President, Logisticus Projects Group
Vikash Patel is a planning strategist and quality execution specialist. His extensive knowledge of the logistics field and vast experience in trucking and railroad transportation make him an industry veteran with a diverse skill set and ever-growing list of industry connections.
Vikash previously served as the Senior Global Logistics Leader in the Power and Water Division of General Electric. In that role, he directly managed a half-billion dollar transportation spend and held direct commercial relationships with over 100 trucking, rail, crane, barge and port suppliers. His primary focus was North and South America, where he built strong strategic relationships with key logistics and transportation suppliers.
During his tenure with GE Energy, Vikash created a diversification strategy that folded multiple transportation modes, including rail and barge into GE’s portfolio of suppliers. In 2012, he created the strategy to execute the largest transportation move in North American history, which included over 20,000 super-load category moves via road, rail and barge. It was by far the largest execution ever attempted and successfully executed in heavy haul history.
Vikash began his logistics career with Ryder Integrated Logistics after graduating from the University of Tennessee, where he majored in both economics and philosophy. His moved up quickly within the organization, starting in a support role in the dispatching department and eventually managing a fleet of over-the-road drivers transporting over-dimensional (OD) cargo. He was able to increase utilization on equipment by over 15 percent and kept driver retention at a shocking 90 percent. In this role, he learned the value of relationship building to drive actionable change.
In 2003, Vikash left Ryder for an opportunity to attend the Norfolk Southern Operations Management Program, where he spent nearly 75 percent of his time in the field. That role taught him the inner workings of the railroad industry and gave him a respect for the people behind the scenes who make transport execution possible.
Vikash started Logisticus Projects Group in 2012. The mission of LPG is to provide the customer quality, service and value in all facets of logistics execution. In addition, the company is heavily invested in technology and software tools that provide consistent execution and real-time data and metrics for customers.