By Kevin Allenspach
St. Cloud Times, Minn.
About five years ago, Jennifer Stueve started operating AllFleet Auto Transport Inc. from her kitchen table.
Today, the business has a staff of drivers and office workers that total about a dozen employees. Its small fleet of trucks crisscrosses the country, hauling cars and trucks for commercial and individual clients. During 2013, AllFleet carried more than 4,000 cars and generated more than $3.8 million in revenue.
To keep those trucks on the road, AllFleet has a mechanic and a 7,000-square-foot shop in Waite Park. But that’s not where you’ll find Stueve and her other dispatchers and administrators.
Since 2008, Stueve has run her company from a home on Sixth Avenue North. Her mother grew up in the house and later bought it and raised her own family here. Now, Jennifer lives here with her husband, Tim, and daughters Breanna, 9, and Ashalee, 7. They’ve converted a back entrance and the basement into office space with enough desks and computer terminals for five people in three rooms.
Stueve, 39, has worked in the auto transport business for 22 years, even before she graduated from Rocori High School in 1992.
She went to Rasmussen College, studying at night for two years to earn a degree in business management and a minor in accounting.
After starting her own family, Stueve decided to try working from home. With the help of Ron Maas, who owns Bedrock Motors in Blaine and Rogers, Stueve took over Maas’ AllFleet sales and leasing division and later renamed it AllFleet Auto Transport Inc.
Stueve also partnered with Don Johnson, a St. Joseph man who had been driving trucks for more than 30 years. They took over sole ownership in 2012.
Amid a map of the United States, a marker board with a dozen jobs listed on it, four computers facing her desk and a bunch of pictures of family and co-workers, Stueve took a few minutes recently to talk about how she built a business from scratch.