Spencer Askew's introduction to technology began after a series of consulting jobs. While working at a golf course management company, he was introduced to an e-procurement system used to buy equipment. Later, he learned the shipping business at a freight transportation and logistics company. His vision was to build a transportation management system (TMS) platform that unites shipping buyers and sellers, similar to the way Expedia.com pairs travelers who book reservations for flights, rental cars and hotels.
Askew launched Efreightsolutions.com in 2005 and recently launched GeorgiaFreight.com. His company collaborated with the Georgia Centers of Innovation for Logistics to award grants to five University System of Georgia institutions. ASU was among the recipients and garnered a $7,500 Innovation in Logistics Education (ILE) grant that funded student business trips to Fortune 100 logistics corporations. Students witnessed firsthand how logistics works and the importance of face-to-face dialogue with industry executives. "We were determined to help students understand the linkages between academia and industry. As such, exposure to real-world learning is the best way to connect theory to practice" said, Dr. Kathaleena Edward Monds, SCLM department chair and project manager of the ILE award.
For more information about the Supply Chain and Logistics Management Program, contact the ASU College of Business at (229) 430-2749.