This year is an important milestone for ProTrans International – 2018 marks our 25th year as a leader in the logistics industry. Over the past 25 years, ProTrans has stayed a steady presence in the industry and has found its niche in the 3PL and Consolidation market. To help celebrate this year we are celebrating 25 people who have dedicated years of service to help shape ProTrans into the organization that we know today.
Our featured profile today is of Steve Reckelhoff, Director of Systems Service Delivery. Mr. Reckelhoff has been with ProTrans for 24 years. What position(s) have you held since working with ProTrans?
What is one interesting fact about ProTrans when you started?
- Staff Accountant
- Ops Planner
- Customer Service Representative
- Regional Ops Coach
- Quality Director
- IT Business Analyst
- Director of Systems Service Delivery
First on-site interview with ProTrans was with Craig in a tiny 2 room trailer behind an air freight warehouse and the first day on the job was in brand new ProTrans offices established in a 3 room house in Plainfield, Indiana. What was the “hip” trend when you started working at ProTrans?
Never been up with hip per se, but we were operating pre-internet and pre-integrated systems when I started; conducting all business by phone and fax machine for scheduling pickups, tracking items, securing paperwork and typing out manifests and invoices. What was the last thing you heard or saw which made you laugh out loud?
Listened to Spamalot the Monty Python musical soundtrack recently…never fails to bring out some laughs. What hobbies do you enjoy?
Cats or dogs? Or other pets?
- Avid reader
- Board game and RPG enthusiast
- Movies—just about any genre other than horror
Cat household with 6 at once in the past but no pets at the present time. What excites you so much that it keeps you awake the night before?
Traveling to new places for the first time; specifically, destinations my wife and I have planned to visit long in advance and finally getting to go there. What is the one thing you have waited in line the longest for?
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando—4+ hours Since starting with ProTrans, what is the biggest change you have seen/experienced with the company?
Seeing the place grow from 3 or 4 people when I started to the international staff, size, and scope we are today has been pretty incredible to see over the years What way has the industry changed since you started with ProTrans?
All aspects of the industry have become much smarter in how business is conducted. Inefficiencies that presented opportunities for a logistics solution provider to step in and bring value have become much less prevalent or obvious as the carriers, manufacturers, and competing logistics management enterprises have worked together over the past 25 years to address them. That has placed more emphasis on the need to be flexible and dynamic in what we can support as a solution provider in order to continue to grow the organization over this time and continuing to go forward. What industry trends do you see emerging in the upcoming years?
Globalization of mass manufacturing will continue to grow and evolve as technologies continue to shrink the world we live in, expanding the number of countries participating in the overall supply chain. While an increased emphasis on reduced service to the customers and continuing to reduce the capacity of the trucking resource pool. Also, the promotion of more regionalized distribution centers to support more localized/regional direct to customer deliveries. What is the one thing in this world you are most proud of?
My wife and I having built a 22+years successful marriage and looking forward to the next 20 and beyond! What are you passionate about?
Family…no kids of my own, but a handful of nieces who’ve been a big part of my life for 17+ years who I couldn’t be more proud of. If you could take a paid year off, what would you do with the time?
Travel/Travel/Travel…so many places in the world can’t wait to see someday What’s the most incredible view you’ve ever seen?
Sunset over the English countryside from Hadrian’s Wall at Walltown in the United Kingdom. Looking out and over this structure that was built nearly 2000 years ago and is still in place today was amazing. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
Barnes & Noble If you could splurge on one must have item, what would it be?
A trip to Australia—haven’t gone yet and not sure I’d ever want to come back once I get there. What was the best concert you ever attended?
Elton John and Billy Joel together at the Hoosier Dome. What is your favorite sport? Team? And Sport’s moment in history?
What has compelled you to stay with ProTrans for as long as you have?
- Baseball and New York Yankees
- Indiana University beating Syracuse for 1987 NCAA basketball championship
The combination of having an ever-changing variety of work to do and the opportunity to make a direct impact on the organization and our internal and external customers.