Steel Lion

Our Mission:

Delivering Freight Solutions with Integrity and Performance Excellence

Steel Lion LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, in close coordination with the most trusted carriers, forges freight solutions for our customers. We see our customers as the unit on our flank, and we approach this mission with the same ethos we shared in the crucible of combat.

We are dedicated to creating enduring relationships with our customers and carriers through demonstrated performance excellence and integrity. We will endeavor always to find a way, or make one for our customers.

Our Vision:

Building Trust Through Integrity, Transparency, and Excellence

Trust is everything

Create enduring relationships through our commitment to integrity, transparency, and excellence in execution of our mission.

Be a Leader First

Live and work by setting the example for personal conduct, integrity, and competence; priorities are mission, people, and self in that order.

Dignity & Respect for All

Create a close-knit, mutually supporting team internally and with the carriers and customers we work with every day; make Steel Lion LLC a place where people want to come to work every day.

Full Transparency

Conduct Freight Operations with full transparency between the customer and the carrier.

Lead in the Veteran Community

Establish a Foundation to support our veterans, and expand our operations with veteran hires

Have Fun

Keep a good sense of humor, and learn and grow individually and as a team

We will accomplish this mission by the deliberate planning and execution of key tasks in a five phased operation, and by establishing a Mentor-Protégé Agreement with Princeton Logistics through the Small Business Association.

What is Steel Lion?

As a Commander in Afghanistan, Kenny Mintz led his unit to subdue an enemy sanctuary through a series of operations coded named “Steel Lion.” These Steel Lion operations demonstrated the skillful application of teamwork, innovation, and commitment to achieve mission success against all odds. This is the inspiration behind Steel Lion LLC, and reflects the same core values and commitment displayed on the battlefield.
Eric Timmerman (left) and Kenny Mintz (right)

Who we are and
what we stand for

As West Point classmates, Kenny and Eric served together in the US Army. Both retired as Colonels, and fought together side by side in combat. Eric and his unit were on Kenny’s flank on the battlefield, and they counted on each other for mutual support to accomplish the mission and to protect their soldiers. Together they achieved mission success against a fearsome, dedicated foe. They developed creative solutions to complex problems and maintained a deep current of trust through the hardest of times. They were committed to each other, their mission, and their people above all else.  

Early Years and Military Academy

Kenny Mintz (left) and Eric Timmerman (right)

Kenny Mintz

Colonel Kenneth J. Mintz is originally from the North County of San Diego, California where he graduated from Fallbrook Union High School in 1987. Following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1991, COL Mintz was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.

Eric Timmerman

Colonel Eric R. Timmerman was an ‘Army Brat’ born in Stuttgart, Germany. Eric graduated from Leavenworth, KS HS in 1986 and spent the following year at the West Point Prep School in Fort Monmouth, NJ. Following graduation from USMA in 1991, COL Timmerman was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and assigned to the 7th Infantry Division.
Eric Timmerman (left) and Kenny Mintz (right)

Leadership and Deployments Across the Globe

Colonel (retired) Kenny Mintz, and Colonel (retired) Eric Timmerman’s service spans over 60 years with deployments and assignments in seven countries and four continents. They started their service together as West Point classmates, graduating together in 1991. Each went on to serve with distinction in the United States Army as infantry officers, leading and commanding units at multiple levels in combat and other operational assignments. Kenny and Eric share a deep bond as West Point classmates, Army officers, and in the crucible of combat.

Post-Retirement Missions

Working for Amazon

Following retirement from the Army in 2017, Eric went to work for Amazon as a Pathways operations manager. For six years he held multiple logistics positions as a Senior Operation’s Manager in Inbound, Outbound, Reverse Logistics, Quality, and Change Management positions across two Fulfillment Centers. Eric brings a wealth of logistics and supply chain experience to the Steel Lion Team.

Walking Across America

Following retirement from the Army, COL (R) Mintz began planning and preparing for his next mission to walk across America.

On 1 April 2022, he began his 3300-mile journey at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. After walking through 13 states and going through 8 pairs of shoes, he completed his walk at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, CA on October 22nd.

The walk was inspired by his mom, who died of Pancreatic Cancer in 2020. She drove from Washington, DC to San Diego, CA in 1974 to start a new life with nothing but a four-year-old Kenny, a suitcase, and a dream. She eventually co-founded a successful defense contracting company in San Diego.

COL (R) Mintz took care of his mom during her 5-and-a-half-year battle against this deadly cancer.

He raised over $100K in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and two veterans-focused charities – the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, and Operational Resiliency.

Steel Lion Operations Model

Steel Lion and Princeton Logistics Group (PLG) have come together to form a formidable logistics company that combines 60+ years of military experience with the capabilities of PLG. Our joint venture is a fully compliant SDVOSB logistics company approved by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
We take pride in offering our clients complete transparency of carrier partners, thanks to the long-term national relationships fostered by PLG management. Our programs are designed to provide multiple levels of insurance coverage, leveraging the latest technology, and operating round the clock with a team of experienced professionals. Our dedicated operations team diligently monitors and supports drivers to ensure that we consistently meet our commitments. With our combined expertise, resources, and commitment to excellence, we are well-equipped to deliver efficient and reliable logistics solutions to our valued clients.

Steel Lion Offers the Following Logistics Solutions:


Air Freight

Local LTL


Power Only

Yard management

Construction Staging

Freight Management

Project management

Heavy Haul

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