Nikisha Reagan also known as NR SWANKS is the owner of Nr Swanks Freight Brokerage located in Houston, Tx. Nikisha is a Black Business Owner, Serial Entrepreneur who is seeking out other individuals like herself who are willing to invest in themselves. She takes pride in helping others in becoming the “Boss” they always wanted to be. Nikisha grew up in Houston, Tx in a neighborhood to which some may recognize as Trinity Garden. Living in a two bedroom single family home with her elderly grandmother who is now deceased along with her five children and older sister. Nikisha went through her adolescent years as the black sheep of her family. Having spent most of her childhood in and out of the juvenile system and later the adult correctional system, Nikisha decided that she had a bigger and better purpose in life outside of steel bars. She went on to complete her high school diploma at the age of twenty-two and received a certificate of completion for phlebotomy from Polytechnic. After spending thirteen years as a phlebotomist she decided to pursue her dreams to become a Nurse. Working and going to school online for four years Nikisha was one of 25 students chosen out of 230 applicants to be accepted into San Jacinto Nursing Program. The dream that was once vivid and so clear soon became a mere nightmare. Thirty days out from graduation she sat in to take the final exam that would put her into her new career as a nurse when her dream came tumbling down right in front of her. She failed out by a tenth of a point. Devastated, frustrated and yet still faithful Nikisha had to return back into the healthcare world as a phlebotomist. Having returned to the school about four weeks later to see if she could redo her last semester is when she learned that all of her financial aid had been exhausted, all of her major classes that she needed to attend nursing school had expired. “There were doors closing right after the other all around me” she states. At this point is when she made the decision to invest in herself and start her own business. In 2018 Nikisha stepped out on faith and used the monies that she was earning at her 9-5 as a phlebotomist to fuel her own company. Becoming the middle-man or must I say middle-woman between shippers of different companies and carriers across 48 states including Canada. Currently, Nikisha operates her business from the comfort of her home office. After five months of being in business she has generated a little over six-figures. Despite life’s challenges Nikisha has maintained her focus on succeeding regardless of what life throws her way. Today Nikisha has created online trainings to teach individuals who are interested in becoming their own Business, Boss and Brand as a Freight Broker or Freight Dispatcher. When asked what motivates her to continue to push towards success in her career. She will always say God and Family. Her motto of today is “slow feet don’t eat”.
INCLINE: How did you get into being a freight broker?
NR SWANKS: This was never my career choice. It wasn’t until I failed out of nursing school that I actually gave it some thought, researched it and moved on it.
INCLINE: What sets NR Swanks Freight Brokerage apart from the other companies out there doing the same as you?
NR SWANKS: What sets me apart from others is that i'm willing to go the extra mile when it comes to teaching new brokers and dispatchers the business. When newbies come in and need help with closing a contract with a company, I would step in and seal the deal for them. I know I go above and beyond for people and some other brokers in the industry would disagree with how I do thing’s but I believe that customer service is Platinum when it comes to success. I’m proud of how my business has taken off in a short period of time.
INCLINE: If you could partner with any company in the world to enhance your brand who would they be and why?
NR SWANKS: It would be Johnelle DeBusk Hunt and Bryan Hunt from Fayetteville, Arkansas. The founding father of JB Hunt Transportation, Johnnie Hunt who is now deceased. I would love to have the opportunity to pick the brain of Bryan Hunt. Find out their industry secrets and definitely learn from him. Being an entrepreneur is not easy and Johnnie Hunt made it look easy. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to meet him and learn from the Hunt family.
INCLINE: As you offer the Freight Broker Training, what types of people are to take the course? What does their focus look like?
NR SWANKS: I allow anyone who wants to become their own BOSS into the course. So far all of the people who have taken the course are self-motivated individuals and know where they want to go in life and they know what it takes to get there. Some are current truck driver’s, others are the spouses or children of a truck driver and very few are new to the industry.
INCLINE: What motivated you to offer opportunities from NR Swanks Freight Brokerage to others all around the world?
NR SWANKS: I created this course because I know that some of the brokers in the transportation industry are not being fair to the carrier (truck driver). I want to teach people the proper way on how to negotiate rates with the shipper and still pay the carrier the amount he/she is asking. The world has to understand that the carrier is the heart of the transportation industry. They need to be treated fairly and paid accordingly. Think about it, if it wasn’t for carrier’s we the people would really go lacking. Why because I’ve never seen a ship, airplane, or train come down the highway in my city to deliver anything. Everything that is brought in on ships, planes or trains had to be placed on or in a truck to get to its’ final destination. Therefore, I want to be the one broker who stands up for the truck drivers and create other brokers who will do the same.
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