John Sommers IIBy Eric Miller, Staff Reporter
This story appears in the June 23 print edition of Transport Topics.
INDIANAPOLIS — Stephen Russell might not have become the owner of motor-carrier giant Celadon Group Inc., were it not for a chance meeting 29 years ago at a toll booth.
In 1985, Russell was traveling from his office in Manhattan to his home in Greenwich, Connecticut, when he approached a toll booth on New York City’s Hudson River Bridge. He reached in his pocket for two quarters.
It was empty.
Annoyed, Russell pulled over to the left lane headed toward a change booth to break a dollar.
“There was a horn blowing on my right,” he said. “It was a guy who worked for me years ago who wanted my phone number. He told me he’d call me the next day.”