Dedication. Commitment. Performance.

  • Over 700 dedicated drivers reporting to On Site dedicated managers meeting each day with our clients located in seventeen states.
  • Lily provides highly efficient transportation services for clients with time or handling sensitive product needs.
  • Clients such as Ahold, Toyota, Cargil, Lindt Chocolatier, Whole Foods and Subaru all count on Lily to get their products to market on time and on budget.
  • Lily’s success is based on a Platform for Continuous Improvement in which Key Performance Indicators are tracked and improvements are made to continuously reduce cost per unit delivered and deliver On Time, every time.


Our transportation roots date back to 1943 when John Simourian (a first generation American) was turned down for enlistment due to a back injury.

Our History
<b>1969</b> Lily Drivers headed out with their loads of Lincoln Apple Juice

Our transportation roots date back to 1943 when John Simourian (a first generation American) was turned down for enlistment due to a back injury. Not to be deterred from “doing his part” he quit his job and met with the commander of the Watertown, MA arsenal who said the military needed additional truck transport from the arsenal to the Charlestown Navy Yard. John enlisted other family and friends who were medically unfit for military service into driving trucks with him transporting torpedos from the Boston arsenal to the Navy Yard at Charlestown, MA.

When his son John graduated from college in 1957 he joined his father as a salesman in what had by then become a northeast regional trucking company.

In 1958 John started his own business and named the company Lily after his mom because his father told him it would make her happy.  Lily Transportation Corp. started as a leasing company and in 1967 began a trucking division for Lincoln Foods hauling Lincoln Apple Juice from Lawrence, MA to supermarkets throughout the Eastern states.

In 2007 Lily became solely a Dedicated Contract Carrier after selling the leasing division to a major national leasing company.

Today John Simourian II (named after his granddad) leads Lily’s over 500 employees who design and operate highly efficient, service sensitive dedicated transportation systems for clients throughout the United States.

Clients such as RockTenn, Lindt Chocolatier, Whole Foods and Subaru all count on Lily to get their products to market On Time and On Budget through Lily’s custom engineered Dedicated Logistics Systems.


Our roots were in transporting torpedo’s to arm destroyers like the USS Cassin Young at her berth Charlestown Navy Yard.


WWII Torpedo’s being loaded…Today we continue to specialize in delivering sensitive cargo, but nothing like this.


Our greatest assets at work for Roll Stock Paper Operations in Sheldon Springs, Vermont.


New tractors going into service…specially engineered for fuel efficiency, minimized carbon footprint and driver safety.


Our leadership team, comprised of shipping and logistics experts, each with decades of experience ensures that our clients receive the best, most sophisticated service possible.

Our Leadership

John A. Simourian
Chairman of the Board & Founder

John A. Simourian founded Lily Transportation Corp. in 1958. He is a graduate of both Harvard College and The Harvard Business School and he served in the U.S. Navy. John is the Chairman of the Board and continues to be active in and passionate about the transportation industry. John has served as a Member and Chairman of the Board of both NationaLease and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA). He is also co-chairman of “Three Million Jobs Now,” a committee of business executives advocating infrastructure investment.

John Simourian II
President & CEO

John Simourian II, President and CEO, started with the company over 20 years ago.  John is a graduate of Bates College as well as the executive education programs at Harvard and Stanford Business Schools.   John has served on the Board of The Center for Quality of Management (CQM), and the Board of Governors for the National Private Truck Council (NPTC).

James E. Walker
Executive Vice President

Jim is our Executive Vice President and a University of Alabama graduate, (RollTide!).  Jim also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.  He is a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.  Jim joined Lily in 1985 and oversees all operations.

Jonathan L. Baldi
Vice President of Sales & Engineering

Jon Baldi, Vice President of Sales & Engineering, has been with Lily for over 20 years.  He is a Bentley College graduate and he has successfully developed, grown, and supported Lily’s Dedicated Contract Carrier business with his extensive knowledge of  logistics system design and engineering.

Peter Crowley
Vice President of Operations and Safety

Peter Crowley, Vice President of Operations and Safety, is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience leading operations, sales and safety in the transportation/logistics and wholesale distribution industries. Pete holds an Executive MBA from Case Western University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has completed Supply Chain training at Penn State University and at The University of Kentucky as well as executive education programs at Arizona State University and at Case Western Reserve University.

