About author RDE1950
Roger Edwards was born on June 5, 1950, at St. Joseph, MO to Mr. and Mrs. James Edwards, and is one of two children. His father served in the during WWII in the Pacific Theater.
In 1969, Edwards enlisted in the U.S. Army at the height of the Vietnam protest. He attended advanced training at Ft. Huachuca, AZ as an Airborne Sensor Specialist (17L). After completing his training Edwards was assigned to a unit testing a prototype aircraft designated as YO3A. The YO3A was an early stealth aircraft designed for acoustic silence. The plane flew in Vietnam, only at night at an altitude of approximately 1500 feet and a speed of 80 KTS. As the Observer of the two-crew aircraft, he spotted enemy activity using advanced night vision capability and called in supporting artillery, helicopter gunships, and naval bombardment. Edwards earned the Air Medal for combat flight hours.
Upon separation from the Army Edwards used the G.I. Bill and enrolled at Missouri Western State University, earning a BS in Business Administration with a major in Accounting while receiving recognition to Dean’s Honor Roll. After graduation Edwards worked in Public Accounting for several years. Choosing a new opportunity, Edwards became the Business Manager for a commercial greenhouse operation in Carthage Missouri. Internal changes within the organization prompted Edwards to start his own horticulture venture operating a greenhouse and floral shop.
As the economic climate became extremely difficult under the Carter Administration (with interest rates at 21% and gas rationing), the business ultimately was sold off and Edwards rejoined the greenhouse business at his previous employment which was under new ownership. For the next 18 years, he worked as a salesman. In 1997, Edwards was employed by TAMKO Building Products as a Distribution Specialist. His career advanced and he was promoted to Corporate Logistics Manager, responsible for all transportation activities of 12 manufacturing plants and 12 warehouse locations. Its transportation services consisted of truckload, intermodal, rail and LTL services. One year TAMKO Building Products adopted Six Sigma Management Practices. Edwards was trained in Six Sigma methodology and received Green Belt recognition. Using his Six Sigma training Edwards developed and implemented transportation processes that saves his company millions in transportation costs.
With retirement approaching Edwards and his wife moved to Highlands Ranch Colorado so they could be closer to their growing family of grandchildren. Leveraging his transportation knowledge and training, Edwards started a regional trucking company called Six Sigma Logistics Solutions which hauls building material in CO, KS, MO, OK, and TX. Starting with one truck, the company now has seven semi-trucks and professional drivers generating approximately one million in revenue each year.
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