The company said the appointment is part of a planned transition set into motion by Robert L Hinton, founder and principal owner.
Lindley previously was the company’s president and chief operating officer, and has been with HTI for four years. Hinton will remain active in his role as chairman of the HTI board.
“Over the past five years we have transformed our management team to a young and talented group who will lead our company for the next decade and beyond,” Hinton said. “Robert embodies the values of our family business and focuses on long-term business results. After 35 years of running our company, I am gratified to turn over the reins to Robert, who is poised to make our future great.”
Lindley joined the Hinton family in 2014 and worked closely with the company’s long-time leaders, Larry Yeager, Al Stabler and Bruce Black, before assuming the role of president and COO. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining the company, Lindley held various leadership positions at FleetPride from its inception in 1998 until 2013, including vice president of supply chain and senior VP of operations.
“I’m very fortunate to have worked for some of the industry’s greatest people throughout my career,” Lindley said. “Starting my path under Wayne Stockseth clearly set everything in motion and gave me a solid foundation to build from. Now, I’ve been blessed to work under Bob Hinton for the last few years.
“Both men have been visionaries in the heavy duty parts distribution space, both know how important people are to continued growth and success of a business. We know the winning formula and have many talented people in place at HTI to accelerate our growth moving forward and deliver more value to our industry partners, customers and ownership. It is an exciting opportunity.”
HTI is the collection of investments in the heavy-duty transportation industry owned by the Hinton family from Grand Rapids MI.