We had the good fortune of connecting with Harrison Hoof and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Harrison, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success has been my desire to grow, my desire to learn and my willingness to take on challenges that pushed me beyond my comfort zone. I also believe that my ability to develop and help my staff at Intermodal Cartage continue to grow and reach their full potential has also aided in my own success. We are always seeking out the most efficient and effective new tools and technologies to improve our business and our service to customers.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the Senior Vice President for Intermodal Cartage Company (IMCG), part of the IMC Companies family of brands, the largest marine drayage provider in the country powered by the largest fleet of trucks and chassis. We move cargo to and from all major rails and ports across the United States. I am fortunate to have been able to play multiple roles within the transportation industry during my career. I started in freight, then I went on to work in international consolidation, and now I’m managing the company. Throughout this process, I’ve overcome challenges and leveraged opportunities at all levels and enjoyed success. One thing that has stuck with me since I started as a supervisor is how important it is to get employee and customer feedback. When I listen to my employees and customers and implement their suggestions, we always meet our goals. Lastly, my father encouraged me, from a young age, to be the best at anything I do and to learn from all of my mistakes. This has stayed with me as I have navigated my career and attained the position that I have now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend and I have known each other well over 50 years. If he were coming for a week, I’d plan to show him my favorite eateries and fun activities in Dallas. We would start with happy hour at Fearing’s. One morning, we would go to the Farmers market for fresh Italian coffee and pastries. You know us Texans are known for BBQ, so then it would be off to Pecan Lodge for brisket and my wife’s favorite beef ribs. My friend and I are avid golfers, so I would take him to play golf at Stephens Park and Cowboys Golf course. This is also Cowboy country, so we would head up north to Frisco and visit the Star. On the way to Frisco, I would take him to brunch at my favorite place, Whistle Britches. We would manage to take in a Dallas Stars game and grab a burger at Maple and Motor, the best hamburger spot in Dallas. On the weekend, we would shoot some pool, fire up the grill at home and catch up on old times.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without a doubt, my family deserves to be recognized for playing a substantial role in my success. Their unwavering love, devotion, and support have been the primary motivation behind my drive. Everything that I do is for the love of my beautiful wife, Alycia, and our two girls, Pamela and Kimberly. I would also like to recognize my father, who worked two jobs most of my childhood to be able to support me in anything I wanted to do.