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American dreaming with SmartHop CEO/co-founder Guillermo Garcia — FWI

On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with SmartHop CEO/co-founder Guillermo Garcia to talk about living the American Dream. 

Guillermo’s passion to elevate smaller fleets stems from his experience as a fleet owner himself. His trucking roots can be traced back to his native Venezuela, where his career began as a master production scheduler for Nestle before founding his own trucking company, ALCARIN, which amassed nearly 500 employees. 

After completing a master’s program at Columbia University, Guillermo Garcia relocated his business to South Florida in 2012. Five years later, he, alongside fellow Venezuelan immigrants Joaquin Brillembourg and Miguel Sucre, built SmartHop, which has to date secured over $16M in funding across two rounds.

SmartHop is a dispatch technology that helps smaller over-the-road truckers (over 90% of all trucking companies) compete with larger carriers through tech-powered freight dispatch and load booking, back office support, insurance, lease/rental, fuel cards and more.

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Timothy Dooner

Dooner is an award-winning podcaster, content producer and host who is currently the director of audio at FreightWaves and the creative director of Back The Truck Up. In under a year he helped build FreightCasts, the world’s largest logistics and supply chain podcast network in media. He produces and co-hosts the hit podcast and FreightWavesTV show, WHAT THE TRUCK?!? WTT is ranked in Apple Podcasts top-20 Business News podcasts. He also writes a newsletter of the same title with over 10k subscribers in the supply chain and trucking niche. Dooner has been in freight since 2005 and has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. He has worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the supply chain. He was a featured speaker at TEDx Chattanooga.