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Thanks for a Great Expedite Expo 2016!


This year was the 16th Expedite Expo and Expediter Services was proud to be the title sponsor!
We feel the annual Expedite Expo is an important event for the industry. It’s also the only show Expediter Services participates in throughout the year. And although attendance was somewhat soft (following freight trends) from previous years, the quality of attendees definitely lived up to expectations and the ES team was excited to meet and greet everyone who visited our booth, as well as our Expediter Truck Sales exhibit in the Manchester parking lot.

We had the opportunity to share the solutions of tried-and-true programs created to make Independent Contractors, Owner Operators and Fleet Owners more efficient and profitable — regardless of the road ahead. We were also excited to let people know that if you can drive a truck, you can own a truck if you desire, and we we’re pleased to have helped at least two attendees to become new truck owners!
A number of opportunities were realized as we spoke with many new and experienced quality driving teams, and we’re looking forward to assisting them getting into equipment in the near future.
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Women in Trucking Seminar

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expo2016-sleasman2The ES family was well represented at the Women in Trucking seminar with Fleet Owner Donna Sleasman, providing input for women expediters in attendance. Women Expediters have made tremendous strides in the industry, performing a number of important functions, including drivers, owners, fleet owners and management. Keep up the good work, ladies!
 

 

 

It was a Good EGG at the Expo!

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Expediter Services hosted it’s third annual EGG at the Expo (Expediter Group Gathering) focusing on the Industry outlook and future growth opportunities. This year’s EGG was a packed house, giving over 120 attendees, as well as the ES team the opportunity to meet, network and get to know each other on a personal basis. The gathering was also a great venue for us to share the Real Support, Real Programs, Real Services and the Real Community offered by Expediter Services, so you Never Stand Alone.
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We would also like to give a shout out to the carriers who attended the EGG: FedEx Custom Critical, Panther Premium Logistics, Roadrunner Expedite, V3 Transportation and XPO Logistics.
Stay tuned for the next EGG!

 

Don’t wait for the Expo or the EGG to access
the opportunities offered by Expediter Services.
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We Can’t Wait to Meet You at the Expo 2016

Expediter Services is once again pleased to be a part of the Expedite Expo 2016, July 15th & 16th, at their new home in Lexington, Kentucky — this time as the Title Sponsor!

What to Expect…

Expediter Truck SalesAt this year’s event, we continue to offer opportunities to expediters with tried-and-true programs designed to serve Independent Contractors, Owner Operators and Fleet Owners helping them be more efficient.  You Never Stand Alone. In addition, we believe that if you can drive a truck, you can own a truck if you so desire, and we’ll be on hand to assist those looking for opportunities through Expediter Contract Driver Services, Expediter Management Services, Expediter Truck Sales, Expediter Insurance Services and Expediter Equipment Finance.
Please look us up, we are located in Booth #235 and be sure to visit our Truck Sales Exhibit in the Manchester parking lot. We look forward to seeing you here!

Partner with Expediter Services and Never Stand Alone


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Independent Contractors
Expediter Services supports New and Experienced Drivers every step of the way with programs that can help you be more productive. Learn more about the Independent Contract Driver program here. We’re available at Booth #235 to answer any questions you may have about our Independent Contract Driver programs.
Owner Operators and Fleet Owners
At Expediter Services, Owner Operators and Fleet Owners can take advantage of our Owner Operator Program for back office support and savings on fuel, insurance and more. Learn more about the Owner Operator program here. Or stop by booth #235 to see us.

 


team-expo-1Come and see us at Booth #235! We are always happy to help turn your dream of being a Contract Driver, Owner Operator or Fleet Owner into reality. We look forward to seeing you here.

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Get to Know Danny Vernon, ETS Truck Sales Manager

If you don’t already know Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager, the Expedite Expo is your opportunity to meet Danny and to let him help you source a good pre-owned straight truck, straight from Expediter Services’ very own fleet. Please visit him at our ETS Booth in the Manchester Parking Lot and be sure to check out our great selection of trucks.

 

Expediter Equipment Finance Can Help You Achieve Truck Ownership


PTO-logo-72Expediter Equipment Finance can help finance your truck, even if you’re a first-time buyer or a non-home owner. We have market competitive rates and terms. Also our Path to Ownership lets your experience with Expediter Services play a key role in helping you get financed.
Expediter Equipment Finance Can Help You Buy a Truck

– Do you have a desire to be an owner operator?

