Atlantic Intermodal Services

  • Mark George has long-haul career in transportation with IMC

    From the Memphis Business Journal

    George was born and raised in Franklin, Tenn. In 1982, he and his wife, Melinda, moved to Memphis to start Intermodal Cartage Co. Since then, George has watched the transportation and logistics industry develop and worked to position his company ahead of the growth curve. George founded IMC Companies LLC in 2009 and currently serves as chairman of the group. What started with one truck and one driver has grown to more than 750 trucks, 125 maintenance and repair vehicles and more than 1,000 employees across the country. He and Melinda have been married for 29 years and have four children.

    First job: The only job I’ve ever had is Intermodal Cartage Co.

    Education: Attended undergraduate school at the University of Memphis

    Residence: Memphis

    Business philosophy: What gets measured gets managed

    Best way to keep competitive edge: Continually reinvest in your business

    Guiding principle: Stay focused

    Yardstick of success: When I see people who work for me succeed and become owners of and leaders of their organizations

    Goal yet to be achieved: To surpass $1 billion in annual sales

    Best business decision: At age 21, deciding that international shipments would be my total career focus

    Worst business decision: Worst business decision sounds catastrophic. I guess I’m lucky and I can’t think of any “worst business decision” that I’ve made.

    Toughest business decision: Terminating an employee who was putting in effort, but simply didn’t have the skill set to succeed in this industry.

    Biggest missed opportunity: Not taking the IMC brand national sooner. We have been a national player for some time, but remained under the radar until recently.

    Mentor: My father

    Word that best describes you: Opportunist

    Like best about job: Making money

    Like least about job: Losing money

    Pet peeve: Sloppy work environment

    Most important lesson learned: Relationships are key. Treat people the way you expect to be treated.

    Person most interested in meeting: God

    Most respected competitor: Container Port Group, Cleveland Ohio

    Three greatest passions: Family, outdoors, business

    First choice for a new career: Airplane pilot

    Favorite quote: “The only thing that doesn’t change is changes itself.”

    Most influential book: The Bible

    Favorite cause: Agape Child & Family Services and the American Heart Association

    Favoriate status symbol: My four children

    Favorite move: “Shawshank Redemption”

    Favoriate restaurant: Mel’s Kitchen

    Favorite vacation spot: The Caribbean

    What’s on your iPod: Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Bread

    Favorite way to spend free time: Hunting, vacationing in the Caribbean and spending time with my wife and children

    Automobile: GMC Yukon Denali

    Posted: September 2, 2011