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BlueGrace Logistics Enterprise Division Announces the Promotion of Dustin Snipes

Snipes Earns Director of Sourcing Strategy Title

In a wave of growth, longtime sales standout, Dustin Snipes, was recently promoted to the Director of Sourcing Strategy for the Enterprise Division at BlueGrace Logistics.

“This only adds to the excitement and joy that I have been able to experience over the last 6 years. BlueGrace is an amazing place to grow and I am allowed the opportunity to do that and work with incredible people on a daily basis.” said Snipes.

Dustin began his career with BlueGrace in 2010.

Dustin began his career with BlueGrace in 2010, and has held the roles of National & Inbound Sales Rep, National & Inbound Sales Manager. Dustin was National Sales Rep of the Year in 2011 & National Sales Manager of the Year in 2013.

“Along with his incredible talent in sales, he was also instrumental in developing our marketing & sourcing strategies,” said Adam Blankenship, CCO and EVP at BlueGrace Logistics.

Dustin Snipes – Director of Sourcing Strategy

In 2015 Dustin joined the Enterprise Division as the Enterprise Sourcing Manager, in which he developed sourcing strategies to help EDRs research, qualify, and quantify Enterprise Leads. His team has grown from 2 to 17.

His team has grown from 2 to 17.

“Dustin took on one of the most vital roles in the company and arguable the weakest link in our sales process.  He worked through cleaning up our data, developing the strategy and tactics to build a team of EDR’s that were set up for success,” continued Jason Lockard, Senior Vice President, Enterprise at BlueGrace Logistics, “We are now recognizing the results of his hard work over the last year.”

The Enterprise Division at BlueGrace has grown to over 50 team members across 5 locations in the United States since 2010.

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their less-than-truckload and truckload spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and superior insight of the complex $750 billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

 

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2016 BlueGrace National Conference | Recap

BlueGrace Logistics recently hosted their 2016 National Conference right here in Tampa, Florida. This was the company’s 6th installment and biggest conference yet with action-packed keynote speakers like Cameron Herold, Bobby Harris, Afterburner, Inc, and Travis Mills. The location was a huge hit as well, as it was the first time the entire company came back to where it all began.

Welcome to Tampa | Meet & Greet Mixer

The 2016 National Conference kicked off with an opening reception Sunday night at the Tampa Marriott Waterside, where employees, franchisees, regional and branch offices could gather and meet new people and see old friends. For some it was their first time interacting in person, since many of the franchises and locations had been acquired in 2016. Putting faces to the names was the goal of this event and it would spark conversations that lasted the entire 3 days.

Putting faces to the names was the goal of this event and it would spark conversations that lasted the entire 3 days

“This was a great opportunity for our our offices out on the west coast and mid west to meet our employees from the east coast,” said Adam Blankenship, Executive Vice President of Operations at BlueGrace Logistics.

Monday Morning | Day 1

Monday morning started bright and early with an employee breakfast and an official kick-off message from BlueGrace Logistics CEO & President, Bobby Harris. His message touched on how BlueGrace performed in 2016 and what BlueGrace is projecting for 2017. He covered every single angle of the current status of the business and really brought his message home when he announced a huge rebranding for the company. The rebranding consists of a new logo, tagline, website redesign, and much more.

The rebranding consists of a new logo, tagline, website redesign, and much more.

“This branding revamp has been in the works for a while, but the whole concept came about in a very organic way. Because of the amount of effort put into the logo change, we weren’t even sure it would happen, but now we couldn’t be happier with the final results and feedback.” said Bobby Harris, CEO, Founder & President of BlueGrace Logistics.

The excitement started early with the BlueGrace rebranding announcement and would continue non-stop for the remainder of the conference. The schedule would include prominent speakers and breakout sessions to help bring the entire company together and land on the same page with the 2017 goals.

Keynote Speakers | Day 1

Cameron Herold

After Harris wrapped up his presentation and a quick break, Cameron Herold, the “COO Whisperer” addressed the company with a powerful message. He touted high level leadership development qualities and generated a buzz with “Building a World Class Company”. As an experienced speaker and author, Cameron has an uncanny ability to draw the audience in and leave them inspired to simplify their daily tasks and and keep the company goals in line with their own.

“Cameron really delivered a solid message and left all the fluff out. He kept it real and talked about how to build a company with the people you want on your team.” said Vanessa Castillo, Vice President of BG Freight.

Breakout Sessions | Day 1

The remainder of Day One consisted of two tracks and one roundup for different employee types; Sales and Leadership. The first track was an eye-opening sales training for the BlueGrace sales teams from around the country. The focus was to learn how to sell under different circumstances and to many types of shipping customers. The sales team learned that by taking more time to listen and really understand the logistics pain points for each potential customer, they could utilize the entire BlueGrace “toolbox” and help solve their specific issues.

There was also a new leadership development track with an in-depth overview of each BlueGrace department.

There was also a new leadership development track with an in-depth overview of each BlueGrace department. Leadership from every department prepared specific messages to engage and empower employees. There were detailed discussions on employee engagement and human resources, explaining how the hyper-growth at BlueGrace would be managed, so every employee would be happy and healthy.

BlueGrace sales associates recieved a one-on-one presentation from Roadrunner Freight’s Grant Crawford.

In addition to the Sales track, the BlueGrace sales associates recieved a one-on-one presentation from Roadrunner Freight’s Grant Crawford. He had the entire sales staff’s attention as he discussed the new branding, capabilities and dedication of Roadrunner as a trusted carrier for the logistics industry. With a detailed presentation on 2016 numbers and 2017 predictions, Grant demonstrated Roadrunners track record for effective freight management and how all of the sales staff could benefit by using them for their current customers.

