PEMBROKE — Louis DeJoy took over his father’s trucking business in 1983.
The company, which only had a few accounts, was going under.
DeJoy not only saved the business, he transformed it into a multi-million dollar logistics company that he sold to a larger company in 2014.
DeJoy will share his success story as part of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series on Wednesday. The event is open to the public.
The talk, titled “Entrepreneurial Life Story in a Democracy,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the University Center Annex.
“There is a tremendous buzz among our students about having someone on our campus who has lived the life of a successful entrepreneur,” said Barry O’Brien, dean of the School of Business.
“It is one thing to learn about entrepreneurship in the classroom,” he said, “but it’s another to have a keynote speaker come here and share his life experiences and success with the community and our students.”
DeJoy is president of LDJ Global Strategies LLC. Before founding it, he served as chief executive officer of XPO Logistics’ supply chain business.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., DeJoy worked as an accountant before his father got hurt in 1983. He spent the next 10 years re-building his father’s trucking business, New Breed. He grew the business of five old trucks and 60 employees to a company with more than 10,000 employees nationally and more than $600 million in revenue. He credits part of his success to his expansion through acquisitions and mergers.
New Breed Logistics grew to the 15th largest privately held company in North Carolina, according to Grant Thornton, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms.
DeJoy is a member of the board of trustees of Elon University, serves as chair of the Business and Finance Committee and as a member of the Investment Committee.
He also serves on the board of trustees for the PGA Wyndham Championship and the board of directors for The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C., and is a past member of the board of trustees for Moses Cone Health System in North Carolina. DeJoy also held a presidential appointment as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
DeJoy received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting from Stetson University, then went on to become a certified public accountant in Florida. He lives in Greensboro with his wife, Dr. Aldona Wos, and their children, Ania and Andrew.
Wos served as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services from 2013 to 2015. From 2004 to 2006, she served as the United States ambassador to the Republic of Estonia.
For information about Wednesday’s event, call Christine Bell at 910-521-6836.