Photo album of ABC workers and employees

Our Team

We believe the success of our company depends on the success of our employees.

Our Story

Founded in 1971 by Gary Short, we are still a family-owned and family-run company. Our operations cover the United States and Canada, but are primarily concentrated along the East Coast. We have drivers and managers based throughout the Southeast.

Our goal is to provide the safest, most reliable service to our customers. Our drivers and managers are the key to achieving this goal and we are here to support them in doing that.

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Gary Short CEO Atlantic Bulk Carrier

Gary Short


Gary W. Short began working in the tank-truck industry in 1965 for Ryder Tank Lines and later Chemical Leaman. He worked in Chattanooga, TN and Greensboro, NC before becoming a lease operator in Richmond, VA in 1971. Gary separated from Chemical Leaman and the operation evolved into Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corporation. Gary served on the Board of Directors for the National Tank Truck Carriers Association and on its Budget and Finance Committee for 20 years. He was a past president of the Virginia Trucking Association and now serves on the Executive Committee.

Mark Short President Atlantic Bulk Carrier

Mark Short


Mark W. Short began working with Atlantic Bulk Carrier part time and during summers as a teenager. He has worked in the maintenance, billing and operations departments. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University, Short joined Atlantic Bulk full time in 1995. As president, he concentrates his efforts on operations and revenue management. Short lives in Richmond with his wife and three children.

J. Ward Best Vice President Atlantic Bulk Carrier

J. Ward Best

Vice President

Since 1996, J. Ward Best has immersed himself in all aspects of the business, from working in the shop to safety and compliance. From 2002 – 2006, he served as President of Atlantic Tank Lines, a sister company of Atlantic Bulk that specialized in hazardous materials transportation. He became Vice President of ABC when the companies merged in 2007. His education and training include coursework through NATMI, FMCSA, DOT and state and national associations focusing on accident investigation, regulatory compliance, hazardous materials and security.


Atlantic Bulk Carrier operates from our home terminal outside of Richmond, Virginia and satellite terminals throughout the Southeast. We base our equipment and terminals at the most convenient locations for our customers and along major routes of travel. Our drivers live and work throughout the region that spans from Virginia to Florida and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. We appreciate the local connection our drivers and employees bring to all of our operations.

Blue ABC tractor trailer at terminal facility

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I've felt welcomed since day one. From the office staff to the other drivers, everyohe has made sure I fit right in. Definitely a good company to work for.

Chris VincentABC hazmat specialist since 2016