The remaining option available to the Sales staff was a carrier roundup. In a structured table to table roundup, the BlueGrace sales staff had the time to move from carrier to carrier and learn more about their services and programs. BlueGrace invited carriers to not only attend the conference, but to sit and talk with the sales staff to answer questions and provide direct answers about how their services can help customers achieve their freight objectives. At its conclusion, the feedback on the carrier roundup was very positive with many opportunities shared and discussed.

Monday Night Festivities | Slapshots on Ice at Amalie Arena

Being the Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team has its perks! The Tampa Marriott Waterside is directly across the street from the Amalie Arena, the home of the Lightning, so BlueGrace jumped at the opportunity for an on-ice experience. Vendors, carriers and employees were invited to the Amalie Arena for a VIP Tampa Bay Lighting event. Amalie Arena was open to just the BlueGrace conference attendees which gave everyone the opportunity to take a couple slapshots on the NHL team’s ice.

Being the Preferred Shipping Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team has its perks!

“We wanted to give all of our BG family a unique opportunity to go down onto the ice of a top ranked NHL team and take a slap shot, and they all loved it,” said Harris.

After everyone took their shots on the ice, the night concluded with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and an additional carrier reception in the Chase Club, a premier sporting event entertainment area within Amalie Arena. The carrier discussions continued until the early evening as Day 1 came to a close.

Tuesday Morning | Day 2

Afterburner, Inc.

Tuesday kicked off with an exciting presentation from Afterburner, Inc. This group consists of retired military service members who served in leadership roles within elite units of the Armed Forces and consider themselves performance improvement experts. Their main focus was “Flawless Execution.” They fired up the crowd with examples of how they used a “debrief” to both prevent mistakes from happening and for learning from them after they do. The conference crowd left the room excited to utilize what they have learned to help all forms of business communication, from internal to customer interaction.

Day 2 presentations from BlueGrace management were a bit more in-depth. The IT department discussed many of the new tools being added to the BlueShip platform in 2017 that would enhance ease of use, increase the options for the customer and streamline the freight process even more. A round of applause came after IT committed to finishing development in 2017 for all new projects they discussed in their presentation. As the IT department tripled in size in 2016, the ability to add new options simplified billing to additional mode options has become a reality. BlueShip will continue to be on of the industries leading  TMS products in 2017 and beyond.

BlueShip will continue to be on of the industries leading  TMS products in 2017 and beyond.

Enterprise had the sales staff excited with their presentation on how BlueGrace engages with our larger customers. While discussing how to interact with types of customers by handing them off to the Enterprise team, they also discussed some of the reasons why BlueGrace is the best partner for these businesses. After receiving the current shipping data provided by a potential customer, Enterprise can run the numbers through our proprietary formulas and reporting systems to generate exciting and time/money saving opportunities.

Enterprise can run the numbers through our proprietary formulas and reporting systems to generate exciting and time/money saving opportunities.

From distribution models to preferred carriers and on-time delivery options, the Enterprise team at BlueGrace can move more product, more effectively for our customers. As the presentation explained, it does not end there. After the customer in engaged with BlueGrace the reporting and optimizing continues and the program will only get better through new time/money saving options being constantly updated and developed.

Tuesday Keynote Speakers | Day 2

Dave Ross

After the morning presentations, it was time for a keynote from Dave Ross, Managing Director of Global Transportation and Logistics at Stifel Nicolaus. As one of the top financial analysts in the logistics industry, David waspicked #1 by the Wall Street Journal’s Best on the Street Analysts Survey in the industrial transportation industry. His view of the logistics industry is deep and robust.

He was able to discuss with the BlueGrace team as well as the carriers, the impact of 2016 market situations and what the future holds for our industry.

He was able to discuss with the BlueGrace team as well as the carriers, the impact of 2016 market situations and what the future holds for our industry. The inner workings of the financial side of logistics was on full display as he presented what to expect in 2017 with a new president and coming industry regulations and changes.

Travis Mills > Never Give Up. Never Quit.

The final keynote speaker was recalibrated warrior and motivational speaker, Travis Mills. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED blast while on a deployment to Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds.

Travis lives by his motto: “Never give up. Never quit.”  Travis infused his humor and military background to get the BlueGrace team thinking about what is really important in their lives. To focus on the things you can control and no matter where life takes you, stay on the good side, because if he can do it so can you. Travis stayed after for an hour signing his book and taking pictures with anyone who wanted one, he was a true inspiration the BlueGrace Logsitics team.

We can’t thank him enough for his service and sacrifice. Travis you are a true inspiration.

Tuesday Night Festivities | Gala Celebration at the Oxford Exchange

Originally built in 1891 as a stable for the Tampa Bay Hotel, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard has gone through several transformations in its long history. At this amazing Tampa location, BlueGrace put on an event that would not soon be forgotten. The entire location was rented out and and the fun loving conference attendees filed in.

The Oxford put on a great party with a cocktails, a sit down dinner with fine food and an great dance floor.

The Oxford put on a great party with a cocktails, a sit down dinner with fine food and a great dance floor. The live band came all the way from Jacksonville and played just the right music as the attendees danced the night away. It was an amazing end to the best BlueGrace National Conference yet. We would like to thank all of our attendees, employees, carriers and sponsors for making it an event to remember and look forward to an even better event in 2017!

We would like to thank all of our attendees, employees, carriers and sponsors for making it an event to remember and look forward to an even better event in 2017!

