TQL Attracts Today's Gen Y Worker To Chicago's Old Shipping Industry

Cincinnati  Total Quality Logistics (TQL), the nation’s second largest freight brokerage firm, has once again been named a Top Gen Y Employer by Brill Street + Company, a staffing company focused on connecting emerging professionals with employers.

TQL’s Chicago office opened in 2009 with six employees. It now employs more than 100, and what’s truly unique about TQL’s Chicago office: all of its employees currently are considered Generation Y employees, broadly defined as those born between the early 80’s and late 90’s.

“TQL is a Gen Y company itself, founded in 1997. We just celebrated our first retiree last year. In 15 years, our company culture has always focused on finding people who are ambitious and want to be compensated for their results, and empowering those individuals with the freedom to be who they want to be in the workplace. This atmosphere appeals to Gen Y,” said Kerry Byrne, TQL executive vice president.

Nationwide, TQL employs more than 2,000. More than half of its staff is considered part of Gen Y. TQL’s efforts to accelerate national expansion are one reason for this because the company has more incremental demand for entry-level salespeople to fuel its growth. TQL currently has 17 offices across the nation.

Brill Street ranked Chicago companies on categories such as benefits, environment, culture and the enthusiasm of company leadership and Gen Y employees.

Another benefit of working for a Top Gen Y employer: motivation. “If you’re tired and just not feeling it, it’s easy to come into the office and snap out of it. There’s so much energy,” said TQL employee, Bryan Heck.

Total Quality Logistics plans to create another 50 jobs in Chicago alone, and up to 400 nationwide, in 2013. Job seekers interested in learning more about the company can visit the company’s web site at www.tqljobs.com.



Total Quality Logistics is a privately held company founded in 1997 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company’s more than 2,000 nationwide employees identify the right trucks for particular freight loads, negotiate rates, and ensure on-time delivery. TQL was the first freight brokerage in the nation to introduce mobile freight finding applications to the trucking industry. The company’s investment in industry-leading technology and its insistence on honest, straightforward communications has made it the second largest freight brokerage in the nation and a nationally recognized Top Workplace. Follow TQL on Twitter @LifeatTQL or Facebook Life at TQL.


At Brill Street + Company, we see talent differently. Founded in and focused on Chicago, Brill Street + Company connects emerging professionals with companies, helping Gen Y find meaningful work. Brill Street + Company provides clients with advisory services, sourcing resources and contingent labor options, all with the Gen Y perspective in mind. For more information about Brill Street + Company, please visit www.brillstreet.com. Follow Brill Street on Twitter @brill_street.

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