– Do you have a good work & credit history?

– First-time buyers & non-homeowners can qualify

– Your work history can determine your future

– Competitive rates & terms

– Multiple lenders

– Payroll deducted truck payments

– True Path to Ownership opportunities

Don’t wait for the Expo, apply online now!
 


team-expo-2We’re looking forward to meeting you at the Expo. Please stop by Booth #235 and our Truck Sales Exhibit in the Manchester parking lot. We are happy to answer any of your questions.

 

 

 

The EGG at the Expo

Expediter Services is excited to host the 3rd annual EGG at the Expo, Friday, July 15th!
The EGG (Expediter Group Gathering) is an opportunity for Expediters to meet, network and get to know each other. We believe in personal relationships, and want to learn about you, your business, and your hopes & dreams.
This year’s EGG at the Expo will focus on the industry outlook and future growth opportunities. We will also discuss the Real Support, Real Programs, Real Services and the Real Community offered by Expediter Services, so you Never Stand Alone.
Register now for the EGG, its FREE!

Don’t wait for the Expo or the EGG to access
the opportunities offered by Expediter Services.
It’s what we do every day!

 

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Women in Expediting: Linda Polk

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Welcome to the latest installment of our online series Women in Expediting. As you may have noticed, a common thread runs throughout our stories: women are taking on the roles traditionally undertaken by men in the Expediting industry. They are not merely taking on these roles, they are becoming successful drivers and owners in the process. Women bring much needed talents and abilities to the industry that compliment the team environment, helping to ensure success.

We introduce Linda Polk, who is one-half of the driving team with her husband and business partner Andy Dixon. Since 2011, they have built a successful fleet of four trucks that has helped them pursue other interests that are near and dear to their hearts: Linda is a successful author, while Andy has crafted a successful career as a songwriter, with many songs recorded by various artists and credits on movie soundtracks.

SLN: How did You and Andy get started in Expediting?
Our journey into Expediting began in 2011. Andy was working for a company that didn’t have much integrity. Things got so bad, he finally wound up quitting. He began looking around for a better way to make a living and answered a Craigslist ad as a driver. He and his brother started off driving together but unfortunately, his brother became ill and couldn’t drive any longer. Andy got another partner but that also didn’t last.
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As it turns out, the non-profit agency that I worked for at the time offers bus transportation as part of their ministry. They also offered classes that help people get a free CDL in order to drive the buses. This turned out to be a great opportunity and I got my CDL and became Andy’s full-time driving partner on Christmas day 2012. We had always wanted to work together and this just seemed like a great way to achieve this goal.

SLN: Tell us about your other goals?
We started off as contract drivers with Expediter Services, signed on with FedEx as our carrier. We set a goal to drive for a year and save as much money as we could and buy a truck right out. Andy and I had a five year plan to buy a truck every year for five years. Our original plan got side-stepped when we got a call from Jeff Tacker saying that our numbers were very good and that we should consider buying a refurbished truck from Expediter Services’ fleet. The offer made a lot of sense to us and we purchased a refurbished 2008 KW T660, utilizing Expediter Equipment Finance. We got a great deal on that truck. There were a few teething pains at first (read their story here), but ES stood behind us and our truck. We got a lot of good service from that unit and made a success out of that initial investment.
To make a long story short, after a couple of productive years, we sold that original T660 and since 2013, we’ve purchased four slightly used Cascadias (including two custom dry units) from ES’s fleet through Expediter Truck Sales, utilizing Expediter Equipment Finance. This has been a successful formula for us and I recommend this approach to anyone who is looking to grow a fleet of trucks. So, you could say we actually achieved our goal of five trucks within five years. It’s very exciting!
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SLN: What are your responsibilities as a team member and business partner?
I drive as much as Andy does. I’m probably not as good at some things, such as pre-truck inspection and maintenance issues, but I’m better at other things like dealing with dock personnel. It just seems to work better that way. Also, we both work on managing the fleet, Andy usually gets the settlements and I make sure they get paid. We compliment each other and we each do whatever it takes to make sure everything that needs to get done is taken care of. Being an Expediting partner is a give and take, and being successful means knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses and building a business together as a team.

SLN: How do people react when they find out your are a Women in Expediting?
There have been a number of women who have told me that they are afraid to drive a truck. But I tell them to do their research and take a class to learn about getting a CDL and to just do it. There’s really no reason to be afraid. Driving a straight truck in Expediting is great way to make a living and to have a career that will let you do the things you want to do.

