#WithWhitney Interview Series: Team Member, Adam Taylor

A Whitney Logistics employee takes a few notes about an upcoming hauling job.

 As we continue our #WithWhitney Interview Series, we learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at Whitney. Whitney Transport faces the challenges and inefficiencies of the trucking industry head-on to elevate the experience for customers, drivers and team members. Our commitment to people, innovation and integrity continues to set the bar higher and advance the standards in the trucking industry.


Meet Adam Taylor

Our team at Whitney is made up of some of the most innovative minds in the trucking industry. We had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Taylor, Director of Sales and Construction Services, to learn more about his experience and takeaways from working at Whitney Transport.

Two Whitney Logistics team members smile and discuss job progress at a construction site.

What were you looking for when you were considering joining Whitney Transport? 

I’m originally from Tampa and I was looking forward to moving back. I’ve had a long relationship with Chris Whitney both personally and professionally, and I wanted to get the experience of working for a smaller organization. I was previously a part of corporate America and was ready to go through a shift and change in company size and culture. 


What was most important to you during the interview process?

It was really important for me to understand the long-term vision of the company through the interview process. When I signed on with Chris, the company was less than a year old. We had to ask ourselves questions like, “How do we continue to make the business durable in its infancy?” and “How do we create a long-lasting workplace that is conducive to both personal and professional growth?


What do you enjoy most about working at Whitney?

I really enjoy the variety of work and the fast-paced environment at Whitney. I’m in a versatile role where I can be both in the field and in the office with customers and clients. I enjoy working at Whitney, because every week we’re evolving and developing new processes, and adding new people. We even give back to the community regularly, through our partnership with Meals on Wheels of Tampa Bay, which is important to me. I enjoy the overall tempo and I see a lot of growth potential for the organization.



Two Whitney Logistics team members volunteering for Meals on Wheels Tampa Bay

How would you describe the company culture?

I think our company culture at Whitney is fun and lighthearted. We’re developing an environment that is centered around learning, personal and professional growth, as well as accountability. Accountability is evolving in the organization. We are being held accountable not only peer-to-peer but also internally and personally. We are learning how to hold each other accountable and helping each other move in the same direction to achieve the same goals.


What do you like most about working in the trucking industry?

We have a really diverse group of people working at the Whitney in Tampa. We have six or seven different nationalities employed with us, so there are diverse cultures and backgrounds. I am a people person. I love understanding and learning more about different people and their cultures. It’s been a lot of fun working with different backgrounds in the trucking industry and finding so many similarities.


What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?

A challenge I face in my role is that there are so many different opportunities and channels that Whitney can take as an organization. Sometimes it can be hard to narrow down and find the perfect path for the business.


As you’re looking to expand the Whitney sales team, what are you most excited about?

 I’ve been in sales leadership for the last seven years of my career, and it has been a lot of fun. I find it to be a rewarding role within any organization. There’s nothing more fulfilling for me than having the opportunity to lead a sales team and help individuals achieve their personal and enterprise goals. I’m looking forward to working hand in hand with the new employees and associates.


What types of behaviors or qualities are encouraged at Whitney?

We want the people on our team to be fun, hardworking, and open-minded. The team at Whitney exudes our core values of communication, integrity, responsibility, contribution, learning, and energy. We want everyone at Whitney to show love and respect towards one another and themselves. 


Describe Whitney in one word.


“There are very few organizations in the trucking industry, like Whitney, that are keenly focused on each individual and the strengths they bring to the table.”

Out of Whitney’s C.I.R.C.L.E. values, which is your favorite, and why?

Energy. I am a high-energy guy and I like to bring that positive energy and good vibes to the team. I think anything can be achieved with a good attitude.


What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at Whitney?

Coming from a more corporate setting, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is understanding how a small business can run, operate, and be equally as efficient and sophisticated as a larger, well-established organization. Working at Whitney has taught me a lot about running and operating a small business. Whitney has taught me how to create an environment that is similar, if not better than some of the larger businesses in the trucking industry.


How does Whitney support your career growth?

At Whitney, we have quarterly check-ins with the individual leaders in each department. Chris has created an environment within Whitney Transport where employees are always welcome to openly discuss their career opportunities. The sky’s the limit at Whitney. Every day our business evolves and we will continue to strive to create a work environment that attracts, retains, and motivates our employees. 

