Member Spotlight: Zipline Logistics

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zipline logisticsZipline Logistics is a fast-growth third-party logistics provider (3PL) focused on improving the lives of transportation professionals through its commitment to advanced technology, strong ethics, and the refusal to put profits over service. It specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload and rail shipment delivery across the United States, Canada and Mexico for food and beverage, retail and finished goods.

CEO Wally Lynch answered our member spotlight questions below.

What motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning?

The pace of business today; especially logistics! I wake up excited to play offense and tackle the aggressive business plans we’ve made.

Tell us about your company culture.

Our culture and employees are the best thing about Zipline. It’s what sets us apart from other 3PLs (third party logistics providers) and is the driving force behind our growth. We operate with integrity, trust, and transparency, and we invest heavily in our talent. We want all team members to feel empowered as logistics professionals and strive to give them the room, resources and support they need to grow confidently. There is a strong sense of loyalty and comradeship among employees that also exists beyond our office walls. We’re extremely proud to say that our employee referral rate is more than 40 percent. Not only do our employees like working here, they want their friends to join the team.

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2300 West 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

What are three things you use every day in your job?

My MacBook, the logistics software McLeod, and Zipline’s proprietary technology and business analytics tools.

What trends/insights are you finding in your field/market? 

There are market trends and new legislation efforts impacting industry pricing and performance, but internally we are really focused on the talent gap and technology boom happening right now. More than half of my work in 2016 will be focused on attracting new talent into the logistics field and enhancing our technology offerings for clients.

What advice do you have to give to emerging talent in your field?

The transportation industry is full of opportunity right now. No longer seen as antiquated, our space is extremely forward-thinking and companies must adapt rapidly to market trends and technology integration. Young talent has the opportunity to influence massive change.

What benefit(s) attracted you to the Columbus Chamber?

As a new business back in 2007 we wanted to join the Chamber right away. It was a no-brainer. Membership offered us the support and connections we needed to grow.

What business challenges keep you up at night? 

The pace of innovation. We strive to provide all the tools and resources possible to our logistics professionals so that they in turn can makes the lives of our customers easier. Staying on top of this can be challenging.

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Zipline Logistics founders (from left to right): Walter Lynch, Andrew Lynch, J.J. Rodeheffer and E.R. Williams

Tell us about organizations/charities that you are passionate about.

We are big on wellness, so a lot of our philanthropic efforts include providing employees monetary support for charity races such as Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon and the Cap City Marathon. We’ve also held fundraisers and volunteered with Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Ronald McDonald’s House, and really enjoy sponsoring local families in need during the holidays.

If you could choose any song to represent your company, what song would it be?

Anything by Hall and Oats. (Haulin’ oats! Trucking humor!)

What Columbus business person do you most admire?

Kenny McDonald, President and Chief Economic Officer of Columbus 2020. I admire his communication style; consistent and on-point while always adding value.
When you are not working, where in Columbus do you like to spend your time?

My family is incredibly important to me, so I spend the majority of my time with my wife, three sons, and my daughter. We are into the outdoors, basketball and football. Right now I am leading my son’s basketball tournament, which takes us all over the region. In Columbus I particularly like running and biking on the ever-improving trail systems.

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Name of CEO: Walter Lynch

About the CEO: Wally is a Zipline Logistics company founder, alongside his brother Andrew Lynch and co-founders Edward Williams and J.J. Rodeheffer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in economics from Miami University and has worked in the asset management industry since 1999. He and his wife, Christine, have three sons and a young daughter.

Number of years as CEO: 4 years

Number of years with the business: 8 years

What are your biggest accomplishments? During his career Wally has successfully raised capital for various investment vehicles and disciplines from high net-worth individuals and institutions. But his biggest business accomplishment includes launching Zipline alongside his partners and building it into a truly superior and customer service oriented 3PL. From a personal standpoint, his family will always top the list.