San Antonio Broker Services, Inc.

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Location: North Bergen, NJ
Founded: 1996
Industry: Logistics

San Antonio Broker Services, Inc.

Michael Miqueli
Founder and CEO

TAKING FIRM STEPS

San Antonio Broker Services, Inc. provides intermodal trucking and drayage services in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Delaware ports and rail yards. The company specializes in refrigerated shipments of fresh produce from around the world, delivering to retailers and wholesalers in the Northeast. “With a used 1985 box truck and a credit card with a $2,000 credit limit, I took the first step,” says Michael Miqueli, founder and CEO of San Antonio Broker Services. “With little money and a lot of faith, I started knocking on doors, making phone calls with promises that I would have to keep in order to endure in my new business. I was lucky enough that there were also people who knew me and believed in me, and many of them gave me a shot.”

Quick Tip: “Don’t be mediocre. Be persistent. Use obstacles as motivators.”

Over the years, San Antonio Broker Services has grown significantly, despite occasional setbacks such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which cost the company three weeks of business due to damage to the ports. Since that time, San Antonio Broker Services has branched out into rail work, which now accounts for a sizeable portion of its sales. In running the company, Miqueli has learned that “you need to make bold moves, but more importantly, you must take firm steps. Fast-growing companies can get out of control, and can ruin you in a very short time if you are not on your game. Watch the numbers — they never lie.”