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Thoughts on Entrepreneurs and Success from Bo Bates

March 29, 2013

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I was recently asked to speak to a group of business folks about Entrepreneurial Success.  We often think of entrepreneurs as being in the right place at the right time with the right big idea.  So of course they will be successful!  But as I prepared my remarks I realized that a key component of entrepreneurial success draws upon the success of others.  By that I mean we observe what other successful people do; see to understand how they think and interact with people; and what kind of attitude they bring to the game every day.   Over the years I have observed a number of incredibly intelligent and talented men and women.  Many of these people have a number of things in common that I would like to share with you.

Each of them surrounded themselves with good people.  Henry Ford said – “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”  Building a cohesive team doesn’t mean everyone agrees all the time, in fact each team member will (and should) bring a different opinion to the group.  The team feeds off of varying perspectives and the debate that ensues.  As Ken Blanchard says “None of us is as smart as all of us.”

Clearly define where you are going and share that vision with everyone.  For years I was in awe of Bert and his ability to “crystal ball” the company’s future.  Did he spend hours doing historical analysis or reviewing business trends?  Of course he is on top of those things, but in the end he simply envisioned the future he wanted for our company in clear and quantifiable terms which were easy to communicate.  The vision itself is what is important.  I have learned that lesson from Bert, one of the most successful people I know.

Stretch your people.  We all have it in us to do our best, but sometimes we have to be encouraged.  We’ve probably all had someone in our lives – a teacher, a coach, a mentor – who understood our potential and pushed us to use it!  When we stop striving, we stop learning, which can be a roadblock to our own and our company’s success.

Finally, every one of the successful entrepreneurs I have known has constantly questioned everything. They seek input from sources outside their own industry and examine processes that would seem to have very little to do with their own company.  Ask why? Ask why not?  Change course when it’s the right thing to do, create a new niche, offer a new product.  There is a saying – “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.”  I would offer that successful people not only embrace change, but see it as a means to explore new opportunities and continue their success.

I welcome your thoughts.

Bo

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A Holiday Mesage

December 24, 2012

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I had planned on taking this space to talk to you about the impact several mentors have had on my life and how thankful I am to have been able to learn from their entrepreneurial spirit and success.  I will save those thoughts for another day.

Right now, I would like to comment on recent events that have affected Evans directly and our entire country.   A little over a month ago, Hurricane Sandy roared up the east coast leaving a path of devastation and destruction.  We all saw the impact of Mother Nature as the waters rose, beaches were breached and entire sections of Staten Island and New York City were flooded.  Many areas are still making a slow recovery today.

Several of our agents were impacted by the storm including Ken Moore in Elizabeth, Tom Sansevere in Kearny, Joe Fiorica in Newark and Gill Mayol, Wally Ramirez, Giovanni Garcia and Victor Quinones in Jersey City.  Each dealt with the wrath of the storm on their business, their independent contractors, their families, neighbors and friends.  All of them are terrific people as well as business men who worked diligently to assist their communities and get their companies back up and running.

The tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut is almost unfathomable.  Innocent children.  Courageous teachers.  Lives lost and families shattered.  The “why” will likely never be answered.  We are all grieving with the Sandy Hook community wondering what we would do in their shoes.  And we watch as people from all over the country are finding ways to reach out to offer support.  The therapy dogs who arrived from Virginia with their calming influence and wagging tails; the man from Los Angeles who called the local coffee shop to pay for anyone who stopped by for a cup; the school children sending their letters; and the folks just offering hugs.  This community will never be the same, but, with time and support, it will begin to heal.

I am reminded that it can be the little things we do that can have the most impact.  In this holiday season especially I hope all of us will take a moment for a “random act of kindness.” Who knows what an impact we all could make?

I wish you a very happy holiday and a wonderful New Year.

See you in 2013.

Bo.

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Bo Bates Featured “Thought Leader” in Inbound Logistics

October 1, 2012

Bo Bates, President of Evans Network of Companies, is a featured “Thought Leader” in this month’s issue of Inbound Logistics.  Click here to read the article.

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Message from the Chairman of the Board

February 6, 2012

Hello everyone,
As you now know, effective January 2nd 2012, what has been unofficial for the past 5 years became official.  Matthew “Bo” Bates is now the President and CEO of the Evans Network of Companies and I have moved on to Chairman of the Board.

For those of you who have been with the Company for some time, you’ll recall that’s the relationship my Dad and I had. He didn’t retire, he was always around when I needed him but he spent more time in Florida and away from the business.  I’ll be doing the same.

When I took over 45 years ago, my goal was to be one of the survivors in the industry. Thanks to all of you, we’re not just a survivor, we’re the Number 1 Drayage Carrier in the Country.  However, we only serve half the country’s  ports and rail ramps and handle less than 50% of the total moves in Intermodal. We need to cover the entire US to attract more National Accounts and get that business for our Agents and Owner Operators.

Bo and you will make that happen, maybe with a little help from this old guy. I couldn’t be more proud of our company. We have a great past and a wonderful future ahead. Thanks to all of you for what you’ve done.

All the best,

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Matthew “Bo” Bates Named President of Evans Network of Companies

December 15, 2011

Matthew “Bo” Bates will assume the role of President of the Evans Network of Companies effective January 1, 2012.  Bates will succeed Albert “Bert” Evans, Jr. who held that position since 1965.  The company was founded by Albert Evans, Sr. in 1939.

In 1988, Matthew “Bo” Bates joined his father-in-law, Albert L. Evans Jr., at Evans Delivery Company the family-owned trucking business. Mr. Bates managed the newly acquired West Motor Freight of PA. At that time West Motor Freight, combined with Evans operated about 200 trucks in the northeastern United States.  In 2002 he was named Executive Vice President of Evans Delivery Company and oversaw the integration of newly acquired Hale Intermodal.  In addition to his role as President of Evans Network of Companies, Bates will also continue to serve as CEO of West Motor Freight of PA and Co-Chairman of DM Transportation Services.

“I am blessed and honored to have led this organization for more than 45 years” stated Bert Evans, “and I am confident that the organization is well positioned to continue to grow and prosper.”  Evans will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.

Evans Network of Companies is the largest privately owned container drayage specialist in the country.  Growing organically, and through acquisition, the group includes Evans Delivery Company, West Motor Freight, All Points Transport, Hale Intermodal, Land Transportation, Phoenix Transit and Logistics, Century Express, DM Transportation and 562 Terminal Facility Limited Partnerships. The group operates over 1,800 trucks out of 110 service centers and provides transportation and logistics services throughout the United States.  One of the primary focuses of the company is ocean container and domestic container drayage at ports and major rail ramps east of the Rockies.

“Bert created a clear vision for Evans and continually challenged the organization to grow and improve”, commented Bates. “Our management team will continue to lead the organization guided by the ideals that Bert engrained into our culture.”

Bates received a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984 and holds an MBA from Kent State University (1988.)  He is a Founding Director of The Victory Bank in Limerick, PA, a member of the Bank’s Audit Committee and is Chairman of the ALCO Committee.  He is a member of the Executive Council and Endowment Fund Committee for the Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. He resides in Gilbertsville, PA with his wife Samantha and has two children, Matthew J. Bates, Esq. of Pittsburgh, PA and C. Ryan Bates, Esq. of Pottsville, PA.