Florida Trend’s Florida 500 announces the state’s ‘most influential business leaders’
TAMPA, FL (November 9, 2021) – Bobby Harris, founder and CEO of Florida-based BlueGrace Logistics, has been selected to Florida Trend’s Florida 500 list for 2021. The published report is a year-long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend resulting in a personal, engaging look at the state’s most influential business leaders across major industries. As the chief executive of one of America’s 50 leading 3PLs (Third-Party Logistics), Harris was included in the transportation sector.
“I’m honored to be included on such a distinctive list of business leaders across the state. My career in transportation started in my teens, and since then, I’ve worked to ensure businesses work better through effective supply chain solutions and technology.
“I’m honored to be included on such a distinctive list of business leaders across the state. My career in transportation started in my teens, and since then, I’ve worked to ensure businesses work better through effective supply chain solutions and technology. I believe all of the leaders on this list would agree in saying without the hard work and support of their team members, they wouldn’t be in the positions they are today,” said Harris.
According to a press release from the publication, the 500 executives were selected based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, hundreds of interviews, and months of research, culminating in this highly selective biographical guide of the individuals who are moving Florida forward. In addition to Florida Trend’s own executive editorial team, a variety of sources were used to produce the list, including input from executives of economic development organizations, professional associations and others who know their communities, industries, and the state well.
“What continues to distinguish the Florida 500 is the integrity of the selection process and the willingness of most of those selected to share personal touches that complement the biographical information,” says Executive Editor Mark Howard.
“It’s funny. I never set out to do that, but my mom likes it. She’s proud of it.”
Harris spoke recently about community partnerships and philanthropic initiatives he champions personally and being the founder of the largest Hispanic owned business in Tampa Bay. “It’s funny. I never set out to do that, but my mom likes it. She’s proud of it.”
Florida Trend Publisher David Denor says, “In four very short years, the Florida 500 – in print and online – has become one of Florida’s most trusted brands for identifying, recognizing, and highlighting a select group of Florida business leaders who are truly propelling the state forward. This unique product not only introduces you to this impressive group of individuals, but it also allows you to learn about their personal goals and interests outside of the workplace.”
The full Florida 500 list is available at Florida Trend’s Florida 500.
About Florida Trend
Florida Trend business magazine is read by 270,000 influential business executives, civic leaders, and government officials each month. Its award-winning reporting covers regional and statewide business news, industry executives and the business sectors they represent, as well as information on Florida’s lifestyle, arts and culture scene. FloridaTrend.com offers eNews alerts, covering daily morning and afternoon breaking news; Business Beat, a weekly news video highlighting Florida’s top business news stories; and weekly eNewsletters providing information, insight and details on Florida’s growing industry sectors including … health care, education, real estate, small business and movers and influencers. FloridaTrend.com attracts nearly a million page views and over 125,000 unique visitors each month.
About BlueGrace Logistics
BlueGrace Logistics offers customizable transportation management solutions as a full-service Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider that helps businesses manage their freight spend through industry leading technology with a large network of established carriers to customers across the country. BlueGrace is based in Riverview, FL, where CEO Bobby Harris was named one of Florida’s most influential executives in transportation for 2020. With 11 offices located strategically in major transportation hubs across the U.S., BlueGrace serves over 10,000 customers annually through its proprietary technology platform, BlueShip®, that has connectivity with more than 250,000 carrier suppliers. BlueGrace is part of the technology portfolio of Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm. For more information on BlueGrace, visit www.mybluegrace.com.