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Meet the Team

Linda Lawson Thornton

Linda Lawson Thornton is the President and CEO of H.L. Lawson & Son and its subsidiary The Lawson Companies.  Over her 20 plus years with the companies she’s worn many hats.  An educator by profession, she joined the family business part time directing special projects.  During her tenure, she has served as  Safety Director and Assistant to the President.  However, she has mostly focused on financials and strategy serving as Chief Financial Officer as well as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors.  She took over from her brother Dick as Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

Her father started the business 80 years ago so it is fitting for Linda to be so involved with the day to day growth of the company.  Alongside many of the long-tenured employees and hardworking individuals over four generations that helped build the successful company; she celebrates 80 years of heritage, ingenuity, and transportation services in the Roanoke Valley and beyond.


Richard Lawson Sr.

Richard Lawson Sr., is past president of H. L. Lawson & Son, Inc. and has since passed on the reigns.  He has been in the third party logistics business since 1978 and has served as chairman of the International Warehouse Logistics Association, as well as serving on several other association and business boards.

His dedication to the logistics industry was recognized by the IWLA in naming him a Certified Logistics Professional.

A graduate of The University of North Carolina, Richard ‘Dick’  Lawson, Sr. dedicated his many years in the business to serving the logistics industry with the highest possible standard and building his family business with quality and integrity.

Richard G. Lawson Jr.

Richard G. Lawson Jr. is the COO of H.L. Lawson & Son, Inc. A graduate of Radford University with a Business Management degree, he has been working in the logistics industry for nearly 30 years.

Mr. Lawson has been named a Certified Logistics Professional by the International Warehouse Logistics Association. He is responsible for new business development, account management and systems implementation.

Mr. Lawson’s expertise is customizing solutions for firms who seek a solidified, organized approach to warehousing and distribution.  He meets their needs with systems that are automated and streamlined for consistency from a single-source vendor.

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