Brandon Smith, Director of Business Development
Hometown: Ashland, NE
Family: My wife Kim and daughter Avery
How I got into the business: I started out at 19 years old thinking it would be a temporary gig, and would get some quality work experience. Eleven years later, it has turned into a great career.
The toughest part of the job: Predicting the future. The market can change so quickly, we always want to stay ahead of it.
The best advice I have received: “Keep it simple, we’re not doing brain surgery…it’s just trucking.”
Something else I’d like to accomplish: Learn to speak other languages.
TV series I finished recently: Game of Thrones
How my business will change in the next decade: Electric vehicles will be huge. There are probably more things that have not even been thought of yet that will be game changers.
The best part of the job: When Friday morning comes around and you have a delicious breakfast in front of you. Your loads are all picking up/delivering on time, which makes the customers happy. Doesn’t get much better.
A mentor who has helped the most in my career: I’ve had quite a few, probably too many to count. Most have definitely been here at Kirsch. One that sticks out is Dave Distefano at my previous employer. He wasn’t just a mentor with my career, but was a mentor in growing up as a person.
Outside interest: Spending time with family, vacations, golfing with buddies, going to concerts and sporting events.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Breckenridge, CO
Coolest Place you have traveled: Cozumel, Mexico
Other careers that I’d like to try: High school football coach
Favorite movie(s): Training Day, Happy Gilmore, Wolf of Wall Street
Favorite sports team: Oakland Raiders #RaiderNation
Favorite app: Bleacher Report