In The Spotlight “Allan Bowden” Transportation manager, UWT Logistics LLC

Before starting work at UWT Logistics LLC, Allan Bowden was a teacher and coach. He coached girl’s and boy’s soccer at Evangelical Christian School in Memphis and at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham. From there, he went on to teach geography at his alma mater, The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Calif., where he was also a men’s soccer assistant coach and head coach of the women’s team.

After moving back to Memphis in 2007, he worked in the inventory, warehouse and sales departments at Graham’s Lighting. Bowden combines his experiences in coaching and recruiting with his warehousing, inventory and sales work to help develop the transportation side of UWT Logistics’ business.


Hometown: Memphis

Education: Evangelical Christian School; The Master’s College, B.A. and M.A.

First job: Teaching school at ECS

Family: Wife of 18 years, Lisa; son, Allan III, 8; daughter, Bailey, 6; daughter, Lainey, 3

What do you do: I manage transportation/logistics for our customers at UWT Logistics.

True confessions
Like best about job:
Opportunity to meet people and help them improve their company’s efficiency and productivity by providing logistics solutions to meet their needs.

Like least about job: Some people are not open to change, even for the better.

Pet peeve: Waiting on people to make decisions.

Most important lesson learned: Over time, excellent service, competitive rates and a lot of patience will eventually produce results.

Person most interested in meeting: Billy Graham

Most respected competitor: Buzz Fly, for his business and his golf game.

Career goals: To contribute to the long-term growth of UWT Logistics by increasing our client base.

First choice for a new career: Hunting guide, professional outdoorsman

Favorite quote:
“Only one life will soon be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” — Jim Elliot, missionary to the Auca Indians of Ecuador

Most influential book: Besides The Bible, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Favorite cause: Child Evangelism Fellowship

Favorite status symbol: Titleist

Favorite movie: “The Shawshank Redemption”

Favorite restaurant: Houston’s Restaurant

Favorite vacation spot: Kiawah, S.C.

Favorite way to spend free time: Hunting

Favorite stress reducers: Yard work

Favorite musician: The Eagles

Automobile: Ford Explorer

What do you know?
How do you see I-69 impacting Memphis’ distribution and logistics industry?

While some are opposed to the I-69 superhighway, I believe the positives outweigh the negatives. It is in our national best interest to support this Mid-South section of the NAFTA route between Mexico and Canada. In addition to benefits that will accrue to the national economy, the local/regional economy will receive millions of dollars from the completion of I-69 and bring much-needed stimulus to the Memphis metro area over the long haul. Although the impact on the environment should be considered in the discussion of the construction of this major thoroughfare, the identity of Memphis as the distribution capital of the U.S. will further be solidified by the intersection of I-69 and our other major highways. Our broader, external connections are the keys to our internal growth here in Memphis.

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