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BlueGrace Logistics Launches New Branding & Logo Concept

 

Riverview, FL, December 12, 2016 – BlueGrace Logistics, a third-party-logistics (3PL) provider, successfully unveiled their new corporate messaging and logo design in front of over 300 employees, franchisees, vendors and partners at their 6th Annual National Conference in Tampa, Florida.

“This branding revamp has been in the works for a while…”

“This branding revamp has been in the works for a while, but the whole concept came about in a very organic way. Because of the amount of effort put into the logo change, we weren’t even sure it would happen, but now we couldn’t be happier with the final results and feedback.” said Bobby Harris, CEO, Founder & President of BlueGrace Logistics.

While the technology based 3PL stayed true to their original blue palette, the font and icon graphics have been updated…

While the technology based 3PL stayed true to their original blue palette, the font and icon graphics have been updated to give the overall feel of advancement and movement. The ellipse that was once in the center, has evolved to a two-color object at the end of ‘BlueGrace’ and suggests both the upward trajectory and depth of the current company.

BlueGrace also announced a new tagline.

Alongside the new logo announcement, BlueGrace Logistics also announced a new tagline; Passion for Logistics. The new tagline and logo are just the beginning of a full rebranding campaign for the rapidly growing 3PL.

 

About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their freight spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and overall understanding of the complex $750 Billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

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How To Break Into The Booming Logistics Industry, Now!

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Are you competitive, hard working, passionate about excellence and caring of others? Are you looking for a new career?

Third Party Logistics (3PL) Market size to reach $1,029.47 Billion by 2022 and you could be part of it.

BlueGrace Logistics will be hiring 20+ new sales associates for our transportation department over the next few months and we need someone just like you.

With a competitive salary plus commission after 90 days, the Transportation Sales Associates are primarily responsible for generating qualified prospects to lead-pass and calling carriers to find capacity.

Are you competitive, hard-working, passionate about excellence and caring of others?

The Transportation Sales Associate will be trained on effective prospecting, identifying prospects and converting opportunities. So if you find that the shipping and freight industry is foreign to you, fear not because you will learn from some of the best in the industry.

Upon completion of the first 90 days, trainees can graduate into an Account Executive role and earn a $1000 bonus & start earning commission

This is an entry level position with immediate career path opportunities upon successful completion of the 13-week introductory period. Read more about this position and apply —> HERE.

Why BlueGrace Logistics?

BlueGrace Logistics is a unique place to work. If you have ever worked in a boring, stiff, corporate setting, know that BlueGrace is none of those. In fact, BlueGrace is quite the opposite.

The culture here is something that most other employers can’t duplicate. Our employees have fun, work hard, and are ultimately good people, because that is who we focus on hiring.

“Our hiring process if very culture driven. We hire the people not the resume,” said Bobby Harris, BlueGrace President and CEO.

In the beginning of 2016 BlueGrace employed 170 people and as of November we have grown that number to 457. Along with a huge amount of growth internally, BlueGrace will also continue to expand  nationally with our recent $255 million private equity infusion from Warburg Pincus. 

“Our commitment to the Florida Governor was surpassed as we have doubled our hiring numbers in the Tampa office alone, in the last year,” said Mercedes Essmann, Director of Recruiting at BlueGrace Logistics.

Our Capital Investment Will Fuel Growth, Hiring, and Large National Expansion

Along with an increase in hiring over the last year, we have also received a private equity investment through Warburg Pincus that will set us on the path for more jobs, acquisitions and continuing with a national expansion.

BlueGrace intends to use the funding to fuel the rapid growth of the business, including hiring 500-700 new employees, accelerating its national expansion plans and pursuing strategic acquisitions.

This investment will give a major shot of adrenalin to our already fast-growing operations

“This investment will give a major shot of adrenalin to our already fast-growing operations,” said Harris. “We’re helping customers transform their shipping across the country. And for me, it’s especially gratifying to see more and more employees come into the Company and find a great career.”

If you think the shoe fits – Wear It

Training for Transportation Sales Associates begins January 9th, so if you feel you fit our core values  and are ready for an exciting career in logistics,  apply online TODAY.

To see all of the BlueGrace Logistics Job Opportunities, click HERE.

We encourage the use of social media, and it shows!

Scroll through our current twitter feeds to see what is happening at BlueGrace today!

 

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Mosaic VP Joins Leadership Team at BlueGrace

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Sean Butler Announced as New Chief Human Resource Officer

BlueGrace Logistics announced today that Sean Butler, former Vice President of Human Resources at Mosaic, has joined the company.

Butler was named the new Chief Human Resource Officer just last week and will be leading the human resource strategy and talent acquisition efforts as BlueGrace embarks on the hiring for several hundred more positions over the next few months.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to start a new adventure with a unique organization like BlueGrace. The pace at which this company is expanding its footprint is incredible, and I am glad to be joining the team during this exciting period of growth,” said Sean Butler, Chief Human Resource Officer at BlueGrace Logistics.

Sean Butler comes to BlueGrace Logistics from Mosaic, where he served as the VP of Human Resources for over 18 years. While at Mosaic and Cargill, he managed HR for the worldwide operations for approximately 4200 employees.

“Sean is a perfect fit for BlueGrace, both culturally and professionally. His extensive background in HR will be instrumental in our employment development over the next phase of growth,” said Bobby Harris, CEO & President of BlueGrace Logistics. “We did a national search and were extremely excited to find the best person was here in Tampa,” continued Harris.

