Our COO, David Barnes, remembered some of the best business advice he received early in his career: “Your number one goal when you’re running a company is to work yourself out of a job.”
It’s not as heartless as it sounds. Few things are as exhilarating and as challenging as starting a business. Yet after you pour your heart and soul into your concept, there comes a time when you need to put your energy toward finding and recruiting the best people possible to take your company to the next level. And over the last six months, that’s exactly what’s happened at Tallgrass Freight Company.
“Damon [Anderson, CEO] and I got to the point of doing everybody’s job,” David said. “But to truly go to the next level, you have to surround yourself with good people — people who are better at things than you are. That’s the only way to get bigger and better.”
Now, Tallgrass Freight is pleased to introduce you to our leadership team, including:
Todd Sanford, Senior Manager, Credit and Collections
Missie Quirk, Director of Talent Acquisition
Trent Flanary, Vice President, Growth and Development
Michael Hayes, Vice President, Information Technology
Michael Clemmons, Vice President, Operations
Tim Bateman, CFO
In fact, we don’t just call this group of people our leadership team — David and Damon prefer to refer to them as “the dream team.” This is the group that will build on the rock-solid foundation that Damon and David created, helping take Tallgrass Freight and our agents to new heights of success.
But that doesn’t mean that Damon and David are going anywhere. Knowing them, they’ll be just as involved as ever, making sure our freight agents and employees have the resources and support they need to chart their own goal-oriented careers. Yet it’s an important part of entrepreneurship to understand that there’s strength in numbers, especially when those numbers include talented visionaries who are eager to bring their skills and expertise to the company.
“We’re now 10 times the company that we were six months ago because of these new hires,” David said. “It’s an important evolution for us to go through in such a short amount of time. When we look back on Tallgrass Freight’s growth, this is going to be one of the significant milestones.”