Good day, thanks for taking the time to read My Attempt to Save Shawn’s American Dream. Shawn has worked in the transportation industry for years now and early on he knew the industry needed a lot of TLC. Eventually, Shawn branched out and opened his own business helping companies around the world move freight and kept his business just big enough to support his family. As he was looking for another company to provide competitive rates he came across Vestra Logistics in Georgia. This company liked his business model and moved shipments differently than he did. Initially Vestra Logistics had informed Shawn they had a system for shipping and he could transfer his customers over as he helped transition their company since they had employees and could handle his customers. There were some discussions and setbacks initially due as Vestra tried to handle this transition themselves. Ultimately, they agreed to pay Shawn a consulting fee, so he could relocate his family to Georgia and take over. After some discussions and agreed fees Shawn took the leap of faith and relocated his family to Georgia in June of 2017.
Shawn quickly introduced his business model, contacts, and knowledge into effect. This appeared to be a great business move as companies were reaching out to them for help and things looked good. Soon after Vestra Logistics wanted to raise profits, pricing, and tweak that business model that would jeopardize relationships, business agreements, pricing, and systems that went against Shawn’s business model. At that time, he declined to do this mentioned how his business model would be jeopardized by doing these things and had he known this was their intentions in the beginning he would have declined the whole arrangement. We learned then that Vestra Logistics created a new company YourLTL and moved all the existing customers over and took his business model and made the changes anyways. 1 week before Thanksgiving 2017 Vestra Logistics decided to part ways due to the differences.
Shawn, reached out to lawyers, gave them contracts, emails, text messages, and other information and learned that what had been done was illegal and he could file an emergency injunction to prevent Vestra Logistics from doing what they were doing, however he quickly realized that he did not have the financial means which is what this company anticipated. His fees would eclipse the $30,000 mark just to file an emergency injunction and didn’t include if the matter should drag out further.
Instead of spending time on this, Shawn relocated his family back to Wisconsin and starting back with 0 customers. Fast forward 4 months and we are doing well and to the point where we need to hire additional employees, get office space, equipment, and the essentials for a growing business and training. Shawn still has a year to see if he wants to go after Vestra Logistics for how they operated, but that’s not his focus. You will find some options below pending the amount you donate their company is able to provide some cost analysis for your shipping needs. Anything over 150 lbs. that needs to be shipped worldwide they can help with. He’s looking to raise $25,000 to secure an office and train 2-4 employees while their business continues to grow. Thank you for taking the time to read my attempt to save his American Dream.