SLN: What is important about relationships in this business?
When it comes to being a couple (whether you’re married or not), if you have issues in your relationship, they are going to come out. This business is intense and there are a lot of decisions to be made. When you couple that with the amount of time you spend together, there’s always the opportunity for conflict. If you don’t love and respect your partner, then Expediting can become a tough job. It’s important to know your boundaries and assume responsibilities that are complimentary to each other.
Although we aren’t driving at the moment, we still work to keep our fleet happy and productive. The fleet that Andy and I have built gives us the opportunity to do the things we want to do. It gives me the flexibility to visit with family and to pursue my interest in writing. Expediting has given Andy the ability to further his career in music. We’re so blessed to be doing what we love.
With support from Expediter Services, we’re looking forward to seeing where the next five years takes us.

Thanks Linda, for sharing your experience about Women in Expediting with us.
Stay tuned for another edition of Women in Expediting in a future issue of Spotlight News!

Visit our Women in Expediting page to learn about how you can get started today with your new career.

 

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We’re Here For You…Regardless of the Road Ahead

new expediter services logoAnyone who has been around trucking knows that the state of freight fluctuates as business cycles move up and down — it’s just a part of doing business. Currently, trends are indicating that freight is in a down cycle. Should you be concerned? Maybe, maybe not. But one thing is for sure: no matter the state of freight, you Never Stand Alone when you partner with Expediter Services. Here’s why:
We’ve Been There Before
Expediter Services was born in 2006, but expanded and matured its services during the economic downturn of 2009. During this tumultuous freight environment, ES began the process of building an umbrella of support, services and programs based on input from a concerned Expediting community looking for answers. The road wasn’t always smooth as we developed the discounts and programs now enjoyed by Expediters who utilize our many offerings. At times, our attempts to satisfy customer’s needs led to a dead end. But one thing is certain, our trial by fire resulted in tried-and-true support services and programs that can help you succeed when the road best traveled gets bumpy.
Real Support. Real Service. A Real Community.
egg 2015 attendeesES can provide you with real support including discounts on fuel, insurance and more. We also provide comprehensive freight history information, along with back office support and programs to help you through the good times as well as the bad. When you join the Expediter Services family, you are a part of a community of support that’s second to none, helping you weather the storm, regardless of the volatility of freight.
Taking Steps to Mitigate Risk and Costs
When the road ahead is rough and freight becomes tough, it’s important to know that your carrier and/or service provider will be there for you today and in the future. Do you have the support you need? Are you paid on time or even at all? Is your equipment good enough to carry you through a tough freight cycle economically and efficiently? Is there a community of support that you can turn to when business is soft? Expediter Services has proven support programs to help answer YES to all of these questions.
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Experience has taught us that upgrading your equipment is a great way to control fuel and maintenance expenses. Expediter Truck Sales has available the industry’s best and largest inventory of pre-owned class 8 straight trucks that are fuel efficient, well maintained and offer a tremendous value. Contact Danny Vernon at Expediter Truck Sales to see how a good pre-owned truck can actually save you money.
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To help finance your truck quickly with little or no hassle, rely on Expediter Equipment Finance. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time buyer, non-home owner or fleet owner, we can help you upgrade to mitigate costs no matter the business environment.
Opportunity for New Drivers
There’s always room and opportunity for new hardworking drivers in Expediting, and you are definitely wanted and needed. Expediter Services is here to help, so you Never Stand Alone, with Owner Operator and Contract Driver programs to save you money and help you build your business. Let our community of support make your dreams of being a successful Expediter a reality.
We’re excited about the opportunity to serve you, please give us a call to get started today.

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Women in Expediting: Hope McDermott


Our web series focusing on Women in Expediting rolls along as we continue to explore why women choose Expediting as a career, and how they not only survive in an industry traditionally dominated by men, but thrive to become successful drivers and/or owners.
Women in Expediting bring a number of much needed talents and abilities that compliment the team environment and contribute to a successful business.

We introduce Hope McDermott, wife, team driver and business partner of Thomas McDermott. They have partnered together through a number of ventures over the years, settling into a successful Expediting career since 2013.

