The Billionaire at the Wheel

It’s just another day at the office for Russ Gerdin, which, even these days, means it’s a pretty good day. Gerdin’s a big guy, and at 67 years of age, he looks all right for somebody who boxed with liver cancer for a couple of years, beat it back, and then learned not too long ago that it had spread to his lungs. So he’s fighting again. So far, he hasn’t let either cancer or the most severe economic downturn in 80 years keep him from running Heartland Express Inc., the trucking company he founded, took public, and still manages with an iron will and a scrupulous attention to detail that both intimidates and awes those who work for him. Read the full story about MSUM alum Russ Gerdin, ’65, here: http://www.portfolio.com/executives/2009/04/22/Heartland-Express-Thriving