With a career in the transportation industry, perhaps it’s no surprise that alumnus Wayne Levinson (MSCTL ’17) is moving on up in the world. This fall, Levinson received a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes business leaders under the age of 40 who “excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership.”
With his business and logistics background, Levinson founded Bulk FR8 in 2011. Specializing in the transport of bulk liquid using tank trucks, the company serves a very niche market of primarily transporting bulk chemicals. The company’s employees are regularly trained on chemical transportation and they also work with a select group of fewer than 200 carriers, rather than the industry norm of thousands of trucking companies, to ensure quality control.
“Our company is unmatched in its ability to offer specialty chemical companies the opportunity to fully leverage the benefits of a variety of third party logistics services tailored to their unique needs,” Levinson said.
Initially operating as an independent contractor for another brokerage, the company went independent in 2013 and within the first year annual sales reached $5 million. The company now employs 11 full-time staff in addition to their outside sales team.
Levinson was motivated to start the company while working for one of the largest chemical transportation carriers, Schneider Bulk, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. At the time, he was fresh out of college from Indiana University and was working as a rotational leader completing rotations in driver recruiting, operations and customer service. After realizing there were few freight brokers that specialized in bulk transport, he saw both the need and opportunity for a new company.
“I love that every day I get to solve a new problem for clients,” Levinson said.
In addition to being the sole owner of Bulk FR8, Levinson is the third vice president of the Northwest Chemical Association and serves as the Transportation Intermediaries Association Hazmat Committee Chair. And, he is also busy setting future goals for his company- such as reaching $50 million in revenue by 2019.