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Leading Ladies of Logistix co-founder helps women in transportation

Samantha Smith is co-founder of Leading Ladies of Logistix, a national organization that supports female transportation and logistics professionals. Smith also co-owns a transportation company, Elite Freight Services.

The transportation industry needed a woman’s touch.

That’s one reason Samantha Smith says she and other women are succeeding in the male-dominated field.

“We adapt, we learn and we’re resourceful,” said Smith, 38, of Pataskala, who co-owns Elite Freight Services, a transportation company, with her husband, Matt. And she’s the sole owner of freight brokerage firm Advanced Transport Solutions.

“We’ll do anything to make it happen for our family.”

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A mother of five and “spreadsheet queen,” Smith balances her Pataskala-based businesses on top of a full-time IT job at Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS). Additionally, she runs two real estate businesses with Matt and her brother, Tré. Most days, all of her jobs allow her to work from home.