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The Wall Project – Phase One

What kind of office do you live in? I’m sorry….Work. What kind of office do you work in? Sorry for the slip, but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that we don’t live our lives at our desks and offices. This doesn’t mean that we don’t get out and experience beautiful things outside our cubicles, or that there’s something deeply discouraging about the amount of time we spend at our desks, but the fact remains that we spend almost as much time at work as we spend sleeping. If not more. So I ask again, what kind of office do you live in?

Evan Larsen – “Chalk Wall”

Notice the shirt...
Notice the shirt…
Here at FreightPros, we work in an industry that spends its days hustling and bustling, leaving not much time for creativity. In honor of the recent NFL draft, the freight industry is not exactly a “sexy pick.” In the freight industry, there aren’t going to be a ton of “best offices in town” blog posts floating around the freight blogosphere. Freight offices as a whole are pretty office-like, in the worst way. But not ours. We’re doing a project; a wall project. First, a little background. Since our beginnings in 2009, we’ve had three different offices. We moved into our current office at the end of 2012. It was about this time that our president, Chris Clever, started tossing around ideas about ways to make our office unique. After a quick spell of construction to knock down a wall or two and turn two offices into one, we had more wall space to fill than ever. Rather than hire someone to design a probably fashionable, but certainly not personal office space, we took our ideas concerning collaboration to their logical conclusions. Why pay someone to do something you can do yourself? We would decorate the office that We wanted to work in. So began the wall project.

Logan Theissen – “Passion Fruit”

Yep...Passion Fruit
Yep…Passion Fruit
The wall project was pretty simple in its infancy, and not much has changed. If a team member has a good idea for a wall project, they’ll get with our HR manager Christie and they’ll lay down a simple budget to see if the idea is possible. Once the budget has been agreed upon, the real fun begins. The FreightPro will be in charge of the project, including buying any necessary supplies. Of course, all of this goes into the budget provided by the company. There’s no time limit on construction of any particular project, and we’ve been known to have multiple projects going on at the same time. When a project is completed, there’s a ribbon-cutting ceremony….I’m kidding. But the news IS spread far and wide across the office, and one might say there’s an unofficial competition among all of us for the best use of a wall in the office. Though we are all FreightPros, some of us are artists as well, and its nice to bring some artistry to an industry like freight.

Larry Garcia – “Austin, the beautiful”

ATX photos courtesy of Larry's talented wife
ATX photos courtesy of Larry’s talented wife
The wall project is just another example of collaboration and culture here at FreightPros. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last. That being said, this is only the first phase of the wall project, and as more and more works of art adorn our walls, we’ll check back in to get updates. By the time it’s said and done, this blog series will be like a walking tour of our offices.

Lucas Turner – “Rock & Roll All Night”

ATX: Live Music Capital
ATX: Live Music Capital

Logan Theissen

Logan is a Content Marketing Associate at FreightPros in charge of social media and content creation. He has a writing degree from the University of Oklahoma, but lives life on the edge and resides in Longhorn country. He loves Murakami books, Tarantino movies, and Vonnegut books. Lots of books. One day he will own a dog, but first he'll have to get a yard.

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