Belfast Business Top 50

Posted: 21/10/2008

Since his start in the shipping industry as a humble postboy with Head Line Shipping at the tender age of just 15, Tommy Rodgers has been immersed in the maritime world.

Holding a huge number of influential positions over the course of his career, Tommy counts a stint as President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and as Vice President of the British International Freight Association among his many stripes.

He has also sat as Vice Chairman of NIMEX (NI Middle East Export) and is a member of the Institute of Directors, of the Institute of Export and is a Master Mariner.

Since the inception of TR Shipping Services 28 years ago, Tommy has risen through the ranks to become a major force within the freightforwarding world, both locally and internationally.

The TR Group is one of the fastest growing freight-forwarding operations in Ireland and they opened a further operation in Rotterdam 10 years ago.

The TR Group employs 120 staff and currently provides a wide range of services through its companies TR Shipping Services Limited, Cargo Forwarding Limited, Cargo Air Freight Limited, Tracco Logistics Company Limited and Tracco Logistics BV Holland.

Married with two children, Tommy says he thoroughly enjoys all aspects of his business and lists the challenge and achievement of employing and developing good staff throughout the years as elements of his work which he finds most rewarding. Tommy is a Board Member of the Simon Community Charity Appeal and earlier this year was awarded an MBE for Services to Homeless in Northern Ireland.

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