How does Whitney have fun in the office?

It’s the little things. At Whitney, we want a positive and encouraging atmosphere at all times, so we always have music playing in the office. Even now as everyone is working remotely, we have virtual weekly check-ins as a company and daily check-ins with other team members and leaders throughout the workday. We utilize welfare checks to keep tabs on all of our associates and see if there is anywhere we can recalibrate to work better together. 


What would you say to someone interested in joining Whitney?

If you are interested in joining an organization that emphasizes learning, growing, and evolving both personally and professionally, then Whitney is the place to be. There are very few organizations in the trucking industry that are keenly focused on each individual and the strengths they bring to the table. Whitney is a fast-paced organization that is focused on growth through people, processes, and technology. If anyone is interested in doing that, there’s no better place to do that than at Whitney Transport.



A Whitney Logistics team member takes note while running a safety audit on at a job site.

#WithWhitney Technology Partner Spotlight: Dauber Applications

Two Whitney Logistics employees discuss various solutions at a job site.

Whitney aims to raise the overall level of service within the trucking industry.  One of the ways we strive to do that is through the use of innovative technology. Our integrated cloud-based software features easy-to-use technology that not only optimizes our trucking operations, but relieves many headaches for customers and drivers by giving them never-before-seen visibility into each load. 


Prior to finding this solution, our CEO, Chris Whitney was frustrated by the lack of technology in the dry bulk industry. In the past, much of the day-to-day operations relied heavily on manual and paper processes that were inefficient, allowed for errors and slowed everyone down.  Understanding these frustrations firsthand, Chris did an exhaustive search and looked at several different technology platforms to solve some of these issues before finally landing on Dauber.


Dauber has established themselves as a prominent technological presence in the trucking industry.  They continue to raise the bar when it comes to solving complex issues in the industry using technology solutions.  The technology aligned well with Whitney’s vision to provide a world-class experience for customers, drivers and team members.  We started our partnership with Dauber and haven’t looked back!  


We recently sat down with Dauber’s CEO, Brian Jones, to talk about the partnership between Dauber and Whitney and our goal to continue leading the technological frontier in the bulk transportation industry together



A couple of Whitney Logistics employees map out a bulk materials hauling route for an upcoming job.

What Is One Of The Biggest Pain Points In The Trucking Industry? 


I’m a big believer in reaching full potential, and I think this industry, for too long, has operated under its full potential. Where we lose our most profit is an inefficient use of our current crews and equipment.

The trucking industry has basically done business the same way it has for the last 50 years, which is phone calls and maybe a little bit of text messages. It’s time-consuming, it’s frustrating, and it’s open for all sorts of errors.

That time is money.


Why Did You Create Dauber? 


I created Dauber because I was a contractor for 20 years, and I realized that technology could actually be the solution to that, to help the industry reach its full potential and make customers happy. Dauber App provides tools and services for trucking companies, contractors, and material suppliers to go paperless, share information in real-time, automate their dispatch, and ultimately give more loads per day for the trucks.


What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Using Dauber?


Because we know every step of the way, for every move, we can actually look across a truck’s day and plan it out in a way that they fit more loads into their allotted time. More loads in a day means more money for the drivers and the trucking companies.  


How Can Dauber And Whitney Continue To Work Together?

Whitney is a dream partner. They have committed to leading this industry into the next generation. They’ve been instrumental to our success and in turn, I think we’ve been helpful to their success as well. 

There is a huge opportunity for people who want to work differently, to work better, to win in a way that they couldn’t win before because they didn’t have enough capital or they didn’t have whatever equipment it was. That’s all changed. Now, you can win with this technology. So, my goal, my dream for Dauber is that this entire industry becomes more professional and that this becomes a good, respected business.


Whitney Transport

With Whitney Transport, you will never have to wonder where your truckload is again. Real-time route tracking and accurate estimated times for delivery creates a high level of accountability and transparency. Whitney Transport is an efficient solution for the trucking industry problems you face every day. Contact us today to become a part of the change in the trucking industry.



Tampa Bay Times; “Tampa Bay businesses innovate to stay alive in the face of coronavirus”

A Mack dump truck unloads materials at a Whitney Logistics construction job site.

“We had to come up with something better,” one owner said.

