Thursday, June 25, 2015

Transportation Insight Founder and Chairman Named an Award Recipient for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Southeast Program

Globally recognized supply chain innovator, business leader and humanitarian Paul Thompson was named an award recipient for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Southeast Program in the Services Category. Thompson accepted the honors at the EOY Awards Gala in Nashville, Tennessee last night for his entrepreneurial achievements as founder or co-founder of eight highly successful North American companies, business strategist for numerous not-for-profit organizations and visionary and top executive for Transportation Insight, the flagship brand in his corporate portfolio. Transportation Insight is a Global Trade Top 10 3PL and a North American leader in value-based Enterprise Logistics.

"I am very humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award," says Thompson. "As the revolution in entrepreneurship gains momentum across America, we see entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of job creation and innovation in this country. There is no greater reward than making American lives better by creating successful businesses and organizations. I've always measured success by the satisfaction of the people involved in my entrepreneurial endeavors – our clients, our associates and our business partners. They – along with my family – continue to be my inspiration."
In addition to Transportation Insight, Thompson is also the driving force behind multiple acquisitions and the success of CHTL Logistics, a transactional truckload logistics firm; Custom Shipping Solutions, an organization providing transactional less-than-truckload logistics; United Sourcing Alliance, a group purchasing entity; Total Insight, a LEAN consulting firm; and Property Acquisition Company, a real estate development organization. 

Thompson's vision in creating Transportation Insight in 1999 was to provide consultative, value-based solutions to help shippers in a market made increasingly complex by trucking industry deregulation in the 1980s. The company's co-managed business model has since evolved from simple execution-based transportation management to end-to-end supply chain solutions including predictive, strategic planning – powered by analytics – with emphasis on supply chain engineering, technology, LEAN consulting and Big Data solutions. 

"It is because of Paul's vision that Transportation Insight provides long-term value to our clients, and it is because of his servant's heart that our company has become a top Enterprise Logistics provider in North America," says Transportation Insight President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Baltz, a longtime friend and colleague of Thompson. "Under Paul's leadership, we have assembled an elite organization of like-minded associates who focus on achieving personal and professional excellence while helping to transform our community, our company and our clients for the better."
Transportation Insight and its clients have received logistics industry recognition for excellence, sustainability and growth. The Enterprise Logistics provider has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies in the United States every year since 2008 to become part of the elite Inc. Honor Roll. To continue its rapid growth, Transportation Insight launched its Vision 20/20 expansion plan in 2014 to become a $3.5 to $5 billion company by January 1, 2020 through acquisition and organic growth channels. 

A highlight of the Vision 20/20 plan is Transportation Insight's new corporate headquarters which opens this summer with space to accommodate triple its current workforce.  With the fully-renovated 1930's-era Lyerly Mill as its centerpiece, the campus will be a catalyst to urban revitalization efforts in downtown Hickory, North Carolina.  The complex includes 70,000 square feet of office space and numerous amenities such as athletic fields, a workout center and a cafeteria employing a chef onsite. The campus fulfills current and future associates' desires for a career that includes fitness and healthy work-life balance. 

Thompson has experienced significant business success, and his strategic work with numerous humanitarian organizations exemplifies his achievements with a higher purpose.  Thompson was instrumental in establishing the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship at Appalachian State University, and he devotes significant time and resources to Samaritan's Feet, Restore Global and many other organizations focused on lifting up those in need.

"Paul has taught me that true generosity is not measured in the size of one's gift, but in the magnitude of one's sacrifice and commitment to others," says Manny Ohonme, President and Co-founder of global humanitarian organization Samaritan's Feet. "We would not be where we are today without his vision, servant leadership and ability to help us create and execute a strategic roadmap far beyond our wildest dreams."

Randy Edwards, Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, was Dean of the College of Business during the formative years of the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship. "Paul is the reason we have entrepreneurship at Appalachian," says Edwards. "He radically accelerated the success of the Center for Entrepreneurship by providing not only significant funding, but also a strategic vision that inspired us to 'go big or go home.'"
"The key to being a successful entrepreneur is to leverage the power of collaboration – one does not achieve significance going it alone," says Thompson. "While vision and focus on continuous improvement of the business model and its processes are critical, empowerment of and partnership with people lead companies to greatness."

