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BlueGrace Marietta Franchise Owner Participates in 2014 Boston Marathon

MARIETTA, GA – BlueGrace Logistics Franchise owner Slade Casey of BlueGrace Marietta (http://www.mybluegrace.com/mga), is running in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Casey qualified for participation in 2014 and will be leading the way for BlueGrace. Slade has been a Franchise owner since 2013 and has since provided a strong presence in the area. Members of the BlueGrace headquarters plan to watch his progress online as he runs for one of the most memorable races to date.

“I am blessed to have qualified at a time when remembrance, sadness and celebration will dominate the emotions of the day. No matter how I perform it will be a special day to be a participant,” says Slade Casey owner of BlueGrace Marietta.

On Monday, April 21st 2014 the world’s oldest annual marathon, The Boston Marathon will take place in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of 6 world Marathon majors and is ranked as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England’s most widely viewed sporting event. This years race is following the tragedies of 2013’s “Boston Marathon Bombing”, and BlueGrace Marietta is proudly sponsoring this event.

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Tampa Ranks as Third-best U.S. City to Find a Job

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A recent article that appeared in the Tampa Bay Times shared a report from Wallet Hub that ranks Tampa as the third-best city in the country to find a job in 2014.  This is great news as Tampa is coming out of the recession that hit the area so hard.

Headquartered in Riverview, right outside Tampa, BlueGrace calls Tampa Bay our home. Our local economy is bouncing back and we’ve been seeing signs of this throughout our business. In the last year, BlueGrace has continued to grow and with that growth has come new positions to be filled. We’ve started out the year strong with welcoming 35 new hires to the BlueGrace team here in Tampa. This growth will continue in an upward trend as the year progresses.

We currently have openings for Systems Engineer, Carrier Invoicing, Account Receivable, Customer Loyalty Representative, Corporate Paralegal, National Sales Representative, Enterprise Development Manager and Enterprise Development Representative. If you’re interested in any of these positions, you can email your resume to [email protected] or visit the Careers section of our website.

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BlueGrace Logistics Donates 44 Thousand Pounds of Pet Food to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Final group picOur annual “Cats vs. Dogs” Competition Pet Food Drive came to a close on Friday, February 28. This year, BlueGrace raised 44 thousand pounds of pet food – more than twice the amount we collected in 2013! This was undoubtedly one of the largest pet food drives in the country!

The donated pet food will not only go to feed the animals that call the Humane Society of Tampa Bay home, but will also go toward their food assistance programs “Casper’s Cupboard” and “Animeals.”

A number of businesses and organizations donated necessary resources such as pet food, money, transportation services and much more to make this incredible donation possible. We’d like to thank AAA Cooper, FedEx Freight, Rodney Naughton and Joe Peckham of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, Plant City Fla., Family Feed, Plant City Fla., Kay Brown of Hi-Tek Rations Inc, Dublin, Ga., Feeding America Tampa Bay, Taiga, Riverview, Fla., Reed TMS Logistics, Del Monte, Health Mut, Tamlin Homes, BluePearl Veterinary Partners and Knights Station Feed Depot.

We’re already strategizing how we are going to beat this record next year!

 

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BlueGrace Logistics Set to Collect 35,000 Pounds of Pet Food to be Donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

BlueGrace Logistics will hold its 4th Annual Cats vs. Dogs Competition on Friday, February 28th. The Cat’s (Ladies) and Dog’s (Men) employees of BlueGrace, will compete against each other to see who can donate the most food to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay by Friday at 12pm. The efforts of BlueGrace Logistics are expected to raise approximately 35,000 pounds of pet food; surpassing the 20-thousand pounds raised in 2013 which cared for their animals for nearly 6 months. The Cats vs. Dogs competition is said to be one of the largest pet food drives in the United States.