SLN: How did You and Thomas begin your careers in Expediting?
We started out driving 53-footers for several years and we weren’t real happy with the company we were driving for at the time. We began talking to people who were in Expediting and learned about the industry. Thomas got online and found the Expediter Services website — that was in 2013. We soon began at Expediter Services as contract drivers, signed on to Fedex as our carrier. A couple of years later, we bought our own truck at last year’s Spring EGG (Expediter Group Gathering) from Expediter Truck Sales, utilizing Expediter Equipment Finance and we’ve not looked back since!

SLN: What reaction do you get from people who find out you are a woman in Expediting?
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The subject does come up from time-to-time. Some people are still surprised that there are women drivers out there, but once they see that you know your job, they respect you. Also, I speak with men who want to bring their spouse or significant other on the road with them. A lot of times their partners are a little intimidated by driving a vehicle the size of a straight truck. I tell them a good way to see if they like it is to rent a large U-Haul truck for a weekend and drive it around. It’s a neat piece of advice that has helped quite a few husbands get their wives involved in the business. Once their partner gets her Class B license, a whole world of opportunity opens up in Expediting.
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SLN: What do you feel is the key to success for you and Thomas?
Thomas was “all in”  from the very beginning when it came to me being his driving and business partner. He was also the one who trained me to drive a 53-footer. In many ways, our working together as Expediters is not much different than when we were driving big rigs or even when we owned our own construction company years ago. Many people ask me how do we work so closely together. I think the important thing to remember is that at the end of the day we are a team and there is always give and take. It also helps to keep in mind the goal of having a successful business and Expediting helps to provide focus toward that goal.
Also, it’s important to know boundaries and respect each other’s personal space, after all, you’re both living in close qurters much of the time. We use the curtain between our bunks as a way to maintain privacy. When the curtain is closed, it’s private time and we both give each other the space we need.

SLN: Do you have any advice for women who may be looking to enter Expediting as a career?

I say that if you are a woman looking to get into Expediting, just do it! It doesn’t matter if you are a contract driver or even an owner. There is real opportunity for women. It’s often said in this business that you’re not making money if the wheels aren’t turning, and in general trucking that’s true. But in Expediting, downtime is part of the business. Don’t let that bother you. There are a lot of weekends where we are waiting on loads. But when Monday morning comes, we are on the road delivering freight. It also helps to get certified for HazMat and other enhanced credentials.

SLN: What does the future hold for You and Thomas?
Right now, we’re working on getting our HazMat/White Glove credentials. Once we have this in place it will open up more earning opportunity for us, and we are looking into adding a second truck in January of 2017. At that point our tasks will probably change as we take on the management of another team on top of what we already do. Who handles potential problems would depend on which one of us is awake when we get the call. That’s where team work comes into play. Over the next three years, we would like to have a fleet of about ten trucks and manage that fleet from home. We definitely feel like we can reach this goal with the support provided by Expediter Services.

Thanks Hope, for sharing your experience about Women in Expediting with us.
Stay tuned for another edition of Women in Expediting in a future issue of Spotlight News!

Visit our Women in Expediting page to learn about how you can get started today with your new career.

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The EGG at the Expo 2016


Expediter Services is excited to once again host the EGG (Expediter Group Gathering) at the Expedite Expo’s new home in Lexington, Kentucky on July 15th.
The venue may be new, but the reason for the EGG remains the same: to provide a place for Expediters to meet and discuss issues affecting the industry and to help provide solutions for success.
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According to Jeff Tacker, Expediter Services, Vice President of Operations, this year’s EGG will address the state of freight, as well as other important topics. “At this year’s EGG at the Expo, we will welcome those we know and get to know those we don’t. We’ll also address the ups and downs occurring presently in the market and discuss the opportunities ES offers to let owners know that we’re here for you, regardless of the road ahead.”
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One of the most important features of any EGG is that each gathering is tailored to meet the challenges of changing market conditions. This year’s EGG will speak to the current freight environment, allowing Expediter Services to offer real support, real programs, real services and a real community, born out of ES’s experience. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting Expediter Group Gathering!
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Agenda for the EGG at the Expo – July 15, 2016

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Women in Expediting: Bobbi Moore

As we continue to expand upon our series about “Women in Expediting”, Spotlight News is speaking with women to learn why they chose Expediting as a career, and how they cope with an industry that has been traditionally dominated by males. We are also exploring the strengths that women bring to the industry.
One might think that women who make Expediting a career solely become drivers or owners. But as you will see in this issue, women play other key roles that are indispensable to the success of their businesses.
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We introduce Bobbi Moore, wife and business partner of Jimmy Moore. She at first reluctantly entered into Expediting, but became adept at managing and recruiting for a growing and dynamic fleet of nine Expediting trucks.

