Meet the Leadership Team
CEO and CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
As the second-generation owner and CEO, Steve has a unique and highly personal investment in TLR and its future in the international freight forwarding world. After serving as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1972-1976, Steve began his career in logistics under the tutelage of his father and TLR founder, David Buffam Sr. Over the next 45 years, Steve worked his way from his entry-level Courier position through each department at TLR including, import, export, ocean, and air. In addition to being a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, Steve now serves as the owner, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. He works closely with TLR’s leadership team to continue the mission of opening world markets by providing elite and customized solutions for clients. Steve believes in “doing the right thing,” which is echoed in both his personal life and his role in TLR. With the idea of cultivating TLR into a Christian value-based company, Steve believes the company’s dedication to integrity and exceptional service will allow it to flourish for generations to come.
With almost two decades of experience in the logistics industry, Heather brings with her a wealth of operational knowledge as well as a unique client-centric perspective gained during her most recent role as TLR’s Executive Vice President. With a focus on the lasting success of TLR, our partners, and the customers we serve, she has been paramount in drafting and implementing long term strategies that align TLR’s various business units to promote a diverse service portfolio capable of delivering exponential growth for all four points of our corporate compass. With a background in the compliant movement of ITAR controlled cargoes, Heather acts as TLR’s Empowered Official (EO) as well as serving as the Qualifying Individual of TLR’s NVOCC program. As a certified trainer in the Allenbaugh Coaching System, she fosters an environment dedicated to increased performance of both the bottom line and human element.