Our Mission Statement begins with You
Be helpful and beneficial to each client. Leverage the crucial lessons learned over a hundred thousand shipments and collaborations with companies around the world. Share the value of these experiences and the accumulated knowledge. Be passionate in everything we do and accountable with every action. Nurture a professional network of the best and brightest and learn from them. Provide the client with sound advice and proven and adaptable concepts to conserve resources, function better and at lower cost.
Guide the client to a more profitable position first and foremost.
Our Philosophy & Culture
At the forefront is you and you have a reputation to maintain.
It is our job to help you leave a lasting and positive impression with every touch point, your customers, your suppliers, every pick up and delivery, every phone call and email.
Help you conserve resources, leverage pricing advantages and use automation to provide visibility throughout your supply chain. Adapt our services to fit your way of doing business. Help with beneficial feedback and advice to spot inefficiencies and streamline labor intensive processes.
Internally, coach the SLC team to understand all of your processes, to be passionate and accountable with every action. Provide ongoing internal education of industry best practices. Proactively communicate to all stakeholders.
Treat every truck driver and all of our suppliers with respect and dignity. They are our collaborative business partners and part of the team that supports your business. Guide them to be best-in-class, understand the scope of each project and exceed your expectations. Pay them on-time, every time. Provide them with clear and accurate information to avoid disruptions and avoid service issue.
On a personal note, Mike and Chris remain close friends and like to proclaim they "beat the odds" with their partnership that began in 1995. They operate by this statement, "Focus on the client first and foremost, focus on your employees and suppliers and leave the partnership for last. With the partnership last on the list, rarely will have time or energy to stay upset at the other partner." In general they attribute their success in business and life to a strong belief in hard work, honesty, integrity, and loyalty. They learn from mistakes and are willing to compromise.
And of course to remember Murphy's Law, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."
Be prepared with a contingency plan and a sense of humor.
Mike and Chris met at university in the late 80's as business majors. To earn money, they delivered pizzas and tended bar. They both graduated with a BS in Business Economics, and would go their separate ways and professional careers. Between the two, have experience in waste management, copier sales, and marketing automotive tire dealer program. Both met their wives who also graduated from the same university. Both couples are married over 29 years!
In 1995, Mike and Chris took a position with the same 3PL. After a short time they could see the industry was rapidly evolving with emerging technologies. Mike and Chris had a strong desire to help their clients with more than just a freight rate and drew up plans to start their own brokerage.
By 1997, they had raised enough capital to follow their dreams and launch SLC Nationwide, a Federally licensed, bonded and insured, Freight Transportation & Logistics Management company. From scratch (Literally using pen and paper) they began building a client base who appreciated the improved services and support - many are still clients to this day! As they grew reinvesting in technology became paramount, adding computers, designing proprietary transportation software and focusing on the "Client First" philosophy. This trend would go on to help them attract more clients and bigger contracts. From these modest self-taught beginnings, grew a successful and competitive business. Over the years they would selectively recruit a team of passionate and dedicated people who make SLC all it is today.
While much has changed with acquisitions, people and always improving technologies and business intelligence, Mike and Chris have never strayed away from their original mission statement... Client First! Be helpful and prove beneficial to each client and adapt our services to fit their business style. Help with relevant information and sound advice and leverage our professional network of the industries best and brightest. Guide them to a more profitable place, support the client's goals, understand their mission and help promote their reputation.