SLN: How did You and Jimmy get started in Expediting?
Our start really began with my husband. We had recently sold a business here in Las Vegas and he began looking at some other business opportunities. He discovered FedEx Custom Critical and began doing research to determine the income potential of Expediting. The business model looked very good, so we decided to go for it.
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SLN: What was your role in this new business venture?
At first, my role was pretty minimal. I don’t have a commercial drivers license, so from the very beginning, my job was to take care of things on the home front. We have two young boys, Jimmy Moore Jr. (16), and Joshua Moore (10). We both decided that it was important for someone to be here while Jimmy was on the road. To be quite honest, I was pretty reluctant about the whole thing because I knew absolutely nothing about Expediting or trucking. But Jimmy’s business instincts are good, so I just figured I would jump in with both feet and make the best of whatever opportunities came my way.

SLN: Tell us how your business began to grow?
We started our business in late 2013 with one truck. Being new to Expediting, it got off to a bit of a rocky start, mainly because finding a good used Class 8 truck was difficult and the truck we wound up buying just didn’t work out very well. Shortly thereafter we discovered Expediter Truck Sales and Expediter Equipment Finance and haven’t looked back. Our current fleet of nine trucks is made up entirely of trucks from ETS and it has made a huge difference in our ability to grow quickly and efficiently.

From the beginning, we’ve partnered with Expediter Services. Their fuel and insurance discounts are great and so is the support they provide through their Owner Operator Program. There’s no doubt ES has helped us grow our fleet. They really give you an advantage so we Never Stand Alone. Even now that we’re experienced Expediters, ES is an integral part of our growth model. I only wish we had known about Expediter Truck Sales from the beginning. It would have made things so much easier when it came to buying that first truck!

SLN: How has your role and tasks changed as your business has grown?
As you can imagine, at first there wasn’t a whole lot to do. We grew our fleet by purchasing one truck at a time. Jimmy would drive each new truck and we would find someone to drive with him, as well as finding a team to drive the other truck. After truck number three, things really started to get busy for me. Now, it’s pretty much a full-time job managing the accounting and recruiting for a fleet of nine trucks!
I think part of our success is the fact that we are constantly in “recruiting mode”. If we get to the point where we have too many teams for the amount of trucks we have on hand, we then evaluate our position and either add another truck or pass that team along to another fleet owner or even forward them on to Expediter Services.

SLN: What does Jimmy think about your involvement within the company?
He thinks that what I do is absolutely necessary. We both realize that we wouldn’t be able to make it in this business without the management and recruiting skills that I bring to the table. But at the end of the day, what we do is a team effort. We work very well together and we realize that each of us has our own strengths that contribute to our success as a whole.

SLN: How do people react when they learn that you’re a woman working in a field dominated by men?
Due to the fact that my role is administrative and not out on the road mixing it up with the guys, people’s reaction is just like that to any other office-type of job. I think for the most part people are surprised when they learn about the amount of growth we’ve achieved in such a short amount of time. There’s absolutely no stigma when it comes to me being a female in this business and I think that’s a positive for everyone.

SLN: Do you have any advice for women who may be looking to enter Expediting as a career?
My advice for women (or anyone for that matter) who wants to get involved in Expediting is to surround yourself with as many professionals as you can in order to learn the business. ES is a perfect example of this. Their support team is extremely helpful, especially to those just starting out. Also, I would recommend networking with people in all levels of the business. When it comes to Expediting, you never stop learning.

SLN: What does the future hold for the company and for you?
I think without a doubt, we will continue to grow until God tells us it’s time to stop. We just added our first DR unit at the Expediter Services Spring Egg event. Jimmy has been very involved with this new truck because they run differently than dry units. He’ll continue to be hands-on until the truck and the new team is up-to-speed. As for me, I will continue to manage the accounting and the recruiting for the fleet as it grows. Our sons are also showing an interest in the business and that’s something we’ll nurture as they grow up. Who knows, someday they may take over the business and carry it to a whole new level! But one thing is for certain, we will continue to rely on the Expediter Services, Expediter Truck Sales and Expediter Equipment Finance as we grow.

Thanks Bobbi, for sharing your perspective on Women in Expediting.
Stay tuned for another edition of Women in Expediting in a future issue of Spotlight News!

Visit our Women in Expediting page to learn about how you can get started today with your new career.

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Building a Fleet. Investing for the Future.

