Jim Ward, President and CEO of DM Bowman of Williamsport, Maryland, talks with JP Hampstead from FreightWaves about Bowman's evolution from a conventional truckload carrier to a full-service transportation and logistics provider offering warehousing, brokerage, trailer leasing, maintenance services, and used truck sales. We reflect on 2018 and look forward to next year.
Jim Subler, founder and president of Classic Carriers of Versailles, Ohio, talks to JP Hampstead from FreightWaves about going through deregulation, how to focus on safety, and making data-oriented decisions. Classic Carriers only has about a 25% turnover rate over the past three years, but we also discuss the difficulty of replacing veteran professional truck drivers with new people and staying disciplined in a bull market.
JP Hampstead from FreightWaves talks to Ed Nagle, President and CEO of The Nagle Companies, a Walbridge, Ohio-based refrigerated carriers that pays its drivers based on salary. We discuss how customer relationships have changed, the Nagle family's history in trucking, how The Nagle Companies operate a brokerage division, and the challenges and opportunities facing mid-size carriers.
JP Hampstead from FreightWaves talks with Josh Kaburick, CEO at Henderson Trucking, about the role technology has played in improving back-office productivity and what differentiates brokerages when the market softens. We also discuss the refreshing openness and flexibility with which FMCSA Administrator Martinez has approached the trucking industry.
JP Hampstead from FreightWaves and Karen Smerchek, the President of Veriha Trucking, based in Marinette, Wisconsin, have a conversation about her second-generation leadership of the truckload carrier founded by her father. We also talk about the pros and cons of a national versus regional network, and Veriha's strategic decision eight years ago to achieve lane density by focusing on the Midwest and Northeast.
JP Hampstead from FreightWaves talks to Roy Cox, President of Best Logistics Group, about his multi-decade career in transportation. We discuss the history of Best Logistics, based in Kernersville, North Carolina, and how Cox started there as a dispatcher. Other topics in our conversation included Best's strong asset-light business, the current state of the freight market, and the decision-making role of top executives in a complex transportation company.