BlueGrace is projected to hire another 500 – 700 new employees in Tampa over the next couple of years, accelerating its national expansion plans and pursuing strategic acquisitions from the recent $255 million private equity investment.

While Butler has a vast amount of experience in human resources with major corporations like Mosaic and Cargill Fertilizer, Inc., he also enjoys serving on several boards throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Notably he serves as the Committee Chair of Compensation Committee for the Lowry Park Zoo and as the Workforce Solutions Committee Chair for Career Source Tampa Bay.

“I really enjoy being involved and supporting the community in which my family and I live,” said Butler.

 About BlueGrace Logistics:

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing leaders of transportation management services in North America. As a full service third party logistics provider (3PL), BlueGrace helps businesses manage their freight spend through industry leading technology, high level freight carrier relationships and overall understanding of the complex $750 Billion U.S. freight industry. BlueGrace is headquartered in Riverview, Florida with over 60 corporate and franchise locations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

 

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Empathy in the Workplace – Why BlueGrace is Successful!

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Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Take a moment and think back to some of the jobs you’ve held in your life.

If you identify as a millennial, you’ve probably held several jobs since college. You maybe reach a point where you hit a ceiling, or you don’t enjoy the culture, disagree with management, etc. You may have worked for a company that doesn’t empathize with it’s people.

Typically the older generations have more tenure at companies and see long-term growth within. They ignore the issues with management or the mundane work culture, and “put in their time”.

So who is right and wrong in this scenario? Are the millennials wrong for wanting to be happy and pursue something different? Are the Gen X and older right for “embracing the suck”?

The feeling of being unimportant and undervalued is actually more common than you might think.

The End of an Era

The days of ‘hiring the resume’ are soon coming to an end. Highly successful start-ups are focusing on the person and not necessarily the resume, in the recruiting process.

A large issue is that companies are placing too much value on “hard skills” or the abilities of prospective employees that directly complement the nature of the position.

On paper, that sounds like what a company should do right?

There is no arguing that hard skills are important, as the company does depend on employees with strong knowledge that allows the organization to run smoothly. Putting a strong emphasis on the process has allowed companies to evolve and develop to the point they have today.

When Process Comes Before People

However, when process comes before people, when empathy and the true valuing of employees comes after the bottom line, it creates a large problem for retention.

No one wants to work a job where they don’t feel appreciated.

Prospective employees don’t want to sign up with a company where all their coworkers seem unhappy. It creates stagnation and lack of innovation, which can be the death of a business, or at least have a crushing effect on morale and productivity.

Building a Team

Much the same with playing sports, your team is only as good as your weakest player. Here’s where ideas like empathy and inclusion come into play.

Your smartest and most tenured manager may be loaded with hard skills but lack in the subtleties necessary to be an effective team player. This person could be ruthless when it comes to efficiency, which may lead to a singular mode of thinking, “My Way or the Highway” scenario.

While you might get a good jump in numbers for a time, that sort of thinking can be fragile, as it’s too rigid.

The logistics industry is constantly changing, and because of this, a good manager needs to be able to adapt and change tactics as necessary. They need the help of the team in order to stay ahead of the changes and make the process work consistently.

This is why empathy is so very important.

BlueGrace Logistics and Empathy

We’ve mentioned our Core Values before and we have highlighted our second as ‘Be Caring of Others’. This is probably one of the characteristics we focus on the most during the recruiting process.

Our team not only cares about each other, we care for our carriers, vendors, clients and partners. We work best with those who have compassion for others and truly show it.

The takeaway from this is simple. If you want a better business, you have to put your people first. Give them an environment where they cannot just survive, but thrive, and you’ll find your company will also reap the benefits.

To see all available positions at BlueGrace Logistics locations all over the US, visit careers.mybluegrace.com today.

 

 

 

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Pursue Outrageous Goals | Core Value #3

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Bill Gates

Dropped out of Harvard after two years – He founded Microsoft and is now known as the richest person on earth! He Pursued an Outrageous Goal.

Elon Musk

Founded his first company at the age of 23 and sold it for $300 million. He is also the co-founder of PayPal, founder of Tesla Motor Company and SpaceX. When he funded the project for SpaceX, he spent nearly all of his net-worth and for many years the public thought he would fail. NASA has now teamed up with Elon to fund SpaceX for a $1.6 billon contract. He Pursued an Outrageous Goal.

Joan of Arc

A peasant girl living in medieval France, believed that God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England. She doned mens clothing and hairstyle to fight and was nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans.” Joan is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War, and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. She Pursued an Outrageous Goal.

Sara Blakely

Billionaire Founder of Spanx was just trying to hide her panty lines while wearing white pants and cut off the feet of her panty-hose. For a full year she worked on an undergarment without telling anyone. Neiman-Marcus eventually picked up her product and she sent a pair to Oprah. A few weeks later she got a call asking if she had a website and could handle a ton of orders. She quit her job in October of 2000 and was on Oprah’s couch in November and never looked back. She Pursued an Outrageous Goal.

BlueGrace is a big believer in it’s employees, potential new hires and clients ‘Pursuing Outrageous Goals’.

Taking a risk and pursuing an outrageous goal is something that many will avoid for one thing – FEAR. The fear of failure and the fear of letting someone down. People fear what they have to lose.

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

Bobby Harris

CEO of BlueGrace Logistics founded this company because he saw an opportunity and pursued it. Starting his career at 18 years old working on the docks for Southeastern Freight Lines, Harris worked his way up through operations management. At 20 he was running an outbound facility, and at 22, he was working in sales.

