KRIS H. IKEJIRI
Over 30 years legal and executive management experience in large corporations.
Human Resources/Employment Law expertise in federal and state compliance.
Vetting and purchasing of insurance including general and auto liability, property, health, workers compensation, and Texas non-subscriber.
Litigation management of outside counsel
Central Freight Lines, Inc., Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX 5/2010 – 1/2018
Vice President of Administration (Human Resources, Risk Management, Government Relations) Central Freight Lines, Inc. is a $200 million annual revenue regional less than truckload carrier based in Texas, with coverage from the east coast, along the southern states to California. 2,400 employees in 15 states at 81 terminals.
As Vice President of Administration reported directly to the President.
Ensured compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including EEOC, ADA, FMLA, US DOT and unique local and state meal break and paid sick leave laws.
Purchased all business insurance including general and auto liability, property, health, workers compensation, Texas Non-subscriber and for Independent Contractors, occupational-accident, non-trucking liability, and physical damage.
Oversaw administration of employee health benefits and served as a fiduciary to the 401(k) plan
Reviewed all customer and vendor contracts.
Obtained $6.4 million in Compressed Natural Gas grants from the State of Texas.
Oversaw administration of the Independent Contractor program to protect CFL from employment misclassification claims.
Con-Way Truckload & Contract Freighters, Inc., Joplin, MO 2/1992 - 1/2008
Director of Human Resources and VP of Administration
Con-way Truckload purchased CFI in August 2007. Retained to create new Human Resources Department. Integrated and aligned personnel policies. Developed strategies for employee recruitment and retention. Integrated compensation and benefits plans.
As VP of Administration at CFI, reported directly to the chairman and president of this 3,000 employee, $450 M international, long haul trucking company.
Ensured compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, including EEOC, ADA, FMLA, and DOT regulations.
Successfully defended an investigation by the US Department of Labor for alleged wage and hour violations. Settled a $100K claim for $13K to 23 employees.
Lobbied Michigan legislators to effectuate legislation to exempt out-of-state trucking companies from state domicile fees. Saved CFI $1M in proposed state fees
Led cross-functional teams to obtain ISO 9002 (9001-2000) certification.
Truckload Carriers Association, Alexandria, VA 8/1989 – 1/1992
Provided legal advice and counsel to this 780-member trade association representing the management of truckload motor carriers. Affiliated with the American Trucking Associations.
Lobbied Congress on highway safety, transportation of hazardous materials, clean air, tax, and labor legislation.
Advocated TCA’s position before the US Department of Transportation and the ICC on drug testing, highway safety and tariff/rate increases.
Submitted comments to the US DOT on proposed rulemakings.
American Meat Institute, Arlington, VA 8/1988 – 1/1989
General Counsel / VP for International Trade
Represented this 900-member trade association in its interactions with Congress and federal agencies.
Successfully petitioned the US Trade Representative to issue tariff sanctions against the EU for its unfair trade practice of banning US meats.
Advocated at USDA during its rulemaking process on the meat industry.
Olsson, Frank and Weeda, Washington, DC 8/1986 – 7/1988
Provided representation for clients before the USDA and other federal agencies who were threatened with severe sanctions. Handled administrative, trade regulations, and international matters. Regularly achieved acceptable alternative solutions.
US Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC
Trial Attorney 9/1980-7/1986
Enforced Federal laws related to meat and poultry inspection, the Agricultural Marketing Act, and animal and plant quarantine.
Appointed as a Special U.S. Assistant Attorney in criminal and civil cases.
Trial attorney in administrative hearings.
University of San Diego, School of Law Juris Doctor
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bachelor of Arts in History
BAR / OTHER MEMBERSHIPS: Washington, DC Active. California, Missouri and Virginia can be re-activated upon meeting CLE requirements. Texas Notary Public.