Intermodal Cartage Company

  • All roads pointed to a career in logistics for Brandon Sartain

    From the Memphis Business Journal –

    Sartain, a native Memphian, has logistics in his blood. His father worked for more than 30 years for the U.S. Postal Service, while his siter worked in customs brokering for various companies for more than 15 years. Sartain began his logistics career as scheduler and manager of shipping for Color Craft Label Co., a local printing company. He then moved to Carolina Logistics, a national reverse logistics company, before beginning his career at Intermodal Cartage Co. as a dispatcher in 2006. He quickly took over as supervisor for the local dispatch group.

    First job: Attendant, BP gas station

    Education: Attended University of Memphis

    Residence: East Memphis

    Business philosophy: Build a positive team and embrace change

    Best way to keep competitive edge: Continue to educate myself on technology

    Guiding principle: It’s never as good as it seems or as bad as it seems

    Yardstick of success: Was 110 percent effort given? Sometimes whatwe call failures turn into some of our greatest achievements

    Goal yet to be achieved: Owning my own company

    Judgment calls

    Best business decision: Consolidating customer service and dispatch departments to provide specialized customer service to our clients

    Worst business decision: Assuming drivers were in abundance

    Toughest business decision: Anytime you have to let someone go for any reason

    Biggest missed opportunity: Not completing my education at a younger age

    Mentor: My father

    Word that best describes you: Solid

    True confessions

    Like best about job: Controlling chaos

    Like least about job: The long hours

    Pet peeve: To be told” That is not my job.”

    Most important lesson learned: Hard work and dedication will pay off.

    Person most interested in meeting: Tony LaRussa

    Most respected competitor: Comtrak

    Three greatest passions: Golf, baseball and fishing

    First choice for a new career: Owning a bicycle rental company


    Favorite quote: “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain

    Most influential book: “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer

    Favorite cause: Make-a-Wish Foundation

    Favorite status symbol: Five-year service pen from Intermodal Cartage Co.

    Favorite movie: “A River Runs Through It”

    Favorite restaurant: Flight

    Favorite vacation spot: Grayton Beach, Fla.

    What’s on your iPod: Greatful Dead, Waylon Jennings and Jay Z

    Favorite way to spend free time: Spending time with my wife and two boys

    Automobile: GMC Sierra

    Posted: June 29, 2012