Our Leadership

John R. Ness, President & CEO

John R. Ness is President/CEO and owner of ODW Logistics, Inc. and its affiliates. ODW affiliated companies include Dist-Trans Co., ODW Contract Services, ODW LTS, LLC, and Staffing Leadership Group, LLC.

John is responsible for setting the company vision, selecting company leaders, removing barriers, driving for results, and preserving the company culture. A passionate entrepreneur, John led ODW through its first business acquisition that significantly expanded the company’s scope and reaches. He has successfully launched four new businesses since 2006.

A graduate of Wittenberg University with a B.S in Management, he assumed the role of President of the ODW companies in 2003 and became CEO in 2012. John is the majority owner of ODW related companies.

John and his wife (Emily) have four children and live in Upper Arlington.


Melissa Zimmerman, Director

Melissa Zimmerman is the Director and Acting Vice President of, Staffing Leadership Group, an affiliate of ODW Logistics, Inc. Staffing Leadership Group is a complete human capital partner for the logistics industry supplying strategic solutions throughout Ohio, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, and Missouri.

Melissa joined SLG in April 2018. Her job is to ensure the overall performance of SLG focusing on efficiency, quality, and increased speed to staff. Her focus will be providing a foundation for all clients to achieve growth and success as well as stable income and job advancement for our associates. Melissa is based out of our Ohio office.

Melissa comes to us with over 16 years in HR, Staffing, Recruiting, and Leadership. She has overseen multiple offices and has been an HR Manager for a logistics facility with over 250 associates. Melissa is a member of the American Staffing Association.

Melissa and her husband (Brian) have 4 children and live in Dublin, Ohio. She loves to volunteer a lot in her community. She also loves to craft and cook. She is a long-time Mentor with the BBBS mentorship program.