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Don’t call it a comeback: The Surge Transportation story

On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with President & Founder of Surge Transportation, Omar Singh. They’ll walk through hell and back to recount the trials and tribulations Singh has fought through to build his company.  

Omar is a teacher by training and a trucker by trade.  He has a graduate degree from Georgetown University, has studied at Oxford University, and mentors entrepreneurs at Stanford University.  He drove trucks for years to pay for college, taught public school for Teach for America, then drove over the road as an owner operator for 3 years before founding a medium sized trucking company in 2003 and operating it until the end of 2010.  He became a broker in 2011 and founded Surge as an independent brokerage late in 2016.  

Since 2016 Surge has become one of the fastest growing digital brokerages in the industry providing real-time API pricing capabilities with TMS partners including: Blue Yonder, BluJay, Oracle, Mercury Gate, Kuebix.  Omar sits on the Board of Directors of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, writes about industry related topics and speaks regularly at industry conferences for BluJay, Gartner, and CSCMP. 

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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.