in the early 2000s alongside his dad and brother with Progressive Resources in Oklahoma City. Progressive was acquired by Air Liquide in 2012, and Chris held several positions of increasing responsibility within the company, eventually working his way up to Director of their US Oil and Gas business before he left to join CPT in 2018. Chris graduated from Oklahoma State University, where he met his wife (Kerri) of 29 years. They have 3 children, Hannah, Phoebe and Luke.
As Vice President of Business Development, Andy Cunningham manages the ongoing development of all Coastal Plains Trucking business lines, from the oilfield sector to cryogenics to all specialty services. Before joining the WinCo family in November 2007, Andy was involved in the oilfield service sector running drilling rigs and the upstream side of the Barnett Shale. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.
In his role as Engineer, Clay Keath enjoys the challenge of expanding the business, increasing efficiency and supporting the team technically. Clay has been with Coastal Plains Trucking since 2003, and he is based out of the Lufkin, Texas corporate office. He enjoys spending time with his family, flying, being outdoors and working on projects around the shop.
Maintenance Manager Kyle Foster has more than 40 years of experience. He holds certifications with Cummins and Paccar, and he and his maintenance team take pride in providing a quality fleet for Coastal Plains Trucking’s customers’ and drivers’ needs.
Coastal Plains Trucking’s Director of EHS and DOT Compliance David Lapora has been a highly effective Health, Safety and Transportation Professional for over 25 years. David is detail-oriented and has a record of success in creating effective programs that lead to behavioral changes that ensure employee safety. David is an insightful leader who meets challenges head-on, and he has the proven ability to lead teams to outstanding performance levels in challenging, fast-paced environments.
Coastal Plains Trucking’s Crude Operations Manager Rudy Espinosa has worked out of Stockdale, Texas since 2011 and oversees that facility as well as those in Charlotte, West Texas and Wright, Wyoming. When he is not working, Rudy enjoys attending Texas Longhorn football games and spending quality time with his wife of 28 years, 5 children, and 2 beautiful granddaughters.
Human Resources Manager Cheryl Ducharme is the go-to person for all employee-related issues, from New Hires to Top Level Management. She believes employee satisfaction plays a key role in the overall success of the Coastal Plains Trucking, and she strives to build employee relations and increase retention. Cheryl is based in our Stockdale, Texas office, where she has worked since April 2013. In her free time Cheryl enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, and volunteering in the community.
As IT Manager, Richard Howard strives to make everyone’s work-life better by creating custom database and software solutions to reduce user workload and help grow the fleet. Richard joined Coastal Plains Trucking’s Stockdale, Texas office in 2012. Richard is an avid outdoorsman and amateur astrophotographer, and frequently serves as a stand-in for Santa.
Process Analyst Wes Taylor thoroughly enjoys helping our team members find new ways to overcome challenges. Wes has been based in our corporate office in Lufkin, Texas since 2017, and he works to streamline processes and find technological efficiencies in order to maximize our team members’ resources. He previously spent time as the Controller and Fixed Asset Manager, and he believes that Coastal Plains Trucking has a dynamic team of professionals that provide the best service in the business. Wes and his wife, Sarah, live in Lufkin. He enjoys playing golf, cooking and hunting in his spare time.
Oscar Salazar brings 15 years of transportation experience to his current position as Director of Training and Development. His skillset includes more than a decade of hazmat and tanker work. Oscar started as a driver and advanced to supervise orientation for new drivers. He calls implementing the Smith System his "bread and butter." Oscar enjoys spending days off with his wife and two boys, and saltwater fishing is one of his favorite ways to unwind.
Wes Danner joined the Coastal Plains Trucking team at our corporate office in 2017. Wes has served in various roles, and his current position as Strategic Planning Director allows him to focus on identifying opportunities, both internally and externally, and assisting management with implementing new processes. Wes earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Masters of Science in Accountancy and Masters of Science in Taxation from the University of San Diego. During his free time, Wes enjoys spending time with his family, two dogs (Leroy and Raylan) and playing golf.
West Texas Regional Manager Jorge Gomez oversees our West Texas crude operations and water division. Jorge started at Coastal Plains Trucking in 2015 as a crude driver in South Texas, and he has moved up through the ranks through hard work and dedication, gaining experience every step of the way. He is a happily married father of four, and he enjoys traveling and a great cup of coffee. In his work and home life, he lives by the motto "Failure is not an option.”
Business Manager Alexis Harrison helps team members across Coastal Plains Trucking, with heavy emphasis on executive management support and customer relations. Alexis was recognized for her relentless pursuit of continuous process improvement, and she has worked remotely out of Oklahoma since 2019. In her free time, Alexis enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter at home.
Megan Puente serves as Controller of Coastal Plains Trucking, using her knowledge and expertise to manage the consolidation of financial data for an accurate accounting of business results. She has worked in our corporate office in Lufkin, Texas since 2020. In her free time Megan enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family.
Lonnie Reue believes hiring and retaining the right people is the key to a company’s success. As Coastal Plains Trucking’s Senior Recruiter, Lonnie supports all the companies in the portfolio by offering employment opportunities to outstanding recruits. Lonnie has been with us since 2017 and works remotely for our corporate office. In his free time, he enjoys supporting his daughter’s activities, camping, and currently has a passion for exploring solar power for off-grid electricity.
Darlene Estes is based in our corporate office in Lufkin, Texas. As Corporate HR Manager, Darlene works with Coastal Plains Trucking as well as our other companies, overseeing the payroll process and answering benefit and 401K questions. Darlene joined the team as Payroll Manager in 2014 and was promoted in 2022. In her free time, she enjoys attending church and traveling to her grandkids’ rodeo events as their biggest fan!