Industry Veteran Randy Wright Celebrates 25 Years
In 1995, Randy Wright worked in a 3PL warehouse in Memphis as director of operations. Mark H. George (now chairman of IMC Companies) recruited Wright to come on as Vice President of Operations for Intermodal Cartage Company (IMCG). With no intermodal background and a child on the way, Wright took a leap of faith and accepted the position. Now, 25 years later, Wright has played a significant role in developing entry-level team members into key executives at IMC Companies. His son Wes followed in his footsteps and is a project specialist on IMC Companies National Accounts team.
“In 1995, IMCG was a small company and I wasn’t sure about it at first,” shares Wright. “It became evident after the first month or two that Mark had a passion and a vision. It’s been fun to watch the company grow.” And grow it did. In 1995, IMCG had 185 drivers and today there are over 2,000.
One of Wright’s biggest responsibilities during his career has been the development of the Management Trainee Program. Each year, the company accepts college graduates who spend time training in each of IMC Companies’ departments.
“I think the greatest contribution you can make to a company is bringing great people on board and developing them into industry leaders – and Randy has done that,” says Mark H. George. “People like Will Connell, president of GIS, Jeff Banton, president of AIS, and Tim Farrell, president of IMC Chassis Services, were all hired by Randy.”
Wright shares, “Hiring people like Jeff, Will and Tim, having them work under me in Memphis and then to see them start their own companies through Mark’s leadership—there’s a lot of satisfaction that comes with that. It’s the same with the Management Trainee Program. If you look at the trainees who have graduated from the program and see where they are now within IMC Companies—it’s a big deal.”
Mark H. George also notes, “Randy is at an executive level at IMCG but has maintained personal, one-on-one relationships with lift operators and drivers. I’ll see him out at the depot having meaningful conversations with them.”
Wes Wright shares, “My dad taught me that without drivers, we cannot be successful. We can never lose sight of that. We are beholden to the men and women who drive the trucks that move IMC Companies forward. My dad has reminded me of that my whole life.”
Looking forward, Wright desires to help achieve the goals that Mark H. George has set for the future of the company. He’s proud to work for a family-owned company that prioritizes Christian values and believes that Mark H. George’s original passion and vision have set the foundation for the continued success of the company.
Posted: November 9, 2020