How many times have you thought about Expediting as an investment in your future? To some, this may seem like a strange concept. But to Jeff and Renie Strahan, building an Expediting fleet plays a major part in their investment portfolio for the long term. Before we get into the specifics of their business plan, let’s get to know them a little better.
ES-logo-short-72Jeff has been a truck driver for about twenty-five years, while Renie has been busy with a career of her own as a dental hygienist for the past thirty years. As Jeff explains, he first became aware of Expediting while on the road. “Driving my truck, I would see these small straight trucks out on the highway and I always wondered what they did. I started doing research and became intrigued by Expediting’s business model. As I did more research, I realized that there was more to Expediting than meets the eye. The deeper I dug, the more I realized that Expediting would be a great opportunity as a way to plan for our future. I found Expediter Services online and spoke with Jeff Tacker. I was with a carrier that was not getting the job done. I decided to sign up with ES and go with Panther as my carrier. I saw an immediate turnaround — that was in 2010, and as they say, the rest is history.”
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After a few years, the Strahan’s left Expediting to concentrate on other priorities, but the opportunities available through Expediting stuck with them through the years. “Renie and I have been doing a lot of planning and thinking about our futures and even retirement, and we knew that Expediting was still a great way to make that happen. We heard about The EGG at Expediter Services’ offices in Southaven, Mississippi and we decided to attend so we could learn more about the industry and take a look at a truck. It turned out The EGG was a great experience and we got a lot of good information. Our original plan was to purchase a good used truck from Expediter Truck Sales, but we wound up buying a new 2016 Volvo 780 factory dry unit. This truck is  one of the first ten Volvo factory spec’d straight truck units available in North America and we got a terrific deal on it! We utilized Expediter Equipment Finance too and the entire process was easy!”
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As mentioned earlier, the Strahan’s are looking to leverage an Expediting fleet into an income stream they can use as part of their retirement planning. “At some point both Renie and I will step away from our current careers and a fleet of Expediter trucks will be a good way to help us transition into having a good income when we’re ready to make that move. Renie is already making plans to become even more involved in the bookkeeping and managing the business. As a woman in expediting, she is a great asset for our company,” said Jeff. “We also plan to add more trucks to our fleet and I anticipate we will have at least three trucks in the next year. Expediter Services just makes the whole process so easy.”
In addition to retirement income, Strahan says purchasing a new truck is a great way to insure against market fluctuations. “I feel that having as new a truck as possible is a good way to cut down on overhead, especially when freight is soft. Also, Expediter Services has fantastic services and programs that can help defer costs like fuel, maintenance, breakdown support and insurance. There truly is no other company I would rather be associated with than ES in any business environment.

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Women in Expediting: Donna Sleasman

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Spotlight News continues its series “Women in Expediting”.  As reported in an earlier edition, we are talking to women to learn why they chose Expediting as a career, and how they cope with an industry that has been traditionally dominated by males.
As you’ll see, women enter into Expediting for different reasons. They also perform different tasks that suit their talents and tastes. Not all are drivers or owners. Some women prefer to take advantage of other opportunities that support and grow the company business, including recruiting, bookkeeping and freight management, to name a few. It is becoming even more clear that as women move into Expediting, their talents are needed and welcomed in the industry.
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To help explain the main factor driving the Women in Expediting phenomenon, a recent Bloomberg news report points out that more and more women are entering trucking due to a nationwide driver shortage with a projected shortfall to be 400,000 drivers by 2017. In addition, the American Trucking Association states that 5.8 percent of the 3.4 million U.S. truck drivers last year were female, compared to 4.6 percent in 2010.
new expediter services logoTaken as a whole, women are gaining in the trucking industry, but there’s more to their story than sheer numbers. Statistically, they are proving to be more cautious and attentive behind the wheel than their male counterparts, a trait for which major carriers are beginning to notice. Other changes within the industry can be directly attributed to the influence of women, including better ergonomics in the cab, more accommodating sleepers and accessibility to showers at truck stops. We can expect to see more changes coming as carriers and trucking companies start to court women as an untapped resource.
We now introduce Donna Sleasman, a successful driver and fleet owner who has built a family business while blazing a trail for other women in expediting.

