Shelli graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She went on to Penn State to finish her degree with an Associate’s certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Shelli has been a recognized leader in the transportation and intermodal/railroad industry for over 17 years. She started in the shipper world, as a buyer of freight services and for the last 9 years has been on the solutions side of the Industry.
She got her start at Brightpoint, Inc., an Indiana based 3PL focused on the wireless industry. As the Senior Manager at Brightpoint, she played a key role in the development of the Transportation Department, as well as a transportation and warehouse system implementation that transformed the business practices to a more efficient and economical distribution solution.
Following Brightpoint, Shelli spent some time with a promotional company that distributed marketing accessories. During this role, she traveled to China and spent significant amount of time developing the supply chain between the overseas manufacturer and the domestic warehousing operation.
Shelli spent 12 years as President and co-founder of the transportation division of Integrated Distribution Services (IDS Transportation Services, LLC), with her focus on being on the cutting edge of advances in the Intermodal Industry. Much of her time was spent working with the Class I Railroads developing strategic alliances, such as co-branding with Union Pacific on their door-to-door product.
In the 4th quarter of 2016, Shelli Austin and Rick LaGore created InTek Freight & Logistics, Inc. through the acquisitions of IDS Transportation Services, LLC and enVista Capacity which is at the crossroads of truckload, intermodal, LTL, transportation management services and technology to drive the that addresses shippers’ capacity and cost issues. In 2016, InTek aligned its office as an agent of Suntecktts, the 7th largest Freight Management Company, which gave InTek the size to be big enough to make a difference, while not sacrificing its personal service model that drives over-the-to customer service for its customers.
Shelli has had several outstanding intermodal industry achievements and was recognized by Progressive Railroading’s ‘Rising Star’ award in 2013. She has been actively involved with the TIA as a Board member supporting the Intermodal knowledge development within the group. With a focus on Intermodal expansion efforts, Shelli has participated as a panel speaker for the TIA, IANA, BB&T, NASSTRAC, MARS, and NEARS to offer education to the broker and shipper community on using Intermodal products.
Shelli is also very involved in giving back to the community servicing in a number of capacities, including President of the Board, for St Mary’s Early Development Center in Indianapolis.