Executive vice president and co-founder, Scotlynn USA Division Inc.
Running away from angry ostriches while his brother snatched their eggs and loading hogs onto a truck as a young boy on his grandparents farm taught Ryan Carter the real meaning of a hard day’s work.
The grind became commonplace for Carter, who took on jobs at a much younger age than his peers while growing up in Louisville, Ky., such as managing a special events company and working as a foreman for a tree company as a teenager.
That drive later led Carter to co-found the American division of Scotlynn, a logistics and transportation company headquartered in Canada, at the age of 26 in Fort Myers.
A decade later, the 36-year-old remains at the helm of the company as executive vice president, where he has grown the operation into a powerhouse that specializes in hauling time-sensitive refrigerated produce. Today, the company has eight offices in the U.S., about 450 drivers and trucks, and more than 1,000 employees. It did $191 million in revenue in 2018.
Carter discovered the logistics and transportation industry immediately after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in economics. He worked for a freight brokerage firm in Cincinnati and quickly realized he enjoyed the fast pace — and the opportunity to make a significant amount of money.
“There is a big potential for those who work really hard to earn a pretty decent income,” he says, adding that his old truck from his college days was starting to die. “So earning enough to buy a new car was pretty great. I have a desire to be pretty self-sufficient, and I dreamed of doing nice things and having cool stuff.”
It was that job where Carter met his business partner, Scott Biddle. The two hit it off and decided to expand Scotlynn’s Canadian operations into the U.S.
Name: Ryan Carter
City of residence: Naples
Employer: Scotlynn USA Division Inc.
Title: Co-founder and executive vice president
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana
Years on the Gulf Coast: Nine
Marital status/children: Married with two sons, a 2.5-year-old and an 8-months-old
Alma mater/degree: University of Kentucky: economics
Where is the best place to network? Volunteering and charitable events
What's the best business lesson you've ever learned? Always take of those who are taking care of you and your business.
What's your top tip for being productive? Every morning, write down your plan for the day, and stick to the time constraints you gave each activity.
What's the weirdest job you've ever had? Worked at forest ecology lab in college sorting out leaf litter by species.
What community group or organization are you most involved with? Vistage and several charitable organizations
If you could have a side hustle, what would it be? Dealing exotic cars.
What's your favorite off-hours activity? Spending time with my boys or flying
What's your favorite board game or video game? Monopoly
What's the top item on your bucket list? Dive with great whites near South Africa
Where is your happy place? Sitting in the driver's seat of a Porsche
What's your favorite podcast? Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History"
Who/what is your favorite musical artist/band? Alan Jackson
Who would play you in a movie about your life? Matthew McConaughey
What was your first album/tape cassette/CD? Meatloaf
What was your first concert? Kid Rock
What's one song that will get you out on the dance floor? "Party Rock Anthem" — LMFAO
What's your favorite karaoke song? Do not have one
What instrument/role would you play in a band? The fiddle
Please describe yourself in three words. Observant, even-keeled and ambitious