Regional Voices: Teri Zimmerman-Reynolds – Ray-Mont Logistics America
Teri Zimmerman-Reynolds is general manager for Ray-Mont Logistics America, a fully licensed freight forwarder and NVOCC. The company assists in shipments of peas, beans, lentils and soybeans to countries around the world. Ray-Mont Logistics helps customers maximize their time, workforce and financial resources – traditional challenges associated with complicated shipping logistics.
Before moving to Spokane: I raised wheat for 18 years near Almira, 75 miles west of Spokane. I was used to the smaller towns, so Spokane was the big city to me! But the transition was easy, and I have loved every minute of it. Besides business opportunities, Spokane has so much to offer families.
A new career: I joined Montreal-based Ray-Mont Logistics in August 2012 as the only employee in its U.S. division. I laid the groundwork for acquiring Federal Maritime Commission licensing, as well as developing relationships with ocean carriers so we could begin shipping cargo.
Building a customer base: Thanks to great service and competitive pricing, our Spokane staff has grown from one person to 10, and we recently moved into a bigger space.
Why Spokane: Ray-Mont has offices and loading facilities in Montreal and Vancouver, Canada. One reason the company chose Spokane for its U.S. office was the long-term relationship we had. Luckily, these days it doesn’t really matter where you live. When I need to travel to the Seattle and Tacoma ports, it’s an easy 45-minute flight. And the cost of doing business in Spokane is definitely an advantage.
What Teri likes most about Spokane: The people are genuinely nice – even motorists! When Ray-Mont Logistics executives from Montreal visit, they always comment on our easy-going pace and friendliness.