President, Logisticus Projects Group
Vikash Patel is a planning strategist and quality execution specialist. His deep knowledge in the logistics field and vast experience in the trucking and railroad transportation business make him a veteran with a resourceful skill set and ever-growing list of industry connections.
Until recently, when he decided to pursue the goal of entrepreneurship, Vikash was the Senior Global Logistics Leader in the Power and Water Division of General Electric. In that role he directly managed a half a billion dollar transportation spend and held direct commercial relationships with over 100 suppliers in the area of truck, rail, crane, barge and ports. His primary global focus was North and South America, where he built strong strategic relationships with key logistic and transportation suppliers.
During his tenure at GE Energy, Vikash created a mode diversification strategy that folded multiple modes such as rail and barge into GE’s portfolio of suppliers. In 2012 Vikash created the strategy on how 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. He attributes this milestone to the numerous GE colleagues who supported this initiative and the dedicated group of GE suppliers that executed flawlessly.
Vikash began his logistics career working for Ryder Integrated Logistics after graduating from the University of Tennessee with majors in both economics and philosophy. He began with Ryder supporting the dispatching department. He later moved on to manage a fleet of over-the-road drivers transporting over-dimensional (OD) cargo. During his tenure there he was able to increase utilization on equipment by over 15 percent and kept driver retention at a shocking 90 percent. In that role he learned the value of relationship-building to drive actionable change.
In 2003 he left Ryder for an opportunity to attend the Norfolk Southern Operations Management Program. There he spent nearly 75 percent of his time in the field. That role taught him the inner workings of the railroad and gave him a respect for vast breadth of people that make transport execution possible.
In late 2012 Vikash began Logisticus Project Group. Along with him came two former General Electric employees who brought excellent logistics knowledge and a focus on quality execution. 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 technological tools that provide consistent execution and real-time customer notification.