Meet Doug Wilkes
Artisan Logistics is a brand that we hope represents excellence. We hope to meet and exceed your expectations in a fast and safe manner. We are competitive, persistent, unrelenting, and redundant. I have a strong belief that no matter how it ended up in your lap, handle it.
Here is a quick introduction to me, Doug Wilkes. I hope we are able to have a productive and successful relationship.
I'm father to Reagan Wilkes and soon to be husband and married to Brittany McMickell. I live in Forest Acres, SC close to the Artisan Logistics office in Columbia, SC.
During high school I was welding student of the year and led the offensive line in "hustle" plays for the year. After football was over, I knew I needed another challenge, so I decided to attend The Citadel, my dad's alma mater. While at the college, in a gated community on the banks of the Ashley river, I received Gold Stars for having a semester GPA above 3.7, Deans List for having a semester GPA above 3.2 several times, and lettered in Rugby.
The Citadel Rugby Club won the Southern Region twice and came in 2nd in the nation in their division of USA Rugby. In 2006 we beat the reigning champs Furman, the University of South Carolina and Alabama. Unfortunately, Clemson ate our lunch.
I worked for The Citadel Foundation for almost three years and raised funds for cadet scholarships and school initiatives. During my time as a fundraiser I raised over $100k and provided our introductory and continuing training to a staff that raised over $1M annually for two years. I also interned for The Free Enterprise Foundation for the esteemed Robert E. Freer, Esq for two semesters where I raised funds and coordinated events for the foundation.
In 2006, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After several years of being told what to do, I was ready to strike out on my own. After a few failed entrepreneurial endeavors, I found myself at Clear Channel Radio selling air space in Charleston. I then became a sales rep for Automatic Data Processing covering Western North Carolina. With both jobs I became frustrated in the disconnect between sales and operations.
I wanted to have control of the customer service provided to people I worked with during the sales process. I saw this opportunity when hanging out with my cousin Dennis Brannon during a Christmas gathering 2008. In March of 2009, I left my corporate gig and joined Dennis to build a transportation business. Dennis and a bar job propped me up for a bit until my first customer, West Marine, started to trust and depend on us.
In 2012, I talked one of the smartest and most logical guys I know, Ian McCroskey, in to coming on board with us. He was my room mate at The Citadel, a fellow rugger, and graduated with honors from the Psychology department.
During this time together we have achieved Inc 5000 honors twice, becoming one of America's fastest growing privately held companies. We have some great projects in the works that should elevate our customer service level. I'm excited for the road ahead and enjoying the journey.
“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” ― Ryan Holiday