"For 29 years, EY has recognized the remarkable efforts of business leaders and the dedication to the communities they serve," said Brad Duncan, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Southeast Program Principal. "This group of award recipients truly demonstrates the passion, dedication and vision it takes to achieve remarkable success, and we are excited to honor them and share their stories."
As a regional award recipient for the Services category, Thompson was recognized alongside entrepreneurs in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Thompson will now compete for national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year honors to be presented in November 2015 at the EY Strategic Growth Forum and national awards gala in Palm Desert, California.

About Transportation Insight, LLC
Transportation Insight is a global lead logistics provider with more than $3 billion in supply chain spend under management. For more than 15 years, the 3PL has partnered with hundreds of manufacturers, distributors and retailers to achieve significant cost savings, reduce cycle times and improve customer satisfaction rates by providing customized supply chain solutions. Transportation Insight offers a Co-managed Logistics® form of 3PL, carrier sourcing, freight bill audit and payment services, state-of-the-art transportation management system (TMS) applications and business intelligence. Its logistics services include domestic transportation, supply chain analytics, international transportation, warehouse sourcing, LEAN consulting and supply chain sourcing of indirect materials. For more about Transportation Insight, visit

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tips to Avoid Bad General Contractors

The majority of the clients that we come in and visit are looking to get a project done "yesterday". Unfortunately especially regarding your home or commercial building, you need to make sure that the t's are crossed and the i's dotted. What I mean by making sure you cover all your bases is that not all general contractors come in the same shape size or price point. Not all expensively priced projects are going to come out the best, and not all of the cheapest projects will come out the worst. Here are some quick tips you should do when coming across a general contractor for your building project.

Tips working with a general contractor: 

  • Showing up
    •  That normally means throughout the entire project not just the day you sign the papers to begin the project. Tardiness should not be a common thing for contractors but also make sure that you are at home at the time of all of the appointments. This courtesy swings on both ends so please make sure you follow through with your word as well. This comes especially important if you need  to give the contractor the keys to gain access to the part of the building needed to begin or continue a project. There are countless of times where the homeowner leaves the house before assisting the team with access to the facility to begin work. Knowing ahead of time eliminates any headaches and speeds the renovation process
  • Payment Plans
    • Never accept a 100% full payment upfront unless you already have trust with the contractor. Normally some contractors depending on the project will require 10-70% upfront. The payment plan should be discussed prior and written in writing so that there are no surprises further down the road.
  • Estimated Budget  
    • You have to go over some aspect of the estimated budget as such; types of materials (affordable, medium priced, or high end quality pricing). These all effect the pricing of the estimate as well as if you decide to buy your materials yourself as well. If you decide that you would like to have more of a higher cost of tile, cabinets, fixtures etc., please keep in mind that this will raise the estimated budget due to these changes. Even though labor is usually a fixed cost unless there are building surprises (such as repairs needed etc. ) the material cost will be the most variable cost because high end products can range up to 60% above the average costs of materials. Those aspects are not the fault of the contractor however discussing and putting these details on paper will eliminate any guess work ahead of time.
  • Guarantees
    • Please take the time to ask and have on paper the labor guarantee of the work performed for your project. Some contractors do not offer guarantees however some do (we have a  1 year guarantee)
    • Material Guarantees are SEPERATE from labor guarantees - Most products do come with guarantees (especially the high cost / dependent ones). Please make sure to ask the contractor team to give  you all of the receipts and paperwork dealt with the warranties and guarantees associated with all of the new products especially if they are in charge of the purchasing the materials 
  • Rushed Projects 
    • Rushed projects are never a good idea. Have you ever tried rushing something and the quality never coming out the best?? Well you wouldn't that happening to crucial elements such as plumbing or electrical.  Keeping projects on schedule make sure to: pay on agreed schedules, provide materials as soon as possible if you agree that you want to purchase materials separately, keep in communication with the director of the project for any decisions needing to be made, attend scheduled appointments, get all of the contracts & permits a head of time, and ask any questions that you may have so that there is no assumptions when it comes to the work being produced. If you act a prominent role in your renovation project, the process will go a whole lot smoother. If the contractor is not producing the work that they have promised, then it may be a good idea to bring your concerns to the company or if the issue is not resolved try to find other estimates available to complete the project.


