First Flight Solutions

First Flight Solutions, a 5-time Inc. 5000 company, specializes in providing maximum supply chain cost reduction. FFS helps companies reduce freight and parcel costs through small package and freight negotiation, parcel post audit, freight audit and freight pay services; and provides customers with a state-of-the-art, user-friendly transportation management system.

Keith Byrd and Travis Burt, both senior-level managers at UPS, saw a niche market and decided to leave the world’s largest shipping company to start their own business. In the back of a small surf shop storage room in eastern North Carolina, the duo, alongside Managing Partner Doug Starcke, began to bring light to their idea. Since its inception, the organization’s goal has been to provide clients with the most competitive small package agreements in the country.

Nine years later, FFS has certainly outgrown the back of that storage room and recently moved into its new corporate office in Emerald Isle, N.C., which is home to 35 of its 60+ employees. As the office space increased, so has the number of services First Flight Solutions now offers.

With over 300 years of combined carrier experience, First Flight Solutions is an asset to some of the nation’s top shipping directors. Although the company is continuously ranked among the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., First Flight Solutions has managed to remain humble by embracing its core values of integrity, passion, professionalism, perfection, and work ethic.

Doug Starcke has been Managing Partner of First Flight Solutions since 2009. Prior to this, Doug was ranked among the top sales executives of UPS which allowed him to gain experience in the negotiation of small package rate agreements, as well as analyzing his client’s business processes.

In his role at First Flight Solutions, Doug’s confident vision, leadership, entrepreneurship and operational development experience are utilized daily to assist companies with ensuring maximum supply chain cost reduction via the best small parcel and freight agreements in the industry.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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