Meet Brian: Teammate with the Most Hustle

It’s our third monthly spotlight, and we love how we’ve been able to recognize different team members so far! In April, we recognized Stan Kasmer as our Most Supportive Team Member. In May, we recognized Kenya Tabler as our Rookie MVP.

This month we chose our theme to be MOST HUSTLE. We asked our team to think about who works hard every day, never stops striving to be better, and has a relentless pursuit to win. We were blown away by all the positive things written about various members of our team, but one individual stood out among the rest.

These are just a few of the responses we received about our winner: “He is the golden standard for success at Bridge”, “Brian’s hustle is an example for all new aspiring team members to both admire and follow”, and “His sense of urgency is unprecedented”.

So while our team is made up of hard work and hustle, no one displays this more than Brian Soloria! Brian has been with us for 12 years, working his way from operations support to our top sales representative. Brian now oversees a team of three that helps him manage his business.

We asked Brian a few questions to get to know him better. Keep reading to learn more about our teammate with the most hustle!

Q: How has Bridge helped you in your career development?

A: Support from my coworkers. This is a high pressure and extremely stressful job, and the guys who are on my team are a great support system.

Q: Tell us about your role at Bridge.

A: Logistics sales coordinator. We build genuine relationships with customers and carriers to find the most cost effective transportation solutions.

Q: What do you find is the most challenging part of your role?

A: Dealing with work/life balance. The job is extremely stressful and demanding, so finding that time to disconnect from work.

Q: What’s something you love to do outside of work?

A: Spend time with my wife and 4 kids.

Q: What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

A: My relationships with my coworkers during the grind.

Q: Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

A: Punta Cana – it was amazing to get away for a week and spend some quality time with just my wife.

Q: What piece of advice would you give to someone starting in this industry?

A: Be prepared to deal with things that are out of your control. Trucks are going to breakdown and loads are going to pick up and deliver late. You are going to be dealing with issues that you will have to explain and come up with the best solutions for your customers.

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?

A: Black Summer

Q: What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

A: I enjoy Jiu-Jitsu during my free time.

Q: What is your favorite Bridge memory?

A: Bridge took the entire company to the Kenny Chesney concert. I am not a big country fan, but it was great to spend time with everyone from work outside of the office.

We’re so thankful for all the hard work Brian has put in these last 12 years (he currently holds the record for the highest sales revenue month!), and we can’t wait to see what else he’s able to accomplish here!


By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding

Meet Kenya: Rookie MVP

We’re loving our new monthly spotlight feature that allows us to recognize the amazing people we have on our team! Last month, Stan was chosen as our Most Supportive Team Member (read more here!), and this month’s theme was Rookie MVP.

We asked our team to think about those individuals who have joined our team so far in 2019, and submit nominations for who they felt has taken to this business quickly, has been very willing to learn, and has supported their team from Day 1. While we’ve had some great new hires join us this year, Kenya Tabler was selected as our Rookie MVP! Here’s just a few of the things our team had to say about Kenya: “an asset from day one,” “always a team player,” “persistent dedication to improving,” and “fits in really well with our Bridge family.”

Kenya started with us in February, and she works on one of our top producing sales teams in our operations department. We’re so thankful that she’s a part of our family, and we can’t wait to see the impact Kenya will continue to have at Bridge Logistics!

We caught up with Kenya – keep reading to learn more about our Rookie MVP!

Q: How has Bridge helped you in your career development?

A: Being a part of the Bridge team has helped me increase my performance metrics, as well as my communication skills.

Q: Tell us about your role at Bridge.

A: As part of the operations team here at Bridge, some of my responsibilities include check calling carriers and negotiating rates with carriers in order to move freight.

Q: What do you find is the most challenging part of your role?

A: Making sure carriers are where they’re supposed to be when they’re supposed to be there.

Q: What’s something you love to do outside of work?

A: Spend a day at the park with my family!

Q: What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

A: The people!

Q: Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

A: Florida because of the weather and beaches.

Q: What piece of advice would you give to someone starting in this industry?

A: Come in with an open mind and be ready to learn.

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?

