Tonya Svoboda wasn’t quite ready for the lull of retirement, so she decided to add business owner to her impressive resume. Congratulations to the new owner of the Houston, TX (West) office!
From Dispatcher to Master Data Manager
Tonya started her career as a dispatcher for Lone Star Transportation, a large flatbed carrier, before eventually working her way up to quality assurance manager. In that position, she was responsible for opening new terminals, marketing for owner-operators, as well as managing the operational relations of their top customers — Shell and Union Pacific Resources Corporation.
Tonya then joined Baker Hughes where she was a global commodity manager before being promoted to master data manager. While at Baker Hughes, Tonya managed an international Advisory Board, gained certification as a general facilitator, led process improvement teams, and taught train-the trainer programs.
She took an early retirement in 2015.
“Tonya understands the hard work it takes to make a business successful,” said Bill Thompson, Express Franchising Executive. “She loves a challenge and is ready to take the Houston west office to the next level.”
Community and faith are important to Tonya, as she has served on the Board of Directors for the Energy Transportation Association, a local civic organization that provides scholarships to students interested in the transportation and supply fields.
Tonya is very active in her church and teaches a Bible study for elementary-aged students. She also recently served as a vocal coach for the Christian Youth Theater group and is a certified acrylic painting instructor. Tonya is currently working on the completion of her Six Sigma Black Belt.
Do you have a dream of becoming a business owner, too? Now is a great time to join Express, which netted $3.02 billion in sales in 2015! To learn more, visit ExpressFranchising.com.