TQL Brings Opportunity To The Lone Star State
Music, film and literature often celebrate an archetype - the wanderer. From Bob Seger’s “Ramblin’, Gamblin’ Man” to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins, these guys have a hard time sitting still.
TQL Team Dallas leader Joe C. fits the bill.
Born in Chicago, he and his family moved around a lot because of his father’s job in tech sales. He went to high school in the small Indiana town of Floyds Knobs – across the Ohio River from Louisville – and went on to Indiana University to study biology and business.
He joined TQL in 2007, working in the then-new Ivy Pointe headquarters. By 2011 he had the itch and applied to be the office leader in the newly forming Louisville location. While he didn’t land that job, he was part of the founding team in Louisville, where he continued working hard, biding his time for another move.
“It was a great learning experience being on a founding team once already,” Joe said. “I knew what I wanted for my team.”
The Dallas founding team opened their doors Feb. 16 with the largest group to open a TQL satellite office, 19 people. They came from Ivy Pointe, Louisville, Cincy North, Tampa and Denver, all willing to roll the dice on themselves, to pull up stakes, and create something larger than the sum of their parts.
“This is a great fit for TQL and for me,” Joe said. “Dallas is business friendly. There is access to a lot of talent there. It realistically should be one of – if not the – biggest satellite in a couple of years. That’s what we’re shooting for. We want to take over.
“You either have to love to win or hate to lose. We just want to make a good name for ourselves in Dallas and grow this office into something special.”
Dallas is something of a homecoming for Plano, Texas, native Kris E.. He was a four-year pitcher and outfielder for Indiana University Southeastern and joined TQL Louisville in its first hiring class.
“I knew nothing about logistics when I stated, but the super-high energy drew me in,” Kris said. “I hate being bad at something. That kind of drove me to work hard and build my book of business.”
Kate W. is another Louisville player on the Big D founding team. The Minnesota native is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kansas.
“I’m a mover; I’m not sure what else to say,” Kate said. “I like seeing different parts of the country. Dallas is actually a big Kansas city; a lot of alumni from there wind up in Dallas. I think it will be a good fit.”
Local leaders certainly think so.
“I’m excited TQL, the second-largest freight brokerage firm in the nation, has selected to expand their business in Dallas, creating new business and job opportunities,” said Mike Rawlings, Dallas mayor.
TQL Dallas – located in Executive Center II & III at 8330-8360 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway – features amenities like a fitness center and a full-service restaurant. Joe plans to grow the office from 19 to 75 in the first three years.
“If you want the opportunity to better yourself, better your career and be part of something fantastic, get in soon,” he said.
Interested in joining Team Dallas? Click here to see job openings in the state of Texas.