SLN: Donna, how did you get started in trucking and how did it evolve into a career in Expediting?
While working at a gas station in 1982, I saw that trucking was a way for a woman without a college education to make $40,000 a year, and that’s how I got into it. Once I made up my mind to get into the business, I bought a truck and became an owner operator as a long haul trucker, which was an oddity in 1982.
My entry into Expediting came about after my husband retired as a firefighter in 1999. We visited a truck show in Boston and spoke to a carrier who introduced us to Expediting. It sounded like a great fit because my husband who didn’t have a CDL would only have to qualify with a Class B license, which he did. In 2000, we signed on with FedEx, and as they say, the rest is history.

SLN: Once you were into Expeditng, how did you get involved with Expediter Services?
I heard about ES from someone who was already involved with them. Their OIC (Occupational Accident insurance) really appealed to me, plus their support meant that someone would be there for me in case of a breakdown. All of their other services are good too, but these two were the determining factors for me.

SLN: As a woman driver and business owner,  how do you approach the business?
Without a doubt, Expediting is a “co-hab” venture. It’s important to have someone who is compatible as a driving partner as this works best. In some ways, I feel that I have a bit of an advantage because I’ve been in the business long enough I can analyze situations and capitalize on them. For example, I’ve had some drivers tell me that they will never drive to New York City. I learned a long time ago that if I go within a 200 mile radius of Bordentown, I can make money. I figure out areas to make money and concentrate on those areas. It takes time to develop this knowledge, but I think it’s what sets my business apart; finding these niches.

SLN: Tell us about your fleet of Expediting trucks?
I’m a driver and a fleet owner. I have four DR units and a BR unit, as well as a tractor trailer that runs with a company out of Utah. I went about building my fleet a little differently than most people in the business. I never aspired to be a fleet owner, but I’m the kind of person who likes to help people. I’m always reaching out to people and offering advice (sometimes I think more than I should). One team I have, I met in White Glove class. I was talking to them and offering advice and telling them if they have questions to call me. Their owner didn’t turn out so well and I offered to buy them a truck if they would drive for me and they agreed. Another team had a similar situation. I’ve never purchased a truck that I didn’t already have a team ready to drive. I think it’s also important to be accessible and take phone calls and answer questions. I’ve had some teams call me on almost every load while they were learning and I don’t mind that. I’m always happy to share tips and “secrets” to help them be successful.

SLN: Do people treat you differently as a women in Trucking/Expediting?
When I started out, trucking was a male dominated industry. The large percentage of women who were actually in the business were wives who didn’t actually drive. In today’s trucking environment, I’m amazed at the number of men who actually respect my opinion. There are plenty of guys who will call me up and ask me questions about how do I do certain things. As a matter of fact, when I’m in a situation where we’re sitting around, I usually wind up sitting with the guys discussing the trucking business. I may not have the kids or grandchildren of my own to talk about, but I can sure tell someone how to re-rig your transmission, change a thermostat, radiator or just about anything else that involves a truck.

SLN: Do you find that attitudes regarding women in trucking have changed over the years?
Yes, quite a lot. I think as it relates to me, people (including men), respect my opinion because I know quite a lot about many aspects of the business. If I give advice about something, I always strive to be accurate based on my knowledge and experience. If I happen to give advice that’s not accurate or correct, I go out of my way to find that person and correct it. I believe attitudes toward women is not so much about one’s sex as it is about your attitude in regards to the business and others, as well as your knowledge, experience and integrity.

SLN: What advice do you have for women now in Expediting or who are looking to make it a career?
Just go out and do the job and don’t think you can’t do something just because you’re a woman, it doesn’t matter. But I will say this, as a woman, you can’t just stand by as a “helpless” female and expect the guys to do your work for you. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen women at a loading dock watch as someone else unloads her freight. I’m proud of the fact that I have never once asked someone else to help unload my truck for me. I have even unloaded entire tractor trailer by myself. If someone wants to help that’s fine. But I am always there right beside them. I think its important for others to know that you can carry your own weight in this industry. And that’s where respect comes from.

SLN: How do people react when they find out you are a woman who happens to drive a truck?
I still have people who are amazed that I’ve been doing this for as long as I have. Over the years, there’s been a couple of times that it seemed like a job, but the rest of the time, I just love being an expediter. It truly isn’t an issue as long as you are professional and know your stuff.

