A Message To Our Phenomenal Team Members
We are truly honored to work with a wonderful team of the top logistics professionals in the industry. Our team members are self-starters, have diverse experiences, and phenomenal skill sets related to supply chain, that help the company live out it's mission of providing the absolute best customer experience possible.
Each and every one of our team members represent the spirit of our company:
Be Excellent at Everything We do - Inspire Our People & Customers to Grow - Build Trusting Relationships
Everyone Is Important - Help Each Other - Learn Everyday - Hire the Best - Celebrate Successes
These are the values that we live by while striving to reach our vision of becoming the most customer-centric company in the universe.
Perry Wong - Founder
Our founder, Mr. Perry Wong immigrated to Vancouver, BC, Canada from Hong Kong in February of 1979 with no money to his name, but was well equipped with a hard working attitude and a dream to build a better life in North America.
He began working in the warehousing and logistics industry in 1982 and started 18 Wheels Warehousing in 1989.
He founded the company with the principals of: superior customer service and long term sustainability. His mantra was to always make decision based on helping the company continue to have stable and steady growth.
His values of choosing to grow at a slower more methodical pace versus a fast one has helped to build the solid infrastructure that is the foundation of 18 Wheels today.
Michael Kotendzhi - Chief Operating Officer
Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels, with over 15 years experience and equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business and a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics) North America's largest contract warehousing provider.
Michael has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solution, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.
Michael's dynamic experience involves supply chain management, reverse logistics, and domestic transportation. Michael is responsible for operations across North America, and helps our customers meet their goals everyday.
Meng Lai - Chief Financial Officer
Meng Lai strengthens the 18 Wheels team coming from Deloitte Canada. Meng has over 22 years experience with strength in operations and finance from both North America and Asia. Servicing as a Vice President for the Bank of Tokyo MUFJ, Senior Manager of Advisory, Value Creation for Deloitte, Vice President of Principal Investments for Sun Hung Kai Financial, and Vice President of Investments for the private equity firm Ardenton Capital.
He started his career at HSBC in Vancouver and then moved to Hong Kong to join Goldman Sachs. Mr. Lai holds a CPA, CMA, and a CFA designation and graduated from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of business specializing in Finance & Management Information systems. Meng is known for his passion about trucking and warehousing and his advocacy for sustainable supply chain practices in logistics industry.
Amir Abdollahzadeh - Senior Vice President
Amir is a seasoned results oriented supply chain and logistics professional with a solid foundation in alcohol, food and beverage logistics. He will be providing direction to our customer service, IT, repacking and operations teams.
He brings to the 18 Wheels team over 30 years of experiences with operations, automation, distribution, import, and finance. He specializes in a full cycle cross functional environment.
Amir is a Six Sigma Black Belt, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and holds a CPA CMA from the University of Victoria. He is an expert in budget planning, customer relations, global supply chain management, and lean project development.
Richard Freedhoff - VP, Customer Success
Richard Freedhoff is a Vice President at 18 Wheels. With over 25 years of experience, his focus and passion revolve around providing a world class customer experience in the distribution and trucking space.
At SupremeX, Canada's largest packaging manufacturer, Richard led his team in Canada and the US as Senior Manager, enhancing services to significant clients in the manufacturing, retail, eCommerce, wholesale sectors.
Previously, Richard was a Director at Remco a leading provider of transportation and distribution services, helping accounts of retailers and wholesalers by providing them with creative solutions to enhance their businesses.
As a Senior VP and COO at Hip Interactive he was instrumental in improving the company's businesses performance exponentially by ensuring customers received highest value proposition possible.
Dmitri Tchernychov - Operations Manager
Dmitri is an Experienced Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation industry in Canada and US. Dmitri’s skilled in Supply Chain and Logistics Management. He’s a strong operations professional with a Diploma in International Trade & Transportation from BCIT and with over 15 years experience in trucking and 3PL warehousing industry.
After graduating from BCIT in 2008, Dmitri was already on his way to a successful logistics career, armed with his FITT diploma in International Trade and his proficiency for languages, including fluency in Russian, English and French. Dmitri also completed the Logistics program at the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT) in 2009 and acquired his full designation.
Dmitri is responsible for the Alcohol Division at 18 Wheels, making sure Operations processes are handled with attention to details, efficiency and innovation.
Ivan Vlahovic - Technology and Project Manager
Ivan's role at 18 Wheels Warehousing & Trucking is information technology administrator and engineer, with over 10 years of business technology experience.
