Transportation Consulting


Professional. Ethical. Compassionate.

Knowledgeable. Results Driven.

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Leading Edge Consulting provides exceptional expert consulting services for motor carriers and firms representing motor carrier accidents. Clay Merches has over 20 years experience  improving all segments of the organization including safety and human resources, operations and maintenance. He has proven results working with all fleet sizes from 20 trucks to over 4,000.

With a unique and proactive perspective, Clay is able to achieve significant reductions in crash frequency and severity, reduced CSA violations and upgraded or improved safety ratings. He has saved companies millions in expense. He has the expertise to reduce expense and improve motor carrier profits with an intimate knowledge of Safety, Human Resources, Brokerage, Operations, and Maintenance.

Clay received his B.S. degree from Harding University with an emphasis in business law.  He continued his education at Harding and received his M.B.A with an emphasis in leadership and management.  Later he earned his C.D.S. through the North American Transportation Management Institute.  He continues to be a mentor for other safety professionals that want to further their knowledge in safety and management.



Accomplishments achieved by
professionalism and passion:

  • First US Fleet to implement simulator/behavior based training

  • First large fleet to implement video technology

  • Partnered/participated in the largest driver behavior analysis study

  • 2015 Innovator Award for Fleet MPG improvement

  • Industry leader/partner for HOS restart study/fatigue study/accident study

  • Industry expert/liaison with FMCSA when creating HOS and Load Securement regulations

  • Presents at nationally recognized industry events such as ATA, TCA, AR Trucking Seminar, The Great American Truck Show, ACTA, MN Trucking Association and SHRM
  • Served on the Advisory Committee for the MN Hwy 14 expansion project

  • Served on the advisory board of education for Riverland Community College Truck Driving Program and Alexandria Technical College Truck Driving Program
  •  Coach the Olympic Development Program for the state of MN Soccer Association and competitive C1 coach