Meet the Logistician!

Meet Wally (Matthew Wall), Team Lead, Driver Engagement!

How would you describe your current position to someone that doesn’t work in the transportation logistics industry?
I manage a team that brings in carriers (individual truck drivers and larger trucking companies) to use our app to book freight that customers (shippers) tender over to us.

How did you end up working in logistics?
Well the job market wasn’t really great when I graduated from college in 2008. I worked construction for a year and then I found a job application for a carrier sales position. I read up about the role and thought it was something I would be good at, so I applied and ultimately got the job after a couple of interviews.

How many years have you worked in logistics?

What are some of your favorite things about working in logistics?
No two days are ever the same. Each day brings you something that you haven’t dealt with before.

What surprises do you encounter?
Too many to list!

Do you have any fun work stories you’d like to share?
I’ve had the great fortune of meeting a lot of truck drivers. They are some of the greatest people in the world. One driver brought me a full Thanksgiving turkey in 2020 when some of my family members got Covid and we had to cancel our Thanksgiving.

Do you have a favorite saying?
“Logistics is not an expense, it’s an investment.”

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Travel to different countries. I’ve been to over 50!

What advice would you give your 21yr old self?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and try new things… Also invest in Bitcoin.

What are some challenges that you see in the future of supply chain, and what do you think will happen?
Automation. It’s both exciting to see how automation will improve the supply chain and scary to think about how jobs may be affected. I imagine the supply chain will become much more efficient in the future and I have to hope that although some jobs will become obsolete, other jobs that we cannot foresee at the moment will replace those jobs in the future.

Thanks, Wally, for doing such a great job and being a joy to work with at Sleek!

This blog was written by Matthew Wall (Wally).  Wally is a Team Lead for Driver Engagement at Sleek Technologies, and has worked extensively with the trucking community.