I hope these tips help! These are some of the questions that we come across when we are  at appointments, renovation projects  and so forth. If you are nearby the Northern NJ area don't hesitate to give us a call 201-726-2846 for a free estimate. 

Happy Holidays !

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Obtains $7.7 Million Judgment Against “Roofing Police”

These are the stories that give Contractors a bad name!

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Obtains $7.7 Million Judgment Against “Roofing Police” Contractor Accused of Performing Shoddy Work and Deceiving Consumers
NEWARK - Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced a $7.7 million judgment against John Kot, of Garwood, and his multiple home improvement companies – including Roofing Police, Inc., which has used distinctive vehicles painted to resemble police squad cars.  Under the terms of the judgment, Kot and the companies are permanently barred from performing home improvement work, and Kot is permanently barred from managing or owning any business in New Jersey.
“These defendants allegedly left consumers with shoddy work, broken promises, and warranties that were ignored – often while using business names or language on their websites that implied they had some connection to government or police work,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said.  “We have held them accountable by obtaining a judgment that provides for consumer restitution and civil penalties, and which prohibits them from performing home improvement work, or even owning or managing any business in New Jersey.”
Under the Final Judgment by Default and Order, entered by Bergen County Superior Court Judge Robert P. Contillo, defendant Kot, 41, and the various home improvement companies he operated, were found to have engaged in conduct which comprises 1,542 violations of the State Consumer Fraud Act, Contractors' Registration Act, Contractor Registration Regulations, Home Improvement Regulations, and Advertising Regulations. 
Kot and his companies are collectively required to pay a total of $7.7 million – including $150,000 in consumer restitution, $7.5 million in civil penalties, $38,000 for the State’s attorney’s fees, and $30,000 for the State’s investigative costs.  Kot and his companies are permanently enjoined from performing home improvements in the State.  Kot also is permanently enjoined from managing or owning any business in the State; and the corporate charters of the defendant corporations and companies are annulled.
The Final Judgment by Default and Order is against all defendants in the State’s complaint, except for Gabriel R. DaSilva, Jr., who settled with the State via a Final Consent Judgment.  A $30,000 civil penalty is assessed against DaSilva but will remain suspended so long as he complies with the terms of the settlement as well as all applicable laws.  DaSilva is not barred from performing home improvement work, so long as he first obtains State registration as a home improvement contractor.
“Our investigation and the Court’s findings make it abundantly clear that consumers must be cautious when hiring a home improvement contractor,” Acting Director Eric T. Kanefsky said.  “Through this default judgment, we have ensured that one of the worst can no longer defraud New Jersey’s consumers.”
The State’s complaint, filed on behalf of the Division of Consumer Affairs by the Division of Law, alleged that the defendants performed substandard work; refused to repair their substandard work despite promises and/or warranties; refused to return consumer deposits for work that was never performed; failed to honor guarantees or warranties provided in their contracts; and started work without the necessary state or local permits.  The companies also allegedly advertised through names and statements that wrongfully implied they were affiliated with government or were quasi-police agencies or police-affiliated businesses.
The State alleged that the defendants perpetuated their deceptive business practices through the interchangeable use of multiple business entities, names, addresses and phone numbers. Defendants advertised or contracted with consumers using the following corporations, limited liability companies, trade names and/or unregistered business names:  A-1 American Construction, Inc.; A 1 American Chimney Limited Liability Company; Brick City Chimney Service, L.L.C.; Brick City Chimney Service and Cleaning, Inc.; Roofing Police, Inc.; Roofing Squad; Chimney Squad; Brick City; Brick City Chimney & Roofing Services; A-1 American Masonry; A-1 American Masonry Services; A-1 American Chimney Service; A-1 American Contracting; A-1 American Roofing; A-1 American Gutters; A-1 American Siding; A-1 Affordable Construction; A Above American; A Above Brick City; and Diamond Roofing. Defendants used common addresses in Fair Lawn, Hackensack, Maywood and Garwood.  The State’s Complaint further alleged that the defendants misrepresented their business locations and, in Kot’s case, used as assumed name as an alias in the course of conducting business.  The Division of Consumer Affairs received complaints about the defendants from a total of 81 consumers.
Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Kant, in the Division of Law's Consumer Fraud Prosecution Section, represented the State in this action. 

