Vice President of Global Partnerships
Mr. Rene Espinet is Vice President of Global Partnerships for Forward Air. He is tasked with International business development at the corporate level while promoting Forward Air’s brand globally. He took on this new challenge in 2011 and has built and implemented Forward Air’s global strategy from the ground up. Mr. Espinet strategically selected specific international sales and service locations, which are tasked with generating new revenue streams while marketing the Forward Air brand in areas targeted for expansion.
Rene joined Forward Air in November 2001 as Vice President of the Northeast Region. In this role, he led his team to a back-to-back “Region of the Year” award, an accomplishment that was never achieved by anyone in Forward Air before. He credits his success to motivating a team of great managers who forged meaningful customer relationships leading to increased top line revenue and profitability.
Before joining Forward Air, Rene served as Evergreen International Airline's Director of Sales and Service where he was responsible for supporting Evergreen’s Asian common carriage program and developing U.S. export flights. He successfully established a North American road feeder network for his Asian counterparts to market five Southeast Asian origin cities allowing for greater connectivity and product offering via three U.S. gateways. Rene also served as Evergreen’s Director of Inflight Services where he recruited, trained, and managed over 200 flight attendants from seven different countries.
Rene has always been a strong advocate for the airfreight industry and served as the secretary for the JFK Air Cargo Association for seven years in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Studies with a concentration in Management as well as an Associate’s degree in Aviation Business Administration from the prestigious Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.