Michelle Hemker, Controller
With a career spanning two decades in finance and accounting, Michelle Hemker is a key asset to the PLX Freight team. As our Controller, she plays a pivotal role in maintaining the financial integrity of our organization.
Before joining PLX Freight, Michelle served as the Controller for a 100 million-dollar trucking company, where she honed her financial expertise in the logistics industry. Her hands-on experience in managing the finances of a large-scale operation equips her with a unique understanding of the intricacies of the transportation and logistics sector.
At PLX Freight, Michelle has consistently demonstrated her commitment to strong leadership and operational excellence. She understands that financial stability and efficiency are at the heart of a successful logistics operation, and she works tirelessly to improve processes, ensuring that PLX Freight remains agile, lean, and innovative in a rapidly changing industry.
Michelle Hemker is a valued member of our core leadership team at PLX Freight, where her financial acumen and strategic thinking contribute to our overall success. Her dedication to maintaining the highest standards of financial management makes her an essential part of our team and a driving force behind our continued growth and prosperity.
Chris Bickett, Director of Sales
A seasoned professional with a diverse skill set and an impressive career journey. Since 2003, Chris has served as a dedicated Fire Lieutenant, showcasing his commitment to public safety. His passion for water rescue led him to the role of Director for Summit County Water Rescue, where he plays a crucial role in emergency response operations.
Beyond his firefighting duties, Chris is an accomplished professional SCUBA Dive Instructor, demonstrating his expertise in underwater activities and safety. His commitment to education extends to the world of freight and logistics, where he has brought his expertise in structural organization and leadership mentoring. Chris currently holds the position as Director of Sales for PLX Freight. As a freight professional and logistics specialist, Chris adds a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the industry and his firefighting background brings a true understanding of what Customer Service actually means to an industry that has long forgotten the concept.
Throughout his career, Chris has seamlessly blended his commitment to public service, expertise in water rescue, and proficiency in freight and logistics. His multifaceted career reflects a dedicated professional who continues to make a significant impact in various domains.
Ronald Smith, Logistics and Transportation Specialist
Ronald Smith is a highly skilled and accomplished professional with a diverse background spanning the military, logistics, and transportation sectors. As a military war veteran in the United States Air Force, Ronald developed exceptional leadership, discipline, and a strong commitment to mission success.
Military Dedication: Ronald’s journey in service to his country began in the United States Air Force, where he learned the true meaning of leadership and discipline. His military background instilled in him an unwavering commitment to achieving objectives and a sharp eye for detail.
On-Road Experience: What sets Ronald apart is his extensive experience as a former truck driver and truck owner. His time on the road provided him with exceptional driving skills, meticulous attention to detail, and an innate understanding of the transportation industry. Ronald’s track record includes navigating complex routes, ensuring on-time deliveries, and maintaining an unwavering commitment to safety and customer satisfaction.
Passion for Logistics: Ronald pursued his passion for logistics, recognizing the pivotal role it plays in connecting the world. He completed a freight broker program at the renowned University of Akron, equipping himself with comprehensive knowledge in logistics management, supply chain operations, and freight brokerage.
Adaptability and Problem-Solving: Ronald’s military background gave him a unique ability to thrive in high-pressure situations and adapt to changing circumstances. He possesses exceptional problem-solving skills and a capacity to think on his feet, ensuring that he overcomes any challenges that come his way.
Strong Interpersonal Skills: Ronald’s excellent communication and interpersonal skills allow him to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with clients, vendors, and colleagues. His ability to connect with people sets him apart in an industry where relationships are paramount.
A Valuable Asset: With his expertise in logistics, transportation, and military leadership, Ronald is an invaluable asset to PLX Freight. His unwavering commitment to excellence, combined with a strong work ethic, makes him a standout in the industry. He consistently goes the extra mile to ensure that clients receive exceptional service and that operations run smoothly.
Lewis Hoffman Account Executive
Lewis Hoffman is a rising star at PLX Freight, where he’s already made a significant impact. Having recently transitioned from the brokerage floor, he’s not just a new addition to our team – he’s a high-performing and dedicated professional.
From Carpentry to Logistics: In 2021, Lewis made a bold career shift, moving from his home state of Maine to join the supply chain industry. This decision came after three years as a carpenter, where he honed his skills and work ethic. Lewis’s transition into the logistics world was a testament to his determination and eagerness to excel in a new field.
A Remarkable Journey: Lewis’s journey at PLX Freight is nothing short of impressive. He began in the customer service department and quickly established himself as a valuable asset to the team. With hard work and a keen problem-solving mindset, he swiftly climbed the ranks, ultimately becoming our Lead Carrier Sales Representative.
An Asset Beyond Compare: Lewis made PLX Freight history by becoming the first broker to book $1 million in freight in just one quarter. His extraordinary achievement demonstrates not only his dedication but also his exceptional ability to understand and meet the needs of our clients.
Customer-Centric Approach: What sets Lewis apart is his commitment to a customer-oriented mindset. He doesn’t just view clients as business transactions; he sees them as partners in success. Lewis’s focus on problem-solving and a team player attitude ensures that every client receives personalized solutions that go above and beyond their expectations.
A Bright Future: In his new role as an Account Executive, Lewis is poised to continue his remarkable journey of success at PLX Freight. He is an integral part of our team, and his dedication to delivering top-notch service and creative solutions is a valuable asset to both our clients and the company.