School Director (Jacksonville, FL)
Started in trucking working as a casual union dock worker/yard jockey/driver for Johnson Motor Lines in Charlotte NC. Also did same thing at Pilot Freight Carriers
Trainee in Central Operations for Pilot Freight Carriers
Linehaul Dispatcher for Ryder Truck Lines, LTL carrier. Advanced to Operations Supervisor.
Promoted & Relocated to Hagerstown, Md as LineHaul Operations Manager.
All of the above involved in working with and supervising over the road union drivers, handling all aspects including labor relations, payroll issues, and any thing related to the operation.
Promoted to Labor Relations Manager & relocated to Ryder Corporate offices in Jacksonville, FL. Handled all labor matters representing management with the Teamsters Union. Arbitrated employee grievances, negotiated work rules and contracts, and represented the company in the Eastern and Central areas of country on all labor matters. Made recommendation to management to de-centralize the Labor Relations Dept., which ultimately moved me to Cincinnati, OH.
Promoted to Region Manager with Ranger Division of Ryder, which was the truckload division utilizing Agents and Owner Operators. Held RM positions in St. Louis, Chicago & Jacksonville, FL.
Promoted to VP-Field Operations with direct responsibility for all field operations which included Central Dispatch functions, all region management personnel, and the recruiting of Agents and Owner Operators.
Promoted to Director of Planning for IU International which was the parent company that owned 12 trucking companies, including Ryder Truck Lines. Responsible for enhancing truckload operations and developing some inter-corporate programs. Developed an "inter-corporate trip lease" program which allowed the trucks from each operating company to run under any of the operating companies authority.
Promoted to President of CCX Nationwide and Coast to Coast Express. Responsible for two other operating companies, as well as Coast to Coast which was a start up company. Grew business to $32 million first year....all Agents and Owner Operators.
IU experienced severe financial problems so left and with two other partners acquired Gay Trucking Company, Savannah, GA. Was President and responsible for all phases of the company. This was a small, 62 truck, flat bed and specialized operation. 17 trucks unmanned when we took over.... Filled all trucks and acquired 20 additional trucks and became a very profitable company. My partners wanted to expand so we acquire Parsons Trucking which was a 55 truck van operation.
Sold my 1/3 interest to my partners and acquired Ennis Trucking in Denver, NC.
Went broke with Ennis trucking so sold it.
Accepted position as VP-General Manager - Pacer Transport, which was a Southern Pacific company and moved to Dallas. Pacer was 100% Agent/Owner Operator based. Responsible for growing business through recruiting Agents and Owner Operators. During the time with Pacer grew the business 78%.
Returned to Ranger Transportation which was a division of Landstar as Regional VP. In 2001 Landstar consolidated the field operation, Ranger, Inway, Ligon, & Gemini, eliminated duplicate management. I assumed the Regional VP position of the consolidated companies. Responsible for growing the business through recruiting of Agents and Owner Operators. Consistently grew business above plan every year. Region was the highest revenue producing region at Landstar with the greatest number of Agents and Owner/Operators.
Maintained this position until I retired July, 2006. During my tenure with Landstar received numerous awards for top revenue producer. Landstar presented me with the Jeffrey Crowe/Bob Zonneville Lifetime Achievement Award which has only been present to 5 other Landstar employees. My nickname at Landstar was "O'Wise One" which was translated to "Old Wise One". It was always my desire to help other people become successful which resulted in recruiting and hiring many Agents with little or no experience.
Now, after retirement I have become 1/3 partner in a $20+ million Agency with 6 "sub Agents" under our umbrella. My responsibly at this Agency is to continue to grow the business. We are one of the top 10 Agents at Landstar.