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Atlas is pleased to welcome Jack Griffin as President of Atlas International with responsibility for leading the company's international forwarding operations, including Atlas International, Red Ball International and Vanpac. He will lead the international companies out of the Atlas International office in Seattle, Washington.
Jack comes to the position with 14 years of industry experience and says he is ready to take Atlas International forward through the pursuit of operational excellence and the development of partnerships with the Atlas agency family. "My goal is to make Atlas International a 'marquee subsidiary' of Atlas World Group," says Jack.
With a strong background in sales and marketing, he plans in the near term to assess the market's perception of Atlas International and how the value proposition might best be communicated.
"We enjoy outstanding name recognition through our association with the Atlas brand. Building on that, we want to make sure prospective partners and customers can easily differentiate us in the market place."
Jack sees promising potential for new partnerships with Atlas agents whose national accounts may have unmet needs for international services. "Working together, we can leverage existing relationships to develop new business opportunities," he says. "That will be a prime focus of our sales efforts."
Most important, he believes, is supporting agents and enabling their success. "I am an advocate of a strong agent family and I believe by working in harmony with our agents we can create win-win scenarios. I envision our people serving as an extension of the agent's organization to make the most of opportunities in the international market together." Jack completed undergraduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He began his working career at Xerox Corporation and in later years with Steelcase Inc. During his tenure with Steelcase, he completed graduate studies at Columbia University in New York, NY. Jack entered the transportation industry in 1994 as Vice President, Sales & Marketing with Allied Van Lines in Canada. In 1995, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Allied International in Naperville, Il. In 2000, he was promoted to VP Network Development and managed Allied's international business in 38 countries around the world. The following year he became Executive Vice President with North American Logistics. Most recently, he worked as Senior Vice President of Business Development with Bekins Van Lines based in Chicago.
A fitness enthusiast with a penchant for playing squash, Jack has coached high school lacrosse and admits to being an avid golfer and, not surprisingly, a fan of travel. He and his wife, Carolynn, have a daughter in college and a son in high school. Reach Jack by e-mail at: *email protected*