#WithWhitney Interview Series: Team Member, Adam Taylor

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 As we continue our #WithWhitney Interview Series, we learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at Whitney. Whitney Transport faces the challenges and inefficiencies of the trucking industry head-on to elevate the experience for customers, drivers and team members. Our commitment to people, innovation and integrity continues to set the bar higher and advance the standards in the trucking industry.

 

Meet Adam Taylor

Our team at Whitney is made up of some of the most innovative minds in the trucking industry. We had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Taylor, Director of Sales and Construction Services, to learn more about his experience and takeaways from working at Whitney Transport.

 
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What were you looking for when you were considering joining Whitney Transport? 

I’m originally from Tampa and I was looking forward to moving back. I’ve had a long relationship with Chris Whitney both personally and professionally, and I wanted to get the experience of working for a smaller organization. I was previously a part of corporate America and was ready to go through a shift and change in company size and culture. 

 

What was most important to you during the interview process?

It was really important for me to understand the long-term vision of the company through the interview process. When I signed on with Chris, the company was less than a year old. We had to ask ourselves questions like, “How do we continue to make the business durable in its infancy?” and “How do we create a long-lasting workplace that is conducive to both personal and professional growth?

 

What do you enjoy most about working at Whitney?

I really enjoy the variety of work and the fast-paced environment at Whitney. I’m in a versatile role where I can be both in the field and in the office with customers and clients. I enjoy working at Whitney, because every week we’re evolving and developing new processes, and adding new people. We even give back to the community regularly, through our partnership with Meals on Wheels of Tampa Bay, which is important to me. I enjoy the overall tempo and I see a lot of growth potential for the organization.

 

 

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How would you describe the company culture?

I think our company culture at Whitney is fun and lighthearted. We’re developing an environment that is centered around learning, personal and professional growth, as well as accountability. Accountability is evolving in the organization. We are being held accountable not only peer-to-peer but also internally and personally. We are learning how to hold each other accountable and helping each other move in the same direction to achieve the same goals.

 

What do you like most about working in the trucking industry?

We have a really diverse group of people working at the Whitney in Tampa. We have six or seven different nationalities employed with us, so there are diverse cultures and backgrounds. I am a people person. I love understanding and learning more about different people and their cultures. It’s been a lot of fun working with different backgrounds in the trucking industry and finding so many similarities.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?

A challenge I face in my role is that there are so many different opportunities and channels that Whitney can take as an organization. Sometimes it can be hard to narrow down and find the perfect path for the business.

 

As you’re looking to expand the Whitney sales team, what are you most excited about?

 I’ve been in sales leadership for the last seven years of my career, and it has been a lot of fun. I find it to be a rewarding role within any organization. There’s nothing more fulfilling for me than having the opportunity to lead a sales team and help individuals achieve their personal and enterprise goals. I’m looking forward to working hand in hand with the new employees and associates.

 

What types of behaviors or qualities are encouraged at Whitney?

We want the people on our team to be fun, hardworking, and open-minded. The team at Whitney exudes our core values of communication, integrity, responsibility, contribution, learning, and energy. We want everyone at Whitney to show love and respect towards one another and themselves. 

 

Describe Whitney in one word.

FUN!

“There are very few organizations in the trucking industry, like Whitney, that are keenly focused on each individual and the strengths they bring to the table.”

Out of Whitney’s C.I.R.C.L.E. values, which is your favorite, and why?

Energy. I am a high-energy guy and I like to bring that positive energy and good vibes to the team. I think anything can be achieved with a good attitude.

 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at Whitney?

Coming from a more corporate setting, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is understanding how a small business can run, operate, and be equally as efficient and sophisticated as a larger, well-established organization. Working at Whitney has taught me a lot about running and operating a small business. Whitney has taught me how to create an environment that is similar, if not better than some of the larger businesses in the trucking industry.

 

How does Whitney support your career growth?

At Whitney, we have quarterly check-ins with the individual leaders in each department. Chris has created an environment within Whitney Transport where employees are always welcome to openly discuss their career opportunities. The sky’s the limit at Whitney. Every day our business evolves and we will continue to strive to create a work environment that attracts, retains, and motivates our employees. 

