Joey Hougham, CEO at Trangistics, Inc.
There are many reasons people decide to become freight brokers. One of the most cited reasons is because of the flexibility one can have. You don’t necessarily have to be in an office at a certain time, you can serve your family and other interests by using technology that allows you to work from anywhere in the world. As long as you have an internet connection, you are at least plugged in. We all know as agents that the story likely starts there. You need sales, negotiation and problem solving skills to make it work successfully. This article showcases one of our own agents. This is Kevin’s own story of his transformation from a high school teacher to freight agent/broker.
It was May of 2013 when I sat down with my wife Mindy to discuss our plan to move forward into the next year. I was a high school teacher working in an uncertain environment with constant strain on budgets and it wasn’t clear from year to year whether I would have a job. The stress of supporting our family of six under those circumstances was significant. We already had some flexibility because Mindy was homeschooling our four young children. What we really wanted was a career that would allow us to raise our children in an accommodating, loving environment. I happened to know people from Trangistics and during some discussions the friends described the flexibility that a freight agent had. It was intriguing and ultimately, the beginning of our new journey.