Age 29 | Laclede Cab Co. | President
I began working at Laclede Cab at the age of 15, checking oil and changing tires. Over the years, I spent time in each department learning the business— everything from the mechanics to dispatchers. Soon after I graduated from Missouri State University, I took over as president. The past five years have flown by and it’s nice to take time to reflect on how much the company has evolved. A few improvements I made were computerized dispatching with GPS, electronic rear-seat credit card processing and the capability to take taxi orders though a smartphone app, text message and our website. Those enhancements have resulted in a more efficient dispatching department, improved accounting in-house and improved service and convenience for our corporate customers and individuals alike.
Where did you go to high school?
Oakville Senior High, class of 2002.
Missouri State University, class of 2005; entrepreneurial management.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself continuing to stay on the cutting edge of the taxi industry in order to provide our customers with the best service possible. It’s a continuous process of blending in new technology into what has, for decades, been a relatively static business and using that technology to maintain an operation where the company thrives.
What is the one thing you hope to accomplish in your career?
I want to create an environment in my company that stimulates hard work and innovation while still allowing for fun in the workplace.
What is your most rewarding volunteer experience?
Working with the St. Louis Rotary Club to benefit Ride on St. Louis has been the most rewarding so far. Ride On St. Louis is an equine-assisted activities and therapies center that serves disabled children and adults using the emotional bond created between horse and rider to foster physical, mental, emotional and spiritual improvements and growth.
What is one thing your co-workers may not know about you?
I am a homebrewer. I brew, ferment and bottle my own beer in my garage and basement.
What is your favorite blog?
What is on your summer reading list?
“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, “Free Will” by Sam Harris and “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James … (just kidding).
What is on your iPod?
The Black Keys, Johnny Cash and Chris Cornell.