Harris was 30 years old when he bought into a DHL shipping franchise, and within two years, he owned 23 franchises. In 2008, Harris wanted to buy the franchisor, but the deal fell through when DHL decided to leave the U.S.

So at the beginning of 2009, Harris decided to start Blue Grace Logistics. He tapped into his 401(k), brokerage accounts, real estate and financial investments to start the company. He Pursued an Outrageous Goal.

Our employees, companies and carriers we partner with shouldn’t settle for mediocrity.

Along with 7 other core values that we look for in our candidates, employees and partners, Pursuing Outrageous Goals has to be one of the top.

“We look for people willing to take risks and jump in with both feet. It’s a great combination knowing that the people who work with you are some of the most caring and most encouraging. I know that the people employed here support our mission and see our vision for the future. They are Pursuing this Outrageous Goal with me at BlueGrace Logistics,” said Bobby Harris, CEO.

Do You Pursue Outrageous Goals?

As you may have seen in recent news stories and articles, BlueGrace Logistics is growing and needs to hire more team members! Check out our Careers page and apply today if you think you have what it takes to join our team and Pursue Outrageous Goals!

 

 

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Backpacks of Hope – A Drive for Student Success

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Back To School = $$$

As every parent with a school-age child in their home knows, the phrase “Back to School” means one thing; school supply shopping. While this can be a fun, bonding experience with your child, it can also be a stressful one. The average spend on school supplies exceeds $600 and this expenditure can be a huge struggle for many families, BlueGrace Logistics wanted to help.

BlueGrace Expansion Leads to More Charity

Every year, BlueGrace partners with local charitable organizations to collect school supplies in a drive called “Backpacks of Hope.” With the expansion of the company into multiple locations around the country, including Chicago, Boston, and New Jersey, the drive was able to help many more children than in the past.

“We collected over 1500 items on a typical school supply list, including backpacks, notebooks, paper, folder, crayons, binders and much more,” said Courtney Smith, Manager of Culture & Engagement at BlueGrace Logistics.

School supplies were collected throughout the months of July and August. The drive culminated with a “Back to School” themed event on August 12th where employees were encouraged to dress in their best back-to-school clothes with all decades and trends welcomed and encouraged.

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BlueGrace’s corporate office, located in Tampa, FL, partnered with Metropolitan Ministries as they have in years past. While some offices, such as the location in South Jersey, graciously donated to the cause in Tampa, other offices in Chicago, Baltimore and Tallahassee partnered with local organizations in order to support their local schools.

Everything Collected

Collectively, BlueGrace as a company collected almost 150 backpacks, as well as hundreds of notebooks, folders, boxes of crayons, pencils and other needed supplies. The Chicago office was also able to collect just shy of $1,400 to assist families with additional needs, and the Tampa office was able to supply 5 students with school uniforms for the entire school year.

BlueGrace Logistics operates by 8 core values, the second being “Be Caring of Others.” Events such as these is BlueGrace’s way of caring for their communities, and they are excited to be able to make a larger impact across the country through the growth of all offices.

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Be Caring of Others

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 Core Value #2.

Be Caring of Others – Mean People Suck, and They Don’t Work Here.

Empathy:  the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.

This is probably our most called upon core value. At BlueGrace Logistics, it is essential in our hiring process that we find empathy in our candidates. Whether an employee is working in sales or customer support, it is imperative to a business’ success that the people answering the phones and talking with prospects and customers, have some sort of empathetic trait.

Our team not only cares about eachother, we care for our carriers, vendors, clients and partners. We work best with those who have compassion for others and truly show it.

How We Show That We Care…

Tampa Bay Humane Society | Cats vs. Dogs – September 2015

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Each year, BlueGrace Logistics female (cats) and male (dogs) employees compete against each other to collect the most pet food in pounds. The food is then donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to care for the animals in the no-kill shelter. The food not only feeds the animals that call the shelter home, but is also used for their food assistance program Animeals.” 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.

Miles for Moffit | Run to Beat Cancer – May 2016

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“It’s a huge part of who we are as an organization. Fundraising and participating in events like these, are engrained in our company culture,” said Courtney Smith, Manager of Culture & Engagment at BlueGrace Logistics.

BlueGrace Logistics Corporate may have sponsored the event, but what the employees did on their own was substantial and nothing short of amazing. Through small fundraising events in the office and making pledges through the Miles For Moffitt website, the company as a whole raised a total of $19,159.

Caring for Others | It’s What We Do

At BlueGrace Logistics one of our core beliefs is, our people make the difference. As such, we strive to create an environment where our employees truly feel like family. We believe that people who are happy and excited about the company they work for are more fun to work with, loyal and are ultimately more effective in their roles. We fully encourage all employees to give back to their community in some sort of way.

BlueGrace Logistics is continuing to fill multiple positions at our corporate office in Tampa, as well as our outside offices across the country. If you feel that you fit our core values, apply for a job with BlueGrace TODAY!

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BlueGrace Logistics is Busting Through the Walls

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BlueGrace Logistics is literally busting through walls as they continue to experience extreme growth with new hires and acquistions.

What was once a small space that housed 24 employees, is now a buzzing 29,000 square foot office space that is home to a whopping 262 employees; and that number is steadily increasing on a weekly basis. BlueGrace is growing at such a rapid speed that they purchased the entire building of 55,000 sq. ft., that once held 2 businesses and is currently pushing through to the next office space.

Big Is Better, But Culture Is #1

BlueGrace may be increasing in size and hiring a large number of people, but they are making sure that the right person is being hired for the right job and fits in with the culture.

