Joel Gard brings extensive experience in digital transformation & change management, sales, marketing, operations, international expansion, M&A, and freight technology to Xpress Technologies, a division of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc., where he has served as President since December 2019.
At its core, Xpress Technologies is a unique organization solving fundamental problems within the transportation industry using innovative, enabling technology and intelligent, enthusiastic people who enjoy working together every day. Through that technology and workforce, Xpress Technologies is developing a business model that transcends traditional freight brokerage.
Originally hailing from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada Joel moved to Lake Forest, Illinois to play collegiate hockey and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Economics & Environmental Studies. As his undergrad studies were coming to an end and Joel was figuring out his next steps, he considered several other career opportunities, before ‘falling into’ transportation through an initial opportunity at Coyote Logistics. Although the time at Coyote was meant to be a short stop before heading back to graduate school, Joel fell in love with the dynamic of working & leading teams within an organization in hypergrowth mode while seeking to solve many of the innate problems associated with doing business in the transportation industry.
This passion has led to a persistent desire to enable success for carriers, shippers, and the people Joel serves as a leader in this industry.
Whether here in the United States or in Europe, where he was based prior to Xpress Technologies, Joel’s journey as a transportation leader has remained focused on simple, core tenets. Developing world class teams who build, scale, and utilize technology to enable solutions for carriers & shippers is a compelling way to make a difference in this industry. The experience a marketplace platform like Xpress Technologies provides to its participants is paramount. This experience only improves over time if the employees working for an organization like Xpress Technologies are motivated and empowered every day to obsess over the unmet needs of the carriers & shippers who are, or could be, leveraging Xpress Technologies solutions.
Joel is empathetic and intentional about getting to know teammates, understanding what they’re looking for and are interested in pursuing, what their motivations and triggers are, and how they’re wired. Joel advises those around him to find their fundamental objective and align life’s contents with the understanding of what will bring individual happiness & fulfillment over the long run. As a leader, part of his job is connecting individual aspirations with team-level objectives to support the cultivation of an environment where people enjoy coming to work and collaborating with one another.
Following professional stops in Chicago, London, and Amsterdam, Joel has enjoyed setting down roots in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife & young son. He is currently completing a global MBA through INSEAD (France / Singapore).
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