Tom Payne Sr. Announces Retirement

After more than 40 years in the trucking industry, Tom Payne Sr. has announced his retirement effective the end of May.  Tom spent most of that time at Tri-Line, the last 9 years as its president.  However in 2000, Tom left Tri-Line for personal reasons and started up his own company in partnership with Mullen Transportation based in Aldersyde, AB.

Over the past 8 years, he has created a first class company that has flourished under his leadership. In 2004, Tom was nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year.  And in 2005, he undertook the construction of our new head office.

Over the past few years, Tom, and his wife Gail, have been able to enjoy the fruits of their labour as they winter in Arizona and race their thoroughbred horses.  Tom will still pop into the office from time to time to chat with the drivers and staff.  Best of luck in retirement Tom, you’ve earned it.

After a long and distinguished career covering some 45 years Tom Sr. announces his retirement.  I personally have known Tom for many years dating back to his earlier days at Tri Line Freight Systems and was always impressed by his commitment to the trucking industry and to his people, whether they be company employees or owner/operators.  To Tom it made no difference.  Everyone on his team was treated with the utmost respect.

This explains why we invested alongside Tom when he left Tri-line and started Payne Transportation eight years ago.  I knew from the start that Tom would create a winning organization. And he did.  Tom, I know I speak on behalf of everyone that had the opportunity to work with you that we thank you for everything you have accomplished and shared with us.  We all wish you the best of health, happiness and enjoyment in your new career – Retirement.  We hear you have lots to do.  Of course you will be always welcome at the Payne Group and your continuing involvement as a Director of Payne along with myself is most appreciated.


Murray Mullen
Chairman & CEO
Mullen Group Inc