“It is one thing to hire a lot of people, it is something entirely different to bring in a bunch of talented people, invest heavily into them and ensure they begin successful long-term careers with BlueGrace” says Executive Vice-President, Adam Blankenship.  “The team at BlueGrace has also developed a culture and work environment that welcomes new employees and encourages them to interact with their new co-workers in fun and competitive ways,”  Blankenship went on to say, “with our company growth, our commitment to people and culture we truly are helping people build careers in logistics here at BlueGrace.”

You spend half of your life at work, so let’s make it a fun place. – Bobby Harris, CEO/Founder

The BlueGrace culture is something that most companies try to replicate, but are unsuccessful in doing so. From Free-Beer-Fridays and relay races to charitable events and mentor programs, BlueGrace is proactive in keeping employees excited about coming to work and spending time focusing on company goals.

Hiring new employees and physically increasing in size, isn’t the only contributing factor to the rapid growth of BlueGrace. BlueGrace is in the process of several acquisitions and franchise buy-backs that will continue throughout 2016.

 

Bobby Harris – BlueGrace Logistics CEO/Founder Takes the First Swings for Demolition!

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A peek inside the new space! 

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Be Passionate About Excellence

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Core Values.

The core values of an organization are the values we hold, which form the foundation on which we perform, work and conduct ourselves.

In an “always changing” kind of world, the core values at BlueGrace Logistics remain the same. They clarify who we are as an organization and the kind of people we want to join us as we continue to experience “hyper-growth”.

Be Passionate About Excellence is our number one core value because the people we employ and surround ourselves with need to strive for greatness. Everyday we are given a chance to succeed at something; whether it be at work or in general and if we aren’t passionate about the day to day activities then the long-term goals will never be reached.

Being passionate about excellence doesn’t end with our employees; it extends to our partners. 

BlueGrace has been in business now for over 7 years and the growth has happened for many reasons, including developing extremely successful partnerships.

If we partnered with carriers that didn’t want to pursue excellence for their business, what does that say about their growth potential? Having passion and drive is what makes someone successful. Not luck. There are going to be ebbs and flows in business and if we partner with an organization that has a similar business model and is willing to go the distance, then the growth potential for us both is unlimited.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius.

We have always prided ourselves on the ‘culture’ that we provide and encourage here at BlueGrace. It is very evident through our social media, Glassdoor and other platforms, that our employees genuinely enjoy what they do at work and who they are working with.

When you spend more time at work throughout the week than you do at your home with family or friends, you better choose a career and an employer that you enjoy.

The demand for talented employees in the logistics and freight industry has never been higher. BlueGrace Logistics is showing continued growth in all areas. Available positions at BlueGrace range from software developer and sales to public relations and corporate recruiter. If you are a hard worker that is passionate about excellence and are looking for a fun, fast-paced career in the logistics industry, apply for a job at BlueGrace today! 

 

 

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Join the #Ship in Logistics

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We hire the PEOPLE, not the RESUME.

At BlueGrace, we strive for innovation and excel by collaborating as a TEAM. Candidates call it fun, positive and refreshing; we call it the BlueGrace Experience. Our open floor plan, live Twitter feed, buzzing employee stations, and the occasional gong ring create a motivating and engaging atmosphere. At BlueGrace, we pride ourselves in providing our employees with opportunities for growth and success. If you Work Hard and Pursue Outrageous Goals – apply at BlueGrace Logistics TODAY!

 

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The Constant Search For Great Talent!

Our talent is scouted by a team of experienced recruiters seeking motivated individuals who want to grow with the nation’s fastest growing logistics service providers. From sales, accounting, technology, business, marketing and everything in between, we recruit talent from all walks of life. Every career move is considered a risk, but at BlueGrace it’s an opportunity. Join the BlueGrace team and be challenged, be creative and reveal your true potential!

Break Free From Your Job, START A CAREER WITH BLUEGRACE TODAY!

For more information on what it is like to work at BlueGrace, check out our profile on Glassdoor.com.

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BlueGrace Logistics Participates and Sponsors Miles for Moffitt – Run to Beat Cancer 2016

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Cancer sucks. There is no other way to put it. According to an article from cancer.gov, in 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. The statistics about this disease are staggering, but it’s events like ‘Miles for Moffitt’ that will contribute to prevention, treatment and the cure of cancer through fundraising.

This is the 2nd year that BlueGrace Logistics participated in and sponsored the Miles for Moffitt – Run to Beat Cancer.

“It’s a huge part of who we are as an organization. Fundraising and participating in events like these, are engrained in our company culture,” said Courtney Smith, BlueGrace Franchise Support Manager and Culture Club member.

BlueGrace Logistics Corporate may have sponsored the event, but what the employees did on their own was substantial and nothing short of amazing. Through small fundraising events in the office and making pledges through the Miles For Moffitt website, the company as a whole raised a total of $19,159.

“We had great participation with a bake sale and a “Pie in the Face” fundraiser, but we were able to generate the most money through the website pledges!” said Mercedes Essmann, Director of Corporate Recruiting at BlueGrace Logistics.

BlueGrace Logistics is proud to be able to give back to the community, whether it be through local projectscharity events or our annual Cats Vs. Dog pet food drive.

At BlueGrace Logistics one of our core beliefs is our people make the difference. As such, we strive to create an environment where our employees truly feel like family. We believe that people who are happy and excited about the company they work for are more fun to work with, loyal and are ultimately more effective in their roles. We fully encourage all employees to give back to their community in some sort of way.

 

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May The 4th Be With You at BlueGrace!

