056: How to Navigate and Thrive in a Male-Dominated Industry with Melissa Priest

Melissa Priest

Hosts Tracy Swain and JaVonne Williams are joined by Melissa Priest. Melissa is the Founder and CEO of Alexandretta Transportation Consulting, the only female-owned transportation consulting firm in the U.S. She is a recognized subject matter expert parcel shipping and global leader in parcel, trucking, ocean, and air freight consulting and has saved clients over $1 Billion dollars since starting in the parcel industry nearly 25 years ago.

Her company, Alexandretta, brings an average savings of 10% – 20% to its clients by identifying areas of improvement within existing carrier agreements, then works with the individual client to re-negotiate the agreement to capture the savings. Melissa is passionate about moving businesses forward by increasing their profits and competitive leverage.

Melissa started her career at FedEx and transitioned into consulting 17 years ago. She works with clients ranging from start-up ecommerce firms to Fortune 50 companies, to provide savings on existing parcel, ocean, air and trucking agreements, as well as other solutions.

It is a diverse business with offices in the U.S, Europe, and China. In addition to championing equality and diversity, the company gives back to the global community by donating 1% of its profits to humanitarian and environmental causes.

Melissa is absolutely passionate about empowering women and is a co-author in the book: Women in Business: Breaking Through where her chapter focuses on Leveling up and Unlocking Success.

In this episode, Melissa shares her thoughts on being the only female-owned transportation consulting firm in the U.S and how she provides charitable givings through her company.

To learn more about Melissa Priest and her company’s services, visit their website: https://www.alexandrettaconsulting.com, Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/alexandrettatransportation/, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissapriest1/, or Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/alexandrettaconsulting.


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