Through this pet food drive, BlueGrace will literally be saving pets from going to shelters or starving because their owners can’t afford to feed them. The pet food donated will not only go to feed the animals that call the Humane Society of Tampa Bay home, but will also go toward their food assistance programs Casper’s Cupboard and Animeals.

Casper’s Cupboard help hundreds of families keep their pets when they’re going through financial hardship by allowing citizens to come to the shelter Tuesday-Sunday to pick up pet food for their animals at no cost.

The Animeals program partners with Meals on Wheels of Tampa to deliver free pet food once a month to homebound and elderly residents on a fixed income in Hillsborough County. In 2013, 310,530 pounds of free pet food were delivered to homebound residents to help feed their pets and allow them to keep their furry friends.

This video gives a glimpse into the Animeals program.

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With your help, BlueGrace could reach or even exceed our goals to help feed the animals of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Donations toward the competition will be accepted until 9 a.m. on Friday the 28th! For more information call 800.MY.SHIPPING.

Media is invited to cover the donation at 2846 S. Falkenburg Rd., Riverview, FL 33578 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from BlueGrace Logistics and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be available for interviews.

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BlueGrace Scheduled to Host Talent Acquisition Blitz (TAB) in Chicago, February 24-25

BlueGrace Logistics, one of the fastest-growing logistics services firms in the country, is enhancing our presence in the Chicago area.

To support our hyper-growth, we are opening an office in Oak Brook, IL, a suburb of Chicago. The BlueGrace Talent Acquisition Blitz (TAB) in Chicago will take place February 24-25, in an effort to scout new recruits to join our team.

BlueGrace President and CEO, Bobby Harris, is expected to be in attendance to meet with prospects and hand select the top candidates to help grow the Chicago office. TAB will be held at our Chicago headquarters: 700 Commerce Drive in Oak Brook.

We will be looking to fill 20 positions, including sales, truckload operations, customer service and management positions. All new hires to join our Chicago team will receive a $1,000 signing bonus!

Candidates can submit their resume via email to [email protected], as well as request information about the company by visiting www.mybluegrace.com/bluegrace_careers.

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BlueGrace Logistics on Fox & Friends

BlueGrace Logistics was featured on Fox & Friends segment “On the Job Hunt” on Fox News Channel on Tuesday, February 4! This segment discusses companies that are currently hiring. They mentioned how we have open positions in both our Tampa and Chicago office, including sales, customer service and operations.

Check out the clip by clicking here: Fox & Friends – On the Job Hunt 2/4/14

However, there were some errors in the segment that need to be addressed. In the first mention of BlueGrace, the reporter mispronounces our name, saying “BlueGrass Logistics…” Yea, like the music. Just so you know, we’re not hiring banjo players!

They then go onto to describe us a company who does “bubble-wrapping” and say that we’ll “take care of the tape for you.” Well, that is not remotely close to what we do.

We are true consultants. To simplify it, think of BlueGrace Logistics as the Expedia of freight (no pun intended). We have a full staff of freight experts and have built a proprietary and cutting-edge transportation management system called BlueShip. We are the middleman between customers and transportation carriers to provide more options to businesses and bring in more revenue to carriers. Overall, our business model drives productivity into our industry.

Are you interested in learning more about job opportunities with BlueGrace Logistics? Please click here.

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BlueGrace CFO, Mike Dolski, Named Finalist in Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 CFO of the Year!

 

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Mike Dolski, CFO of BlueGrace Logistics

BlueGrace Logistics is honored to have our CFO, Mike Dolski, named as one of the finalists in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 CFO of the Year. Mike has implemented a number of successful strategies that have led to success and growth for BlueGrace. He implemented “Rules of Engagement,” which has compelled both our organization and our partners to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships. This strategic move has helped BlueGrace grow more than 7,000 percent from 2009-2013.

Mike has also played a crucial role in positioning BlueGrace to prepare for the growth of our franchise channel. He mentors new franchisees, helping them understand the importance of protecting their initial cash flow versus maximizing their initial gross profit.