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Grab your Jedi robes and lightsabers. BlueGrace is celebrating Star Wars Day on May the Fourth. We hope to see everyone wearing their favorite Star Wars shirts and rooting for their favorite characters as we’ll be having the movies streaming on our TV’s all day. Remember, Jedi’s and Sith alike wear long robes, so please no shorts or flip flops! Both the dark and light sides are permitted. No excuses, remember there is no try.

Ladies, feel free to put your hair in Leia buns. Gentleman, it may be a little late to start growing your Padawan braid…Please leave your Stormtrooper helmets at home as we don’t predict any rebellion uprisings Wednesday. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Jedi Council for guidance (Culture Club). 

See you there….and remember,

What is happening now at the BlueGrace Logistics office:

All Star Wars movies are playing back to back! Darth Vader is calling meetings! Yoda is blowing up!

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Sportsfest 2016 Wrap Up and Video Update

Congratulations to all BlueGrace Employees who attended and competed in SportsFest 2016. With over 208 Tampa Bay companies participating, it was a great event full of team building, friendly competition and just plain fun. See you all on the beach in 2017! Checkout our team video!

Do you want to join our team?

BlueGrace is hiring in all positions, Sales, Finance, Customer Support and more. Visit http://mybluegrace.com/careers for more information what is it like to work at one of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces!

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BlueGrace Will Battle Again At SportsFest 2016

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Where’s one place you can catch employees and executives battling side-by-side in the sandy trenches of a beautiful Florida beach? America II Corporate SportsFest, that’s where!

Once a year 200+ companies from across Tampa Bay compete at the America II Corporate SportsFest for one thing: the Championship Title! This year will be BlueGrace’s 5th year competing in the event and our biggest team to date with 70 players. Never before have you seen such camaraderie covered in tanning oil; just bring your team spirit and game-face… no athletic skills necessary!

With five events to participate in, co-workers have a chance to bond with some good ol’ competition. Our staff has nearly doubled in size since last year’s fest, with a record-breaking 22 new hires that started this Monday, April 18th, it’s the perfect opportunity to get to know some of our NewGracers! Chris Smalley, our IT Administrator and Team Captain tells us how beneficial the games are for BlueGrace:

“At BlueGrace, our employees are competitive, from corn hole games to corporate sales contests, the BlueGrace staff is always ready as a team to produce winning results. SportsFest gives our team the opportunity to bring that competitiveness to the beach and go up against other great Tampa Bay companies!” 

Effective Teamwork Can Yield Massive Results

Effective teamwork can yield massive results, in the sand or the workplace. Listed below are just some reasons to participate in team-building activities within your company.

  • Creates unity where everyone is focused on a common goal
  • Encourages employees take ownership in the company’s success
  • Keeps everyone on a level playing field promoting a leaner business model
  • Increases the ability to adapt by fostering flexibility
  • Boosts morale by encouraging achievement

Though BlueGrace employees make it look easy to function as a team in the workplace, it doesn’t happen automatically. Ideas for team building activities come from all employees, including our company Culture Club, and are supported by our Leadership Team. BlueGrace schedules group activities including company softball, kickball, and monthly themed office days like barbeques, corn hole tournaments, and #FreeBeerFriday (after 3pm).  We even have a weekly company-wide CEO meeting every Monday. Each event allows employees to engage with one another to build stronger relationships and contribute more effectively in a team environment. Since 2011 BlueGrace Logistics has been recognized as both a Best Place to Work and a Top Work Place from the Tampa Bay Business Journal & the Tampa Bay Times. BlueGrace has also been recognized as TINYpulse’s Happiest Company in Transportation & Logistics.

Do You Want To Join Our Team?

To join our team of MVP’s, check out our careers page or see our job listings and reviews on GlassDoor.com. Did you participate in SportsFest this year? Does your company conduct regular team building activities? Tell us about it!

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BlueGrace Logistics Named A Top Workplace in Tampa Bay

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BlueGrace Logistics Named one of Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay

BlueGrace Logistics was recently named one of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces 2016 by the Tampa Bay Times. BlueGrace’s employees nominated us and were surveyed about several topics including work environment, practices, and policies that make our company a top place to work. This is the second time that BlueGrace has won the coveted employee award and we look forward to many more!

In the Tampa Bay region, nearly 180 leading employers were nominated by their employees. To be considered for participation, companies or government entities had to employ at least 50 workers in Florida and be at least one year old.

The Top Workplaces 2016 in Tampa Bay program was created by the Tampa Bay Times and WorkplaceDynamics. The program continues to be a good barometer of Tampa Bay companies and helps promote those companies to both potential employees and to the community. The companies were ranked based on leadership, compensation and training, workplace flexibility, and diversity. The rankings were published on TampaBay.com, in the April 10, 2016 edition of the Tampa Bay Times and on April 11, 2016 in tbt*.

Voted For By Employees

“The reports are so enriching because the stories come directly from the employees, which gives the readers a pure behind-the-scenes look into these companies,” said Chris Tisch, Times business editor. “Tampa Bay companies are truly interested in creating productive work environments and engaging employees.”

For a complete list of the 2016 Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay, go to www.tampabay.com/topworkplaces2016.

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“Having a great culture addresses so many of the core things you need to succeed at running a hyper-growth company… when we put our employees first and they in turn take care of the customers, it always works.” 

Bobby Harris, President & CEO of BlueGrace Logistics.

At BlueGrace, we strive for innovation and excel by collaborating as a TEAM. Candidates call it fun, positive and refreshing; we call it the BlueGrace Experience. Our open floor plan, live Twitter feed, buzzing employee stations, and the occasional gong ring create a motivating and engaging atmosphere. At BlueGrace, we pride ourselves in providing our employees with opportunities for growth and success.

