It started in the mid-70s as a job to pay his way through college. The small town in Iowa had a small egg production plant that offered Tim an opportunity to load and unload trucks, and introduced him to the world of transportation. Soon after, Tim decided to jump in the truck himself and began driving. While he enjoyed the call of the open road, his family was growing, and he realized that his time on the road needed to come to an end. Shortly before the birth of his second child, Tim accepted a position as a dispatcher for a large trucking company.

From there, he was focused on learning as much as he could about the transportation industry. And because of his hard work and increasing problem-solving skills, his talents started to be recognized by others in the industry. He quickly went from dispatcher to customer service, and was tasked with starting a reefer division for a large trucking company in Indiana, eventually overseeing over 800 trucks as Director of Operations and then General Manager. 

From there he accepted a General Manager position with an outfit out of the Twin Cities metro area. While at that company he was able to turn around their reefer division and when the company was sold, the reefer division was the most profitable division in the company. 

Not wanting to continue on with the sold company, which would have meant moving away from his young grandchildren, Tim decided to take matters into his own hands and try out some ideas that were not in the trucking realm. Those ideas included mobile shower units that serviced the campgrounds of NASCAR, large outdoor festivals, and disaster relief sites. Another one of Tim’s business ventures was opening an open-to-the-public woodworking space for customers to come in and build anything they wanted using tools at the shop. 

But, trucking kept calling. And in 2017, Tim went back to his roots and opened Twin Star Transfer with the plan of using all the knowledge he aquired to run an systematic and efficient trucking company. 

When he’s not in the office, Tim can be found doing one of two things: spending time with his grandchildren, or spending time on the back of a horse out on the prairie of South Dakota. 

CONTACT TIM

tim.watts@twinstartransfer.com  |  507-200-0730

QUICK FACTS

Favorite Movie: Dances With Wolves

Favorite TV Show: Blue Bloods and Andy Griffith

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Sport: Baseball

Favorite Vacation Spot: South Dakota

Favorite Band: ZZ Top

Favorite Song: Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

Celebrity I Would Shake Hands With: Tom Selleck or Kevin Costner

Favorite Truck: International Lonestar

 Favorite Hobby: Playing with grandkids and working the cattle sale barn

 Fact We Don’t Know About You: I served 10 years in the Army National Guard

 

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