Employee Spotlight - Craig

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The England Logistics team is made up of focused, committed and downright delightful individuals. As one of the nation’s top freight brokerage firms, our success and reputation are due to the unique skills and personalities that each member of our team contributes. To help you get to know the people behind England Logistics, we are highlighting an employee each month and sharing their story.

England Logistics welcomed Craig to the Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) team in 2015. His knack for enhancing business connections led him to later join the Authorized Agents team as the LTL and carrier procurement manager. Learn more about Craig and his experience at England Logistics!

 

What brought you to England Logistics?

My career has provided me with a lot of experience in the logistics industry. I moved from the Bay Area to Utah and wanted to continue working in transportation. EL has a great reputation throughout the industry, so I looked into it.

 

How is England Logistics different than other companies you’ve worked for?

EL is focused on developing and enhancing our culture. I’ve been at companies that require you to assimilate to their already existing culture. Here you can have input on the culture and contribute to it.

 

What has been your most memorable moment at England Logistics?

Moving into my current position was a great moment because I feel that it’s really suited to me. I was able to meet with the LTL and parcel director and map out my path. I faced some learning experiences at first, but I’ve had great success overall. I’m riding a wave that I really enjoy right now. A lot of that sweat, toil and hard work is coming to fruition.

 

Which EL core value in COACHTeam (Career, Open communication, Accountability, Celebration, Hard work, Team) means the most to you and why?

There are some things that you can’t dodge, so hard work really becomes important. Hard work can mean different things whether it’s staying in the moment with a carrier or reading up on the industry over the weekend. It’s thinking outside of the box, putting in the extra time and developing your knowledge.

 

How does the 2019 theme “Team Up” match your own passions?

I think I’ve experienced more than most people. My manager understands my skill set and I’ve learned how to fill my weaknesses with resources. I can’t perform my job without teaming up with somebody, either internally or externally.

 

Do you have any advice for new or potential EL employees?

I felt like I had all of the answers when I joined EL. I had to learn some hard lessons. What you find is that EL’s culture is unique and you can do tremendous things as you learn to understand it. Sometimes that means getting to know the people around you that are successful and learning from them. Just remember that there are things that make you shine. You got the job for a reason, so learn how to utilize those skills. EL provides a lot of resources, so become a sponge and soak it all in. Those are the moments that you grow the most.

 

What’s your favorite work snack?

Peanut M&Ms. I totally justify that peanuts are good for you.

 

What do you do for fun?

I weight lift and have a group of friends that I love to work out with. Sometimes we’re serious about it, and sometimes not so much!

 

What’s your favorite show to binge watch?

I love Game of Thrones. I also just finished watching a really interesting one called “Tin Star.” Another one I love is “The Punisher.”

 

What’s your favorite/dream vacation spot?

Aruba is fantastic! It’s really unique in its culture because of the Dutch/Spanish languages. The beaches are also amazing.

 

What inspires you?

When it comes to thinking about who I work for, it’s my family. I want them to look to me for setting the bar. I find motivation in passing on my experience. I also like to win; I really like to win. I like setting the example to get everyone to win.

 

What is your greatest achievement?

For me, that’s more of a parenting question, and I would say raising productive kids that are self-sufficient is my greatest achievement. You never stop parenting, but you get to a point where they’re on a path.

 

What keyword or motto do you live by?

This is specific to me, but I repeat the goal that I’m currently working on to myself each day. That goal becomes all consuming. It’s healthy and constructive for me. I come to work thinking about what am I going to work on that’s going to be more productive than the previous week. Having that goal in the back of my mind allows me to dig in and keep going.

 

What’s your favorite training program at EL?

Our COACHTeam core values, which are taught in every training course, mean a lot to me. You see it applied on every level throughout the company. You can’t deny that each element of it is alive and well in our culture.

 

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Interested in working with Craig and the rest of our amazing team? Visit the careers page for current opportunities at England Logistics!