EDGE Tranco Global taps shipping veteran Brad Kemp to lead international expansion

EDGE Tranco Global taps shipping veteran Brad Kemp to lead international expansion

May 1st, 2017 by Mike Pare in EDGE

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 4/11/17. Bruce Trantham, co-owner of Tranco Global, Brad Kemp, COO of Tranco Global and Abe Church, Director of Operations for Tranco Global, from left, speak about their company's growth while at Tranco Global's office in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Brad Kemp says he became interested in the shipping business when, as a youth, he'd watch freight containers being carried from place to place.

Now, as a 30-year veteran, he's helping start a new international shipping venture for Chattanooga-based Tranco Logistics.

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 4/11/17. Brad Kemp, COO of Tranco Global, speaks about his company's growth while at Tranco Global's office in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga...

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

Kemp, 56, who studied economics at the College of William and Mary, believes Tranco Global has a lot of promise and can generate annual sales of $3 million to $5 million in just a few years.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to join the team," he says. "The Tranco organization has been able to make some real impact in the Southeast. The addition of Tranco Global provides an opportunity to expand both nationally and globally."

Kemp says he entered the freight forwarding business right out of college, starting in what he calls "the private entrepreneurial side."

He later gained experience with some of the world's biggest operators such as FedEx and UPS.

In 2013, he came to Chattanooga when the entrepreneurs behind third-party logistics firm Access America Transport — Ted Alling, Barry Large and Allan Davis — launched Steam Logistics to pursue international opportunities. Kemp was wooed to the city to lead Steam as its chief operating officer.

Late last year, Tranco Logistics co-founder Bruce Trantham then recruited Kemp to join his team in the start-up of Tranco Global.

"Bruce's business is growing like a weed," Kemp says. "This gives them another service to go after new customers."

Trantham says that Kemp has helped Tranco negotiate the complicated licensing process required for market entry in the international shipping sector.

"The international business is sophisticated," he says. "I'm super-excited about the business."


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