Ep. 19: The power of power only | Shannon Breen of FreightVana

April 3, 2024

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Shannon Breen, CEO of FreightVana, shares his journey to entering the trucking and logistics industry, emphasizing the value of developing soft skills, authenticity, and connecting with people.

With Host Chris Torrence, Breen discusses the decision to start FreightVana and the challenges and progress the company has made in a short time. He also introduces the concept of power-only trailer pool networks as a differentiating approach in the industry.

While they acknowledge the importance of live load and unload operations in certain segments, they discuss how drop and hook networks, and shared trailer pools are the future of the industry.


0:00 – Introduction and Connection at Manifest
3:04 – The Value of Authentic Conversations at Conferences
6:04 – The Challenges of Corporate Culture and the Appeal of Startups
10:17 – The Importance of Soft Skills and Real-Life Experience
16:09 – Transitioning to Freight Vana
28:10 – The Vision for Power Only Trailer Pool Networks
29:15 – Trailer Pools and Efficiency
30:43 – Opportunity at Swift
31:40 – Building FreightVana
36:26 – Proud Accomplishments
39:18 – The Importance of Trailers
41:42 – The Future of Freight
46:29 – Challenges of Power Only and Trailer Pools
49:46 – The Importance of Team and Culture
53:56 – Balancing Work and Personal Life
55:20 – Maintaining Relationships and Connections

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