Vice President, Distribution
“We hold ourselves to a high standard and always strive to do the right thing. It all comes down to our culture, the way we treat our people. A lot of 3PLs do what we do, but none of them have our culture.”Bobby Hays
Bobby Hays started his career at Saddle Creek Logistics Services more than 25 years ago, working the night shift as a Case Picker in Lakeland, Fla. Today, he is Vice President, Warehouse & Fulfillment Distribution, in Fort Worth, Texas.
He took the job at Saddle Creek in 1995 after spending five years at a grocery warehouse where he worked his way up from loading trucks to a supervisory role. Burned out by 80-plus-hour work weeks, he intended to steer clear of management roles, but, after a few months at Saddle Creek, his plans changed.
“As I got involved in the culture, I saw that Saddle Creek was a different kind of a company. They actually cared about us. That started changing my mind about leadership positions,” Bobby recalls.
Shortly after joining the company, he was promoted to Lead, and, when a position as a night-shift Supervisor opened, Bobby was quick to apply. That role led to additional opportunities in Villa Rica, Ga., and Atlanta.
In 2000, Bobby accepted an offer from another company and left Saddle Creek. He quickly realized that company did not represent his values, and he left after just a year.
Bobby returned to Saddle Creek to help with a cross-dock operation in Atlanta, seeing an opportunity to make a positive impact on operations and support company founder David Lyons, for whom he had the utmost respect. From there, he moved to Oklahoma City, Okla.; Macon, Ga., and Lakeland, Fla., assuming new positions with increasing responsibility at each facility.
In 2013, Bobby became General Manager of Saddle Creek’s Fort Worth location. At that time, the facility had 100 associates. Today, as Vice President, Warehouse & Fulfillment Distribution, he oversees 700 full-time associates and 250 temporary associates and expects to welcome 300 more associates in the next few years.
Bobby says nurturing and guiding employees is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.
“It’s about the people – working with people, developing future leaders and watching them grow,” he explains.
Under Bobby’s direction, the Fort Worth campus has added three new facilities and expanded into order fulfillment. To support clients’ needs, they’ve added mechanization, automation and robotics as well as value-added services like embroidery and engraving. The client base has tripled, and annual revenue has increased by more than 800 percent.
“The most significant change in our business – both in Fort Worth and company-wide – has been moving to ecommerce and omnichannel. It was a good decision,” Bobby says, “It has been exciting to be part of this team and help influence our growth.”
Bobby is proud of Saddle Creek’s outstanding reputation in the marketplace.
“We hold ourselves to a high standard and always strive to do the right thing,” he explains. “It all comes down to our culture, the way we treat our people. A lot of 3PLs do what we do, but none of them have our culture.”
That culture helps to explain Bobby’s longevity with the company.
“Saddle Creek is such a great company. That’s why I’ve invested my life here,” he says. “It has given me a chance to be part of something bigger than myself. This is my family.”
Saddle Creek is a stable, fast-growing logistics company where you can safely perform essential services while building your skills and making a difference in your community. If you’re looking for an opportunity to play a meaningful role with a vital services provider, earn competitive pay and benefits, and be part of a family-oriented company, Saddle Creek is the place for you.