Family and being true to yourself are key to Alicia Yandell Hamilton.
Yandell Truckaway is not what someone might think of a trucking company.
“We are innovative, technologically based, but we remain true to our values from 1945,” she said. “Safety and service.”
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Worked in high tech sales in San Francisco after graduating college, started as a shipping and receiving clerk at our warehouse in Benicia in 2006.
EDUCATION: B.S., agribusiness, California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, 2005. Minor in wine and viticulture.
I have worked for my family business since the summer after I graduated eighth grade. In the back of my mind, I always knew I would end up working for the family business. Upon graduating college and at my dad’s request, I went and worked for a high tech firm, after a year there and not having any kind of passion for the work, I came “home.”
In September of this year, I will have been with the company for 10 years as a full-time employee.
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO
Over the past year and a half, we have made quite a few investments to take our company into the future. We purchased state of the art trucks, adopted a new Transportation Management System, created a mobile application to communicate with our drivers, and opened our first centralized headquarters. I think the main accomplishment is that we are not what the general public would think of as a trucking company, we are innovative, technologically based, but we remain true to our values from 1945 — safety and service.
WHAT IS THE ACHIEVEMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
My main achievement is having happy employees. I will always say that our greatest asset as a company is the people that we hire and retain. I can honestly look around our office and know that the people working for Yandell Truckaway and SC Warehouses are happy to be there. We recently lost a long term employee to cancer. He was with us for 20 years and since he was 19 years old, the way that his fellow colleagues rallied to support him and ultimately celebrate his untimely death was another reassurance that we have truly created a family amongst our employees. That is an achievement I am very proud of.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TODAY?
I think that being in business in California is a challenge. We are a state unique and unlike any other. Our laws and regulations have created a unique business atmosphere. Many of our customers have left California in search of “greener pastures;” however, we do not have that luxury, so it is a matter of accepting these business challenges and working with them so that we can remain in accordance with the law, but also stay competitive.
WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOU: I would hope that anyone who knows me would describe me as a passionate person, whether it be my family, my job, my friends, or my beloved Golden State Warriors, I am passionate.
AS A SUCCESSFUL FEMALE PROFESSIONAL, WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES YOU FACED AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I work in a very male dominated industry. Trucking and warehousing is probably not one of the top career choices of little girls, so I am unique in my own right being a woman. Often times I do not think that I am taken seriously because of my gender; which is a stigma many women battle; however, being in an industry that is so male driven can oftentimes be challenging. I think that remaining true to who I am and not succumbing to stereotypes is important. Regardless of my gender, I am well educated in my field and can speak intelligently, having that confidence in my background has definitely propelled me to where I am today.
Alicia Yandell Hamilton
Yandell Truckaway, Inc., and SC Warehouses, Inc.
360 Industrial Ct., Ste. A, Benicia, CA 94510
Residence: Walnut Creek