How does Whitney have fun in the office?

It’s the little things. At Whitney, we want a positive and encouraging atmosphere at all times, so we always have music playing in the office. Even now as everyone is working remotely, we have virtual weekly check-ins as a company and daily check-ins with other team members and leaders throughout the workday. We utilize welfare checks to keep tabs on all of our associates and see if there is anywhere we can recalibrate to work better together. 

 

What would you say to someone interested in joining Whitney?

If you are interested in joining an organization that emphasizes learning, growing, and evolving both personally and professionally, then Whitney is the place to be. There are very few organizations in the trucking industry that are keenly focused on each individual and the strengths they bring to the table. Whitney is a fast-paced organization that is focused on growth through people, processes, and technology. If anyone is interested in doing that, there’s no better place to do that than at Whitney Transport.

 

 

#WithWhitney Technology Partner Spotlight: Dauber Applications

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Whitney aims to raise the overall level of service within the trucking industry.  One of the ways we strive to do that is through the use of innovative technology. Our integrated cloud-based software features easy-to-use technology that not only optimizes our trucking operations, but relieves many headaches for customers and drivers by giving them never-before-seen visibility into each load. 

 

Prior to finding this solution, our CEO, Chris Whitney was frustrated by the lack of technology in the dry bulk industry. In the past, much of the day-to-day operations relied heavily on manual and paper processes that were inefficient, allowed for errors and slowed everyone down.  Understanding these frustrations firsthand, Chris did an exhaustive search and looked at several different technology platforms to solve some of these issues before finally landing on Dauber.

 

Dauber has established themselves as a prominent technological presence in the trucking industry.  They continue to raise the bar when it comes to solving complex issues in the industry using technology solutions.  The technology aligned well with Whitney’s vision to provide a world-class experience for customers, drivers and team members.  We started our partnership with Dauber and haven’t looked back!  

 

We recently sat down with Dauber’s CEO, Brian Jones, to talk about the partnership between Dauber and Whitney and our goal to continue leading the technological frontier in the bulk transportation industry together

 

 

Brian from Dauber Applications

What Is One Of The Biggest Pain Points In The Trucking Industry? 

 

I’m a big believer in reaching full potential, and I think this industry, for too long, has operated under its full potential. Where we lose our most profit is an inefficient use of our current crews and equipment.

The trucking industry has basically done business the same way it has for the last 50 years, which is phone calls and maybe a little bit of text messages. It’s time-consuming, it’s frustrating, and it’s open for all sorts of errors.

That time is money.

 

Why Did You Create Dauber? 

 

I created Dauber because I was a contractor for 20 years, and I realized that technology could actually be the solution to that, to help the industry reach its full potential and make customers happy. Dauber App provides tools and services for trucking companies, contractors, and material suppliers to go paperless, share information in real-time, automate their dispatch, and ultimately give more loads per day for the trucks.

 

What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Using Dauber?

 

Because we know every step of the way, for every move, we can actually look across a truck’s day and plan it out in a way that they fit more loads into their allotted time. More loads in a day means more money for the drivers and the trucking companies.  

 

How Can Dauber And Whitney Continue To Work Together?

Whitney is a dream partner. They have committed to leading this industry into the next generation. They’ve been instrumental to our success and in turn, I think we’ve been helpful to their success as well. 

There is a huge opportunity for people who want to work differently, to work better, to win in a way that they couldn’t win before because they didn’t have enough capital or they didn’t have whatever equipment it was. That’s all changed. Now, you can win with this technology. So, my goal, my dream for Dauber is that this entire industry becomes more professional and that this becomes a good, respected business.

 

Whitney Transport

With Whitney Transport, you will never have to wonder where your truckload is again. Real-time route tracking and accurate estimated times for delivery creates a high level of accountability and transparency. Whitney Transport is an efficient solution for the trucking industry problems you face every day. Contact us today to become a part of the change in the trucking industry.