IRVINE, California, – January 4, 2016 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Sam Joumblat as Chief Financial Officer with Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), one of the largest delivery carriers in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Company’s heritage runs deep – founded by two transportation veterans, each with over a quarter century of industry experience under their belt. Today, TTSI serves the major ports in both Southern California and Northern California, as well as the Northeast with operations based in Norfolk, Virginia. With a full suite of transportation, distribution and logistics services, coupled with the financial backing of Saybrook Capital, TTSI is poised to continue on its growth trajectory expanding throughout the Northeast and Southeast, with additional expansion plans in Dallas, Texas and Chicago, Illinois.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Chris Bull, Managing Partner, Brandon Biegenzahn, Partner, Rob Gross, Associate Principal Consultant, and Nicole Noonan, Recruiting Manager at McDermott & Bull. According to Chris Bull, “Sam is an ideal fit for TTSI. He is a seasoned financial executive who has critical experience working at The Port of Long Beach and Metrolink. He will do great work at TTSI moving forward.”

Mr. Joumblat has extensive industry experience as he spent the last 10 years working for the City of Long Beach and most recently, held the Chief Financial Officer role with Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink). In 2006, Mr. Joumblat was promoted from Revenue Manager to Chief Financial Officer at The Port of Long Beach. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Joumblat implemented a new billing/accounts receivable system and worked with his team to transform the City’s financial infrastructure, creating new internal controls and contract compliance functions. Mr. Joumblat has a strong understanding of the business sector TTSI services and has insights into how to emerge as an industry leader.

Mr. Joumblat earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at American University of Beirut before earning his Master of Business Administration in Finance & Accounting and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management at University of Southern California. Mr. Joumblat is also a California Certified Public Accountant.

About Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI)

Founded in 1989 by Victor La Rosa (President/Chief Executive Officer) and Bill Allen (Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer), Total Transportation Services, Inc. provides a number of asset based logistics services such as Transloading/Warehousing, Freight Management, Infrastructure Management, Security & Safety, and Drayage. Their expertise lies within distributing imports throughout Northern America, specifically the United States, Canada, and Mexico. TTSI’s mission is a commitment to their customers as they recognize that customer satisfaction is imperative to the success of their business. In addition to their service commitment, TTSI is committed to leaving a small footprint on the environment. They have reduced their carbon footprint in the communities they operate and have sustained a healthy workplace for their employees. As testament to their environmental efforts, TTSI has been awarded for their 10 years of environmental excellence by the Green Ports program in Long Beach. To learn more about TTSI, please visit their website at

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California.  The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Aerospace & Defense, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Brands, Industrial Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail, Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, the Engineering & Construction/Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas.  The firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients.

McDermott & Bull has partnered with a number of prestigious clients in the Supply Chain, Logistics, & Distribution sector to find C-suite and Board level executives such as CEO, President, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO, HR, Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing, R&D/Engineering, and Business Development. Some of their clients include MNX Global Logistics, InstallerEDGE, Ryan Herco Flow Solutions, SC Fuels, TMB, RF MacDonald, JWC Environmental, Control Technology Corporation (CTC), Agility Fuel Systems, Wild Rocket Foods, Young’s Market Company, Golden State Foods, Ventura Foods, Uline, Evriholder Products, James Hardie Building Products, Caesarstone U.S.A., TTM Technologies, Rhinotek Computer Products, Networks in Motion, Envision Peripherals (EPI). To learn more about McDermott & Bull’s Supply Chain, Logistics, and Distribution expertise, please visit