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Profile: Cynthia Parnell Collier, CEO of Mister P Express

By Linda Waggener

Cynthia Parnell Collier is president and chief executive officer of a multi-million dollar corporation that has earned top honors from several Fortune 500 companies. The corporation, Mister "P" Express, is located in Jeffersonville, IN but has strong ties to Adair County.

Cindy grew up in Louisville but remembers spending a lot of time in Columbia in her youth, especially with grandparents Irene and Vernon Yarberry, parents of her mother Betty Rey and her uncles Curt and Tucker. Cindy's father Allan Mercer Parnell is a native of the southern Adair County community of Sparksville, went to Louisville to find work and would ultimately call his daughter to help him start the trucking company. He serves today as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lindsey Wilson College.

Being in Adair County often made it a natural that she'd attend LWC for her A.A. degree. She went on to Campbellsville University where she earned a Bachelors degree in music education and has taken graduate courses at Southern Theological Seminary. She spent one season singing with the Kentucky Opera. Cindy says she doesn't focus on what the degrees are in so much as on the experience of getting through college and the overall life education it provides.

After college, she worked her way to the top rank in management, first in retail clothing, then in the trucking industry, standing on the verse, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" from Phillipians 4:13. She has raised her children in that faith and shares it with all the employees she trains.

She worked her way up from a Casual Corner assistant store manager to district manager over eight of their women's retail clothing store locations.

At that marking place in her success story, her father invited her to leave that and join him in the creation of the trucking company Mister "P" Express. She began at its inception as the business was started with three people and three leased trucks, bringing in her experience gained in marketing, training and management. Today the company has over 200 Volvo International freightliner tractors, over 500 air ride trailers, and with a family of 300 employees, hauls throughout the United States and Canada.

Under her leadership, Collier makes sure the company continues to serve a diverse customer base to guarantee continued exponential growth. She believes Mister "P" Express has been successful at riding out changing times in the transportation industry because the very foundation of the company lies in the growing relationships developed over the years with valued customers. The motto is "Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You."

Several years ago, when his little girl, born on his 19th birthday, moved into the presidency of their corporation, Allan Parnell said, "We may be the only company in the world where the president and the CEO begin each day with a hug." That continues to this day with an even more special addition to their tradition, his granddaughter, Cynthia Collier's middle daughter Rebecca C. Estes, is following in her mother's footsteps in management at Mister "P" Express.

That has been celebrated at Mister "P" Express as the company stays strong and continues to grow in its dedication to putting God and family first.

She is married to her childhood sweetheart David Collier who asked her to marry him at age 14. They live in Louisville and have three daughters and sons-in-law who live nearby. In 2015 they became grandparents to a grandson and a granddaughter. Collier says, "That was quite a year."

When asked about how a student gets from college commencement to where she is today, she referred again to Phillipians 4:13 and said, "If I can do it, anyone can."

Mister "P" Express, Inc. has a training school for men and women who feel called to a career in professional driving and want to learn about the industry and jobs. Click here to visit their website.

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Collier and a Mister P Express truck driving class

2017-01-15 - Jeffersonville, IN - Photo by Linda Waggener.
Cindy Parnell Collier stands with students of one of the Mister "P" Express, Inc. training courses. These students were among many who delve into the opportunity of becoming professional drivers. She led development of the school as part of the work of recruitment, finding and training good drivers.

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Mister P Express CEO Cynthia Parnell

2017-01-15 - Jeffersonville, IN - Photo by Linda Waggener.
Cindy Parnell Collier had this portrait painted of her father Allan Mercer Parnell. Together with her stepmother Bunny Parnell, the three of them were at the beginning of Mister "P" Express, Inc which today is a multi million dollar corporation.

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