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Doug Frizzell, Operations Manager
Hello fellow colleagues, my name is Doug Frizzell and I’ve been with the BWY family for a little over two years now. That being said, I’ve been involved in logistics and transportation since the year 2005. That’s 15 years of one helluva rollercoaster ride of highs and lows as we all have come to know in this industry, that we now call our careers. However, this wasn’t what I had originally written out for myself when I was a young buck fresh out of college at Middle Tennessee State University.
I’ve always been a fan of sport. I’ve always been a fan of the observation of sport. So I figured why not combine the two and get paid for watching and enjoying said sport. So I did. My first year of college I fell into an internship at the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a sports reporter. I was getting paid to watch sports. It was every young man’s dream and I was living it. The only problem was that I didn’t have a sports journalism degree, so I decided to go all in on that dream. I left Chattanooga for Nashville and worked at The Tennessean as a sports reporter while I was finishing up my degree in Murfreesboro, TN.
After finishing my degree from MTSU, I came back to Chattanooga and learned a very valuable lesson. My first real lesson as a young adult. Gentlemen’s agreements are great, but they are a lot better on paper. My dream job I thought was waiting on me in Chattanooga – well, it wasn’t there when I got back home from school. My former boss had taken a job in another city and state, and the new director for the paper didn’t know me from a hole in the wall. So I had to reapply and interview again, and then the dreaded part of the wait….the kind of waiting that makes you not sleep at night, uneasy to your stomach, and the general anxiety that comes along with waiting on life changing news. Long story short and 13 months of waiting I had to make a decision. I had about $500 dollars to my name, a degree, and still no job.
Then an opportunity came along at US Xpress. I accepted that job thinking it was going to be a short term solution and this job quickly turned into something I never expected to happen – a change in my passion. Now 15 years later, I’ve moved on from US Xpress and joined the BWY family in the summer of 2017 and everyday is a new adventure in the most refreshing sense.
If I had to sum myself up:
I’m the kind of guy that if I won the lottery, I would be inclined to turn right around and put it all on black at the roulette table that same night. I mean even if I lost, was I any worse off that I was 24-hours earlier? I wasn’t a millionaire 24-hours ago, and I’m still not, but I took that chance, and sometimes in life, you can’t put a literal price on the experience. I’m a gambler at heart.
If I was a combination of two people on this earth, I would like to think I’m somewhere between Johnny Cash and Jimmy Buffett, cowboy boots and sandals all rolled into one.
I like to drive fast and loose.
A live concert is always better than listening to the music in the car.
My favorite band is Pearl Jam, it’s not up for debate.
I love a cold dark beer with a steak.
I still hold the doors open for strangers.
My biggest frustration in life are people that drive 10mph slow in the left lane. The sound of an alarm clock is a close second.
A good book is worth reading more than just one time, you always catch the little things missed on the second read.
I still believe in Karma.
I hate pickles, I won’t eat one for one-hundred dollars.
Stupid jokes always make me laugh.
Trying something new and random every single weekend is what keeps me going in this crazy life of transportation and logistics.
That about sums me up.