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Ashley Booker: How This Former Teacher Built A Million-Dollar Business With Nothing



Meet Ashley Booker, the founder of Complete Logistics Service Inc., an asset-based company that provides intermodal drayage services for small and large clients along Texas’ southern seaboard. Her company is one of the top ten small business drayage companies in the Houston, Texas area. She is also the owner of a brokerage firm.

She has transported over 2,500 containers in a single year. She continues to create opportunities for future female minority-owned companies to excel in the United States Port Authority business, in addition to breaking barriers and setting standards for herself, according to Authority Magazine.

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Booker was introduced to her profession by a friend, who taught her how to dispatch. Within her first week, she organized a group of carriers and assisted them in growing their fleet. She earned about $8,000 that week. By 2014, she had established her own business.

Booker grew up on Houston’s Northside. She attended Westfield High School and then Texas Southern University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in accounting.

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When she was five years old, her parents divorced. Her mother raised her, but her father was financially and physically present in her life. In other words, she did not have a difficult childhood.

Her father was a truck driver who changed careers to construction to be closer to his children and have more home time, while her mother moved to a middle-class neighborhood in the spring and worked for a hospital for more than 28 years.

Her life, however, changed when her father died when she was in high school. Despite the fact that her mother was still receiving hundreds of dollars in weekly allowance, she was no longer able to buy whatever she desired.

“Because of the Co-op, I always had a job” (highschool working program). After my father died, I couldn’t just spend my money on whatever I wanted; I had to pay for things I needed. “I learned the difference between wants and needs at this point,” she told Authority Magazine.

The mother of three is also a business owner. Despite her extensive work history, she claims she has never been satisfied with any company.

“I’ve worked in the ER and life flight in patient access and tech support, I used to do hair and sell bundles, I had a construction company, financial planning, insurance, CPS, and I taught geometry for 5 years,” she explained.

“I feel so resourceful because of the connections I’ve made through my various career paths.” I fell in love after an old friend showed me how to dispatch. I’m in love with the freedom of not having to clock in and out, the ability to make my own schedule, and, of course, the money.”

As more people approached Booker for assistance in the trucking industry, she founded Surviving Intermodal to help them understand how to operate in the port, railroads, and dispatch. Surviving Intermodal, her book, is also available on Amazon. Her Complete Logistics Service has increased in value to $3.5 million.



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