Eric Bromage
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Eric Bromage, our Vice President of Finance and Administration, has been with the company since 2012. He is a graduate of the Executive MBA program from the Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Eric oversees all finance, accounting, and administrative functions driving efficiencies in back office processes which allow for Lily’s intense focus on customer’s needs.

Gary Martin
Regional VP of Operations

Gary Martin, Regional VP of Operations, comes to Lily with 30 years transportation industry experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from The College of the Holy Cross and his MBA from Boston University.  Gary is responsible for leading and ensuring the operational efficiency, service excellence, quality assurance and customer satisfaction & growth for the clients in his region.

photo of Justin PoorJustin W. Poor III
Vice President of Operations and New Business Startups

Justin W. Poor III (“Jack”) has been with Lily since 2007 and holds the position of Vice President of Operations and New Business Startups. Jack is a Bryant University graduate and has over 40 years of experience in the transportation industry.


We are a performance oriented, MISSION FOCUSED organization, that strives to be EVEN better TOMORROW.

Our Culture

Our Operating Philosophy

Safety First: No injuries & No accidents – See: Be Proactive below

DOT “Satisfactory” Carrier: We always operate to FMCSA standards.

People are our Greatest Asset: We employ properly hired, trained and motivated management and drivers.

Knowing & Planning: We don’t accept surprises because surprises are the result of not knowing and not planning.

Inspect “Go & See”: Always inspect what we expect and only expect perfection.

Relentless Attention to Detail: Crossing every “T” and Dotting every “I” – See Knowing & Planning above.

Image: Our personnel are uniformed, squared away and we only operate clean, damage-free, properly maintained equipment.

Profit: We always meet our profitability targets so we can properly serve our customers and provide quality, long-term employment for our team.

Customer: We will always meet the contractual obligations to our customers and our customers will always meet their contractual obligations to us.

Vendor: Each is accountable to us and we must regularly inspect – Go & See -their performance (repair and cost) – in return we will pay on time.

Be Proactive: Every day, every week, on every issue.

Lily at a glance:

  • Since 1958
  • Privately held, Professionally managed
  • Traditional and Sophisticated
  • Driven to Succeed
  • Challenge us
  • The Man in the Arena
  • Named after Mom


Lily Transportation believes in community reinvestment and is proud to support charities assisting Americans in need and the the U.S. Military among others.

Community Involvement

Lily Transportation believes in community reinvestment and is proud to support charities assisting Americans in need, the U.S. Military, the battle against cancer, and the education of our children with our charitable funding and volunteer initiatives.

We are pleased to be associated with our chosen organizations and look forward to seeing our contributions at work through the efforts and dedication of every individual who strives to make a difference in a life, a community, or a country.

Lily Proudly Supports …

The Men’s Collaborative to Cure Women’s Cancers:

The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Men’s Collaborative to Cure Women’s Cancers is an initiative to support cutting-edge, collaborative research in breast and gynecologic cancers across the Harvard academic medical community. Co-Chaired by Lily’s Chairman of the Board, John A. Simourian, and advised by senior DF/HCC women’s cancers faculty leaders. Lily is a primary Sponsor of this organization. To donate, sponsor, or to participate in the Women’s Cancer Classic visit www.womenscancerclassic.org.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame:

Lily helps to fund the activities that provide education through the sport of baseball to children.  Children have fun learning math through baseball in batting averages, the geometry of a diamond, word problems and more. Reading is more fun when learning about great ballplayers and their heroics. Children learn about character by playing baseball as they learn to win, to lose, and support one another.  For more information about the the National Baseball Hall of Fame visit them at http://baseballhall.org.

Roberto’s Kids:

Lily provides no cost transportation for all donated used and new baseball equipment from American families and little league organizations from Maine to Florida.  Equipment is distributed to children and leagues throughout Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and this effort has expanded across 30 U.S. states and into Canada.  What could be a better gift for a kid without sneakers than a pair of cleats and a glove to get them off the street and playing ball?  For more information visit www.robertos-kids.org

The USO:

Lily provides funding to assist the USO in supporting our military forces around the world with free phone calls home, entertainment, Thanksgiving dinners, gift boxes and more, letting our troops know we care for them & will never forget them.  For more information about the USO or to donate, visit www.uso.org.