From The Memphis Business Journal -
Christopher Moore, President, National Drayage Services LLC
First job: Parts clerk for a lawn mower shop
Education: Bachelor of science in economics/finance from Christian Brothers University
Residence: Arlington, Tenn.
Business philosophy: Right is right, wrong is wrong, period.
Best way to keep competitive edge: Never be content with where you are! Today’s “good” is tomorrow’s “mediocre” or worse. You can’t capitalize on new opportunities if you’re satisfied with where you’re at right now. You might as well just get out of the way so the competition can capitalize.
Guiding principle: Don’t do anything you’re not prepared to answer for later.
Yardstick of success: Whether in big things or small things, if the Lord is pleased, then THAT is success.
Goal yet to be achieved: My next goal is a certain number of locations and truck count by the end of 2012. I’m always updating my goals. I had an English teacher in high school, Mrs. Zills, who said it best. I can’t quote her word for word 20 years later, but it was to the effect of “Regularly update your goals. When you get close to attaining a goal, set another one.” You have to keep pushing yourself.
Best business decision: Accepting the opportunity to start NDS
Worst business decision: Missing key family events because duty called
Toughest business decision: Turning down the “perfect job” that I had been patiently waiting several years to come open
Biggest missed opportunity: I often have “what-if” moments about not pursuing law school or my master’s degree.
Mentor: Not that a mentor necessarily has to be your employer, but I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some great bosses over the years. First and foremost, the most obvious mentor is Mark George. The other two would be Bill Duff and Mike Baker. All three have believed in me and invested a lot of time and energy in helping me to grow. All three have been uniquely different in how they mentored me. But take away any one of their efforts and I would not be where I am today.
Word that best describes you: Persevering
Like best about job: I like challenges and every day is a big challenge. There is never a dull moment.
Like least about job: I never know what to expect each day.
Pet peeve: Lack of structured organization. I don’t know how people can function with disarray.
Most important lesson learned: When a problem arises, fix it first, immediately! Afterward, there is time to analyze what caused the problem and how to prevent it from happening again.
Person most interested in meeting: James Addison Baker III. He has witnessed or participated in much of what is and will be in our history books. He’s just an intriguing person to me.
Most respected competitor: Gage Blue, president of Carolina National Transportation. I see his operation a little different than others. It’s not that I don’t have respect for other competitors, but most of our competitors are all the same.
Three greatest passions: God, family, work — the rest is trivial.
First choice for a new career: Attorney, specifically a trial lawyer.
Favorite quote: “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” — Sun Tzu in Art of War
Most influential book: No book has been more influential to me than the Bible, but specific to business I would say any of the economic/business writings of Ichak Adizes.
Favorite cause: Local, national and international missions of the church
Favorite status symbol: My nearly 15-year-old worn, scuffed and dinged (but still strong) wedding band.
Favorite movie: “The American President” or “Wall Street.” I’m a big fan of Michael Douglas.
Favorite restaurant: Subway (yes, seriously)
Favorite vacation spot: Either a good Gulf Coast beach or Manhattan/NYC.
What’s on your iPod: Crazy blend of everything (MercyMe, KISS, Hank Jr., Coldplay, Motley Crue, Colt Ford)
Favorite way to spend free time: Family events first, then driving or going to the gym (any kind of activity where I can think/focus on what’s most important in the days ahead).