By Graham Brink
Published Apr. 9

Chris Whitney knew he had to do something to keep his drivers and customers safe from coronavirus.

He runs Whitney Transport, a Tampa-based hauling company. His customers needed the asphalt, gravel and other bulk materials used to build everything from roads to skyscrapers. And his drivers still wanted to work.

But delivering the goods required getting signatures, which meant drivers and customers coming into close contact, passing paperwork or an electronic device back and forth. The company was making about 7,000 deliveries a week, despite the economic slowdown. That’s a lot of human contact, when health officials were pleading for social distancing.

Whitney worked with his technology vendor to come up with a completely touchless delivery system. Within two weeks, he had it in place. Now, customers can use a smart device to see the dump trucks rolling to their sites. When the driver dumps the load, the customer gets a notice and signs off electronically. The driver and customer don’t even have to meet.

“We couldn’t keep doing it the old way,” he said. “We had to come up with something better.”

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Credit: Tampa Bay Times

Driving Whitney’s Company Culture

Whitney Logistics team huddling at a job site.

Communication. Integrity. Responsibility. Contribution. Learning. Energy.

To you, these may be buzzwords. But to members of the Whitney family, these are values that drive us each and every day. Our mission is to raise the standard of service across the bulk transportation industry for our customers, but this wouldn’t be possible without our company’s value C.I.R.C.L.E. and our team’s commitment to living them out.


Whitney Logistics' values are represented by C.I.R.C.L.E.: Communication, Integrity, Responsibility, Contribution, Learning and Energy.


For many team members, communication and contribution are two of the most practiced values at Whitney Transport. 


“We’re like family. Everybody fits in, everybody gets along…there’s no problems or gossip. I love the fact that everybody gets along,” says Yahaira, a Senior Accountant at Whitney. 


Whitney Logistics team members shaking hands.

When everyone works together, the entire team succeeds. “Teamwork plays a very important role here at Whitney Transport,” says Staff Accountant, Anna Panjabi.


For others, learning and responsibility are values that are seen in the office each and every day. 

Sunny Patel, the Partnership Success Coordinator, explains “You have the ability to kind of build your own future. You can choose what you want to do and grow at, and there’s not always a limitation on where you can help out or learn something new.”


Many team members note Whitney’s dedication to their long-term, personal success. 


  “Everyone here that I’ve worked with genuinely feels and acts like they want to help you,” says Bianca Grullon, the Risk Management & Office Coordinator. “They want to see you do well. They’re willing to invest their time in you, so it’s something that you want to be part of.”


Each and every day, members of the Whitney team are dedicated to not just knowing our values, but putting them into practice for our customers, drivers, key partners, and for each other.


“When we have company lunches or team gatherings, we really hone in on what we see in ourselves, and for the company, and what our overall mission is. Everyone is focused and wants to be a part of what the future is for the company,” says Bianca.


Our values C.I.R.C.L.E. is engrained in everything we do. Adam Taylor explains it’s what has helped us become “a fast-paced, forward-thinking team focused on raising the standard level of care for our employees, drivers and customers”.


Two Whitney Logistics team members smile and discuss job progress at a construction site.

#WithWhitney Interview Series: Customer Mike Kane

A Whitney Logistics employee paving an asphalt road.

Welcome back to our #WithWhitney Interview Series! We are interviewing our team, drivers, and customers to learn about their experience with Whitney Transport.

Meet Mike Kane

Kane is one of Whitney Transport’s customers and has been in the trucking business for eight years as a business developer for Florida Asphalt. We were able to chat with him about his experience working with Whitney and learn how our technology is changing the way he does his job for the better!



A group of Whitney team members discuss job logistics at a construction site.
What do you like about working with Whitney Transport?

I don’t have to worry about waiting on trucks anymore. I loved using the app because I can plan my day ahead of time. I can’t lose track of my trucks. Weather can be a big issue. If we’ve got weather coming now, I can look at the app to see where the trucks are. 

What about the team do you like?

The communication is good. They try not to make it too confusing talking to too many people. I personally haven’t a experienced a day where something went wrong.

What big changes have you seen while working with Whitney Transport?

Mostly the technology and the app. I’m electronically challenged. The laptop is a big challenge for me. It’s like I’m learning all over again. I used to do everything on notepads and I still do. But it’s pretty unreliable and communication is the key in any job. The electronic communication helps with that. 

