Gary Yelvington was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida, and graduated from Mainland High School. He attended the University of Alabama on a football scholarship playing for the great Paul “Bear” Bryant. During his college football career, Alabama won 32 out of 33 regular season games and played in the Cotton, Sugar, and Orange Bowls. Alabama also won the National Championships in 1973 while Gary was on the team. He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration.
After graduating, Gary joined the family business, which was started by his father Conrad in the late 1940’s. It was Gary’s vision to bring rock in by rail to supply local businesses. The company expanded under his vision from unloading a few railcars a week to the 31 distribution terminals that are currently operating. Conrad Yelvington Distributors has shipped over 130+ MM tons by rail since opening their first terminal in 1983 with CSX Transporation as the primary rail carrier. The company currently manages 2200 owned or leased private railcars to help move over 5 million tons annually through its various distribution terminals. CYD has proven that being an independent terminal operator offers rail-served suppliers more opportunity to handle multiple and competitive products through any one terminal.
Gary spends his time away from the office enjoying deep-sea fishing, flying, and looking for new growth opportunities for the business. His wife Suzi Yelvington also works for the company in their Human Resources Department and has been a huge part of the company’s success. Gary has a daughter, Jourdan Yelvington who owns and operates her own business.
“Even after all these years as CYD President, I am humbled and amazed by the dedication and loyalty our employees have for this company, provide to our customers and show with each other. In my humble opinion, Conrad Yelvington Distributors is “a culture unto itself.”
Joseph Apple joined the Conrad Yelvington team as the General Manager of Operations in June 2017. As the GM of Operations, Joe has operational responsibility for all terminal and manufacturing facilities, driving operational performance and improvements, while providing strategic vision and oversight of capital expenditure planning and support, and promoting a safe working culture centered on employee engagement.
Joe joined CYD with nearly 30 years of experience in all facets related to the construction materials industry, including production, sales and distribution of aggregates, asphalt, concrete and recycled materials. He has most recently served as the Vice President of Mining Operations for the Silvi Group Companies based in New Jersey. Joe earned his MBA degree from Barrington University in Mobile, Alabama and has a B.S. in Business Administration from Canyon College in Caldwell, Idaho.
“I am very honored to be a part of such a great company and proud to be surrounded by compassionate people. The drive and dedication of our teams is evident when you arrive at any of our sites. The true spirit of working together is at every level within the company. The culture that Gary and Suzi have groomed over the years continues to set the pace for excellence in every aspect of our business.”