ESJ Carrier's Story

“I am always an advocate of the Chamber, because I truly believe in what they do.”
– Sandra Ambrose, executive president, ESJ Carrier.

ESJ Carrier’s Story

Ambrose, Sandra pSandra Ambrose is living her father’s dream. Jake Ambrose always aspired to start his own trucking company. In 1986, alongside his wife, Eva, and daughter, Sandra, he finally made his dream a reality when the three founded ESJ Carriers. Tragically, on the day of the company’s one-year anniversary, Jake Ambrose suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving Sandra and her mother to assume management of the fledgling company.

Twenty-one years later the small brokerage that began as Jake Ambrose’s dream has grown under the leadership of Sandra and Eva into a multidimensional transportation and logistics firm offering nationwide long-haul service throughout the continental 48 states, Canada and Mexico. In addition, one year ago ESJ further expanded its service to include Without a Doubt truck repair.

Why the Chamber?

Sandra initially decided to join the Chamber to take advantage of the workers’ comp discount and to give back to the community.  As a member of the  Ambassador Committee, her eyes were opened to the breadth and depth of the Chamber’s benefits and programs. As she likes to put it, “The more I advocated Chamber membership, the more I sold myself.”

Her role on the Ambassador Committee segued into her involvement with the Small Business Excellence Awards, Leadership Cincinnati USA, lunch and learn meetings, diversity programs and ultimately the CEO Roundtable.

The Results

Sandra describes her involvement with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as, “beyond successful” and “very personal” to her. 

After serving as a judge for the Small Business Excellence Awards, Sandra nominated her mother for the Mentor of the Year Award in 2007, which she ultimately won.  “My mother has been so helpful to me throughout my career, it was a great way to give back to her,” said Sandra. “It was truly a blessing because my mother is European and has totally lived the American dream.”

Her involvement with the CEO Roundtable program reinforced her belief in the importance of relationships in business.  A couple years ago, when the repair shop was still just an idea, her roundtable colleagues helped her think through the concept, offered advice throughout the process and even took time to visit her location and brainstorm names for the new business. 

“I’ve made strong personal and business connections beyond the Roundtable, too,” says Sandra.  “Debbie Simpson and Hope Suader are two Chamber members in particular who are now my great friends, as well as important business partners.”

“I am always an advocate of the Chamber, because I truly believe in what they do.”

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