We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Sandoval and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Freight dispatching is an important part for commercial motor carriers (owner-operators). Many existing and new owner-operators don’t have time looking for the next working assignment, which creates a problem when their plan is to gross 20-25,000 a month. For many carriers, experience and diversity is of great interest. As a minority-owned business, we encourage many other minority-owned business not only ethnicity but women in trucking! That is our reason why we started our business 5-years ago and continue growing with our clients through their success and vision.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Daniel was born in Brownsville, TX and attended the formally known UT-Brownsville now The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Many of my classmates had great visions about their future like being a doctor, nurse, business owner, etc. I had a vision of learning more about different trades that would enable me to create a full 360-service on a specific industry. Little did I know transportation was the key to my company’s success. I moved to Houston, TX after graduation working for a telecommunications company with many hopes and dreams, like other native individuals from my hometown. After a few years, and various positions I was able to learn more about trucking and it’s compliance, procedures and their needs. This allowed me to work in a small non-traditional finance company in Houston, TX for truck drivers. After a few years, I had the opportunity working for a well known international finance company located in Nashville TN. This allowed me to invest more in my current company and apply the knowledge gained to help owner-operators become successful and educate them on business operations and success-planning. Five years later, I meat the love of my life, Francisco. He and I have worked together by increasing carrier relations, business planning and focus on operations. His experience in dispatching and business administration, has helped our business grow. My advise to you is never give-up on your dreams, your success is always in front of you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My itinerary will start with the Secret Garden on Main street. That place is magical, not only because that’s were I met my, now husband, but it has a vibrant feeling to the city’s cultural background. We would go to an Astros game on Minute Maid Park and will eat at Ninfa’s Restaurant, an iconic East-End staple of the Mexican-American culture and an “all-time favorite” spot for all ages. Finally, we would visit the Japanese Garden on Memorial Park and would relax on an the up-and-coming new White Rhino Bar.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Exposure means a lot for new aspiring business. My shoutout goes to the Houston Millennials. This organization is composed of young and experienced professionals with aspirations of connecting with liked-minded professionals and business owners. This, like me, has given me the exposure of meeting other millenials working within my industry, the ability to collaborated, celebrate and learn more about success and business growth. The Houston Millennials organization is composed of different committees run by members within the organization with many events throughout the year. This helps increase that exposure I previously mentioned, which enables many individuals to meet, learn and collaborate on the success of the professional-self.