North Carolina’s Bogue Banks is home to Transportation Impact, whose 66 employees get time off from work for pursuits such as caring for their waterfront community.
When Keith Byrd and Travis Burt left their 20-year careers at UPS to start Transportation Impact, they knew they’d be spending a lot of time on the road. “If we’ve got to be on a plane,” says Byrd, “we might as well live in paradise.”
That would be on the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina. The company first operated out of a broom closet in the surf shop Byrd owns there. The founders created a three-pronged business plan: Negotiate shipping rates for small packages on behalf of clients; conduct audits to fish for refunds from shippers, and ship freight. The plan seems to be working: Revenue reached $40 million last year.
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