He has been instrumental in the development of the 18 Wheels information, technology systems, and warehousing security management.
His background in software solutions has been an asset to the growth of the company's foundation and infrastructure. Ivan continually helps build an even more secure, stable, and sustainable infrastructure everyday.
Ivan is also in charge of new project launches and execution. He has led hundreds of significant process improvement and operational projects.
Jim Hunt - CPG Warehouse Operations Manager
Jim Hunt is an industry veteran with over 30 years experience in 3PL warehousing and trucking. Jim sets the gold standard for providing customers with distribution services. His extensive knowledge allows him to provide seamless and cost-effective solutions to importers and exporters requiring warehousing services in the Vancouver, British Columbia region.
Growing up in Vancouver, BC has provided Jim with a wide network and a deep understanding of how logistics operates in Western Canada. Jim has managed third party warehousing and distribution operations of up to 200,000 square feet in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is highly valued team member that is laser focused on helping 18 Wheels provide the absolute best customer services, no excuses.
Geoff Barlow - VP of Business Development
A long term professional in the global logistics industry, with the past 13 years primarily focused on the beverage alcohol marketplace, Geoff provides a holistic approach to providing sustainable solutions to our clients’ logistics requirements.
With a career spanning 35 years, his in-depth experience holding leadership positions in the multi-modal freight, warehousing and distribution provides in both business development but also in general and operational management.
He is a Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT) professional and has served on the CITT National Board. He currently holds executive roles on various community and industry committees and associations.
Michael Ellis - Co-Packing Supply Manager
Michael Ellis is an operations veteran with deep experience and expertise in supply chain operations, warehousing, trucking, automation, and military experience.
He has over 20 years experience in the food and beverage industry helping companies become more effective, reduce costs, and improve operations.
Michael's specialty includes the automation of operational, technological, and technical processes.
His operational knowledge helps to continue to make 18 Wheels the market leader and first choice solution for trucking, warehousing, and co-packing.
Daisy Wong – Customer Service Manager
Daisy has been in the Customer Service field for many years. She oversees the customer service department at 18 Wheels.
Her number one goal is for 18 Wheels to have exemplary customer service. Daisy is focused on helping people and approaches all situations with a high degree of professionalism.
Idy Lee – Operations Manager
Idy is dedicated to improving performance, securing compliance and proper practices across all departments at 18 Wheels, including transportation and warehousing.
Her largest priority is ensuring that all operations run smoothly and that all complexities are addressed effectively. She efficiently and responsibly manages the staff in a polite and unique manner.
She is a mentor and an integral part of the 18 Wheels team.
Lynne Walmsley – Customer Relations
Lynne comes with over 25 accomplished years of customer service, quality control, scheduling and project coordinating that has helped guide to build a knowledgeable and dedicated team at 18 Wheels.
Her goal is to work closely together with our team members and customers to build a strong team and partnership.
Her CP team offers 100% quality and accuracy with their amazing attention to detail while meeting deadlines and schedules for our customers.
“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first!”
Barry Newlove - Advisor
Barry Newlove has over 35 years’ experience in executive finance. As the former assistant Treasurer of TELUS Canada and Alcan Northern Aluminum, he provided strategic direction to both company’s long-term financial structure.
More recently Mr. Newlove was the Treasurer advisor at Hootsuite Inc., one of Canada’s top technology companies, leading the financial reorganization of the business. Mr. Newlove graduated from Queens University with a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Newlove takes a conservative approach to managing the operations of 18 Wheels' finances to ensure we are able to provide trucking and warehousing services in a sustainable manner for centuries to come.
Adrian Wen - Advisor
Adrian Wen is an advisor of 18 Wheels, Adrian has over 20 years of experience in logistics and came from a strong background in distribution, holding a degree in B.Comm Business Management from Royal Rhodes University and previously running import and export operations for Lulu-lemon Athletics.
With strong servant leadership intuition Adrian has advised the company to focus providing the absolute best customer experience. He has guided 18 Wheels to pursue its niche of a one-stop solution for contract-packaging, warehousing, and trucking services, narrowing its market segment to CPG beverage, alcohol, electronics, and building materials. Under Adrian's guidance 18 Wheels has grown from 100,000 square feet to over 600,000 square feet of warehousing space in 2 Canadian provinces and 1 US state, providing services to business that are fortune 500 companies to small business owners.