What do you like most about your experience with Whitney Transport?

Personally, I love coming to work every day and I enjoy the team that I work with. I’ve been doing this since I graduated high school; in the role I’m in now, it’s been less stressful because of Whitney Transport.

“The app is phenomenal. It helps me do a better job because I’m already prepared for tomorrow.”

 How has the technology helped you on the job?

The app is phenomenal! It helps me do a better job because I’m already prepared for tomorrow.I know where everybody is, and I don’t have to get nervous about losing a truck. There’s been instances where a truck will leave my job and think it was time to go home. I’ll be sitting there waiting and he’s half way home and I have no material; that doesn’t happen anymore.

Tell me more about the technology.

It helps me actually track the trucks, I know the truck numbers I have. I get on the app and I know exactly where they are if they’re on the way to the plant. It takes a lot of stress off of me because I know where all the trucks are at all times.

What does Whitney Transport offer that other companies can’t?

Whitney Transport is elevating the level of service across this industry. I would have to say again, I’ve been managing the paving and the trucks for the last eight years and they’re the absolutely the most reliable.


One of Whitney's dump trucks getting filled with gravel for an upcoming hauling job.

#WithWhitney Interview Series: Owner-Operator Ledian Yera

A view within a hauling truck of one of Whitney Logistics' owner-operators

Welcome to our #WithWhitney Interview Series! We are interviewing our team, drivers, and customers to learn about their experience with Whitney Transport.


Meet Ledian Yera


Ledian first joined Whitney Transport as an owner-operator in January 2019. At the time of this interview, Ledian was driving his truck as one of our valued owner-operators. After experiencing our values come to life in our operations, he joined the team as a Logistics & Safe Operations Specialist. Ledian owns two trucks that remain a part of our fleet.


Whitney Transport employee - Ledian Yera
What do you like about working with Whitney Transport?

I like that they uphold their family values. It’s one big family here; the way we work and the way we communicate with each other. That’s what I enjoy the most.

What was the most important thing for you when you were looking to join a company?

The most important thing for me was finding a company that would keep me busy. I wanted to keep both my trucks on the road, have a good steady workflow, and for the company to have good values especially integrity.

What about the team do you like?

The people are very friendly. They treat each other like family. They all work very synergistically together.

What’s your favorite part of the day as a driver?

My favorite part of my day is driving. I always thought truck driving was like an office job but you know the view out of your window changes every couple of seconds. So that’s what I enjoy.

What do you like most about your experience at Whitney Transport?

The technology we use, how we have everything electronic. We’re trying to steer away from paperwork. We’re keeping things 2019!

“It’s one big family here; the way we work and the way we communicate with each other. That’s what I enjoy the most.”

Dauber app 'accept job' mockup
Tell me more about the technology.
On the app, customers and vendors track our trucks and track our loads: our routes, pick-up, and drop-off. They have visibility the whole way through. All our rates are on the app as well. When you get assigned to a load, you see your rate on there. You know what you’re going to make and you know how many loads you’re going to have that day. It gives you the ability to know what’s coming up. Before you would have to wait on a phone call and just sit there on the side of the road hoping somebody is thinking about you and is going to give you a load. Now it’s all automated. You go straight to your phone the night before and you know exactly what you’re doing the next day.
How does Whitney Transport approach safety?
Safety is number one for us. It has always been. At the start, we always talked about how safety was number one and that’s the way we uphold it today. It’s still the most important thing to us. I’m part of the Safety Committee and we meet once a month. We just got done with our second meeting. It’s been going very well! We have some good plans for the future.
Tell me more about the Safety Committee.
We talk about new systems we’re going try to get in place to prevent our safety scores from going up, specifically our CSA score and our asset score. It’s all very important to our industry to stay compliant with the DOT and for us to get everyone home safe.
What does Whitney Transport offer that other companies can’t?
Whitney Transport offers a certain peace of mind that you don’t get at other companies you know that your pay, job, and work is going be there.
What would you say to someone who is considering Whitney Transport but is still unsure?
I would say definitely make the move! I think Whitney is one of the better companies out here. There’s a lot of competition but we are doing a lot innovative of things to this industry and it’s going to take us a long way.  
A member of the Whitney team demonstrates various app features to an owner-operator.