NEXT Trucking Plans to Double Workforce in Southern California As Business Growth Soars

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Los Angeles-based company strengthens leadership team with new hires and plans to fill more than 50+ engineering, sales, operations, and marketing roles before end of 2018

Chris Lankford, NEXT Trucking's new VP of Engineering.

Chris Lankford, NEXT Trucking's new VP of Engineering.

We are seeing record numbers of carriers and shippers continue to embrace our trucker-centric online marketplace instead of relying on outdated processes that no longer serve them. This has resulted in accelerated growth in all areas of our business.

NEXT Trucking, the first trucker-centric online marketplace that connects carriers with shippers, today announced that it will double its headcount in 2018 amidst growing user acquisition and demand for its services. The company’s technology solves one of the most distressing issues for 90 percent of carriers by directly connecting them with shippers based on routes, pricing, driver behavior and other intelligent matching algorithms. Following a February infusion of $21 million in funding led by Silicon Valley VC firm, Sequoia Capital, the company added six new roles to its executive management team and is seeking to fill more than 50 positions in engineering, product development, marketing and sales before the end of the year.

The expanded executive team includes:

  • Bryan Jolliff, VP of Sales
  • Jason Leu, VP of Product
  • Chris Lankford, VP of Engineering
  • Jennifer Chang, Director of Marketing
  • Shane Van Der Waag, Director of Drayage and Intermodal
  • Andres Castañeda, Director of Talent Recruitment

Prior to joining NEXT Trucking, Leu and Lankford had previously worked together at another startup for seven years. The company has also expanded its sales team, with talent from CH Robinson, Werner, Schneider National, and CEVA Logistics, and operations team with talent from JB Hunt, Expeditors, Mattel, and APL. New hires in product and engineering come from leading Southern California tech companies and startups.

CEO and Co-founder Lidia Yan said the hiring spree is to support its aggressive growth strategy. “We are seeing record numbers of carriers and shippers continue to embrace our trucker-centric online marketplace instead of relying on outdated processes that no longer serve them. This has resulted in accelerated growth in all areas of our business.” Yan continues, “We are thrilled to be part of the explosive technology growth in Southern California and demonstrate the high-quality talent and innovation that is happening in our local area. As we move into the second half of the year, it is critical to have the right talent in place to meet our targets for additional expansion and customer satisfaction.”

NEXT Trucking has a diverse culture reflective of the Southern California landscape. The company prides itself on a diverse and high energy workplace where collaboration and innovation thrive.

To learn more about NEXT Trucking, visit http://www.nexttrucking.com.

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