Elze Epps, Jr. retired as VP of Business Development with UPS, interfacing with the company’s major global customers. He was the first African American to hold this position.
He began his career as a full time Hub worker in Secaucus, NJ. He was quickly promoted to a Customer Service Supervisor. This role positioned him for numerous promotions of greater responsibilities over the years including; District Sales Manager, Mid-West Region Marketing Manager, Business Development Manager, Mid-West Region National Accounts Manager, Region VP of Sales North East Region and Corporate Customer Service Center Operations Manager. During his tenure he also worked as a Congressional Awareness Coordinator assisting in the facilitation of lobbying activities, advocating on major public policy issues for UPS and the transportation industry.
In the 1970’s UPS only served 13 states from the Northeast. Throughout this period, Elze worked with our attorneys as a witness gatherer preparing CEO’s and CFO’s as witnesses to testify before local public services commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission on UPS’s behalf to obtain intrastate and interstate expanded operating rights.
He attended Newark College of Engineering majoring in mechanical design.
He serves on the Board of Piney Woods School in Jackson, MS, which is a 115-year-old African – American boarding school. He was the former Vice Chair. He currently chairs the Grants and Scholarship Committee for The MARCH Foundation.