Eddie Leshin, the man behind the rise of American Backhaulers and Coyote Logistics, has been named CEO of a new third-party logistics provider (3PL) formed through a merger of two freight brokers.
The 30-year veteran will take charge of Anthym Logistics, formed this week through the combination of Atomic Transport of Chicago and Cousins Logistics of Boca Raton, Florida. Leshin was the vice president of operations with American Backhaulers before C.H. Robinson Worldwide acquired the company in 1999. He was also the chief operating officer for Coyote Logistics prior to the UPS acquisition in mid-2015.
“Everybody is moving fast toward technology, especially in the logistics industry,” Leshin said in a statement Tuesday. “But we want to focus on the people — the drivers, dock workers, transportation managers, supply chain executives, employees of Anthym, and beyond. We want to put the emphasis back on the people, because it’s people who make businesses happen and it’s the people who create, implement, and drive technology innovation.”
Atomic Transport and Cousins Logistics are relatively new freight brokerages; Michael Redisch formed Atomic in 2013 and Dan Brauser started Cousins in 2016.
The combined company will have 85 employees, with offices in Tampa and Chicago. Leshin will serve as CEO of the combined company, with Brauser as president and Redisch as chief strategy officer.
“My goal is to be the top workplace in Chicago,” Redisch said in the statement. “I want people to have tremendous pride when they look at [Anthym] and say, ‘I built that.’ This is about helping people achieve their life goals. It supersedes a paycheck.”