“It was unexpected but I’m honored to be considered for this,” Mike said. “We have all worked very hard to create a fun and strong company and I’m appreciative that my efforts, and the efforts of our wonderful employees, have resulted in my inclusion on this list.”

An awards ceremony will be held on February 26 at A La Carte Event Pavilion to honor finalists. Congratulations Mike!

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BlueGrace Logistics’ Employees Volunteer for Humane Society of Tampa Bay at 2014 Gasparilla Pirate Fest

BlueGrace Logistics proudly supports the Humane Society of Tampa Bay through our Giving Grace Program. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is one of only eight charities who were invited to take part in this year’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest. The organization will be manning a beer garden in Curtis Hixon Park, raising funds to support the shelter. BlueGrace Logistics’ employees will be on-hand to assist in working the tent.

BlueGrace Logistics supports the Humane Society of Tampa Bay throughout the year. The company is gearing up for our annual Cats vs. Dogs pet food drive to kick off in February. In 2013, BlueGrace collected more than 26,000 pounds of pet food which was donated to care for the animals in the shelter.

More to come!

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MSNBC’s Your Business Invites BlueGrace President & CEO as B2B Social Media Expert

Sunday, January 4, 2014:

MSNBC’s show Your Business invited BlueGrace Logistics President & CEO to their show to speak on B2B Social Media Strategy as a subject matter expert. The CEO of America’s fastest growing Transportation and Logistics Firm and franchise listed on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List brought insight and tips to educate other businesses of America to better understand social media. The interview briefly reviewed the company’s standing in today’s marketplace followed by examples of how BlueGrace utilizes social media, primarily Twitter (the company’s primary platform for social media integration) to build relationships.

“You don’t just want marketing handling your Twitter or your Facebook, you want to everybody engaged,” says Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace in the interview with MSNBC.

Bobby Harris continued sharing the importance of why it is a mistake to overlook social media in the B2B World.  Check out the video!

Follow BlueGrace Logistics on Twitter (@MyBlueGrace) and Bobby Harris himself (@BobbyBG_CEO).

 

Highly Effective Social Media Strategies in a B2B World, Bobby Harris President & CEO of Blue Grace Logistics on MSNBC’s Your Business

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BLUEGRACE TACKLES WINTER STORM HERCULES, DELIVERING WARMTH TO 70,000 GREENBAY PACKER FANS

BlueGrace Logistics WILLIAMSBURG (www.mybluegrace.com/va), franchisee of BlueGrace Logistics, announced a successful delivery for Heat Factory USA, as they delivered a “hot” commodity for “IceBowl 2” this Sunday. 70 thousand pairs of packaged hand warmers were delivered to Lambeau Field for Green Bay Packers fans as they take on the San Francisco 49ers for what some call the coldest game in NFL history.

“We value our partnership with Heat Factory USA, and are happy to be part of delivering warmth to the people of Green Bay,” says Tim

Salavejus, Franchise Owner of BlueGrace Williamsburg.

Green Bay will face the 49ers on Sunday January 5, during Winter Storm Hercules at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.

Green Bay will face the 49ers on Sunday January 5, during Winter Storm Hercules at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.

Winter Storm, Hercules, will give the 49ers one of the most frigid welcomes they have ever seen. In the face of extreme weather, long distance and critical timing, BlueGrace was able to provide a solution. The hyper-growth company was able to deliver the 70 thousand hand warmers by noon

on Friday, January 3, in plenty of time to meet the needs of Heat Factory USA and Green Bay Packer fans.

Heat Factory USA (www.heatfactory.com) is a trusted partner of BlueGrace Logistics and is one of America’s most recognized Hand Warmer Company since 1980. Heat Factory is a full C Corporation and Woman Owned Enterprise.

The nationally recognized retailer has sent out a release on this news and it can be found on the Green Bay Packers Official Website. To read the full article, click here.

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