Jim Berge has been with King Solutions for more than 10 years. His versatile role has him helping out in many different areas. Here’s what he had to say about his life with and outside of the King Solutions team.
1. Introduce yourself to our readers.
Jim Berge, I grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in Oregon. I was hoping to be a rancher, cow puncher or tractor driving farmer, but I ended up in this crazy logistics world by interviewing with an LTL carrier and starting a job with Roadway Express in 1988. Most of my career has been in and around the transportation industry. The logistics business was not in my plans growing up, but I love this portion of the supply chain.
2. What is your role and how long have you been with King?
Business Development, Claims Management, a little PR work for King in the government arena. I have been at King for 10 years.
3. What is your background that led you to working at King?
King was our carrier when I was a customer at Banta Corporation. I had been with an LTL carrier prior to that. I liked everything about King, what they did and how they did it.
4. What does an average day look like for you?
Every day is a little different, which is what I like. Some days are spent on the phone or on the road talking to customers and prospects, some days I deal with claim resolutions and some days I spend at the state capitol lobbying for our roads. Usually it is a little bit of all three.
5. What do you love about working at King?
One of King’s slogans/mottos is “MaKing a Difference,” and the company really lives this. This is lived out by the company in how they treat their employees, the work they do in the community and how they treat their customers. What is not to love?
6. What are your hobbies outside of work?
I still enjoy a lousy round of golf…
7. Is there a person, in your industry or otherwise, that you wish you could shadow for a day? Who is it and why?
I would like to shadow Bill Gates and would liked to have shadowed Steve Jobs. I wonder what their days were really like when they were just getting started, the vision they had and the drive. Being with entrepreneurs can be draining and invigorating at the same time. I like people that have a clear direction and go after it.
8. Where do you see the logistics industry as a whole in 5 years? 10 years?
Long term, I think we are going to see the size of distribution centers grow. The main thing that Amazon has taught us is that speedy delivery of purchases is possible. The ability for consumers to buy products and have them delivered quickly will spill over to other areas of the supply chain. Demand from customers will drive new and creative distribution methods.
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