SLN: What are your thoughts about income disparity between men and women?
I don’t believe in trucking that really exists. One thing I find most annoying is that someone can come straight out of trucking school and get paid the same amount as someone who has been in trucking for years, but I guess the ease of entry and the equality of income is the reason a lot of women enter into expediting. Companies are not willing to pay for experience, which is a shame.  Their attitude has been that truck drivers are a dime a dozen, and that statement may be true to a certain extent. But I have always said a good, experienced truck driver is worth their weight in gold because people who have been in the business for years have the knowledge and experience to maximize profits for the carrier by knowing how to efficiently run their truck as a business, which benefits everyone. Also, Expediter Services support helps in this regard.

SLN: Tell us a little bit about how you’ve structured your business?
My business is a family affair. It just so happens that my family business is made up of females. My niece handles payroll, and this is made easy by how ES’s settlements are structured. My sister also helps with managing the business. I also have a niece who graduates from college in June and she wants to travel around with me this summer. I told her all she has to do is get her Class B license and we’ll hit the road.

SLN: As a woman, what has your experience been like working with Expediter Services?
I enjoy working with Expediter Services and I’ve always had a good experience with their people and services. I have never felt like being a female in this business has ever had a negative effect on me or my business. They have always been there and are always ready to serve. Also, when I talk to people who are Expediters, I am happy to refer them to ES because they are a great way for them to save money and have the support they need on the level they desire.
Thanks Donna, we have certainly enjoyed all of your insights about Women in Expediting.
Stay tuned for another edition of Women in Expediting in a future issue of Spotlight News!

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Spotlight News is pleased to introduce a new initiative entitled “Women in Expediting”. Over the next several weeks, we will be talking to women to learn why they chose Expediting as a career, how they cope with an industry that has been traditionally dominated by males, and how they have leveraged the programs and opportunities offered by Expediter Services to build successful businesses.
As more and more women enter into Expediting, their roles vary depending upon their skill set and business goals. For instance, not all women are drivers or owners. Many gravitate toward other opportunities that support and grow the company business, including recruiting, bookkeeping and freight management, to name a few. It is becoming even more clear that as women move into Expediting, their talents are needed and welcomed in the industry.
new expediter services logoIt’s also important to know that Expediter Services offers opportunity for anyone looking to enter Expediting without regard to gender, race or creed. We provide opportunity and support programs to help you succeed at your level of choice. It’s what we do every day!
Did you also know that the Expediting industry as a whole has a number of advantages over TL and LTL trucking that helps women integrate quickly in order to create income and a successful career track, including:
– You can enter Expediting with a Class B license and learn on-the-job
– A family member can teach you the ropes
– You can advance your career trajectory by qualifying for credentials, such as such as HazMat, Passport, and DOD certifications, creating career-long enhanced income opportunities
– 99% no touch freight
And that’s not all. Expediting also has definite lifestyle advantages, including:
– All ES straight trucks feature automatic transmissions, meaning less fatigue
– You can park a straight truck practically anywhere, enhancing your safety and lifestyle (malls, restaurants, RV parks, campgrounds and much more) — you don’t have to park at truck stops or places that make you uncomfortable
– Our straight trucks cabins are more ergonomic and comfortable — cabins and switchgear are designed with women’s needs in mind
– You can train and partner with a spouse or whomever you choose — you’re not stuck with someone you don’t know in order to learn the business
– More flexible working hours
– ES has certified diesel mechanics answering the phone 24 hours a day to handle breakdowns
In some respects, the rapid influx of women into trucking has left the industry somewhat unprepared. The exception to this situation is Expediter Services.
circle of success expediter servicesES has in place a tried-and-true support system that allows women to enter into Expediting at their level of choice and become productive and successful almost immediately through our Circle of Success business model. In addition, ES is staffed by an experienced support team that includes a large number of  women, as well as men, who understand where you are coming from and who know how to help when and where you need it.
EXPEDITER SERVICES ADVANTAGES
ES supports you with proven support services, including:
– Premium Contract Driver Services
– Path to Ownership
– Owner Operator Program
– Expediter Equipment Finance
– Back Office Support
– Settlement Support
– 24-hour Breakdown Support
– Maintenance Support
– Insurance Services
women-in-epediting-200If you’re interested in our Contract Driver services and opportunities, please contact Kim Smith in Recruiting at 877-349-9303, ext. 121 or email her at [email protected]
If you’re interested in our industry leading Owner Operator services and opportunities, please contact April Holland, our Owner Operator Program Coordinator at 877-349-9303, ext. 106 or email her at [email protected]
Visit our Women in Expediting page to learn about how you can get started today with your new career.
Stay tuned for another edition of Women in Expediting in a future issue of Spotlight News!

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