Our company values:

Our purpose is intentionally simple: HELPING PEOPLE SUCCEED.

Our business plans and aspirations are a road map, and these values are our compass. They are the basis for how decisions are made and contributions are measured.

  • A passion for solving problems
  • Respect for the mission of our customers
  • A drive to achieve a result that all can be proud of
  • Flexibility in a world of change

Our History

Founded by Richard Devers and Don Gore in 1988, Bestway International, Inc., was initially a small group of dedicated logistics professionals, committed to applying their industry knowledge to cultivate strong, global relationships and help their clients succeed. The strategy from the first day was to create expert supply chain solutions by combining great local customer service with access to major global forwarding networks and resources. The company did so in partnership with MSAS Cargo International which became Exel Global Logistics from 1988 until 2005, when Exel was acquired by DHL Global Forwarding. In 2005, Bestway partnered with family-owned Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, improving the global network to nearly 500 offices in 167 countries.

Using only word-of-mouth recommendations supported by their customer service and experience, Bestway’s reputation has become synonymous with helping their customers succeed. In 2009, Jay Devers joined the firm allowing Richard more time to pursue his many outside interests. Jay joined a leadership team with continued growth and expansion on its roadmap. Now, Bestway International retains a unique problem-solving approach to provide comprehensive guidance to its clients. As impossible as it was in 1988 to predict the enormous consolidation of forwarders and the advances in technology that lay ahead in the global logistics arena, Mr. Devers and Mr. Gore clearly saw the opportunity. Their charter was to pair highly skilled and highly accountable local service with the economies and reach of a major global network and that vision is still very much the heart of the Bestway strategy today.

Because Bestway is Midwest owned, staffed and managed, we are vested in your success and protected from the consolidation and disarray in the logistics industry. Our location in the heartland of America gives our customers access to the largest rail hub in the United States without sacrificing convenient electronic access to all US ports via remote filing. We understand the industry that supports our local companies and work to be an expert at the logistics solutions that are unique to our neighbors. We combine friendly, local care and attention with global logistics network expertise and awareness.

Leadership

Jay Devers
Managing Partner
With dot-com tech start-up and Fortune 100 experience behind him, Jay joined Bestway International in 2009. “Jumping into a twenty-one year old company operating in a complex and competitive business seemed a little bit like trying to jump a moving freight train,” says Jay. “Our product is smart, nice people. With loyal clients on one hand and dedicated, experienced teammates on the other, it’s been easy to focus on growth and the future.”
Linda Reynolds
Export Operations
With Bestway since 1988, Linda has spent most of her career in the international transportation trade with our firm. Linda has a wide range of expertise in all aspects of freight forwarding including operations, management, compliance issues, routing, and other supply chain issues. In addition, Linda offers advisory services on letters of credit and other trading terms concerns. She leads the ocean export department and contributes to the management of the entire export operations team.
Barb Meyers
Controller
Our team is made up of logistics business veterans, and Barb is no exception, bringing valuable family freight business experience to Bestway in 2009. Barb oversees new client onboarding and the integration of the different business units into the financial and reporting systems.
Bill Stackhouse
Import Solutions
Bill joined Bestway in 1999, having previously worked in the international transportation industry for 22 years and also worked for an international charter air carrier. Bill has a wide range of expertise in all aspects of freight forwarding and customs brokerage including sales, operations, management, compliance issues, commodity classification, routing, and other supply chain issues. Bill's main involvement is designing programs for importers, by combining local expertise with the worldwide network to provide a seamless flow of product from supplier to importer.
Riley Wiles
Bestway Freight Solutions
Riley is the founder and manager of the Bestway Freight Solutions business unit created in 2014. Riley is an accomplished executive in the supply chain solutions industry and has driven exponential growth within Bestway Freight Solutions that continues today.

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