Advice for New Jersey Consumers, When Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor:
Before hiring a home improvement contractor, New Jersey consumers are urged to:
  • Obtain the contractor's State registration number, which always begins "13VH."
  • Contact the Division of Consumer Affairs to learn whether the contractor's registration is still valid. Call the Division’s License Verification Line at 973-273-8090, or check the Division's database of all 43,000 registered home improvement contractors.
  • Demand a copy of the contractor's commercial general liability insurance policy.
  • Contact the insurer to learn whether the policy is still valid.
  • Run Internet searches to see if there are online complaints against the contractor.
Additional advice can be found in the Consumer Brief, "Hiring Home Improvement Contractors, (Spanish). 

Advice for Home Improvement Contractors:
To advertise and perform home improvement work legally in New Jersey, contractors must register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Registration materials are available here.
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.
Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook, and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Stucco Project

Below are a few photos from our most recent stucco project. 
The house came out in great shape and the client was super satisfied at the service provided.

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Siding Project

Here is a siding project that we recently finished up!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Division of Consumer Affairs Investigators Checking for Unregistered Home Improvement Contractors in Storm-Damaged Shore Counties

Here is an article stressing the importance of having the necessary certifications/ licenses and insurances especially when dealing with consumers. If you are in search of contractors this is something that you should be asking the prospective contracting companies.

Division of Consumer Affairs Investigators Checking for Unregistered Home Improvement Contractors in Storm-Damaged Shore Counties

NEWARK – Division of Consumer Affairs investigators assigned full-time to Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties since early January have contacted nearly 630 contractors either working on storm-damaged homes or seeking business at area home expo/improvement shows, to ensure they are properly registered with the Division.  Division investigators continue to perform daily patrols of storm-ravaged areas where home improvement contractors are most in demand.
The investigators found that 477 of the 628 Home Improvement Contractors they checked were registered or had applied for registration.  Another 27 contractors had been registered but their annual registrations were expired and needed to be renewed. The remaining 124 contractors were found to be unregistered.  To advertise and perform home improvement work legally in New Jersey, contractors must register with the Division of Consumer Affairs. Registration materials are available here.
No fines or monetary penalties were assessed when the investigators found unregistered contractors working on homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy over the past two months.  Instead, warnings were issued and unregistered home improvement contractors were provided information about the state's Home Improvement Contractors' Registration Act and told what they need to do to comply with the law.  If the Division encounters these contractors again and they are still not registered, fines and penalties will be issued.

"Those unregistered contractors who do not take the opportunity we're providing to comply with the law will face criminal charges and civil penalties," Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said.  "We recognize how important contractors are to the rebuilding process, but they must comply with the law and treat our residents with fairness and honesty in all aspects of their work."

"The 3 Rs – recover, rebuild, restore – will be words heard throughout New Jersey this year, as we continue to undo the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy. I want to stress another R – registration – for roofers, masons, window installers or any other type of home improvement contractor," said Eric T. Kanefsky, Acting Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs. "Consumers need to verify that the contractor is registered before hiring anyone and before paying any money."

Complaints against Home Improvement Contractors were the second largest category of consumer complaints filed with the Division last year.  A total of 1,528 complaints were received and even more are anticipated in 2013 because of the widespread rebuilding and repair needed following Superstorm Sandy.

State law requires registered HICs to display their registration number on commercial vehicles, in ads, on their websites and on consumer contracts.  In order to become registered, a home improvement contractor must provide proof of at least $500,000 in liability insurance and disclose the physical location of the business, among other requirements.

HICs also are required to provide consumers with written contracts for work in excess of $500.  The contract should include detailed information, such as start and completion dates, all work to be performed and the specific products to be used.  It is customary not to pay for the entire home improvement project in advance. The general rule of thumb is to pay no more than one-third beforehand, one-third halfway through, and one-third upon completion.

Consumers can access the Division's online database at to check whether an HIC is registered. Apple device users may check the database via an app that is free for download at New Jersey Professional License Lookup App . Consumers also can call the Division toll-free at 800-242-5846 and ask whether the contractor is duly registered and if other consumers have filed complaints against the contractor.

NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK (NCPW) is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. NCPW 2013 runs from March 3 through 9 and additional information is available at


Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of marketplace abuse, can file a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.
Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook, and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events.