Nikisha Reagan, also known as NR SWANKS, is the owner of Nr Swanks Freight Brokerage located in Houston, TX. Nikisha is a Black Business Owner Serial Entrepreneur who is seeking out other individuals like herself who are willing to invest in themselves. She takes pride in helping others in becoming the “Boss” they always wanted to be. Nikisha grew up in Houston, Tx in a neighborhood to which some may recognize as Trinity Garden—living in a two bedroom single family home with her elderly grandmother, who is now deceased along with her five children and older sister. Nikisha went through her adolescent years as the black sheep of her family. Having spent most of her childhood in and out of the juvenile system and later the adult correctional system, Nikisha decided that she had a bigger and better purpose in life outside of steel bars. She went on the complete her high school diploma at the age of twenty-two and received a certificate of completion for phlebotomy from Polytechnic. After spending thirteen years as a phlebotomist she decided to pursue her dreams in becoming a Nurse. Working and going to school online for four years Nikisha was one of 25 students chosen out of 230 applicants to be accepted into San Jacinto Nursing Program. The dream that was once vivid and so clear soon became a mere nightmare. Thirty days out from graduation she sat in to take the final exam that would put her into her new career as a nurse when her dream came tumbling down right in the front of her. She failed out by a tenth of a point devastated, frustrated and yet still faithful Nikisha had to return back into the healthcare world as a phlebotomist. Having returned to the school about four weeks later to see if she could redo her last semester is when she learned that all of her financial aid had been exhausted, all of her major classes that she needed to attend nursing school had expired. “There were doors closing right after the other all around me,” she states. At this point is when she decided to invest in herself and start her own business. In 2018 Nikisha stepped out on faith and used the monies that she was earning at her 9-5 as a phlebotomist to fuel her own company.
Becoming the middle-man or must I say middle-woman between shippers of different companies and carriers across 48 states, including Canada. Currently, Nikisha operates her business from the comfort of her home office. After five months of being in business, she generated a little over six-figures. Despite life’s challenges, Nikisha has maintained her focus on succeeding regardless of what life throws her way. Today Nikisha has created online training to teach individuals who are interested in becoming their own Business, Boss and Brand as a Freight Broker or Freight Dispatcher. When asked what motivates her to continue to push towards success in her career, she will always say God and Family. Her motto of today is “slow feet don’t eat”.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
NOOOOO! Becoming a business owner was a Toronado in itself. Not having the funds to start up immediately, I had to continue working in a field that I grew to dislike. Nevertheless, investing in myself was well worth it in the end.
Tell us about your company. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
Nr Swanks is a Freight Brokerage located here in Houston, TX. I help companies move there freight safe and secure by obtaining a carrier (truck driver) who is in compliance with the FMSCA to move the load. I run carriers across 48 states, including Canada.
I specialize in FTL freight, which means full truck load, I’m known for having a continuation of freight here in the city. I’m also known as the freight broker who’s like a little sister to the truck drivers. I try to help them as much as I possibly can. I’m very in tuned in the way this industry operates and I know that the carrier is the heartbeat of the transportation industry.
What sets me apart from others is I willing to go the extra mile when it comes to teaching new brokers and dispatchers the business. When newbies come in and need help with closing a contract with a company, I would step in and seal the deal for them. I know I go above and beyond for people and some other brokers in the industry would disagree with how I do things but I believe that customer service is Platinum when it comes to success. I’m proud of how my business as taken off in a short period of time.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Future plans are to bring in more people to help me expand. Collaboration is another goal that I am currently working on with other brokers, agents and dispatchers in Houston. I want to create at least 100-150 or more brokers and dispatchers here in Houston and the surrounding areas. It helps when there are a lot of us that can help the shipper companies and carriers.
- Website: WWW.NRSFB.NET
- Phone: 832-889-8293
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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