About the Tampa Bay Times 

The Tampa Bay Times is widely considered one of the Top Ten newspapers in America and has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes. It is Florida’s largest newspaper, with an average circulation of 367,936 Sunday and 297,626 daily (AAM Annual Audit 2014). The Times is produced by the Times Publishing Company, which also publishes TampaBay.com – Tampa Bay’s largest local news Web site with about 2.7 million unique visitors each month (comScore six-month average for 7/15-9/15). Additionally, the company publishes the free daily tbt*, an edition of the Tampa Bay Times, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, PolitiFact.com; and produces special events, specialty publications, and targeted advertising programs.

About WorkplaceDynamics

WorkplaceDynamics is one of the largest workplace survey providers in the United States. Each year it surveys thousands of companies and partners with leading media organizations to produce definitive Top Workplaces lists. Using proprietary, cutting-edge online applications, WorkplaceDynamics is bringing employee engagement to the web.

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Lillie’s Q BBQ Supports Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon With A Little Help From BlueGrace

Lillies_logoLillie’s Q, based out of Chicago, IL, is an award winning BBQ restaurant that also specializes in BBQ sauces sold around the world (purchase here –> http://www.lilliesq.com). Lillie’s Q also puts their charitable initiatives at the fore front of their business, and they wanted to satisfy some cravings through the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon (http://www.adoptasoldierplatoon.org). Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon improves morale of the Troops and takes care of wounded heroes after their transition to civilian life. AaSP provides “Care Cartons” to troops, amongst many other supplies. These boxes are filled with healthy snacks, personal care items, and entertainment amenities that are sent every week. Lillie’s Q saw the opportunity to help by sending their delicious BBQ sauces to the troops to enjoy a little bit of home cooked flavor at their next meal away from home. These Kings of BBQ also happen to be one of BlueGrace’s amazing customers!

Giving back to our community is not only something we enjoy, it’s somewhere we can make a massive impact, given the resources we have access to.  BlueGrace gives back through volunteering, fundraising, drives & sponsorships- working directly with the Humane Society, Moffitt Cancer Center and Metropolitan Ministries throughout the year. What we find even more interesting is how our customers give back and how we can help with the logistics of their generosity!

“We rely on BlueGrace for our current freight, so when we mentioned that we needed to get our sauce to the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon people quickly, Scott was able to ship it at cost without any hesitation.” said Nina Cantamessa of Lillie’s Q.

“I am happy that I am able to help our troops even if it is only in this small way.” Says Scott Collack of BlueGrace Logistics. “So much of our time is spent looking for cost savings and scheduling that we don’t see how the freight we help ship may effect others, and this time it should help troops better enjoy their time away from home.”

We wanted to send a special shoutout to Lillie’s Q, we’re proud of your generosity and thankful to assist in your logistics needs for such a worthy cause.

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BlueGrace Logistics Donates 52,000 Pounds Of Pet Food To The Humane Society Of Tampa Bay

The “Cats Vs. Dogs” Drive Competition Sets Another Record in 2015

TAMPA, FL, Oct. 15, 2015  BlueGrace Logistics’ annual “Cats vs. Dogs” Pet Food Drive Competition benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay came to a close on Friday, October 9th and another record was broken. BlueGrace collected 52,000 pounds of pet food – 8,000 pounds more than last years total of 44,000 pounds. The amount of food donated will be enough to care for the animals for up to a year. Since the contest’s inception in 2010, BlueGrace has donated over 130,000 pounds of pet food to Humane Society Tampa Bay. This year, Team Cats took the contest victory for the third year in a row!

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About Cats Vs. Dogs

Each year, BlueGrace Logistics female (cats) and male (dogs) employees compete against each other to collect the most pet food in pounds. The food is then donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to care for the animals in the no-kill shelter. The food not only feeds the animals that call the shelter home, but is also used for their food assistance program Animeals.” 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.

BlueGrace & The Humane Society of Tampa Bay were featured on ABC Action News’ The Now Tampa Bay which featured live coverage of an initial 35,000 pound delivery of pet food and a ride-along to an Animeals delivery. BlueGrace was also honored as a Hometown Hero on Fox13 News’ Good Day Tampa Bay.

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. BlueGrace would like to thank Southeastern Freight Lines, YRC WorldwideFeeding America Tampa Bay, Sam’s Club of Brandon, Costco- Brandon Warehouse, Southside Feed Store of Plant City, MST HR Solutions, Shingle Masters Roofing & Construction, Gulf Coast Custom Cable, Crossroads Ace Hardware Feed & Pet Supply, Seaboard Cold Storage of Tampa, BlueGrace ORD, BlueGrace Plymouth, & BlueGrace Tampa East/ ReedTMS Logistics.

About BlueGrace Logistics

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics offers complete, customized transportation management solutions to customers across the United States. Based in Riverview, Fla. with satellite offices in Chicago, Baltimore and Salt Lake City. BlueGrace is known as the fastest-growing logistics company in the nation, with more than 7,000% revenue “hyper-growth” since inception. BlueGrace Logistics launched its franchise program in early 2011 as part of its strategic growth plan and currently has 57 franchisees across the U.S. The company offers freight services such as Less Than Truckload (LTL), Truckload Services (TL), International and Domestic Air Freight, Ocean Freight, Supply Chain Management, State-of-the-Art Technology; Service Desk Support, and Auditing Services. Fore more information, visit www.mybluegrace.com.

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