Hi, I’m Keith Byrd, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors, at First Flight Solutions.
ne of the greatest benefits of owning your own business is seeing the direct results of all the time and effort you put in. When we’ve saved a company millions and I get an email of thanks from the CFO, that good feeling is an injection of energy that powers me through my day and makes me want to help everyone I can. I also know that each dollar we put back on a shipper’s bottom line goes towards creating more jobs, which stimulates the economy, which helps keep this country great!
Here at First Flight Solutions, I love seeing our people develop into the future leaders of the company and the community in which we live and work. This is why I am excited by what we do and why each day doesn’t feel like work.
Prior to this, I worked in the parcel industry for 20 years with UPS®, eventually serving as senior sales manager for both Carolinas. While there, I earned many accolades, and envisioned starting my own company in which I could use my experience to help companies and people like the CFOs who thank me for saving them millions. In 2011 Travis and I made that dream come true.
In the early days of my career, I served in the Marine Corps before joining the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and then while at UPS, I earned a BSc in Business at La Salle University. All of this imbued me with the courage and determination and fortitude to not quit until the game is won.
My life has been lived on the principle of doing what you say you are going to do. At FFS we say we will get our clients the biggest savings and the best logistics agreements that are possible to get — so that’s what we do!
My life has been lived on the principle of doing what you say you are going to do.