Andy Patti – Zarach Employee Spotlight

Andy Patti joined Edward J. Zarach & Associates in January of 2020 as the Boston Branch Manager after a career spanning over 25 years in large logistics companies.  He is proud to bring a corporate level of efficiency and expertise to a smaller company where his ideas can be heard and implemented from the top down as support and autonomy work in equal measure to ensure team success.  Beginning his career in 1992 in the Customs brokerage department with A.J. Fritz, he spent four years learning the ins and outs of logistics.  A strong foundation that carries with him to the present day.   After a brief year in Florida and working in the finance arena, he returned to Boston to resume a career in logistics spending a year with AEI before joining MSAS as the Import Operations Supervisor for eight years.  From MSAS he joined UTi to further expand his skillset in both Operations management and Sales, mentored in part by the Branch Manager who noticed Andy’s unique skills working with clients.

His career continued to progress upward with senior sales appointments including trade lane development and Global account sales roles where he was ultimately recruited by Jim Crane to join Crane Worldwide as Global Sales Manager working with multinational accounts.  After that, Andy was ready to take the next step in his career with a great opportunity to become the Branch manager with Jas Forwarding where he enjoyed over 6 years of success growing his team and branch.   Through mutual industry contacts, he met Richard Kenyon, who recruited him to join Zarach, by offering the opportunities of a large company with the atmosphere and culture of a smaller family owned business.

“When you work for larger companies, the corporate giants present a number of challenges and obstacles you need to navigate and overcome to sustain succeed.  In a smaller company there’s flexibility and direct communication from the top down that enables you to achieve goals and makes it easier to deliver outstanding service upon which our clients depend on.   We have a voice here and you can see the impact daily.    you can see where your ideas and plans are put directly into action and everyone has a stake in future growth.  That kind of support and teamwork is immeasurable.   People tend to be more motivated when they feel valued and allowed to bring innovative ideas forward to help drive the company toward meeting its goals”

The strength of a great team is well known to Andy. As a longtime coach for his son’s basketball and baseball teams he has managed and developed young players at various skill levels from recreation to elite AAU levels. Andy enjoys being a leader, mentoring others and teaching life lessons as well as the core values he instills in his players.  Those are the same values he brings to work every day.  The team building and leadership skills and positive approach in collaborating and empowering others to make major contributions and to reach assigned goals are paramount to success.  Andy’s primary goals are to develop a team first mindset, a strong work ethic and create more efficient processes to deliver the best possible experience for our valued clients.

“We can do a great job 99 out of 100 times, but when mishaps and challenges occur it’s the proactive way which we respond that our clients will remember most.  We strive for excellence, of course, but how we respond and handle difficult situations when the unexpected happens will win the client’s trust and confidence. That is why a successful foundation and dedicated team must be created and is key to long term success.  We value our client relationships and appreciate the trust and responsibility they have placed upon us.”

When Andy is not working with his Zarach team or coaching youth sports, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife of 24 years, two daughters and son.  He has learned that life balance is so important and making lasting memories with his family are the foundation for a happy life.  It is that type of vision and value system that he is bringing to fruition at Edward J. Zarach & Associates.