Robert Doran Sr.
Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging Spans Decades
By Larry Hurrle | Editor
Change is inevitable. Just ask Dan Doran. He and his family have
seen numerous changes in the transportation industry over the past
Doran, president of Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging Company in
Cincinnati, Ohio, is the third generation in the Doran family to be
involved in the transportation industry, dating back to 1913. Then, his
eldest uncle on his father’s side, started Doran Transfer and Rigging,
which also included Doran’s grandfather, John Doran, who worked
as a contractor around the turn of the 20th century. Doran’s father,
Robert Doran Sr., worked with his brothers early-on, then started Ace
Doran Hauling & Rigging in 1941 and the business has been going
strong ever since.
Dan Doran, 53, attributes the ability to stay strong in an ever-
changing industry to one thing: family. Aside from the nearly 200
owner/operators who work as independent contractors for the
company, Ace Doran has seven different terminals with between 50
and 60 commissioned agents that represent the company. He also
employs 51 people, of which nearly 12 percent are direct members of
the Doran family. Ace Doran has authority in all 48 contiguous U.S.
states and in Canada.
Yet, Doran says, all his employees are family.
“We’re small enough that we know our employees and we know
who works here,” Doran says. “We take care of our employees and
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we want them to stay. It is more of a family than it is a
business and that’s good and bad.”
Because Ace Doran is one big family, Doran says it can
be difficult dealing with the family issues while running a
business. “Any family business will tell you that you have to
separate family issues from business issues,” he says.
“That’s tough sometimes. It’s a day to day struggle — not
just for us but for anybody in a family business. There are
some business issues you have to face on a Sunday, at a
family gathering. It’s not an easy thing to do.”
Besides Doran, his son, brother, sister and cousin
also work for Ace Doran. The family makeup of the
business, he said, has been the driving factor in keeping
that business successful. Doran’s 29-year-old son has
been very active in several different departments of the
company and just last year received his commercial
While Doran wouldn’t say the business is headed for a
fourth generation, he did say his son has been very active
in the company.
“He’s very interested in the business,” Doran says. “He
has a pretty wide base of experience.”