A: Homecoming – A film by Beyonce

Q: What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

A: I LOVE to dance, and I used to play the drums.

Q: What is your favorite Bridge memory?

A: Being a judge for the chili cook-off was not only delicious, but it was so much fun as well.

We can’t wait to see what Kenya is able to accomplish in the future here at Bridge!


By: Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding

Growth: Katie’s Story

Sales is tough, and quite frankly – not everyone is able to set aside the rejection and find success. Here at Bridge, we know that sales is a marathon (not a sprint), which is why we have a 15-month development program for our new sales hires. Our process involves operations training, sales training, being placed on our development team, participating in weekly checkpoints, and then graduating to our mid-level sales team. At the mid-level team, you’ll be placed on straight commission, and you’ll get a full-time operations assistant to help you manage your customer base. It’s a hard path to get there though. Our development process, while clearly laid out, is not easy.

 

 

That’s why when we do have someone that graduates the program and comes out on top, we celebrate. And we celebrate big.

Meet Katie Kaczmarek: our latest team member to complete our development program. Katie started with us in January 2018 after years working in the retail industry. She was looking for a change and a place where she could have a more regular schedule, and thankfully, our president happened to be one of her retail customers who suggested she come interview with us.

And as they say, the rest is history.

It hasn’t been an easy road over these last 15 months, but Katie has fought hard to build her own client base and establish herself as a freight broker. Now she’s on our mid-level sales team where she’s on straight commission and has additional operations support to help her manage her customers.

We threw Katie a party at the end of April to celebrate. Watch this video to hear more about Katie’s journey!

When we were deciding what we should do for Katie’s party, we wanted to make it extra special and personalized to her. Katie loves Paris, so we threw a Paris-themed party, complete with a champagne toast, macarons, and charcuterie boards! Everyone on our team wrote Katie a handwritten congratulatory note as well that we presented to her.

We’re so proud of Katie and the example she’s setting for the new hires following in her footsteps!


By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Development

Meet Stan: Most Supportive Team Member

We’re launching a new monthly spotlight here at Bridge aimed at recognizing our team members, and we’re so excited about it!

For this first feature, we asked our team to nominate who they felt best represented most supportive team member. We asked them to think about who has gone above and beyond to help out, has been flexible when needed, and has remained positive when things haven’t been going right.

While we have a lot of supportive team members, Stan Kasmer won for most supportive! Stan works in our House Team, which is the initial landing spot for new hires to learn the business. He joined us in March 2018 from the retail industry. He lends support in our operations and compliance departments, while also helping new hires get acclimated to Bridge. We’re so thankful to have Stan on our team!

We asked Stan some questions to get to know him better – read on to learn more about Stan!

Q: How has Bridge helped you in your career development?

A: Bridge has given me a completely different field from what I was accustomed to, helping me to enhance my teamwork, communications, and multitasking skills.

Q: Tell us about your role at Bridge.

A: My role is operations support and compliance. My day consists of handling my team’s shipments by booking carriers and following up with them through delivery, while also setting pick-up and delivery appointments. I help review and set up new carriers as well.

Q: What do you find is the most challenging part of your role?

A: The most challenging part of my role would be multitasking. You have to be able to do multiple things at once – from sending emails, to updating carriers, to answering the phone – all at the same time.

 

Q: What’s something you love to do outside of work?

A: One of my favorite things to do outside of work is working on my house and in my yard.

Q: What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

A: I enjoy most aspects of my job, especially when we exceed our goals of moving freight.

Q: Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

A: The best place I’ve gone is Jamaica – mostly because it was my first trip with just friends!

Q: What piece of advice would you give to someone starting in this industry?

A: Make sure that you are ready to learn and that you’re a team player.

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?

A: I have a bad habit of watching multiple series at the same time, so I’m currently in the middle of 4 shows!

Q: What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

A: I am a big history guy and love to watch, read, and see anything that pertains to ancient history.

Q: What is your favorite Bridge memory?

A: The most recent would be the chili cookoff and winning the cornbread competition.

Our team members are what sets us apart from other companies, and we’re lucky to have such supportive people like Stan working with us!


By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding